How to Live a Less Toxic Life
You try to be healthy. You eat right, exercise regularly, manage your stress level, and do the best you can to get enough sleep.
But…all of the above may not be enough.
Despite your best efforts, the world around you can damage your body in small ways every day. It’s simply a result of the modern world we live in.
The culprit? Environmental toxins. And unfortunately, they become more prevalent with each passing year.
According to the most recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, blood and urine samples taken from about 2,400 test subjects contained more than 200 toxic chemicals. These included 75 chemicals that hadn’t been seen in previous surveys, including:
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (used as fire retardants)
- Environmental phenols like Bisphenol A (used in epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics)
- Perfluorooctanoic acid (used in Teflon and other non-stick coatings)
And the list goes on…and on…and on.
Modern manufacturing provides us with amazing and convenient products…but it is literally poisoning our bodies.
What to do? Here are some easy ways to reduce your risk from environmental toxins:
Minimize Your Exposure
It’s true that toxins can be found all around you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to keep them out of your body.
Fortunately, there are ways you can remove harmful chemicals from your environment:
- Eat organic: The food you eat provides vital nutrients for your body…but stick to certified organic fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy products to avoid a side order of toxins. Non-organic foods contain everything from pesticides to hormones and antibiotics. These may make food cheaper to produce but they damage your body over the long term.
- Drink purified water: You need to drink several glasses of water each day to help your body flush out toxins. But your “safe” tap water may contain any number of toxic chemicals. Use a water purifier to make sure your water is safe. And be aware…BPA from plastic water bottles can contaminate bottled water.
- Breathe clean air: You probably spend at least half of your day in your house. Use an air purifier in your home to get rid of harmful particles. When possible, open the windows to circulate clean air from outside. To take things a step further, HEPA filters can remove airborne bacteria and viruses.
- Use natural cleaning products: Cleaning products, laundry detergent, bath soap…can all contain harmful chemicals. Look for cleaners and soaps that contain only natural ingredients. And be sure to read labels carefully. Companies have a lot of leeway when it comes to using terms like “hypo-allergenic” and “natural”.
Detox Your Body
Even if you’re doing all of the above, some toxins will still get into your body. That’s how pervasive they are.
But you don’t have to resort to exotic cleanses to get rid of them. Just follow some commonsense rules, such as:
- Get plenty of rest: among other things, your body processes and eliminates toxins while you’re sleeping.
- Drink alcohol in moderation: minimizing your alcohol intake keeps your liver healthy and frees it up to perform its primary role of filtering toxins from your blood.
- Avoid processed foods: maintaining a clean diet makes it easier for your body to eliminate toxins acquired elsewhere and keeps your body’s detox system healthy.
- Drink plenty of water: drinking several glasses of purified water each day helps your body flush out toxic chemicals.
- Eat antioxidant-rich foods and consider antioxidant supplements: antioxidants help your body repair damage caused by toxins and oxidative stress.
- Get plenty of exercise: physical activity keeps all of your body’s systems healthy and functioning optimally, including your detox system.
- Keep your hormones balanced: everything works better, including your body’s detox system, when hormones are present in appropriate amounts.
Toxins may be an unavoidable byproduct of modern life, but you can reduce the effect they have on your body.
At Renew Youth, we know a non-toxic life is a big part of your healthy lifestyle.
For more information, call us at 800-859-7511 or use our contact form to set up your free 30-minute consultation.