This article uncovers the most common toxins affecting our health, tips to detox your home, and a refreshing face cleansing recipe.
The level of toxins we are exposed to is unbelievable. And you will be affected wherever you live – country, city, beach, cave in the Himalaya. This is because air and water carry toxins all across the globe with our weather patterns.
>>> Our only answer is to support our body better, detox regularly, and make efforts every day to live as clean as we feasibly can.
Lifestyle changes take time, and the first step is awareness!
Here’s some tips to get you started.
Know what you are ACTUALLY buying
These days you can’t rely solely on the catchy label on a product claiming to be ‘natural’ ‘organic’ or ‘eco’. Plenty of companies use these terms to get your sale, but don’t actually have a truly clean product at all.
These are the steps I use to discern good from bad:
- Read the label. Avoid products filled with preservatives, colourings, and artificial additives. If you need to wear gloves and mask when using it, it is TOXIC!
- Is it Australian grown or made. You might be shocked that most items in the supermarket are NOT Aussie made. Many overseas products are fine, but you do need to do your homework.
- Transparency. Most companies have a Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics available for their customers to read on their website.
- Organic vs certified organic. Organic can mean anything relating to or derived from living matter. You can grow your carrots with all the chemicals you like and still call it organic, because it is essentially grown in the ground. Certified organic products are assessed by several groups (such as NASAA, USDA, and ACO) and ensure the farmer meets strict quality controlled criteria allowing them to display their label on the product.
Even health aware people shop in mega marts such as Coles, Woolies or Aldi. Many items are simply cheaper there. The real key is to have a list and only purchase brands and products that you have scrutinised.
The following vegetables are known to hold the highest amount of chemicals and pesticides when conventionally grown, so opt for certified organic to minimise your exposure:
Not only will you get seasonally available foods with less travel miles behind it, you will probably save money as well!
Even better – grow your own and really know that you are eating fresh, chemical free produce!
Personal body items
The next items exposing us to an onslaught of chemicals are personal care items such as skin care, hair products, creams, lotions, shampoos, make-up, sunscreen etc.
Top 10 Ingredients to Avoid in Makeup and Skincare Products
- Artificial Fragrance/Parfum
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
These chemicals cause havoc with our hormones. They have disrupting effects in our system, from leading to estrogen dominance, to triggering the immune system.
DYI Skin Care Recipe
Refresh Face Wash
- 3/4 cup cooled organic brewed chamomile tea (or filtered or distilled water)
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/2 tsp organic almond oil
- 3-4 drops vitamin E oil
- 8 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 8 drops Lavender essential oil
- In a 120 to 180ml foaming soap bottle, add liquid Castile soap, organic almond oil and vitamin E oil.
- Add essential oils as needed.
- Fill with chamomile tea or water to the top of the bottle.
- Shake well and use as needed
We are exposed to an unprecedented number and variety of environmental toxins, including heavy metals, pesticides, industrial chemicals, food additives, and household and personal care products. The best way to reduce the burden is to limit exposure and enhance your body’s detoxification systems.
Here are some sneaky chemicals you probably never heard of.
- Atrazine – Herbicide used on corn, sugarcane, pineapple and macadamia nuts. Widely used in Australia.
- Bisphenol A – Used in the manufacture of plastics and epoxy resins for food and drink packaging, water bottles, metal can linings, bottle tops and water supply pipes. BPA leaches into food and water especially when plastic containers are heated.
- PBDEs – Polybrominated diphenyl ethers found in common household items such as furniture, carpets, mattresses and electronics. PBDEs are commonly found in dust.
- Heavy Metals – Battery plants, refineries, smelters, lead based paints and plumbing, pesticides, wood preservatives, mining, treated water.
- Percholate – Thyrotoxic endocrine disruptor that is found in drinking water and soils. Produced in the manufacture of rocket fuel and explosives with widespread release into the environment by military and defense operations.
- Phthalates – Chemicals used to soften plastics. Widely found in bottles, shampoo, cosmetics, body lotions, nail polish and deodorants.
This is just some of them.
Why should you care?
There are currently over 113 million chemicals registered for use on this database which include both man-made and natural sources. Up to 90% of the man-made chemicals, have never been tested for their impact on human health.
Every 60 seconds, another 20 chemicals are registered for use on the world’s largest database: the Chemical Abstract Service. So this problem is not going away – it is only getting worse.
Detox your body to help balance your hormones
The organ most affected by the chemical onslaught is our liver. It is our filter, and if it can’t eliminate a toxin, it will end up getting stored in the body in the tissues, or in a fat molecule called adipose tissue. High toxin loads in our tissues make us resistant to losing fat unless we support all phases of detoxification appropriately.
If you also have a sluggish thyroid, all pathways are slower, and detoxing can be really hard, or you don’t really find a result from doing a standard detox.
Careful, structured, and personalised detoxification is the best way to regain health, energy, balance and vitality.
Do you struggle with any of these symptoms?
If you do, a functional assessment of your health will ensure you get the best support to help you reverse these symptoms.
Spring is the perfect time to jump right in and get the ball rolling!
Simply book an appointment and have a chat with one of our naturopaths. Not only are they thyroid specialists, they are detoxification experts, and understand that people with any thyroid imbalance need a very different approach to detox safely.
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