As established in Part 1, it’s impossible to avoid toxins in our lives, but there are many ways to reduce exposure and the impact they have on our health. The first step is evaluating our environment and making a list of sources of toxins in our daily lives. This requires reading labels on food, cosmetics, body products, cleaning supplies, and gradually eliminating anything with toxic chemicals. As a rule, if you can’t eat something, you should think twice before you use it on your skin or in your environment. Remember that every chemical your put on your skin or come into contact with can be absorbed into your body.
There are certain chemicals that have been established to be pervasive in our homes, they’ve been found in the blood and urine of North Americans and have been identified as being hazardous to our health. These include VOCs (volatile organic compounds), parabens, SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), PDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), BPA (bisphenol A), PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), acrylamide, mercury, MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether). There are a number of credible websites that provide detailed information on these chemicals as well as tips for reducing exposure.
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Other ways to help your body to eliminate toxins include eating foods that support the body’s natural detoxification pathways. The foods that can help the body to break down and eliminate toxins include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts), green leafy vegetables, cilantro, garlic, onions, nuts and seeds, healthy fats (avocado and coconut oil), berries and whole grains. In addition, buying organic food as much as possible, but especially the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables which includes apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet peppers, cucumbers, cherries, snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers, kale and collard greens.
For adults, doing a whole body detox at least twice a year to ensure the body’s detoxification organs (liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin) are functioning optimally to eliminate toxins and minimize their impact on our health. This can be done in a number of ways and can vary in length from 1 week to 30 days or more depending on the individual and their needs. For more information on how to do a detoxification feel free to send me your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.