Saturday, October 24, 2015

Reducing Toxins in Your Life - Your Body

From here
The dictionary defines toxin as:
  1. an antigenic poison or venom of plant or animal origin, especially one produced by or derived from microorganisms and causing disease when present at low concentration in the body.

When we think of toxins we often think of men in chemical suits protecting their skin, eyes, and lungs from the horrible fumes and chemicals that one must be around for a dangerous job. But, did you know we have toxins of many types in our world today, in our homes, in our daily lives? They don't look like the fume emitting chemicals of movie making greatness. They look like dishwashing detergent, pain relievers, clothing, and more. 

Of course, we could go nuts trying to figure out how to get rid of every toxin. We just can't get rid of them all. But we can help to reduce the load on ourselves and our families with a little education and effort. 

What are some simple ways we can lower toxins? Let me share a few that will cost you nothing or very little. 

  • If you are pregnant, could be pregnant, or want to be pregnant, avoid any metal containing dental for for 3 months prior to getting pregnant. This includes having gray colored fillings removed. 
  • Always avoid Acetaminophen. It lowers your body's glutatione levels, which is it's natural detox system. It's just not a good medication unless you have 100% no other choice. 
  • If you are sick, or within a 2 week period after sickness, don't get vaccinated at all. I am not saying to not vaccinate yourself or your family. That is between you and your family. I am saying, as do the vaccine manufacturers, that a sick person should not be vaccinated. Doctors often ignore this warning, but it's there for a reason. Your immune system cannot take that type of hit when it's trying to heal from something else, even something small. So, if you want to be vaccinated, just wait until you have been healthy for 2 weeks. 
  • Check your household products for aluminum. This is in items such as water, antiperspirant, foil, broth boxes or other boxed foods such as soups, and even cooking items such as pans. Did you know "stainless steel" pans can have aluminum in them. This gets in your body and, yikes, lookout. 
  • Eat clean. I wrote, not long ago, you are what your eat eats and you can't excrete. If the cow didn't excrete it, what makes you think you will? Instead of hoping you get rid of the toxins in your food, just know your food source and don't take a chance. 
  • GMO = no! I can't believe I have to even say it. But if it's modified in such a way, just skip past it in the grocery store. If you aren't sure, skip past it until you can confirm it with the company or a 3rd party independent organization. Science making food in crazy ways, no thanks. 
  • PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) are in things like pajamas, furniture, beds, and more. You need to label read everything. For these types of items it will mean looking online and calling companies. Or, you can find a safe fabric source and buy from stores that use those. 
  • TEFLON! UGH! I grew up in the 80's, was an adult in the 90's, and I remember the Teflon craze. Food doesn't stick to the pan, it is awesome. Yeah, well, it's a toxin. It's so bad for us. It's bad for our environment. It's bad for our pets. I remember, 20 years ago, when I met a couple that, back then, would have been called hippies, freaky, tree huggers (yeah, and now I would call them friend - lol). They told me they didn't use Teflon because she burned something once and both their birds in their kitchen died. She said Teflon did it. I smiled, shook my head in agreement with her, walked out, and said they were a bit nutty. Now I know they were right. Get rid of the Teflon. This doesn't have to be expensive.
  • Body products - Get rid of the junk. I know it smells like lilac and lavender, but it's chemicals. If you want lilac and lavender scented soap, by soap that uses real lilac and lavender. Body care, hair care, and personal care products are usually full of toxins in them. Women, they are full of endocrine disruptors as well. If you aren't familiar with that term, you need to be. Do a bit of research. 
There are a lot of products out there that will help you make the switch. For clothing and fabric items in your home the internet is a huge buffet of great options. Just google organic cotton clothing and you will have weeks worth of reading and options at your fingertips. 

GMOs are a bit harder. Companies are lobbying against the labeling of them. Gee, wonder why. If they are so wonderful and safe, why not proudly say you use them? Sticking with organic will nail that one. You cannot have an organic GMO by law. (well, and logic)

Teflon - think about what our grandparents used to use. Look for high quality stainless steel (check make sure it's not mixed with aluminum) or go cast iron. If you use cast iron, make sure to go quality. Go for a company like Lodge made in the USA. There are cheap knock offs and you will pay for it with your toxin load. 

Body products - just check out stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and more. Look online for the myriad of organic or natural choices. I use Ava Anderson myself. I am not writing this post to sell it. But, if you are in the market for a bit of research, please feel free to visit my store online. If you want to order, you can do it all without contacting me so you don't have to worry about me having your personal information. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me. My Ava Anderson Page

Talk soon.

*This post contains a link to a company I am affiliated with called Ava Anderson. I receive no compensation or award if you click the link. But, if you purchase anything I do receive commission. 


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