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Posted: 11 Sep, 2019 Contributor: Shraddha Thakur

Your Complete Guide to Protect Yourself from Toxin Exposure

Have you ever thought that daily exercise and healthy food may not be all you need to lead a healthy life? Many of us try to stay away from unhealthy lifestyles and push ourselves to avoid hazardous things as much as we can, but we still unknowingly expose ourselves to numerous toxins that create a lot more harm than we can imagine.

Unfortunately, it’s a well-known fact that such toxins can cause harmful health problems that range from cancer to diabetes, and even infertility and autism. They can even affect babies before they’re born. Thankfully, information and awareness are key to avoiding disease. That’s why we are here today to guide you and get you on track.

Toxins in Our Daily life

Do you know what’s in your shampoo or toothpaste? What about your deodorant? Or even the plastic bottle you keep your water in? The thing is, even if you live in a clean home, you still have to worry about unhealthy exposure. You don’t need to be in a coal mine to be exposed to hazardous toxins; they’re present inside the comfort of your very own home. To make matters worse, if you live in India, you know how bad the air quality can be. We live with body burden on us, which is a term for the number of toxic chemicals in our body at any given time. For example, lead, mercury, arsenic, and PCB are a few of them.

Of course, It’s not our intention to scare you, but rather to inform about the possibilities so you can win with ease. With this in mind, let’s see what we can do.

How to Steer Clear of Toxins

To help you stay safe, we have listed some things you can change in your daily routines that will help you stay far away from toxins:

  • Cut Out Plastic Bottles and Food Containers

Plastic is a highly used material of modern living. For instance, our food and water is usually packed and carried in plastic containers. Staying away from plastic can be one of the most impactful ways to avoid endocrine disruptors like BPA because heat, when coming in contact with it, can turn hazardous and activate toxic chemicals. Instead, use stainless steel, glass, or copper for your food, and reuse glass bottles instead of plastic. Paper or reusable steel straws can also be a good alternative to plastic. 

  • Don’t Use Non-Stick Cookware

You might save a lot of time by using non-stick or Teflon protected cookware, but it’s actually costing you in other ways. There are numerous documented harmful effects of Teflon used in cookware. Their non- sticky surface actually releases toxic gas when heated on high temperatures, creating several problems. Try sticking to stainless-steel or cast iron for safer alternatives.

  • Clean Your Cleaning Products

Ironically, your cleaning products can be one of the reasons you’re exposed to toxins. Harmful chemicals like ammonia, bleach, isopropanol, hydrochloric acid, and others are present in these cleaning products are absorbed by our skin. From time to time, choose to use alternate natural options like soap powders or a mixture of baking soda, hot water, and lemon drops to clean your house.

  • Think About Your Mattress

Toxins in your mattress are something to consider because we spend about one-third of our lives in bed. Many mattresses have a potentially harmful compound called PBDEs, which is responsible for various brain, reproductive, and thyroid-related health issues. It is advisable to check your mattress for toxic chemicals and switch it up if necessary.

  • Eat Organic

We all agree on the fact that conventional food contains chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides. Organic food, on the other hand, is grown without using any of these. Animal manure and compost are used instead of hazardous substances. Try connecting with your local farms and organic food providers and learn more about what you can do. While shopping, try sticking to this list of “clean fifteen” fruits and vegetables for the least amount of toxin exposure.

  • Breathe Easy

Living in a city can affect your health in negative ways. Until the level of environmental pollution comes down, you can help yourself by following the Ayurveda way and planting Tulsi plants, which can help combat the effects of air pollution. Did you also know that a thousand Tulsi saplings have been planted near the Iconic Taj Mahal to protect the monument from the adverse effects of pollution? That’s right. Just like that, you can use them to drop the levels of air pollution in your home.

Low Toxin Living

Our body is mixing bowl of various chemicals and bio-juices. Most of them work to help our body’s metabolism work smoothly, but there are also some toxins that have adverse effects. Minimize these by minimizing the amount of toxin exposure you have bit by bit.

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