10 ways to reduce your toxic load
Why do we need to reduce our toxic load?
Exposure to toxic chemicals has become a burden to our bodies. We are in contact with more toxins now that even before and the list is ever growing. You’ve probably heard of some of the following toxins but don't worry if you haven't. PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs, VOCs, EMFs, PFCs and BPAs not to mention toxic metals like cadmium, mercury and lead.
The average person comes into contact with toxins everyday whether through food, water, flame retardant fabrics, paint, printing ink, cosmetics, pizza boxes, receipts, the list goes on. Most people don’t realise the scale of what they are being exposed to on a daily basis.
Find my top tips below on how to reduce your toxic load
Cutting down your plastic use is one of the best ways to support reducing your toxic load. Not only is plastic full of an array of toxic chemicals it’s also terrible for the environment and a single piece can take up to 450 years to decompose!
Cooking and storing food in plastic Tupperware is one way to disrupt your hormones. The chemicals in plastic are endocrine disruptors and can mimic natural oestrogen in the body. Too much oestrogen can have many different detremential effects on our health including increasing the chance of breast cancer.
Swap plastic Tupperware for glass which you can purchase easily online now.
Chuck out your plastic cling film and replace it with beeswax wraps. They keep food fresh and are reusable! Stop buying plastic water bottles and take a metal reusable bottle with you wherever you go. Many Prets now have water refiling stations so you will be saving yourself money too.
Shampoo and other beauty products contain a myriad of chemicals. Again these chemicals are endocrine disruptors. The chemicals also end up in our water supply once they are washed down the drain. This affects not only us humans but all life on the planet as the water will end up back in our rivers, streams and seas. Look for organic and natural based products without parabens, SLS and other chemicals. If you don't know what an ingredient is, then don't buy it.
Install a water filter in your home. They are quite expensive to install but will last a lifetime. Look for reverse osmosis and carbon filtered. Alternatively there are water filtering jugs out there but make sure to pour the water into glass and do not leave in the plastic jug for an extended period of time.
The next on the list is removing all the toxic laden cleaning products from your home. The chemicals you clean your bathroom and kitchen with are toxic to you and your pets! You would be surprised at how good bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice and vinegar are at cleaning. Instead of laundry detergent try an ecoegg and essential oils.
Did you know that the lining of tinned food contains BPA? BPA is also used in the ink on receipts. BPA has been studied for its negative effects on fertility. Unfortunately high BPA levels have been show to adversely effect the health of eggs and sperm and can cause chromosomal abnormalities in eggs. Use fresh ingredients where possible or buy dried beans and lentils and soak them the night before you want to use them. Ask the cashier to throw your recipe away or many places can email you a copy.
Eating organic is one of the easiest ways that you can reduce your toxic load. If you can’t afford to eat everything organic follow the clean fifteen and dirty dozen which is a great guide as to which fruits and vegetables are the worst culprits when it comes to pesticides and herbicides and the ones you need to eat organic!
If you have to get a filling at the dentist make sure it’s a white filling! Pay the extra and do not get a metal filling. These metal fillings contain mercury which enters your blood stream easily through the thin tissue into your mouth and into your blood vessels. If you can afford to, get your metal fillings removed.
Look at the cookware in your kitchen. Are you using non-stick pans and baking trays? These coatings when heated produce chemicals…… which are toxic to our health.
Some healthier alternatives include cast iron, ceramic and stainless steel. Personally, I use Le Cruset and Green Pan as well as stainless steel pans which contain no aluminium.
Aluminium foil leaches into our food when we use it in cooking. Chuck it out of your kitchen and don’t look back!
Sweat it out!! A great way to help the body remove toxins is through our sweat. Get exercising and help support your bodies detoxification capabilities. Use a sea salt scrub to remove dead skin and help open the pores to let the toxins out. Another great way to sweat it out is through saunas, just make sure the wood used in the sauna hasn’t been treated with chemicals.
It's taken me several years to remove these toxins from my life and replace them with healthier options, so I know you can do it too. Just take it one step at a time!