4 Tips To Clean Up And Detox Your Homedetox health and nutrition high performance home detox non-toxic Jun 12, 2021
Your home is supposed to be your safe space...
Your comforting haven that you can't wait to get back to when you've been gone for a long period of time. But what if your home wasn't as safe as you thought? What if your home is actually contributing to your declining health and inflammatory problems, despite the “healthy” lifestyle you currently live?
How? Because of hidden toxins.
Many people overlook this MAJOR factor when trying to heal their body. A home filled with hidden toxins could inhibit your body from truly healing and may even be the culprit of your nagging symptoms.
Think about all the products and chemicals you use or come into contact with on a daily and weekly basis. hand soap, makeup, skincare, haircare, kitchen utensils, air fresheners, cleaning supplies...once you start thinking about it, there’s A LOT of potentially harmful toxins, aren’t there?
The first thing you want to do is identify what products are toxic and then swap them out with non-toxic alternatives.
Here’s an upgraded list of things you can focus on to clean up your home!
These are tricky because you never really think about these things being "toxic" to your health. you may realize that yard sprays, paint, and other things aren’t great for your health, but never think twice when you get new furniture, and your home is overwhelmed with that chemical smell. or more surprising, that automatic air freshener that sprays every couple of minutes to “freshen” your home, could actually be contributing to your headaches or hormone imbalance!
Here are some home items/ factors to consider that could be switched to more non-toxic versions:
- Cleaning supplies
- Furniture material and coating
- Type of bedding/pillow
- Certain toys for your kiddos
- Type of paint you use
- Type of pots, pans, and cooking utensils you use
2. Clean Up Your Beauty & Hygiene Supplies
How often do you think about what you put ON your body? What ingredients are in your makeup, skincare, and hair care products?
Most mainstream brands of soaps, shampoos, and conditioners are filled with toxic chemicals, which can be cancer-causing and endocrine disrupting. Your body absorbs everything you put on your body within seconds! Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it - all the toxins, parabens, lead, and other harmful compounds.
Here are some things to consider up-leveling to more non-toxic/clean options!
- Hand soap
- Hair products
- Face scrubs
- Anti-aging products
- Shaving creams
It’s really so simple and I promise you’ll feel sooo refreshed ditching the old and replenishing with new, clean, non-toxic goodness!
3. Air Quality
You spend the majority of your time indoors, in your home. This means that the majority of the air you breathe in is from within home. While you may hear the negative consequences of air pollution in our environment, did you ever think about the air in your home? Many studies have shown that indoor air quality is just as bad, if not worse, than outside!
Here are some things to consider when thinking about your air quality:
- How often do you dust?
- Do you light candles?
- Do you spray air fresheners?
- Automatic air fresheners?
- Do you open your windows daily?
- How old is your air filtration system?
4. Water Filtration
You hear all the time that you need to be drinking more water. But what if that water is contaminated with chemicals? Unfortunately, most water sources are contaminated with one toxin or another. Not even that, but the amount of microplastics in water sources is shocking. In some places, the amount of microplastics that are consumed in a month from water sources equates to eating a credit card's worth of plastic!
Do you filter your water? Sadly a filter such as the Brita Filter doesn't filter out all the more toxic chemicals. you really need to upgrade! Christmas list idea :)
Why you need to detox these areas:
The majority of your time is spent at home and office. If your environment is conducive to disease, you may be setting yourself up for serious health issues down the road.
When you are exposed to toxins constantly, it raises your total toxic burden. Your body can't keep up with detoxification and toxins start to get reabsorbed back into circulation, causing havoc in your body.
One of the major issues caused by toxins is inflammation. Inflammation is the body's way of sending cells and chemicals to try to destroy the toxins. If toxins are constantly present, then your body will be on overdrive, contributing to chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation can manifest as:
- Skin issues (rashes, acne, eczema)
- Autoimmune disease
- Heart disease
- Bowel diseases (Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis)
- and more!
Let's clean it up & refresh!
It's essential to optimize your living environment so you can live your best and healthiest life. by doing this, you'll have tons of energy, improve sleep quality, your immune system will be strong, and you won't have to deal with those nagging symptoms.
First off, when you lower your toxic burden, you're able to rewire your body to handle any and all environmental stressors that may be out of your control- pollution, work stress, chemical exposure at your job, etc.
When you lessen toxins at home, you automatically lower your stress and total toxic burden! reducing your toxic exposure in your body, on your body, and around your body, will give your body the energy to do what it's supposed to - like balance its hormones, digest, and detoxify. PLUS, you'll reduce the inflammation, lowering your risk of chronic inflammatory diseases.
I want to point out that you don't have to be “perfect”, either! you're not going to completely avoid every toxin - I don’t want you to even try. HOWEVER, with simple product swaps and lifestyle changes, your exposure to toxins can be easily and significantly reduced. you may even find your inflammation will ease up and find relief from your symptoms!
Not sure where exactly to start with detoxing your living environment? I got you covered! let's start with your home because it's a place you CAN control. let's make it your safe space where you can wake up every morning just knowing with ease that your home is conducive to health and a non-toxic space to enjoy.
Simple swaps to upgrade your home & health!
It feels SO good using products that do not contain all the thousands of harmful toxins that ruin your endocrine system (hormone balance) and encourage inflammation. Let’s get started on your beauty products.
When product shopping, opt for a very simple, non-toxic substitute for these items to use the majority of the time to lessen your total toxic burden.
Toxic ingredients to avoid:
- Parabens (like propylparaben & isobutylparaben)
- Chemical UV filters (octinoxate and oxybenzone)
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Phthalates (like dibutyl phthalate)
- Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)
Swap out your current beauty brands with these non toxic ones.
Household product swaps:
1. Swap plastic tupperware for glass
2. Swap cleaning products to non- toxic cleaners (branch basics and molly's suds)
3. Choose organic and non-GMO foods
4. Switch to a safer makeup and skincare brand (beauty counter and honest)
5. Let fresh air into your home by opening windows periodically
6. Get an air filtration system in your home
7. Filter your water with a reverse osmosis filtration system + re-mineralizer built into it (or add minerals via mineral drops)
8. Drink from glass instead of plastic
9. Use non-toxic cooking pots and pans
10. Reduce the amount of canned and packaged foods you use.
11. Get your air right. the air filter I love is the EnviroKlenz.
Get your environment all set up right, so you don't have to think twice about it! You get to wake up every single day just knowing that you're automatically already setting yourself up for success & health.
When you make some non-toxic swaps in your life, like household and hygiene items, your inflammation automatically goes down, and your symptoms will start to find relief.
Ready to optimize your home & health?
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