It may not be something you think about on a daily basis, but are you toxic? What is your work environment like? What’s your home environment like?
The following questions will help you find if you are toxic.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you live or work in an asphalt jungle?
- Are there more cars than trees?
- Is your home or office floor covered in wall-to-wall carpet?
- Do you use chemical cleaners, commercial personal care products, perfume, or hair dye?
- Is the air outside where you live, play, and work polluted?
- Do you use unfiltered tap water to wash and drink?
- Have you ever taken prescription drugs?
- Do you have metal fillings in your mouth?
- Do you smoke cigarettes?
- Do you eat fast food or processed foods?
- If you eat meat, is it factory-farmed?
- Do you regularly consume alcohol?
- Do you eat non-organic fruits and vegetables?
- Do you wear synthetic fibers?
- Do you wear clothes that are dry-cleaned?
- Do you store your food or water in plastic containers?
- Do you use a microwave to heat or cook your food?
- Do you use a cell phone regularly?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, chances are, you are toxic.
Signs and Symptoms
There are many signs and symptoms of a toxic body:
- you’re tired or feel run-down, or just don’t have the energy that you used to, even though you are getting the same amount of sleep;
- you have a weak immune system, and it seems like you catch every cold or flu bug that goes around;
- you have chronic joint pain;
- you suffer from mood swings or depression;
- your sleep schedule has changed in that you are sleeping too much or too little;
- you are constipated or have diarrhea regularly;
- you have a white coating on your tongue; and/or
- you have acne.
If you suffer from any of these signs and symptoms, it’s very likely that it’s time you performed a cleanse to help clear some of those toxins out of your body.
People have been doing things to cleanse toxins from their bodies for thousands of years. There are all types of methods people use; fasting and juicing are just two. There are some pretty extreme cleanses out there, but those aren’t recommended, for a number of reasons. First of all, any diet that restricts you to one or two food groups isn’t good for you, nutritionally or otherwise. Extended fasting isn’t good for you, either. So what can you do? First of all, if you’re intent on improving your health, then you need to improve your lifestyle. If, after you’ve done that, you still feel the need to cleanse, your body will have a lot fewer toxins to flush because you’ll have decreased your toxic intake.
There are a lot of easy, non-invasive things you can do to cleanse the toxins from your body, in a way that is comfortable for you. You don’t have to follow a schedule, eat certain food items, or take certain supplements. You can choose one or a few items on the list of suggestions and ease into the process. Think of it as cleaning up your lifestyle instead of just doing a one-week cleanse. If you follow all of the suggestions below all the time, the toxic load on your body will decrease as the toxins are flushed from your system – and they won’t come back, because your improved lifestyle will mean your toxic intake is greatly reduced.
Read ingredients.If you can’t pronounce certain things on the label, or if the ingredients list is more than four or five items long, you shouldn’t eat it. Look at it this way: if a person created it in a lab, or required some strange process to make it, it’s not food.
Filter your water.Municipal water has all kinds of chemicals in it that aren’t really that great for you, like chlorine and fluoride. If you don’t have the money for a reverse osmosis system, or aren’t concerned with the fluoride (but you should be), then just get an inexpensive charcoal filter to remove the chlorine from your kitchen tap, bathroom tap, and shower. You can also buy charcoal filters to swirl around in the bathtub to remove the chlorine before you have a bath. If you do have a reverse-osmosis system, or plan to get one, then either have all of your house’s water go through the system, or do the charcoal filtering process in your bathroom to remove the chlorine from your bath water. It won’t remove the fluoride or other chemicals, but it’s better than nothing.
Make your own food. That way, you know exactly what’s in it and how it’s made, and you can choose high-quality ingredients.
Reduce plastics.Store food and beverages in glass or stainless steel. Plastics leach chemicals into your food and drink items, whereas stainless steel and glass do not.
Don’t use Teflon pans.They’re made from a bunch of chemicals, none of which are very good for you. Have you ever wondered where the flaked-off bits go? Hint: usually into your food.
Get rid of your microwave.There’s no need to nuke your food into non-food status, and there are questions about the safety of food cooked in them. You can do everything on the stove or in the oven that you can do in the microwave; you just have to plan ahead a little.
Buy and eat organic foods that are on the “dirty dozen” list.This is a list of the twelve items with the most pesticide and chemical fertilizer exposure when grown conventionally: celery, apples, peaches, strawberries, cherries, potatoes, grapes, kale and collard greens, nectarines, bell peppers, blueberries, and spinach.
Eat pastured/grass-fed beef, pork, and chicken.Animals that were raised in a barn, never saw the light of day (or very limited daylight), were loaded full of antibiotics and hormones, and were generally just very unhappy are NOT good for you to eat. Choose meat from animals that were pastured and fed species appropriate diets. Corn and soy is not a species-appropriate diet, by the way.
Use natural personal care products.If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Use a salt stick instead of deodorant, substitute coconut oil for moisturizer, and buy mineral eye shadow and other cosmetics when possible.
Reduce your processed food intake.This goes hand-in-hand with the “read the label” suggestion. Most processed foods are filled with preservatives, unhealthy poly-unsaturated fatty acids, rancid oils, and non-organic ingredients. Processed foods are made to have a long shelf-life, not to sustain your life in a healthy or nourishing way.
Reduce your refined sugar intake.A high sugar intake is linked to diabetes, cancer, and a host of other problems, including Candida and tooth decay. Sugar stresses your pancreas, too. If you must have something sweet, use a small amount of honey or maple syrup. Once you cut refined sugar from your diet, you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel and how sickly-sweet processed foods will taste when you try them.
About the Author: As an experienced wellness and nutritional cleansing coach Tom White has helped people around the world lose weight and improve their health. Visit CleansingMatters.com to read detailed Isagenix reviews and find out how to naturally lose weight and improve energy levels.