1. Upgrade Your Household Cleaning Products
Many highly toxic chemicals are added to traditional dishwashing soaps, laundry detergents, air fresheners and numerous other household cleaning products. A good way to tell whether a product is toxic is to look for words such as Warning, Danger or Poison on the label. When buying non-toxic cleaning supplies at your local natural food store, choose those with no petroleum-based surfactants, chlorine or phosphates. They will not be harmful to your health, and won’t pollute the environment.
2. Get a Water Filtration Pitcher for Your Home
The quality of tap water varies by municipality. Investing in a pitcher with a built-in water filtration system such as Brita® can reduce common impurities such as chlorine, mercury, and copper as well as remove the pharmaceutical toxins drained into the water. Drinking more water will also flush out any toxins in your body, and keep you properly hydrated on a hot summer day.
3. Choose Toxic Free Personal Care Products & Cosmetics
Often times when we purchase a new personal care product we focus on how it will improve our look, forgetting about the dangers of hidden toxins and their impact on our health. Choosing chemical-free cosmetic brands, or learning how to make your own at home can help you avoid exposure to these harmful toxins. Here is a natural recipe to replace toxic body scrubs, and get smooth, glowing skin this summer:
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Celtic Sea Salt
1 tbsp Organic Raw Sugar
10 drops Essential Lavender Oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients together, and apply to the body, then rinse with warm water. Keep in an airtight glass jar.
4. Invest in Organic Bedding
When crafting a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to remember your sleeping environment because we use that time to rest and rejuvenate. Most of the traditional mattresses and fabrics are treated with a chemical flame retardant or stain protection. Since we spend about 1/3 of our life sleeping, investing in an organic bedroom can reduce exposure to those harmful toxins. When going toxic-free, choose all-natural or organic fibers for your mattress and select sheets, blankets, and duvet covers make with untreated or organic cotton or wool.
5. Go Organic with Your Diet
This one is a no brainer. The food we put into our bodies can hold numerous chemicals and toxins that affect our health and the way we feel. Choosing organic foods can be the first step to eliminate harmful additives, preservatives, food dyes, and other chemicals. During the summer, with the abundance of local farmer’s markets, focus on eating more organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Not only do they taste better, but will also be free of pesticides.