Humans are exposed to environmental and biological toxins on a daily basis. This can overburden the body’s natural ability to detoxify. Mounting evidence has linked the accumulation of toxins to many chronic conditions including fatigue, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Although we can’t avoid ALL toxins ALL of the time, focusing on the things we use the most and choosing less toxic versions of these things can make an impactful difference. Here’s my list of 8 things I’ve personally chosen to focus on to lessen the toxic load in my life.
- Glass or stainless steel containers to prepare, store and transport food and drinks. Plastics are a remarkable material offering us many functional, practical, and efficient products. But while they have many functional benefits, they can also contribute to health and environmental detriments. Plus, they are EVERYWHERE. Any chance I get to use a little less plastic, I’ll do my best. One really easy swap was all of my plastic containers (especially water bottles) for glass or stainless steel alternatives.
- Shampoo, conditioner and soap. Since I use these every day, choosing products free of triclosan (recently BANNED in Minnesota), parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, and phthalates – just to name a few, seemed like an easy thing to do. For myself, I buy Intelligent Nutrients shampoo and conditioner and homemade soaps made by a few of my patients which I sell here at the clinic. A great resource to check out the toxins in your products and find cleaner alternatives is the Environmental Working Group.
- Organic tea and coffee. I don’t do everything organic, but I won’t compromise on coffee or tea – two of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops. I drink coffee every day and I drink tea in the winter to warm me up. Since organic versions are so easy to access, it is a simple thing for me to implement.
- Reverse osmosis water filter system. Chlorine and fluoride are added to my city water in Osceola. Chlorine is easily removed by carbon filter systems, but reverse osmosis is the only water system that will remove the fluoride. You may be undecided on fluoride, but for me – since I’ve never had a cavity, it’s simply a drug I don’t feel I need or want.
- Dryer balls. I don’t know what is in those dryer sheets, but the fragrance gives me a slight headache and why have the extra expense? Dryer balls last forever and work well enough for me!
- Toothpaste. I recently switched from Crest to using straight Thieves Oil from Young Living. One drop on my brush does the trick better than anything else I’ve tried including baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. I can’t go back.
- Deodorant. I don’t “perspire”, I sweat. A lot. I’ve tried many “natural deodorants” – the crystal stick, primal pit… none have worked well enough for me to make the switch from the aluminum filled ones. But I think I’m on to something. Jenn introduced me to NATIVE deodorant which looks, feels and smells better than regular deodorant but is aluminum free and works!
- Higher quality meat. It can be difficult to find, so here are some local suggestions:
- Crystal Ball Farms, Osceola, WI (pasture raised chicken and eggs)
- Silver Creek Springs, Clayton, WI (pasture raised chicken and turkey)
- Bull Brook Keep, Clear Lake, WI (grass fed and finished beef)
- Northstar Bison, Rice Lake, WI (grass fed bison, elk, venison, beef)
- Misty Fjord, Alaska (okay, not local – but they ship awesome salmon right to your door!)
Higher quality animal proteins can also be more expensive so I add a lot of beans to my meat dishes whether its chicken stir fry with garbanzo beans, meat loaf with pinto beans, or spaghetti squash with ground beef and black beans.
Identifying toxins in our environment helps us avoid or find alternatives for some of the most common and frequent ones. For the ones we can’t identify, using targeted nutrition and phytonutrients can help your body optimize all three phases of detoxification to help minimize accumulation and maximize elimination. This year I’ll be traveling to San Diego and Chicago teaching other practitioners how to create detoxification programs for their patients. Would you like me to create one for you? Just give our office a call to set up a time for us to meet. Are you more of a Do-It-Yourself kind? If so, check out our 10 Day Clear Change Detoxification Program which you can order online or stop by and pick it up!
Here’s to a happy, healthy new year! And as Joyce Meyer once said “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.”