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Life in This Toxic World

You may know that our current environment is saturated with toxic materials. But what can you do about it? In order to effectively remove toxins, it is imperative that we identify them. Once we know the enemy, we can remove the toxin at source by reading labels and doing research, then avoiding the toxic substances. So here are 10 effective tips for non-toxic living by removing the toxins at source.

Tip One: Avoid the Smells

Avoid all scented products which include perfumes, colognes, after-shaves, personal-care products, and especially air fresheners. Avoid also disguised scented products. They are usually doubly toxic.

Tip Two: Dump Pesticides

All pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilizers are also to be avoided because pesticides are neuro-toxins and they attack bugs and you indiscriminately. With insects, you can see their effect immediately. On ourselves, it's not readily apparent. But the effects build up over time.

Tip Three: Keep Laundry Time Natural

Avoid all fabric softeners, dryer sheets, scented detergents etc as these products are very toxic and very harmful to the environment.

Tip Four: Skip the Colors

Foods with colors, dyes and preservatives and food containing nutra-sweet are to be avoided. They are dangerous to your body.

Tip Five: Breathe Clean Air

For clean air in rooms, open your windows as often as possible. The outdoor air has been found less toxic than the indoor air. This is true even in the most polluted cities. If your outdoor air is particulary dirty, you might want to invest in a good air purifier.

Tip Six: Clean Naturally

Use only non-toxic cleaning products and personal-care products. You'll need to research these products, as the terms "non-toxic" and "natural" really have no legal meaning and have been misused by advertisers.

Tip Seven: Don't Wear Chemicals

Clothes that are permanent press and wrinkle resistant have probably been treated with formaldehyde that does not wash out and therefore bad for the skin. Avoid using these kinds of clothes. Natural-fiber clothing (100% cotton, linen, wool or silk) is preferable.The same goes for bed linens and blankets. Avoid no-iron or wrinkle resistant. Use only 100% cotton, wool or pure silk. Regarding cotton, organic is greatly preferred over conventional cotton, as cotton is sprayed with many chemicals during growing.

Formaldehyde is also present in most wood products such as kitchen cabinets and furniture, due to the fact that it's used in the glues that hold particleboard and medium density fiberboard together. So think about solid wood alternatives to these types of products, or search for some made with the newer wood products that don't use formaldehyde glues.

Tip Eight: Nurture Houseplants

Nurture a select group of houseplants as they can be beneficial to remove toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene etc. The best plants for removing these types of toxins are philodendrons, spider plants, aloe vera, English Ivy, golden pathos and boston fern.

Tip Nine: Filter Your Water

Drink and bathe in filtered water. Yes, you can get filters for your shower and bathtub spout. Taking a shower or bath in chlorinated water will cause the chlorine to get into your blood stream faster than drinking it, believe it or not, due to the fact that most showers and baths use warm or hot water. And you should also minimize or avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.

Tip Ten: Give Plastics the Boot

As much as possible store food only in glass jars. Avoid conventional plastics, particle board, plywood, glues, inks, paints, foam rubber, vinyl, carpet, synthetic rugs, varnishes and solvents etc. There are low or no toxicity versions of most of these products, but it's really better to just avoid them if at all possible.

Removing toxins at the source is really the only way to guarantee a non-toxic environment and a natural lifestyle. Your body will thank you.

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