I know… I’m weirdly passionate about detoxing. I’ve spent the last 2-3 years parting with toxic things in my life and educating myself on why it even matters to do it.
Because of the lack of regulation and tons of toxic/poisonous ingredients in personal care products, it is insanely important to be informed on what you’re putting in + on your body and around your home.
We live in one of the most toxic times and cancer + autoimmunity rates are sky high. I don’t suspect it will decline anytime soon, nor do I believe we should sit and wait for the right drugs to cure us.
It’s easy for me to write about this topic so frequently because I care so deeply about people living abundant lives. How many people do you know who suffer with health issues and it holds them back from so many things?
The very things you put in and on your body have the power to change you at a cellular level.
This information isn’t meant to scare you, but empower you to educate yourself and make small decisions every day that impact you and your loved one’s long-term health.
Here are five areas to consider detoxing in 2018:
1. Household Cleaning Products
There are amazing alternatives to use when it comes to cleaning products. I love mixing essential oils with vinegar + water and using my Norwex towels to clean the windows. Not only are most products on the market incredibly toxic for your health, but they’re horrible for our environment. Unless you’re into formaldehyde and chloroform on your skin, then I would reconsider some options you use when you clean. Important note: most ingredients aren’t disclosed on labels, so go ahead and use the Environmental Working Group to see if your stuff is safe.
2. Shoes Inside
When you think about all the places your feet walk every day, you track that inside your home the minute you walk in the door. If you have a place to keep shoes, try doing that on the regular! I often think of a future where I’ll have little ones, and knowing they will be crawling all over Lord knows what is a little disturbing. Let’s be honest, I survived as a kid who grew up with shoes in the house, but it’s an easy way to lessen the toxic load.
Our skin is our largest organ. When you put fragrance, parabens, and other synthetic ingredients on it, your body is like ummm what? What do I do with this? Not. Good. Since WWII, we’ve introduced 80,000 chemicals into commerce… and only 10% have been tested on human health. And yet again, consumers aren’t aware what ingredients mean on labels and companies do a stellar job of greenwashing products. Do your research my friends and go with safer options.
Boy oh boy do I struggle with this one. I’ve spent years studying different diets, ways cultures eat, effects of different foods on our health. What I know for sure is our bodies are hella confused by processed foods, organic does matter because pesticides are foreign to our body, we eat waaaay too much sugar, dairy (pumped with hormones) and meat (also pumped with hormones).
Food makes one of the most significant impacts on your health! No matter what someone is experiencing when it comes to their health, I advise looking at food FIRST (unless it’s an emergency, of course). Whether it’s acne, GI issues, painful periods, lethargy, joint pain, you should examine what you’re putting in your body. We are not trained to think this way as a society, but I strongly believe it can transform our lives.
One of my favorite go-tos is the Dirty Dozen list by the EWG. It’s a great resource on what produce is typically most toxic!
Good heavens, ditch the toxic people in your life. Life is way too short to be around dramatic, negative people that do not energize you. And if you’re that person, try adding some gratitude and positivity in small ways. I know that changing your mindset and everyday routines + behaviors are HARD, but anyone is capable of it. Take time to invest in your brain; you’re going to need it for a long time.
I looooove the topic of detoxing and living a healthy + holistic life, so if you want to nerd out with me on this, I’m game.