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Entries in Environmental Toxins (7)

Thursday
Jan072016

6 Reasons to Detox

Whether you want to jump-start your fat loss or detoxify from an indulgent holiday season, there are many reasons to seek out a safe and effective detoxification program.

Each day we’re exposed to a variety of toxins through the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use on our skin. How well we fare depends on how well our bodies can keep up with removing these substances.

By supporting our body's own natural processes with a well-balanced detoxification system, we improve our ability to function at our best and to maintain optimal health. Detox benefits are varied and significant. Let's look at the top six advantages detoxification can offer. 

 

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Tuesday
Dec162014

Healthy Indulgence: Sauna for Detoxification

Did you know your largest organ is your skin?

In fact, it’s your heaviest organ as well, weighing in at about 16% of your total body weight! If you were to spread it out, your skin would cover approximately 22 square feet. That’s a lot of surface area!

When it comes to detoxification, these facts matter.

Our skin acts as a second kidney, removing toxins from our bodies through sweat. Let’s look more closely at detoxification and other health benefits of the sauna. Finally, gather tips for how you can get started in a healthy sauna routine!

 

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Monday
May052014

Clean Living: Are Your Personal Products Putting You at Risk?

How many personal products did you use this morning? If you’re like the average woman in this country, you applied 12 different beauty products to your body, which equals exposure to 120 different chemicals. If you’re an average American man, you used 6 products and unknowingly applied 80 different chemicals. These chemicals dominate seemingly mundane skin and hair products (e.g. lotions, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, etc), cosmetics, and toiletries (e.g. toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, etc) - all the basics of the typical American morning routine. Yet, those statistics alone aren’t the scariest part. The fact is, the government doesn’t require safety studies on personal care products. In fact, 89% of the over 10,000 ingredients used in personal products are not evaluated for safety. This means manufacturers can put whatever they want into their products under whatever name they choose. To boot, the law protects “proprietary information,” which allows companies to keep their ingredients “secret.”  If you check your product labels, you will see vague ingredients such as “fragrance,” “parfum,” “natural,” or “emollients.” Why is it so important to know what's in these products? Our bodies inevitably end up inhaling or especially absorbing the toxins when we apply them. Day after day, this can add significantly to our toxin load. The skin, after all, is the body’s largest detox organ. Today, let's explore the most common unhealthy ingredients in personal care products, examine the health impacts of these and share strategies you can use to create a healthier self-care routine.

 

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Why Use Non-Toxic Cleaners?

We all like the idea of a sparkling clean, germ-free, fresh-smelling home. To that end, we tend to use a sizable array of products: air fresheners, soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, polishes, glass cleaners, oven cleaners, etc. Today, we’ll revisit our Clean Living series to address just that--household cleaners. Knowing that toxins can enter our bodies through inhalation, ingestion, and absorption, do you think about the safety of the cleaners you use on a regular basis? Understanding the health risks can suddenly make that sparkling mirror, shiny countertop, and spotless floor lose a bit of their luster. Today, we’ll look at the health risks associated with common household cleaners, the ingredients to look for and avoid, and some non-toxic alternatives that can preserve your health—and budget. 

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Wednesday
Jun122013

Is Bug Spray Dangerous?

We’re entering bug season – the wet, warm weather that breeds everyone’s favorite pests: mosquitos, ticks, and deer flies. If you live near the woods, like we do, it seems you’re constantly waving your arms around, slamming the fly swatter down, or picking ticks off yourself, family members, or pets! Many of us use bug “protection” in the forms of sprays, lotions, liquids or infused wrist bands. What are the health risks of our choices, however? About one-third of adults and children currently use bug repellent products. Let’s examine the active ingredients in these formulations, their potential health impacts and the overall pros and cons. Finally, let’s look at safety tips for repellent use and healthier alternatives to conventional bug repellent products. 

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Wednesday
May152013

Clean Living, Part 1: Non-Toxic Laundry Options

Laundry can be a filthy job, but the mess might be the least of our problems. Beyond the sweat, dirt or food stains, we’re exposed to a multitude of serious toxins in everyday laundry products. They’re, in fact, among the very toxins that contribute to obesity, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases, including cancer. With the average American household washing between 400-600 loads of laundry per year, there are 400-600 chances to either be exposed to these chemicals—or not! Which will you choose? Luckily, going non-toxic is simpler and cheaper than you’d expect. Let’s look at easy and effective ways to switch up your cleaning routine and ditch the toxins lurking in your laundry room! 

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Monday
Jan282013

Detox Made Simple: Part 2

Last week I introduced our detox series with a look at the body’s natural detoxification processes. Today, I’ll discuss how a buildup of toxins can damage our overall health and metabolic balance. I’ll also share ways you can assist your body’s natural defenses to best “keep up” with the incoming load of everyday toxin exposures.

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