It is no secret that our environment is flooded with toxic chemicals. Here are some things you can do to cut down on the junk that you body takes in.
- You are what you eat! This statement is true in so many ways. In this case, many of the chemicals that you take in do a lot of damage to your body. I am not saying that you need to suddenly go organic with everything, but make wise decisions. If you insist on drinking soda, try to stick to clear soda. The dark coloring used in many sodas has been shown to damage the kidneys. If you smoke, STOP! Wash your fruit and vegetables before you eat them to wash off any lingering pesticides and other chemicals. Adding a little water to the mix when you rinse them has also been found helpful.
- Skip the drive-thru! If you insist on eating fast food, get out of the car to get it. Waiting in the drive-thru line is like sitting in a toxic bath. You have sitting cars in front of you and behind you, and it is often a small area with walls on both sides of you. Get out, stretch your legs, burn a few calories and go in and get your food. Plus, I find that going inside is typically faster because most people want to go through the drive-thru.
- House plants over air fresheners! It is easy to plug in an air fresher and enjoy a fresh smelling room. However, many of the air fresheners emit phthalates, which can mess with you hormones. They have even been shown to affect fertility. Yes, plants are a little more work. However, they actually help clean the air, while often adding a fresh scent.
- Stand Upwind! For you Lion King fans, I’m not talking about why Pumba sang, “And my friends never stood downwiiiiiiind”. I am talking about at the gas pump. This simple switch can help keep you from breathing in a lot of nasty chemicals. Simply stand on the side of the pump where the wind is coming from. That way the fumes are blowing away from you, not at you.
- DRINK WATER!!!! – This is an easy one (if you do it right). Water helps flush the junk out of your system. The problem today is that a lot of the water has a lot of junk in it. Tap water in most states is loaded with hundreds, often thousands of chemicals. Grab a water purifier! There are some crazy expensive ones out there. I am not saying that you need to go out and spend a thousand dollars on one. Get something though. I am a firm believer that anything is better than nothing.
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