Chances are, there are toxins in your home. For a healthier home, reduce potentially harmful chemicals and use natural alternatives. We live in a toxic world and we are exposed to pollutants on a daily basis, whether it is pesticides in our food, fumes from outdoors, or even toxic materials used to make many everyday items. Our bodies can only handle so many toxins at one time. When we experience toxin overload, negative symptoms like headaches, irritability, belly fat, bloating, breakouts, fatigue.
To reduce toxins in your indoor air quality, try to eliminate pollutants at their source. This is the most effective way to reduce indoor air pollution. Instead of using a window cleaner with ammonia, for example, try to wash your windows with vinegar and water. You can also open windows to bring in ventilation. This is good to do at least once a week for a few minutes in the winter to air out your house.
Clean up your environment by choosing the right cleaning products. Purchase the natural cleaning and household products. Did you know? Manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients on the label. You can check your products on apps like Think Dirty.
Avoid spraying pesticides or herbicides in your home. You can also clean with things you have around your kitchen. Baking soda, salt, distilled white vinegar, lemon juice, and essential oils can clean many items around the house.
To reduce toxins in your food and water, avoid all foods with artificial colors and chemical preservatives and filter your water. It is most essential to use organic dairy products, like milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. Free-range meats and eggs are so important when purchasing organic foods. Non-organic foods are sprayed with toxic pesticides that build up in your body. But there is good news, your body can be free from toxic pesticides in as little as three days when you start eating organic.
Water can also have many toxins and the regular consumption of unfiltered water can significantly contribute to your body's toxic load. Has your well water been tested for a variety of metals? Water quality can vary from place to place, but it is generally better to filter tap water with a filter. You can do this at the individual source, like a sink, or in your whole house.
Avoid regularly using bottled water for the environmental waste and the risk of leaching chemical and micro-plastic contamination. If possible, you should also not drink water from plastic water bottles that have been in a hot car or space. Try using glass, ceramic, or stainless steel water bottles to carry home water with you. While bottled water is required by law to meet drinking water standards when it goes into the bottle, water bottled in plastic bottles invariably becomes contaminated with plastic. Finally, you can install a whole house or shower filter. Water pollutants are also absorbed through the skin when you take a bath or shower and release toxic fumes through steam from hot water.
As a woman, cancers like breast and ovarian cancer are a high risk, but you can get any type of cancer out there. While some of your risk has to do with genetics and lifestyle choices, there are also some toxins you may not be aware you are exposed to.
I often recommend switching out one product at a time so it does not feel overwhelming. A little prevention can go a long way when it comes to your health.