Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Build Up of Toxic Residue

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Last post I talked about washing your veggies and fruits before eating them to get rid of some pesticides and chemicals that are found on the surface of these items. Now I know a lot of people don't wash their produce, and I just think that is unacceptable in this day and age.

There is NO arguing that our crops are sprayed with massive amounts of toxic chemicals. This is just the way it is. But I feel so strongly about the toxic load within our bodies that I just think to not take steps towards limiting the build up of toxins in our bodies is pretty stupid.

We have made a world where almost everything has some form of chemical within it. Your shampoo has, your tin cans have, your lounge has, your washing liquid has, your mouthwash has... this list could go on and on. Its pretty scary isn't it?

I have recently read a book Slow Death by Rubber Duck written by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie (the two guys shown above). They are both Canadian environmentalists, and decided one day to do an experiment on themselves to test how using certain products, and doing normal everyday activities can impact on the chemical load within their bodies.

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To say it was an eye opener is putting it lightly. This book has forever changed the way I shop and how I live my life. Gone are the plastic containers, the nasty shampoos and the flame retardant pjs. This book does have a bit of chemical jargon in it, but once you get past it and really read it the shocking truth about what these chemical companies (that make billions of dollar each year off the consumers) do to our products is astonishing.

I really can't stress enough how important it is to lower your chemical load within your body. Our bodies are truly magic. But they are not immune to these chemicals, and do struggle if we don't help them out.

Here are some tips that I personally do to lower the load within my own body:

  • Don't use plastic containers, buy glass.
  • Try and not use your microwave, and if you do have to use it don't stand anywhere near it while its on. Especially don't stand in front of it. 
  • Always read the labels of things you buy. If it mentions "fragrance" put it down. This usually means the item has phthalates in it, which have been shown to cause deformities, interfere with reproductive hormone levels, increase behaviour disorders and many more issues.
  • Get rid of your non-stick cookware and use cast-iron or stainless steel. 
  • Wash your veggies and fruits
  • Make your own cleaning products from simple ingredients
Now there is no possible way to get rid of every chemical which is inside us. Its impossible, they are too heavily ingrained within our world, but there is sense in reducing the load on our bodies. Another tip for reducing the toxic load within our bodies is to reduce the amount of fat we have, as these toxins and chemicals are often stored within our fat cells, and the less we have of these the less residue we have in our bodies. 

Do you do any of the above suggestions? Is there anything you personally do to reduce the amount of chemicals you absorb on a daily basis? If so I would be very interested to know. Please leave me a comment below.

Have an uplifting day!

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