Living a Less Toxic Life How do I Live a Toxic Free 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.

Chemical Free Clean

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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Remove Toxins From Your Life

The number of people who wish to lead a toxic-free life is steadily increasing, and as a result, it’s becoming increasingly easier to do so. And it’s no wonder why, studies show that toxins have a negative effect on the entire body. From headaches and vertigo to poor memory and erratic behavior, toxins are having a harmful impact on humans. Unfortunately, toxic chemicals are everywhere, so you might be asking yourself: How do I live a toxic free life? Fortunately, there are several ways you can remove toxins from your life.

Buy Organic Produce

As the old adage goes, “You are what you eat.” Non-organic foods may contain pesticides and/or antibiotics. Eating food that contains toxins means that those toxins go directly into your body. Pesticides are used prominently in standard grocery store produce. Buying only organic produce will help steer you towards your goal of living a toxic-free life.

Use Natural Cleaners

The majority of standard cleaners use harsh chemicals and cleaning agents, which are just simply not necessary to clean your house. While they are not as prevalent as mainstream cleaners, these days there are more options than ever that allow you to buy non-toxic options. Or, perhaps better yet, you can make your own cleaners out of common household items such as white vinegar and baking soda.  

  • All-Purpose Cleaner: Add one part white vinegar, one part water, lemon rind, and some springs of Rosemary. Pour into a spray bottle and shake before use.
  • Glass cleaner: 2 cups water, ½ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol. If you’d like, you can also add a couple of drops of an essential oil if you’d like a scented cleaner.
  • Kitchen Cleaner: Mix 1 quart warm water with 4 tablespoons baking soda to create a scrub for all your kitchen appliances.

Only Use Natural Bath and Body Products

If you’re striving to live a toxic-free life, then you’ll most certainly want to take a look at the things you’re putting on your body on a daily basis. Personal care products and cosmetics contain a large amount of chemicals. Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash, shaving cream, and lotions are typically filled with preservatives, thickeners, and artificial colors. Non-natural products use toxic chemicals to achieve optimal product result, and these are the products that you’re putting directly on your body. A good portion of these products are made to soak into skin, so you want to be extra cautious with those.

Visit a Naturopath or Homeopath

Instead of seeing a traditional medical doctor, try making an appointment with a naturopath or homeopath who use natural products and medications to treat ailments. You can make an appointment at Coastal Natural Health to learn more.