When I was studying to be a health coach, I learnt about just how toxic our world is. And it really scared me!
I couldn’t believe how many toxins lurk not just in the air we breathe, but in our homes, in the products we use, in the food we eat. I wrote a little about this in this recent blog post about why we need to detox.
When I discovered this information, I went about cleaning up my surrounds, buying only organic as much as I can, and switching all my skincare, haircare and makeup to organic and non-toxic products.
I noticed that doing this really helped to regulate my out of balance hormones, and that skin problems I had been experiencing really improved. It was really quite amazing what an impact it made.
Other health benefits of reducing your toxin exposure can include (among many others):
- weight loss
- mental acuity
- reduced stress
- more energy
- improved immune function
- better digestion
- reduced cravings
You might now be wondering how you can reduce toxin exposure in your life so you too can experience some of these beneficial changes. Here are my top 6 tips to reduce your toxic load:
- 1. Use herbs that support your detox organs the liver, kidney and colon
Some examples are milk thistle and dandelion. You can often find these in organic herbal teas, my favourite brand being Yogi Tea.
- 2. Encourage elimination through your skin, your largest organ for elimination
Doing exercise that works up a sweat, or getting into a sauna or a steam room can be easy ways to eliminate toxins through your skin.
Dry brushing is also fabulous to do once a day before your shower, using a special dry skin brush. This also feels great and helps to stimulate your lymphatic system which also moves toxins out of your blood stream
- 3. Buy and eat organic food as much as possible
I recommend learning about the “Dirty Dozen” list and try to shop organic for this produce. You can find out more about the Dirty Dozen and which produce to always buy organic and which ones you can more safely get away with buying conventionally at the Environmental Working Group’s website.
- 4. Reduce processed and packaged foods, which are loaded with chemicals
This one is pretty obvious. Try and eat as many wholefoods and fresh produce as you can to avoid the nasties.
- 5. Replace household and personal products which have a lot of chemicals with those made with natural ingredients
This is a big one for me. So many toxins can enter our bodies through our skin and hair, and I feel like this is one area of toxin exposure I really have a lot of control over. I use and love Miessence products and make my own household cleaners using Young Living Essential Oils.
- 6. Do a detox at least once, but even better is twice, a year
This will help your body to release excess toxins and reduce the amount of chemicals going into your body as well. My Lighten Up Detox program starts on April 7th and is a great way to learn more about toxin reduction and how to clean up your lifestyle.
I’ve included a bonus as part of the detox worth $149 that is called the Ultimate Non-Toxic Kitchen Make-over which will help you to clean up your kitchen and home from toxins.
- I’d love to hear from you- what areas of your life do you think need detox the most and why?