Springtime is the best time to detoxify the body, rest, rejuvenate, and renourish your blood and organs. But after you've completed your favorite springtime cleanse, you need to take care to keep your systems clean and efficient!
You have control over several ways that toxins creep into your system, and no control over others. Let’s look at a few ways you can keep yourself detoxified this year! You can make your food and immediate environment much safer and healthier by paying attention and experimenting.
First of all, learn what's actually in the food you're eating. Processed foods contain many chemicals used to flavor, color, preserve, or even make you addicted. Hidden sugar may be sneaking up on you if you don’t read your labels. Excitotoxins are added to foods to make you crave or continue to eat them after you're full. Big agricultural farms douse your produce liberally with pesticides and herbicides, and worse yet, they use GMO seeds. This is the same produce and grain used to make processed foods.
The best way to avoid toxins in your food is to increase the amount of food preparation and cooking you do at home for yourself. When you go to a restaurant, you really don’t know what kind of oil is used for cooking, whether the ingredients are organic, or what additives have been included. Stop buying processed foods when at all possible. I consider deli and restaurant food "processed" as well, because they're constructed from processed ingredients instead of homemade ones. It’s pretty safe to assume that anything that has a commercial on TV is a processed food.
Stop drinking bottled beverages, sodas and diet sodas, or restaurant offerings of tea or coffee, and just drink water. Carry a water bottle with you at all times and drink water all day long. You'll flush out your system and prevent new toxins from entering. As a bonus, you'll save a lot of money.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and anything that touches your skin is absorbed into your system. In order to avoid toxins in the future, be aware of what household products you use to clean, such as bathroom, oven, drain, and detergent cleaners. Even many "green" products contain toxic substances. Some of the most damaging chemicals are in fragrances, which don’t legally have to be identified as anything except "Fragrance." Many detergents still have phosphates, surfectants, and petroleum-based ingredients which have been shown to cause cancer. Consider making your own cleaning products from simple ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and borax. And again, you'll save money!
Surprisingly, you're also exposed to toxins in many health and beauty products like soap, hair products, skin products, makeup, and perfume. Look for ingredients such as synthetic color, DBP, Triclosan, DEA, TEA, metals such as titanium or aluminum, Petrolatum, fragrance, parabens, benzophenone, ceteareth, and more. Don’t buy products with poisons in them. Great guides to find out whether your health and beauty products are toxic can be found on Environmental Working Groups website www.ewg.org. Before you use a product, ask yourself this question: Would you give this to a baby? If not, then don’t use it on yourself, either!
Start making small changes in your food, beverages, household cleaners, and beauty products today – your body will thank you!
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