The world seems to be getting more and more polluted, and it seems we are being hit by this toxic assault from so many different angles it’s hard to know where to begin in cleaning up the mess, not only to our planet but also in our own bodies.
Your body can get overburdened with all this junk that comes from sources such as junk foods, environmental pollution, household cleaning products, make-up, soaps, perfumes and a million other different things, therefore learning how to stay healthy in a toxic world is VITAL to your ultimate health, well-being and longevity.
In this post I will give you easy steps to detoxifying your body and keeping your toxic load to a minimum. Applying these steps every day will, over time, give you a huge health, energy and vitality boost to help you live your life to the fullest and become the healthiest you can be.
I don’t believe in harsh and limiting detoxification diets, no way, I love my food too much for that. But I do believe in making healthy foods taste delicious; and like most people I like to have ‘treat foods’ every day WITHOUT feeling guilty, so it’s all about balance in all things.
Symptoms of Toxic Overload
You may just have some (or maybe all) of these symptoms, but they are all signs that your body may not be detoxifying itself as well as it could be and may be in need of a helping hand.
- BRAIN FOG – Like when you can’t think properly, feel confused, or you have trouble remembering simple things like what you had for breakfast, or what you did yesterday.
- LOW ENERGY – or tiredness for no apparent reason is often a sign of not only a diet lacking in nutrients, but also links have now been made between chronic fatigue and toxic overload.
- YOU SMELL BAD – Nasty breath, or abnormal smelling body odour may be a signal that your body is toxic and it’s seeping out through your pores.
- ACHES AND PAINS ALL OVER – Not just a sign of chronic fatigue, but also a sign that you may have toxic build up in your body from the eating of too many junk and chemical filled foods.
- SKIN PROBLEMS – Dull, listless and spotty skin can be due to toxins coming out of the body. Or a sign that you are putting too many chemical filled products onto your skin in the form of soaps, make-up, creams, deodorants and perfumes.
- CONSTIPATION – This can be down to not eating enough fiber rich healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, pulses, nuts, seeds and wholegrains. If you’re not eating these then you are more than likely filling up on processed and chemical laden junk foods instead.
Now you know what may be causing some of your problems you can start to work on them by cutting down, and ideally out, all the rubbish that makes your body sick and under par. This isn’t as hard as you may think, and can even be way more cost effective when you learn how to swap and change the bad things and find great alternatives.
Giving your body and life a spring-clean will really give you a lift, and will have so many benefits that you will never look back.
Side effects of a cleansed system that is firing on all cylinders:-
- Much more energy.
- Clear skin.
- A twinkle in your eyes.
- Higher immunity.
- Weight loss.
- Clearer thinking.
- Less depression and anxiety.
- Less PMS and other hormonal problems.
- Higher fitness levels.
- Better/deeper sleep.
- Improved relationships with everybody.
- Lower stress levels/ not affected by stress as much.
- Calmer and more rational.
- More confidence/ more inclined to live out your dreams and push forward.
How to Stay Healthy in a Toxic World – 6 Survival Tips
1. EAT A MORE PLANT BASED DIET
Eating lots of plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and pulses will ensure you are filling yourself up on loads of antioxidants, nutrients and fiber. Nutrients give your body nutrition to do all the repair work it needs to do to keep your immune system strong, antioxidants help neutralise the free radical damage caused by the bombardment of toxins, and fiber helps drag toxins out of your digestive tract.
2. GREEN SUPERFOOD POWDERS
Taking a shot of a good quality green superfood powder every day can do absolute wonders for your health and energy levels, not to mention giving you the most glowing complexion you’ve ever had! They are also choc-a-bloc with super nutrition in the form of antioxidants, phytochemicals and chlorophyll and are an easy way to make up your veg count if you’ve been busy.
Many of these superfood powders, the likes of spirulina and blue-green algaes, contain compounds that can specifically remove heavy metals and helps neutralise radiation in the body – something that comes in very handy in our modern environment. However, if you have known heavy metal poisoning then you should always detoxify under the care of a specialist as removing too quickly can be dangerous.
Take your superfood as a quick shot in some juice or water if you don’t like the taste; or add to smoothies and juices for an added nutrient boost. However you take them, just get them in as you really can’t afford to miss out on their unique nutrition.
3. PURE WATER
As soon as you start drinking more pure water you will see the difference in your skin within days, sometimes hours. Considering our bodies are made up of 60% water it stands to reason we should be mindful of the type we choose to use. Buy a good water filter and use it for all your hot and cold drinks; also have a glass drinking bottle that you can fill up and take out with you so you don’t have to buy bottles water out. Not only is this environmentally friendly because it cuts down on endless packaging, but you won’t be consuming any of the plastic chemical residues that notoriously leak out of plastic bottles.
You may think this is boring and obvious but you need to stop and think about the true reasons why getting yourself moving is an absolute must in the mobilisation and excretion of toxins. Putting aside the fact that regular exercise has hundreds of benefits for the body that I won’t even go into here, it also helps escort toxins out of your body through SWEAT.
