Essentials of Healthy Living: Environmental Health

A toxic substance is any compound that has an unhealthy effect on cellular structure or function. We encounter toxic chemicals on a daily basis, often without even knowing it. Exposure may come from the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, or how we clean our homes and care for our yards. Toxins are everywhere. Even our own bodies produce toxic substances that need disposal. It is important to become aware of common toxins in your environment, take steps to limit exposure, and to increase your body’s natural defenses.

Here are 5 easy ways to reduce tour toxic load:

1. Buy and use a high-quality air purifier and water filter for your home and work.

2. Cut down on all plastic use; avoid non-stick cookware, microwaving using plastic wrap or in plastic containers, and switch to drinking only out of glass bottles.

3. Eat fresh, non-processed, whole, and organic foods whenever possible.

4. Use only safe, non-toxic household cleaners and yard care products.

5. Choose natural and non-toxic personal products, such as chemical-free shampoo and conditioner, cosmetics, and deodorants.

Examples of common toxins include mercury from silver fillings, chemicals used to make non-stick cookware, and pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. Continue reading “Essentials of Healthy Living: Environmental Health”

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