How To Live A Less Toxic Lifestyle
Living a less toxic lifestyle has become a big part of my life. The more I learn about toxic chemicals and their use in our food, packaging, household products, personal care products, makeup and cosmetics the more convinced I am that a lot of our sickness and disease can possibly be linked to their increasingly frequent use.
I’ve been slowly changing a lot of my personal care, household products and cosmetics to more clean-label brands and just seeing these products in my house makes me feel, well, clean:) One thing I have noticed though is that even though it can be way too convenient to simply buy these products at the local supermarket whilst doing my regular shopping, it really comes down to making that first choice to start making small changes.
I also believe that while it’s good practice to live as toxic free as possible, it can be quite overwhelming and costly especially if you try to do it all at once. Take your time and focus on taking one step at a time in the right direction. .
Below are some suggestions on how you can start to live a less toxic lifestyle:
1.Make the Switch- making the decision to switch from potentially harmful toxic products to more clean label products is a great choice, however, the price can ad up very quickly. So, why not switch one product at a time. Once you run out of one product ,say dishwashing liquid, you can replace it with a cleaner label product. I’ve personally chosen to switch to using MODERE products, however there are more and more cleaner alternatives available now. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s website for more information on clean label products.
2. Bring In The Plants- Indoor plants not only look good they also have a wide array of health benefits including purifying the air, reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, improving mental health, natural humidifiers and can also be natural healers. The book ‘Yates Top 50 Indoor Plants And How Not To Kill Them’ is a great resource especially if you’re just starting out with indoor plants.
3. Buy Quality Supplements - Not all supplements are created equally. Many have cheap fillers in them that can cause more harm than good. In an ideal world we would get all the nutrients we need from our food however this is not usually the case. For many people, supplements may be a useful way to get nutrients they might otherwise lack. I personally use a high quality company called MODERE for my supplements. But, do your research first before you start taking supplements. Talk to a health professional to find out what supplements are best for you.
4. Use Essential Oils- Essential oil based products and Essential Oils are quick and easy ways to kick chemicals to the curb. Essential oils are extremely beneficial in our natural health journey and can be a great tool when we are trying to live a more non-toxic lifestyle. These natural oils protect plants from insects, environmental conditions and disease, so imagine what they can do for us.
5. Drink filtered water- . The human body is comprised of more than 70% water, staying hydrated with clean healthy water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. For naturally cool, great tasting, filtered water in your home or work place Biome recommends you use a ceramic Water filter.
6. Get Rid Of Plastic and Switch To Glass- Glass ware Storing, freezing and serving food from glass ensures that your food is not contaminated with unwanted chemicals including BPA, PVC and Pthaltates.
7. Support Your Local Farmer- In most towns and cities (at least in Australia) there is some form of fruit and vegetable market where local growers bring their produce. Utilise their higher quality products if you can before going to the supermarket. Not only are you supporting local growers you are most times getting better quality food as it hasn’t been sitting in cold storage for weeks.
8.. Forego The Fragrance- Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances as they can pollute the air you are breathing – you can use a few drops of your favourite pure essential oil instead.
Of course there are a whole lot more ways you can reduce toxins in your life the ones I have mentioned above are a starting point. While taking these measures won’t completely eliminate chemicals from your life, it’s a start and small changes repeated over time become big changes. It’s doing something and the more you can do, the better. Educate yourself. Do what you can. It simply makes sense and we have to start somewhere.
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