Some things in life are inevitable—like stress, aging, and toxins.
Toxin exposure can come from many different sources. Everyday products that seem harmless in plain sight can damage our health unknowingly. Some effects can be immediate, while others leave a dent in the long term.
Toxins can either be inhaled (like air pollutants), ingested (like mercury in some fish), or absorbed by the skin (like chemicals in personal care products). While it appears unattainable to completely rid ourselves of harmful substances, there are ways to lessen its impact and cleanse more effectively.
#1 – Reduce
‣ Plastics and cans that are NOT BPA-free, especially when in contact with food. Beware of plastics that are labeled as No.3 (PVC), No.6 (PS), and No.7 (other). Foods packed in jars or lined cardboards are generally safer from toxins.
‣ Personal care products that contain chemicals like parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, and oxybenzone. These are commonly present in soaps, shampoos, lotions, hair sprays, perfumes, nail polish, and cosmetics.
‣ Household products that are artificially scented, like laundry detergents and fabric conditioners. Use natural/non-toxic cleaners, disinfectants, and air fresheners. Beware of ingredients that have -onium chloride in the name.
‣ Furniture, Toys, and Electronics that use flame retardant chemicals.
‣ Foods that may contain pesticides, like fruits and vegetables; Avoid too much consumption of fish with high mercury concentration, like swordfish, king mackerel, bigeye tuna, and marlin.
‣ Cookware that may transfer plastic or metal to your food, like Teflon or non-stick pans, aluminum foil and pans, and microwavable plastic containers. Use cast iron or stainless steel pans for cooking, and glassware for microwaved food.
#2 – Get a Test
Have yourself tested to know your toxic exposure level. This can help determine your risk level, and if medical intervention or treatment is necessary.
Learn more about the Environmental Toxin Test: https://biobalanceinstitute.com/the-tests/environmental-toxins/
#3 – Detoxify and Fortify
Eat more detox-superfoods that are mostly organic fruits and vegetables. Fiber-rich foods, nuts, cocoa, spices, and even coffee are also helpful in supporting your body’s natural cleansing ability. Avoid sugary, salty, and processed foods. Drink more water and fewer alcoholic beverages. And of course, more sleep and exercise come standard.
You can also enhance your body’s natural defense and natural ability to detoxify with these all-natural supplements:
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