How to reduce your toxic load.
Reducing your exposure to toxins can make a huge difference to your health and wellbeing. In our last post explained what toxic overload is and its link to a range of different health issues.
Our philosophy is simple - have a good understanding as to what is harmful and what's not. Then you can make good choices to keep your toxic load as light as possible. Here's nine simple changes you can make right now. Like, today!
- Buy organic. It is important to limit the amount of sprays, pesticides and herbicides that we consume. Organic can be expensive so check out New Zealand’s “Dirty Dozen”. This list outlines the organic non-negotiables
- Wash all fruit and vegetables. An easy method is to soak them in an apple cider vinegar (ACV) bath. Fill up your sink with water, add a few splashes of ACV and let fruit and vege soak for a few minutes before rinsing. Use organic ACV - we recommend Ceres RAW Apple Cider Vinegar
- Eat fresh. Swap processed, plastic-packaged foods for fresh, non-packaged food. This is one of the quickest ways to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and BPAs
- Say no to fast food. Limit your intake of conventional fast food (think fast-food chains like McDonalds, KFC etc). Often they're made from cheap ingredients and usually grown with many spray applications. They also contain trans-fats, high amounts of sugar and salt which burdens your body. There are some great, healthy fast-food options, so go hard on those
- Choose local, coastal fish. Try to limit your consumption of deep-sea game fish or canned tuna which tests high for mercury
- Cook with traditional materials. Cast iron or good quality stainless steel cookery eliminates health issues associated with non-stick and aluminium pans. Non-stick cookware has a chemical coating with two chemicals known to cause harm - TFE, PFOA. It's best to avoid these altogether
- Filter tap water. Filter and store water in in BPA-free water bottles to avoid heavy metals and exposure to endocrine disruptors
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products. Choose cleaning products that contain plant and mineral based ingredients over nasty chemicals. Some natural chemicals cause allergic reactions, avoid these if there is a known sensitivity. We love ecostore products - kiwi made and their philosophy is spot on! Less chemicals are better for us and the environment - win-win
- Reduce petrochemicals in personal care products. The average person uses 12 beauty and hygiene products every day, that’s exposure to up to 160 chemicals in a 24 hour period! Learn about the different petrochemicals used in products. And most importantly read labels. Here’s a A-Z list of the 20 most common petrochemicals used in personal care products
Incorporate these simple steps into your life to reduce your toxic load. Combine these steps with support for your detoxification organs and you will make a big difference to your number one asset – YOUR HEALTH!