We Live In A Toxic World
We are surrounded by toxins on a daily basis. Diet is a major contributor to toxins in today’s world. Have you considered doing a detox diet, or paleo diet to help rid you body of toxic foods and buildup? A paleo diet includes fresh, whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, organic and grass fed beef, poultry, wild fish, and no processed foods. Review some simple steps to reduce your toxic exposure.
Eat an organic, unprocessed diet whenever possible
It is not always possible to eat organic, but whenever you can, do. By opting to eat organic, you will avoid pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Pesticides, particularly organophosphates and carbamate have been linked to cancer and cause nerve damage. GMO’s have been linked to infertility, immune problems, insulin issues, allergies and damage to the gastrointestinal system. If a food is labeled organic, it cannot be genetically modified and is generally lower in pesticides and chemicals.
Filter your water
I recommend using a carbon filter system, which is the most effective at filtering out chemicals such as arsenic, fluoride, chlorine, lead, copper, and mercury. It is good to have a whole house filtering system, or especially a Berkey system for your drinking water. Always carry a BPA free water bottle. such as the Berkey Sports Bottle to filter out unwanted toxins.
Check out your toiletries
The best way to keep up with your toiletry products is to go to EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) website. Shampoos, creams, makeup, perfumes, toothpaste, deodorant and other items are not regulated meaning they do not have to undergo any safety testing. This can be very misleading to the consumer because “organic” and “natural” may mean nothing. Avoid products containing parabens, fluoride, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, aluminum, sodium laurel sulfate, and phthalates. These chemicals are linked to many reproductive problems.
Household cleaners to toss
Dangerous chemicals are formaldehyde, thiourea (carcinogen), perchloroethylene, nonylphenol ethoxylate, DEGME are all found in products that we use regularly. EWG is another great source for recommendations for cleaning compounds. Did you know manufacturers do not adequately disclose what is in their products? A great recommendation is to make your own household cleaners with such ingredients as vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and hot water.
The overall goal is to make some simple changes so you can reduce your exposure to toxins and reduce the toxic load to your body.
Information summarized from Paleo magazine. Paleo magazine can be ordered online from Amazon or purchased at your local health food store.