Spring is in the air and allergy season is in full bloom! If you are still suffering from allergies after our 4 Steps to Getting Rid of Seasonal Allergies, then you may need a good spring clean to remove the various toxins in your home!
Toxins can lurk in many beauty/skincare products, cleaning supplies, foods, and even some furniture, decor and clothing in our homes contain harmful chemicals that make their way into our body through our skin, our mouths, and our lungs.
The trick to spring clean is to make simple changes to bring more awareness to toxins with these tips:
GOING NATURAL, ONE CLEANER AT A TIME
It is no small feat to change your household cleaners, however you can take it one step at a time and swap it out for a greener cleaner from the store or create your own using a homemade recipe!
Thousands of people each year suffer from mold toxicity annually in the United States. Another way to spring clean your home is to regularly dust, change your air conditioning and vacuum filter. House plants also make a great natural way to reduce toxins and circulate fresh air.
Pesticides are sprayed to kill bugs, so it is obvious they are toxic and can have harmful reactions in our bodies such as: reproductive disruptions, they are carcinogenic, immune-suppressive, among other problems. Using organic pesticides can still do the trick without the harsh toxins.
A change of diet to cleaner, fresher foods can help you better deal with toxins in your environment. Consuming healthy fats and gut-healing nutrients can help better deal with seasonal allergies.
GOODBYE TO PLASTICS
Minimize your exposure to plasticware and make the investment to glass containers to store and reheat your food in. Switch out those plastic water bottles for stainless steel or glass reusable bottles. Trace BPA exposure has been proven to disrupt the endocrine system, as well as causing hormonal changes, reproductive abnormalities, and other various health issues. Glassware and stainless steel is not only making a fashionable, minimalistic comeback, it’s also helping our environment be a little bit greener.
We all love our non-stick pots and pans, they’re easy to cook with, especially clean, but cookware like Aluminum pans and Teflon contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which have shown lead to infertility, cause cancer and other various health issues. PFOA is a dangerous chemical that releases toxins once heated. Instead, use stainless steel, ceramic, cast iron, stoneware and glass for all your cooking needs.
Benzene chemicals found in fragrant chemicals have been known to cause skin infections, respiratory problems and reproductive issues. If you think about it, most people use air fresheners, aromatic soaps, shampoos, and candles suffer from headaches, sinus infections and digestive issues. Instead, try essential oils and diffuser or chemical-free soy candles.
BEAUTY + SKINCARE
Most of soaps, shampoos and toothpastes and even make up contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLES), an additive that causes foaming. More than 60% of SLES gets absorbed into the bloodstream, which is why it is so important to read your labels! Rule of thumb, if you cannot pronounce it, do not use it and stick to products that have fewer ingredients.
Breathe easy! Toxins are abundantly found in our everyday life and it can be overwhelming! However, becoming more aware of what product you use and your body’s reaction to them is a great start to living a toxin free life.