Doesn’t the word “toxin” just sound like something you wouldn’t want around? Toxins can cause harm to our bodies and increase the risk of us developing certain diseases. This is why it’s important for us to learn about how to live a toxin free life.
We really have to pay attention to what is in our food and products. You’d be surprised by the amount of scary ingredients that companies sneak into their products.
Living this way is not only beneficial for you and your body, it’s also beneficial for our planet. When we do things that help our environment, this is only going to benefit us. It’s also an important part of living a holistic lifestyle.
Keep in mind, it’s not possible have a 100% toxin free life, but what’s important is that we try our best and do what we can.
10 tips for living a toxin free life:
1. Question what you put into your body
Before you eat or drink something, think about if it is something that is going to nourish you.
For example, is a sugary drink like soda really going to hydrate you in the best way? Are those fast food french fries providing your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive?
I’m not saying that you can never indulge in something unhealthy that you really enjoy but you want the majority of your diet to be made up of foods that nourish you.
2. Read ingredients
This is so important in order to avoid intaking ingredients that are unhealthy.
There are many ingredients out there that aren’t good for us, but the two that I always look to avoid are high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils.
Partially hydrogenated oils are essentially trans fats. So even if a product states that it has no trans fats but you see partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list, they are lying to you. This is because if it’s under a certain amount they can say there are no trans fats even though in fact there are.
If there’s an ingredient that just sounds weird, I try to avoid it as well. Like when something says “yellow #5,” I try to avoid that. I don’t think yellow #5 is naturally found….
3. Use more natural cleaning products
Keep in mind that just because something says natural doesn’t mean that it is. Many products make it look like they are “green and eco-friendly” but in fact are not.
I like to look up my products on EWG to see if they have a good rating. EWG rates products based on hazards to you and the environment and is a great resource to use.
4. Use more natural beauty products
Not only should we look at the ingredients in our food, but we also want to be aware of what is in our products.
So many shampoos are filled with harmful ingredients such as parabens and artificial fragrances. Switching to a more natural shampoo may take time for your hair to adjust but it’s worth it. This is the one I use and it honestly works great (it’s also safe for color treated hair): Attitude shampoo.
EWG also rates products such as shampoos, body wash, face wash etc. and is a great resource to find non-toxic products.
5. Don't use perfume or cologne
Most of the typical perfumes or colognes contain harmful ingredients.
When you see the word “fragrance” on a label, this is not a good thing. Fragrance is a general term and could contain numerous chemicals that are not good for you.
And if you think spraying it on your clothes is fine, just remember, you are still breathing it in.
6. Eat organic
Now, I know organic doesn’t mean that there are no pesticides used but the pesticides used are more natural. (This will bring me to our next point.)
Organic food is also more regulated so in my opinion if you have the ability to eat organic it could only be beneficial.
7. Grow your own food
The only way to truly know what is being used on your produce is to grow your own food when possible.
This is really the only way to ensure there are no pesticides being used.
Obviously, this isn’t always possible depending on where you live but if you have the option it’s a great way to ensure your produce is toxin free.
It’s also is very rewarding to see what you are able to grow and bring to life!
8. Look out for BPA in containers
BPA is some nasty stuff. It has been linked to multiple different diseases so you really want to avoid this at all costs.
BPA can be found in containers and basically seeps into your food so look for containers that are BPA free.
If you buy plastic containers make sure it is BPA free. I personally prefer to use such as these: Pyrex Glass Food Storage Containers
Also, make sure your canned goods are BPA free. BPA is commonly found in cans.
9. Don't always jump to the quick fix
Sometimes we jump to an unhealthy option to give us a “quick fix”.
For example, choosing to drink an energy drink to give us an energy boost instead of trying something more natural like yoga. Or using a weight loss supplements instead of changing your diet and exercising.
The “quick fix” is usually the one that comes with the most toxins. Obviously there will be times where we will need to take a medication for something etc. but you get what I’m saying.
10. Clear out a negative mindset
I know this tip is a little different than the others but it’s just as important for us to live a toxin free life!
A negative mindset can actually cause harm to our physical body just as some of these other toxins we listed.
There are many ways to work on your mindset.
I personally love to use yoga for this. If you are interested in trying out yoga check out my FREE 7 day yoga experience. This experience allows you to experience a different aspect of yoga each day.
As always guys, take this one step at a time. You’re not going to be able to make your life toxin free overnight and that’s ok. Just dedicate yourself to learning and try your best to eliminate those toxins!
Love and light,
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