Did you know we are constantly bombarded by toxins? Many of us are carrying a toxic burden. We accumulate pesticides from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink, and it is the job of our bodies to remove them. Specific organs responsible for detoxification are the skin, intestines, lungs, kidneys, and liver. We also unknowingly expose ourselves daily to other harmful chemicals that are in our cosmetics, personal care products, and cleaning products. I know what you are saying – either “pish posh” or “it is too expensive to replace everything.” If your initial thought was the latter, then try to replace one item at a time. Here are a few ideas for the next time you need to buy body washes or cleaning products that are free from toxic chemicals:

BeautycounterDid you know that the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients in beauty and personal care products since 1938? The FDA does not have the regulatory authority to remove harmful ingredients from these products, which means we are dangerously far behind the times in terms of safety. However, you can have peace of mind with Beautycounter’s extensive skincare line for women, men, and children, as well as their high-performance makeup. Beautycounter has you covered because their innovative products are made with an industry-leading safety standard. Their “Never List” contains more than 1,500 questionable chemicals that they prohibit as ingredients in any of their formulas.

Young Living:  Young Living makes a variety of safe personal care products, as well as household cleaners. I did my homework and decided on Young Living because of their purity, transparency, and philanthropy. I personally use and distribute Young Living, and my only goal is to share my knowledge with those who are interested.

  

No matter what products you decide to use, please be an educated consumer. Read your labels and know things like “all natural” does not necessarily mean safe, and “fragrance” may actually mean an artificial scent chemically developed in a lab.

I recently interviewed Dr. Neil Nathan, the author of the incredible book, Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness, as part of my Living With Lyme podcast series. Please stay tuned for its release, but in the mean time, I can only mirror the sentiments of many others by saying the book was fabulously written and full of great information for both medical professionals and patients alike. It was a real eye opener.

How do you rid your body of toxins? Here is a good start:

  • Drink plenty of clean, filtered water. Avoid drinking from plastic bottles or plastic straws. We recommend drinking from stainless steel water bottles or tumblers, and using stainless steel straws.  Just make sure you are thoroughly cleaning them after each use to avoid mold and bacteria growth.
  • Know what types of organic produce you should splurge on and which ones you do not have to.  The Environmental Working Group makes it easy to decide what to buy the next time your are in the grocery store. Go organic if it’s on the Dirty 12 list and buy conventional if it’s listed on the Clean 15.

  • Exercise to help you sweat because sweating releases chemicals through the skin. Also, consider purchasing a portable home sauna.
  • Take a detox bath a few times per week using 2-cups of Epsom salts in a hot bath. You can add 8-drops of lavender essential oil to aid in relaxation.
  • Make sure you are having regular bowel movements. If you feel you are not as regular as you should be, then add fiber to your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as drinking that water and getting in a walk.
  • Make yourself a cup of detox tea from Yogi or The Tea Guys. Here’s a healthy snack to enjoy your tea with:

Nutty Bites/Nutty Patty

Using your food processor, chop in this order:

  • 3 organic pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup nuts (I like walnuts and almonds, but any kind of nut will do)
  • 2-3 tbsp cashew, coconut, or almond milk to make it stick together

Simply roll into balls or a patty, sprinkle or roll in coconut.

For a little sweeter treat, exchange the dates for organic agave or organic maple syrup – sweeten to taste (roughly 1 tbsp).

You can be creative and use gluten free oats, cacao chips, and/or dried fruit.  Really, it’s up to you to create your own recipe. The only trick is to be able to roll it into balls or a patty. It keeps in the fridge for a week – if they make it to the fridge without being eaten right away – or freeze them for a later treat in a few weeks.


Be on the lookout for our next blog on adaptogens! Blessings to you all.   

-Cindy

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