Understanding and Avoiding Toxins
Understanding and Avoiding Toxins
The process of detoxing your body isn’t something that happens overnight.
It takes a while to fully rid your body of pollutants.
And there’s a learning curve as you begin to uncover all of the various toxic elements in your world.
We’re going to focus on understanding and avoiding toxins because adopting a detox lifestyle for a temporary amount of time isn’t enough – you have to move forward protecting your body the best way possible.
Are You Breathing in Toxins?
All through the night, and as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, your lungs are filling with the air around you.
You can’t see it, but there may or may not be chemicals and pollutants flooding into your body through your airways.
In order to analyze your air, you have to inspect the place where you live, work, and frequent.
Is your town or city heavily industrialized?
Do you see factories spewing chemicals into the air or a foggy haze over the city as you drive into work or home each day?
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) gives you information about the quality of your air on their website
If you want current information, go to their website and see what the air in your area is like right this second.
You’ll also be able to look at a forecast for the entire week and plan your outdoor activities for the most healthy days possible.
The air quality is ranked on a color-coded scale.
* Green is when the air quality is good. You should plan to be outdoors on green days.
* Yellow means moderate. It’s a sign that there are slight pollutants in the air.
* Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups. It can cause coughing, shortness of breath and asthma is people who have underlying health issues.
* Red is unhealthy for everyone. You should stay inside for certain on red days.
* Purple is the worst – considered very unhealthy and alarming for anyone to be breathing in this type of air.
You want to check the Ozone quality for the day.
This can result in respiratory issues because the ozone present in the atmosphere is toxic to your lungs.
Some cities will have highway signs that alert you to dangerous ozone levels and air quality rankings.
Sometimes you think you’re safe in your car driving to work, but on the way there, you can smell exhaust fumes from other cars.
Or if you’re at a stoplight, you might smell cigarette smoke from someone smoking in the car in front of you.
It’s best to avoid heavily trafficked areas where you’re prone to breathing in pollutants whenever possible.
You breathe in a lot of toxins with car exhaust, including nitrogen dioxide, which is harmful to your lungs.
Even in your home, you want to have a safety net available.
Make sure you have smoke detectors – as well as carbon monoxide detectors, too.
If you live in an old home with old paint, have it tested for lead.
Sometimes you’ll be breathing toxins in your home for different reasons, such as getting your carpet cleaned, deep cleaning your house, repainting the walls, and more.
It’s not just an inside issue, either.
Analyze what you’re doing outdoors in terms of breathability –
if you’re using chemicals on your lawn or in the garden to keep pests out, then you could be breathing in the same poison you’re using to kill off bugs and repel vermin.
Because you’re going to be exposed to toxic air, the best you can do is filter it before you breathe it in whenever possible.
How do you do that?
First, avoid outdoors on bad air quality days.
If you’re going to be outside, look for areas with plenty of clean air away from the middle of the city.
Get out in the countryside and inhale the pristine air of an untouched area as opposed to the heavily trafficked places.
Stop using toxic cleaners, candles, and air fresheners that don’t do anything more than mask the toxins with a specific scent.
You want to look for organic, healthy cleaners to use around your house.
Stay on top of the air conditioner filters in your home.
They will become riddled with dust and other toxins but they can only hold so much.
Replace them twice a year or more so that you’re breathing clean air.
You can also buy standalone air filtering systems for your home.
Make sure they’re HEPA quality.
That stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air.
You also want to manually dust your home’s surfaces yourself.
Recognizing Toxins in Your Food
Some of the best-tasting foods that you’re addicted to are filled with dangerous toxins.
But the great news is, your tastebuds can develop a craving for natural, whole foods once you go through the detox process to rid your body of its dependence on processed items.
Food becomes toxic from the moment the seeds are put in the ground or the animals are injected with or fed toxic chemicals.
For plant-based foods, everything from the soil it’s put into the fertilizer and pesticides piled on top can seep into the food source and then into your bloodstream.
We never consider pesticides because we think we’ve washed the food properly.
But there’s always a residual amount of toxins involved.
If you can, grow your own fruits and vegetables and use organic pesticides, like strategic plant couplings and other methods to protect the growth of your food.
Once it’s been processed by manufacturers and is on the shelves in stores, it poses another problem for you.
Processing strips foods of many of their nutrients and injects a bunch of unwanted ingredients, such as: