5 Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Load

clean-foodThere is something about spring that often makes people want to detox. Perhaps it’s the desire to reboot or recharge after a long, sluggish winter. While doing a detox can feel like a fresh start, we don’t need a particular time of year to help our bodies clear toxins. In fact, it is very important that we are detoxifying on a regular basis, and that we are continually making dietary and lifestyle choices that reduce our toxin load.

Sadly, toxins are everywhere and they cause cumulative damage. Every source of exposure adds up and can harm every aspect of our health. Continue reading “5 Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Load”

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6 Health Benefits from Clean Water

The need for clean water hardly requires explanation. Everyone has an inherent understanding of the value of uncontaminated water for drinking, cooking and washing.

Beyond the obvious benefits of clean water for every day living, medical experts have validated some important health benefits, as well.

Here are five important reasons why clean water is good for your health as well as the environment, as reported by David Freeman in Reader’s Digest.

1) Reduced risk of stroke: good hydration in your body reduces the chance of blood clots forming, thereby offering protection against the possibility of a stroke

2) Lowered risk of heart disease: Medical research suggests that drinking five glasses of water per day cuts the risk of fatal heart attack by 50% in men.

3) Fewer kidney stones: Passing a kidney stone is no fun. In fact it is usually quite painful. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep stones from forming by maintaining a high level of dilution in your urinary tract. Continue reading “6 Health Benefits from Clean Water”

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Why is Green Living Important?

There are plenty of reasons offered for going green. But I just want to focus here on three of them. I think all three are very good reasons: one is environmental, one is geo-political/patriotic, and the last is very practical

1) Living green is the right thing to do. Conserving energy resources that we know are finite (oil and gas supplies, etc.) will help to create a world in which most of our energy supply comes from renewable sources. Further, bringing those renewable supplies roughly in balance with energy demand will create a far more sustainable world. At that point, we no longer need to extract and burn fossil fuels because we are relying on renewable sources

2) Making the country more energy independent and reducing the need to import energy, especially fossil fuels from abroad, will help us eliminate our dependence on energy sources that are unstable or unfriendly. Continue reading “Why is Green Living Important?”

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Green Living Can Also Be Good For Your Health: Three Tips for Being Green and Healthy

Green living is being embraced by increasing numbers of people. Saving energy at home, using less gasoline, conserving fresh water and recycling paper, plastic and glass products all contribute to a greener lifestyle and a lower carbon footprint.

But there is another reason for going green: green living is also healthy.

Here are three tips for living a green and healthy lifestyle.

1. Start an organic garden at home. In addition to some exercise, gardening offers health benefits by allowing you to make sure that your homegrown fruit and vegetables are chemical and toxin free. And by growing some of your food at home, you reduce pollution and save fuel by not having that food shipped to you from across the country, or even from half way around the world. You also avoid the expense and pollution resulting from driving your car to a local store to buy it. Continue reading “Green Living Can Also Be Good For Your Health: Three Tips for Being Green and Healthy”

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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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