We are surrounded by toxic chemicals in our daily life. From the pesticides on the foods we eat to the latest tech gadgets and hottest new beauty products, chemicals are everywhere.
Unfortunately, these chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA), formaldehyde, phthalates and toxic flame retardants etc, are easily absorbed into our bodies and have been linked to obesity, infertility, asthma, heart disease and even cancers. Toxic chemicals are especially troubling for kids, as their immune system is weak because their bodies are still developing.
A more disturbing problem is that many of these chemicals have never been tested for their safety in humans, and experts agree strong legislation is needed for the control of these toxic chemicals.
It's impossible to completely avoid chemicals, but there are things you can do to reduce your exposure and the level of toxicity in your body. For example:
1. Choose organic fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat to reduce your exposure to nasty pesticides and hormones. Organic foods are grown and produced without the aid of pesticides or antibiotics which helps to cut down toxic chemicals specifically in your diet.
2. Look for cosmetic and personal care products that are phthalate- and paraben- free. Also avoid products with retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that breaks down in the sun and has been linked to skin tumors and lesions.
3. Toxic chemicals are actually stored in the body, and one of the most effective ways to break down the fat cells and flush the chemicals out is through regular exercise.
4. Try avoiding saturated fats found in some meats and other fried foods.
5. Look for green certified cleaning products.
6. Look for paint, carpet underlay and flooring with low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), toxic chemicals that can be emitted as gasses from certain solids or liquids. Open your windows to circulate the air and reduce exposure from this furniture off-gassing.
7. Choose glass instead of plastic when storing food to avoid exposure to BPA and never heat plastic in the microwave, as this can cause BPA to see into your food. Choose stainless steel or cast iron pans over non-stick.
8. Water is a great way to flush the toxins out of the body. Men should aim to drink 3.7 liters a day, and women should try for 2.7 liters.
Removing and eliminating toxins from the body, feeding your body with healthy nutrients and detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health through a range of methods including yoga, meditation and more.