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No matter what your lifestyle, how healthy or unhealthy you are, from time to time, everyone can use a serious detox. The number of toxins we run into every single day is ridiculous, and it’s more than likely that you’re coming into contact with far more toxins than you think. From the foods we eat to the products we use to clean our homes, there are thousands of toxins hidden in practically everything, and they have the potential to seriously affect our health and well-being.
We’ve all heard about how beneficial it can be to detox our bodies of the foods we eat, but did you ever stop to consider how many more places harmful toxins are lurking? We eat them, we put them on our skin, and we clean our houses with them. According to the Global Healing Center, it is not unlikely that some of us will be exposed to over two million toxins each and every day!
Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. The toxicity from which we seriously need to steer clear extends to the people with whom we spend our time. This includes not only friends and family, but also coworkers. Our jobs are can seriously drain our energy as well, and if we don’t learn how to maintain a balance between work and the rest of our lives, we will never maintain the best versions of what our lives can be.
When you add it all together, it only makes sense that from time to time throughout our lives, it might be a good idea to clean house and look into a total life detox. Detoxing the many different areas of our life that need it most offers the opportunity to experience the greatest health in mind, body, and soul.
If you’re ready to detox your life and live as the very best version of you, look at the following things in your own life for an idea of what you just might need to eliminate.
Detox your Life! 7 Places to Assess for Every Day Toxins
Our food is full of chemicals of which we aren’t even aware, and most of them are doing serious harm to our health. Constantly ingesting these chemical-laden foods over time has the potential to do irreversible damage. Think about the kind of damange diabetes and cancer cause, and you’ll get an idea of just how contaminated our food supply really is. The thing is, people trust that the food they’re eating is safe and often have no idea that what they’re eating is actually poisoning their bodies.
What to avoid:
- Artificial Colors, flavors, and preservatives
- Hydrogenated oil
- High fructose corn syrup
2. Personal Care Products
What we put on our bodies tends to be just as toxic as what we put in our bodies. Consider this: the average American woman puts between fifteen and twenty toxic chemicals on her skin every single day. From shaving cream to makeup and lotion, products that are used every day by unsuspecting consumers are actually full of ingredients that have the potential to wreak serious havoc on our health. Many of these ingredients are linked to hormonal imbalances, birth defects, organ toxicity, cellular changes, and even cancer.
What to avoid:
- DEA, MEA, TEA
- Parabens and phthalates
- Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate
- Propylene glycol
- Mineral oil
- Isopropyl alcohol
3. Household Cleaners
Other things that have an ill effect on our health are the products we use daily when we think are keeping our homes clean. Household cleaners are some of the most toxic things on the planet and have been linked to various cancers and other health problems when used over time. Just as with the food we eat, we think these products are safe. The scary thing is that there is no federal regulation for chemicals in household products. Basically, anything goes that shows it will get the job done.
What to avoid:
The toxins that infiltrate into our lives aren’t just caused by the chemicals that are added to our food and the products we use. Our relationships, both personal and professional, can be extremely toxic. If we don’t recognize them for what they are, they can cause serious damage to our mental and physical health. It’s important we recognize toxicity in relationships so that we can let go of these associations and surround ourselves with those who support us for who we are. Detoxing from unhealthy relationships is just as important as detoxing from what we put in and on our bodies.
It’s wise to take a serious look at your relationships and see where you could let go of people that no longer serve your life. While we do learn from every relationship we have, we don’t have to hold onto them forever. Letting go of old relationships makes room for new relationships in your life. Know when it’s time to move on, and your personal life will become a whole lot cleaner.
What happens when the toxicity in our lives is at the workplace? Not all of us work in the most positive of environments, yet work isn’t something we can just escape whenever we please. This can seriously disrupt our peace of mind, and we’re often left stressed, fatigued, and ultimately miserable. It’s super important that we learn how to reduce work related stress if we’re ever going to find a good balance between work and our personal lives.
Ultimately, what we do for a living should truly resonate with what makes us happy. It’s pretty hard to detox from an unhealthy work environment when it continues to eat away at our peace of mind day after day. When it comes down to a total life detox, reevaluating where we are and what we’re doing for a living are some of the major things we may have to look at.
Pretty much all of us come into daily contact with electronics that govern our lives. Technology runs our lives, and not only are the devices we depend on full of chemicals themselves, but the frequency they emit is filling our air with an invisible electromagnetic field (EMF) that has the potential for some serious health risks. A few tips to avoiding EMFs include:
- Avoid wireless internet when possible.
- Use a landline.
- Avoid talking too much on cell phones.
- Keep cell phones away from your body.
- Don’t use a laptop on your lap.
- Unplug things when you’re not using them.
Average Americans spend ninety percent of their time indoors. That’s a lot of time inside, and if you thought the outside air was bad, you won’t believe what’s hiding in the air inside your own home. The very things you buy to make your space “fresh” are actually loaded with chemicals and toxins that make your home anything but fresh. Some common air pollutants that you may think are beneficial include:
- Air fresheners
- Scented candles
- Plug-in fresheners
- Dry-cleaned upholstery and draperies
While all these things can add up and be a cause for serious panic, there are things you can do to prevent these toxins from taking over your life. We can choose not to continue to eat foods that make us sluggish and sick, and we certainly don’t have to use beauty products that have the potential to cause cancer.
A total life detox is something we should all do at least once, no matter how healthy we think we are. There are toxins lurking in the more places than we may care to think, and purging these poisons from our life is one of the best ways to take control of our health and personal well-being.