Saturday, January 9, 2016

9 tips for a healthy, low-tox lifestyle

Saturday, January 9, 2015

 Want to reduce the load of toxins in and on your body?  Here are 8 ways to do it.
  1. Eat organic, whole foods, heavy in vegetables.  Only those foods labelled as organic do not contain pesticides and herbicides.  Natural is not a regulated term.  Find local farmers that do not use chemicals and buy from them; be sure to visit their farm and ask the right questions.  Grow your own-seeds are fairly inexpensive, especially if you get several friends to buy packets and split it between you. You can save seeds from one year to the next if you purchase heirlooms or open pollinated varieties. 
    2.  Eliminate processed foods, refined sugar and carbs.  Sugar is toxic to the body and cancer loves it.  Carbs cause spikes in blood sugar.  Read labels.
    3.  Keep alcohol to a minimum and eliminate smoking.  Alcohol stresses the liver which is what purifies the blood.  You want your liver working in top form.  Dr. Gerson felt that a healthy liver is what heals the body and removes cancer.
    4.  Limit meds and supplements.  Talk to a naturopathic or holistic practitioner or doctor.  Get a test done that shows what you are actually deficient in so you know what you should be supplementing.  Many times just a change in diet can eliminate the need for meds.  We had a NutrEval test done that tells you the vitamins and minerals your body really needs, or doesn’t.
    5.  Don’t forget the exercise routine and keep a healthy weight.  Many studies have shown walking at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes does wonders.  There are also 10 minute workouts you can do in your living room that have shown to be very beneficial as well.  And there are free apps for it!
    6.  Use body products and household products that have all natural ingredients in them.  That nice fragrance may actually be a VOC if it is chemically based.  I heard once that you do not want to put anything on your body that you would not eat.  Your skin is the biggest organ of the body and absorbs right into your blood stream what you put on it.  I think this is a great way to think of it.
    7.  Take your shoes off when you come home.  Keeps the chemicals from the garage, pesticides and herbicides from the grass, and whatever else you have walked on that day, out of the house.
    8.  Use a water filter to keep the chemicals out of the water you drink.  If you use a water softener, you are washing in and drinking a low level salt solution.  Dr. Gerson found that salt causes migraines in some people and is not healthy for your cells.  If you can’t give up your water softener, you can use potassium chloride in place of salt.  This can cause issues with your softener system so consult your dealer before making the switch.  There are also filters like Aquasana's Rhino that can be used in place of a water softener.
    9.  Many recommend supporting your liver with an 80% standardized concentration of milk thistle supplement for a period of time.  Consult a medical professional before using.
You may not be able to do 100% of all of the above, but every bit you do will reduce the toxin load on your body.  It is amazing how different you feel and look when you follow a low toxin lifestyle and diet!

If you have children, their little bodies are much more sensitive to all these chemicals, give them a safe and healthy start in life.

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