Living a Less Toxic Life
There are many different ways to live a less toxic life.
A toxic is a poisonous substance. Toxicity is the degree to which a chemical substance or particular mixture of substances can damage an organism. A toxin is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms.
While it can be tough to eliminate toxic substances from our lives in the industrialized world, there are many ways that you can help to lessen your contact with them, especially in your own home.
Eat Organic and Locally
Replacing conventionally grown and raised foods in your diet with ones that are grown organically and locally can reduce the amount of toxic substance you and the people who took care of the food before it reached your table, are exposed to. A lifetime of eating foods that have been conventionally raised and grown can cause you to ingest traces of substances that can be toxic, such as pesticides, fertilizers and antibiotics. Doing this can cause harm to yourself, as well as, it supports an industry that exposes workers to toxic substances on a daily basis, in order to provide a product that makes them money.
When people buy locally sourced foods, they are cutting down on the amount of fossil fuels it takes to get food to their tables. The less distance a product needs to travel, the less amount of pollution will get in the air from fuel and to refrigerate the food.
The average American uses conventional soaps, laundry detergents, bathroom cleaners, kitchen cleaners, glass cleaners, furniture polishes, carpet and floor cleaners, and other kinds of household cleaning products. All of these, even ones that are “fragrance free,” contain chemicals that can negatively impact your health and the environment. These products can be replaced with ones that are nontoxic or even homemade cleaners that are less expensive than store bought ones. If you are purchasing cleaning products, look for ones that are labeled, “nontoxic”.
Make Your Environment Green
Fill your home and office or workspace with as many plants as you have room for and the capacity to take care of. Plants naturally clean our air by absorbing carbon dioxide while making oxygen. Whether you live in a tiny urban apartment or in a house on a large piece of land, having plants where you live can be healthy for you.
Keep Your Largest Organ Chemical Free
Your skin is your largest organ. It lets waste products out and toxic substances in. You can absorb less toxic substances by switching from conventional soaps, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, and other hair, skin and make-up products, to natural oils and cleansers such as almond, jojoba, tea tree and coconut oils, as well as grooming and beauty products that are labeled nontoxic.
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