Continuing with our cleansing/detoxing series, today we have guest blogger from doseofmyown.com, Felicia Baratz, with 5 ways we can reduce our exposure and levels of contaminants.
In today’s world packed with chemicals, you’re probably consuming more contaminants than you’d like to be. These may be putting a strain on your liver, causing you to get sick, or even just holding you back from the healthy lifestyle you’re looking for. The good news is that there are plenty of steps you can take consume fewer impurities in your day-to-day life.
- Set up an air purifier in your home to remove contaminants from the air you’re breathing on a daily basis. Standalone air purifiers can move all of the air in your home through the filter on a regular basis to bring out the particles of dust, smoke and other things you’d rather not be breathing. Get a whole-house air purifier for best results, or if you’re on a tight budget, just get a room-sized purifier you can put in the room you spend most of your time in.
- Clean your home to get rid of substances that have settled onto or into surfaces. For example, you definitely want to sweep up dust and dirt at least once each week, or vacuum your carpet even more regularly because dust hides in it very easily. In addition, dust surfaces with damp dusting rags to get rid of impurities settling in other places. Lastly, wash your bedding at least once per week in hot water to kill dust mites that have gotten into the fibers of your sheets. You can change your pillowcase even more frequently so you have fresh, clean fabric by your nose and mouth.
- Drink filtered water to avoid consuming all of the impurities in your city’s tap water. Although tap water is regulated, the truth is that many areas fail their water purity tests, or substances sneak through between testing times. The only way you can know that you’re removing harmful substances from your water is if you run it through a filter prior to drinking it. Installing a refrigerator water filter gives you an abundant supply of fresh drinking water to use throughout the day.
- Eat organic produce as much as possible. A study found that 59 percent of conventional produce sold in the United States had a detectable amount of pesticides on or in it. Organic produce is much cleaner, reducing your exposure to harmful pesticides and other impurities. In particular, avoid the “dirty dozen” list of the 12 types of conventional produce with the highest pesticide content.
- Go on a short detox diet at least once per year to give your body a chance to get rid of the toxins and impurities it has accumulated during the year. There are a wide range of detox diet plans available, such as a 48-hour cleanse by Dr. Oz, but you don’t have to follow any specific plan unless you want to. The main principles are to stock up with organic whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and to restrict your diet to those items for at least a few days. You can eat regular meals using just those ingredients, or you can use a more restrictive plan like a juice diet.
These are just a few of the easiest ways to reduce your exposure to impurities, or to get rid of the ones you’ve already been exposed to. New studies are continually coming out with more information about what substances are harmful to the body, cause health problems and reduce life expectancy. Rather than taking risks of exposing yourself to harmful substances, take steps to reduce the amount of contact you have with impurities that could be damaging to your health.
About the Author
Felicia Baratz is a writer living in the Indianapolis area. As a writer for doseofmyown.com, she specializes in articles about health and nutrition.
Do you have any tips in eliminating impurities in your life? How about reducing the time you spend with people who unwittingly drain your energy or are continually negative?