We hear a lot about detox diets that are designed to cleanse our bodies of toxins and impurities. But what about our homes?
Long-term exposure to chemicals in cleaning products has been shown to cause health issues. And many of these cleaners have carcinogens – substances that promote the growth of cancer, as well as disrupt the endocrine system – which can disrupt the body’s hormones. You may not be able to eliminate all the hazards, but here are a few detox ideas to help lessen your exposure.
Detox your cleaning and body care products
Make the shift to “green” cleaning and personal care products that are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Buy them or make your own using online recipes that include ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and essential oils. A quick online search can tell you what the environmental rating is for specific products or ingredients.
Detox your floors
Leaving your shoes at the door is one of the best ways to keep toxins like fertilizers and pesticides out of your home. Go barefoot indoors, or wear slippers or more supportive shoes if you need them. But make them “inside-only” shoes.
Detox the air
You can improve the air quality in your home by tackling it on several fronts. For example, does your vacuum do its part to keep the air clean? If it has a HEPA filtration system, then it can help remove the majority of dirt, dust, pet dander and more from the air. Houseplants can also play a role. Certain types are known to be good at purifying the air, including English ivy, peace lily, ficus and aloe. And finally, consider an air filtration system for your home, especially if you have pets or suffer from allergies or asthma.
Detox your bed
Sleep better (and much cleaner) by washing your bedding regularly and giving your mattress a once-over a couple of times a year. Vacuum it with an upholstery tool, sprinkle on baking soda and let it sit for a bit. Then vacuum a second time.
Detox your water
If you live in an area with clean, good-tasting tap water, consider yourself blessed. If you don’t or you’re not sure, then you may want to get a filter for your sink or a filtered water pitcher for your fridge. Filtering can help reduce the contaminants that most tap water contains. Plus, you’ll save money and the environment by saying no to bottled water.
Detox your kitchen
Finally, don’t forget that healthy living starts with a healthy eating plan. Yes, your body can filter out toxins, but you’ve still got to do your part. Start by clearing out the highly processed food in your pantry. And replace it over time with a cleaner way of eating, including more fruits and veggies, lean protein, whole-grain foods and low-fat dairy products. If you haven’t already, switch to BPA-free plastic or (even better) glass for food storage. It can help lessen your exposure to the potential negative health effects of plastics.
Happy and healthy for life
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- Mayo Clinic – mayoclinic.org