How to live a healthier (and happier) life - one less toxin at a time!
6 Rules When Eliminating the Top Toxins in Your Life.
I’m going to say this extremely clear for the people in the back: According to the global healing center, the average person could be exposed to over 2,100,000 toxins EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. That’s insane! Toxins are damaging to your organs, enzymes, and even your DNA. There are many different kinds of toxins, all which are have different damaging effects on the body including (but not limited to) disrupting hormones, increases your risk of certain diseases like cancer, and causes impaired function. Statistics like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are trending upward which makes it your responsibility to be aware of toxins and their damage.
I’m just going to say it……I’m a bit of a control freak! I really do not like people telling me what to do and how to do it so when it comes to deciding which products to use in my house and on my family, I like to know exactly what I’m getting. I question EVERYTHING (and for good reason)! I don’t think anyone should do anything simply because someone told them to do it. You should make a decision based on what’s best for you and your family.
But be careful. Do you truly know what you’re getting? Do you stop to question the norm? Do you really know both sides of the coin?
We can do two basic things with toxins: avoid the ones we can avoid, and detox from the things we can’t. If you’re going to buy it anyway, you might as well get a healthy version. Honestly, that’s one of my favorite things about Max Mamas, we do our very best to make it easy for you. You’re going to buy laundry detergent, storage/travel food bags, cosmetics/hair care, diapers, balms, lotions (the list goes on and on), you might as well buy the healthy option. The health of my family comes before any feel-good marketing mascot like fluffy teddy bears, polar bears, bald headed tough guys, and cute baby faces.
There are 6 things you should do when ‘Spring Cleaning’ your home and your body.
- Identify where the toxins are coming from
Before we learn how to spring clean our home and body, we first must learn where toxins are found.
- 70,000 chemicals are used commercially.
- 3,000+ chemicals are added to our food supply.
- 10,000+ chemicals are used in food processing, preserving, and storage.
- The EPA Estimates that our homes are now 5 to 100 times more toxic than outdoor air.
Toxins can be found in a variety of places such as food, water, environment, cosmetics, cleaners, and containers. This is virtually everything that we interact with daily, leading to the consistent exposure of so many toxins. Each room in the house holds potential harmful toxins. I like to consistently evaluate each room in my house for potential harmful toxins. I then exchange it out if I can, or plan to detox from it if I can’t.
- Always read labels
The backside of the product/food! It’s always a good habit to read all sides of the box. Usually, the more inviting marketing happens on the front. All Natural, Naturally-derived, and Chemical Free are among the most common terms used by companies (especially beauty products) to make you think something is maybe healthier than it actually is. Make sure you turn the product on all side to read the truth behind the label. But always keep in mind, they don’t always have to tell you!
- Can you pronounce every word?
It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to know all of the chemicals on the market that have toxic affects to the human body. The rabbit hole is long. I like to live by the rule of: if I can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not good for me! Chemicals usually have a big, long scientific name that’s extremely difficult to pronounce. You’re better off being safe than sorry!
- Less is sometimes more
Not only should you be able to pronounce what’s in your product, less is sometimes more when it comes to ingredients. We have been using nature for hundreds of years to disinfect, clean, grow, store, build, etc. Why is it suddenly not enough? I use a chemical free brand for all of my families bathroom supplies and my cosmetics. I know every ingredient listed and let me tell you, the list is short. It’s made mostly of fruit and veggies!
- Start with what you get exposed to most often
Ok, you’ve rounded up all the chemicals in my house but you don’t have a budget to replace them all at once (as most people don’t). Or maybe you don’t even know where it start as it can be very overwhelming. Think about what you use the most often. Things like hair products, cosmetics, household cleaners, food storage, laundry detergent. Starting with things that expose you to toxins on a daily basis can drastically reduce you chemical exposure load really quickly.
- Be prepared to level up
Just when you think you have it all under control, you suddenly realize there’s a new ingredient in your favorite lipstick! Yep, it happens. Companies start cutting corners in production, companies get sold, or for what seems like no apparent reason, a company will just change the formula. Always be checking your products even if it seems healthy. New companies emerge often, and they can sometimes outperform your leading non-toxic product. Expect to never be “done” becoming non-toxic and always assume you need to “level-up” on your current products. I like the app called Think Dirty to check my products. It’s a simple scan of the barcode. You could very well be using the best products, but it’s worth a check! Your health and your family with thank you!