Sweating through exercise specifically causes your deep seated toxins to be released, and is different to the sweat that comes from having a sauna or other types of heat. So get a sweat up through whatever exercise you enjoy at least 3-4 times a week, and it will go a long way towards lowering your toxic load.
5. CUTTING DOWN ON CHEMICALS
You can reduce your toxic load even further by taking extra care about what you choose to put onto your body. Everything that you put on the outside seeps into the inside as your skin is very absorbent even if you don’t think it is.
FACE AND BODY:
Instead of slathering on shed loads of chemical laden creams to cleanse and moisturise, just use a simple olive oil soap that can be used all over your body, then moisturise with some coconut oil afterwards. If you can afford to buy the more expensive organic products then that’s great, but it’s not necessarily needed.
I use all types of oils on my face at night, my favorites being coconut, wheatgerm, almond, jojoba, seabuckthorne, argan and avocado. Or, you can split open a vitamin E oil capsule and use that as an extra nourishing oil for a real skin treat. If oils aren’t your thing then you can buy just an organic base cream and make your own amazing creams with a little of the oils mentioned above, and maybe some anti aging essential oils like frankincense and carrot seed.
Again, I bring out the coconut oil once a week for a conditioning treatment, but ordinarily I would actually fork out and buy organic shampoos and conditioners and make them last by only using a little. You will absolutely notice a BIG difference in your hair when you stop putting chemical products on it, and don’t be fooled by labels: a lot of companies boast that they use organic products, but fail to mention that just because one of the ingredients is organic it still contains all the usual suspect chemicals right alongside it. Honestly, I don’t know why they bother! Just be sure to always read labels scrupulously.
Make-up is something that you put on your face and it STAYS there all day, so you can image how bad that can potentially be for your skin if it’s filled with rubbish (which most are BTW; even the expensive brands). This is why organic make-up is something I will splash out on, especially when it comes to products that actually sit on the skin such as foundation, concealer, blusher, powders and lipsticks. If I buy organic of these then I don’t mind using inorganic products such as mascara, eyeliner and eyebrow pencils as these don’t touch a big area of skin.
I know you like to smell nice, of course, but did you know that most commercial perfumes are just a cesspool of chemicals, parabens, and other hormone and endocrine disrupting nasties? And they’re flipping EXPENSIVE to boot! You can use a small dab of your favorite essential oil instead (providing it doesn’t have a reaction on your skin – test it first); alternatively, make your own perfume roller-ball with a carrier oil such as almond and a few drops of whatever essential oil you like. Rose and blue lotus are both amazing (not together)!
Doing this will be highly cost effective, as once you have your base products you can just remake them over and over again.
However, there are also lots of lovely organic perfume companies out there these days if you want to splash out on something special.
6. HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS
If you use bleaches, detergents, air fresheners or any other chemical products around your home then you are probably breathing in this pollution daily. Not only is this bad for your lungs (which are one of your detoxifying organs), but these products are often filled with the worst kind of chemical and endocrine disruptors.
Air freshener sprays are among the worst toxic offenders as they are deliberately sprayed into the air and breathed directly into the lungs. This is easily remedied: if you feel you can’t live without your air fresheners then use a simple spray bottle filled with water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
A good combination for an antibacterial spray would be lavender and tee-tree. These are both among the cheapest oils and will save you huge amounts of money as you can just keep refilling your bottle many times before you need to buy more oils. Of course, you can use any oils you choose, and often you can buy lovely oil blends that are suitable as air fresheners too.
You can also use an essential oil burner or vapouriser, which are just as effective but you may use your oils more quickly this way.
There are lots of alternatives to cleaning products, the most popular being:-
- Baking soda – can be used in place of cream cleaners to clean dirt and grime from bathrooms and kitchen surfaces. Just use the straight powder and a wet cloth or scourer.
- Distilled white vinegar – is another great cleaner for gleaming surfaces, and is also a great chemical free disinfectant.
- Salt – A great scrubber as it’s pretty pretty course, which makes it a great product to use when something really needs a good scrub. Be careful to only use it on things that won’t scratch!
- Lemon juice – is a great anti bacterial, anti fungal, and stain remover so therefore can be used to clean surfaces where you prepare food (even chopping boards), or use in your bathroom for a lovely fresh smell. Just squeeze the lemon directly onto the surface and clean with a damp cloth. Be aware this is not suitable for granite or stone tops.
6. HOUSE PLANTS
Having the right kind of plants in your home can help detoxify your living environment from dust, germs, traffic pollution (if you live on a main road), and all manner of nasties that may be lurking in the atmosphere of your house.
Add a couple of these great detoxifyers to the main rooms of your house, or anywhere you please if you’re a plant lover, and reap the benefits of lovely, fresher air.
- English Ivy
- Weeping Fig
- Snake Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Spider Plant
- Dragon Tree
- Broad Lady Palm
- Chinese Evergreen
- Areca Palm
- Peace Lily