As we go through life, our bodies can easily accumulate toxins from our food, cosmetics, and environment. Our bodies have natural systems in place to help curb this bombardment of toxins, but sometimes things get backlogged because we are literally overwhelmed by it all.
Eighty-five thousand chemicals are legal for commerce in the US Incredibly, all are essentially unregulated. According to Mercola.com, in 2010, chemicals accounted for more than $765 billion in revenue. As an example, the six billion pounds of BPA produced every year generates about $9 billion in profits for its manufacturers.
Chemical and toxin exposure begins right from the womb and continues out into the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the stuff we put on our bodies and more. This isn’t being said to scare you, it is simply being said to educate you to help you make better choices for you and your family.
Small changes here and there can cut down on exposure and give the body some relief so it can have an easier time expelling toxins (especially through your poop).
How To Avoid Overexposure
A few small, easy and practical changes can not only help you avoid chemicals and toxins, but also help you flush them out faster and more effectively.
Read Labels On What You Buy
Buying organic food as much as possible is going to help. A number of studies have shown that an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide exposure in adults by 90%.
Read labels on packaged food you might buy, as well as all cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, hair products and cleaners. Go as natural and organic as you can. Here is some in depth insight on what to watch out for.
Drink More Water
Water helps to flush out toxins and keep organs hydrated. Every part of your body needs water— especially the skin and brain. In fact, the brain performs better after water is consumed. Moreover, people who consume at least 3 litters of water per day report having clear, smooth skin. If you suffer from a skin condition such as acne, drink more water and see the effect it has on your skin. Furthermore, water helps to loosen stool so that you can eliminate on a more frequent basis. Adding lemon to that water also helps to alkalize your system and detox the body.
Eat Goji Berries
Goji berries are very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants aid in detoxification and immunity. Notably, there are several juices on the market which have goji berries; however, they may contain a very small amount and can sometimes have added sugar. Eating the whole fruit, especially organic, is the best way to go.
Consume A Healthy Diet & Mind-Set
By far one of the most important things you can do to not only avoid toxins but also to keep your body in a healthy state is focus on your diet. The human body is complex and needs a range of vitamins and minerals in order to stay in balance. People lead increasingly busier lives these days and it can be tough to get what you need. As a result, most people resort to fast food, microwaveable dinners, and processed foods. This can starve the body of nutrients and create problems over the long term.
Large food companies try to market their products as healthy by adding a bit of fruit and/or vegetables to their heavily processed products. But this isn’t getting you what you need.
Try to eat a diet chock-full of plenty of fruits and vegetables. Get your greens in there. Make smoothies in the morning if you can. Make green juices if you can. Consume things like quinoa, rice, sweet potato, tempeh, and squash along with plenty of green veggies to get your heavier meals in. If you consume animal products, cut dairy completely and limit your meat and fish intake. The body has a harder time digesting these foods.
Cut out alcohol, or limit it as much as you can. Alcohol greatly affects the liver, which is responsible for removing toxins.
Having the right mind-set does huge things for your physical body overall. The effects your thoughts and emotions have on your health has been well documented.
Add things like meditation into your life. Take time to take it easy, do things you love, and work on removing negative self-talk. How you think about yourself and your life has a great impact on it.
You don’t need to train like an Olympian to stay healthy and active. There are many simple exercises and routines you can do without using a gym.
Bodyweight training is something that is free to everyone and almost anyone can do. If you have trouble with mobility, do what you can and what’s comfortable, but make sure you get moving. Movement is one of the most important sides to longevity!
Go for a walk, go up and down the stairs for 20 minutes. Do push ups, sit ups, body weight squats. Get up and walk multiple times throughout the day for 15 minutes if you have a desk job; whatever you can do, do it. Getting your heart rate up can also be done in spurts. High intensity training can be done for short periods of time yet can yield great results.
Here is a quick routine you can do at home.
Removing toxins through your poop is an important part of the whole process. In fact, if you are not going #2 the same amount of times each day as you have meals, you are not going enough. This is optimal for a healthy body. Constipation is a huge problem in western diets especially due to how poor diets are.
A good diet can take care of it, but most people are very backed up. There are also some great products on the market that can assist you in ending constipation while you spend time changing your diet over time. Wholey Shit is a great example as it contains only a few natural, high quality ingredients—and it works great!
These types of remedies are a great way to get started and relieve naturally and quickly while you further discover how to adjust your diet and lifestyle to reflect better digestion, eating habits, and so forth.