Mar 07, 2019
by Sophia Ruan Gushée
Our toxic exposures is a complex topic. However, effective solutions can be simple.
After studying an average family's toxic exposures and sharing what I wish I knew sooner in my nearly 500-page book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, I noticed a practical strategy in reducing our toxic exposures: Go back to basics.
Chemicals that comprise our household products don’t stay in the products: They get released into our air, dust, hands, food, and drinks. For example, indoor air tends to be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, even in the most industrialized cities.
Furthermore, dozens of toxic chemicals (like pesticides, heavy metals, and chemical flame retardants) have been found in house dust across the country. Our hands then sweep these chemicals from surface areas, furniture, and clothing.
Turns out, old fashioned traditions can help reduce our body burdens (the chemical load in our bodies). They include:
While these practices were common in pre-industrial times, they are not followed as much today as our modern, fast-paced lives make them easy to overlook. Technology has accelerated the pace at which we are expected to deliver a variety of responses. People of all ages feel like there's never enough time. Going back to basics requests a willingness to slow down. In return, you will become more connected to what you put into and onto your body and what you inhale—all while making nontoxic choices.
Below are 10 tips to detox your diet and indoor air.
Diet is a major source of our toxic exposures. To start detoxing your diet of toxic chemicals, follow the three tips below.
Since people tend to spend 90 percent of their time indoors, detoxing your home's air and dust is high impact. Below are tips to help detox you're cleaning.
Cleaning products can be a major source of indoor air pollution. And product labels are not required to disclose all ingredients and potential health threats. So it’s really hard to know which ones are safe. Instead, I enjoy more peace of mind from making my own cleaning solutions with the ingredients below. They have been used for decades without controversy—the safest track record I know of!
To access more of my household staples, register for my free introduction to the D-Tox Academy. From this portal, which contains introductory videos to nontoxic living, you can also peak at my list of EMF protection products. All household staples can be purchased on Amazon. Click here to join. It's all free!
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Each month, we will "meditate" on a body part or system. The goal is to connect with our body, senses, and symptoms to rely on this curiosity and "listening" as guidance for a gentle, detox journey.
Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.