Seven Ways to Avoid Toxic Accumulations in the Body
Many studies have shown that in order to live a long and healthy life, one must find a way to eliminate toxins from the body on a regular basis. Toxins not only contribute to serious and life-threatening illnesses, but they are the primary cause of aches and pains, fatigue and irritability.
Toxins are everywhere: in the air we breathe, our homes, cleaning products, personal care products and even in the foods we eat. Many of those toxins can be avoided, however, many of them cannot. And then there are those that we could escape, but due to our lifestyles we tend to indulge in them at least every once in awhile. Either way, it is important that we keep our bodies clean in order to live a long and healthy life. Following are some tips on how to avoid toxic accumulations.
Tips on How to Avoid Toxins From Entering the Body
The number one rule to remember is to prevent harmful toxins from entering the body in the first place. What goes in must also come out, and the fewer toxins that enter the body, the less we have to worry about later on.
There isn’t much that we can do about the air we breathe, except move to the country; but there are many other things that we can do to reduce the amount of toxins that we come in contact with each day.
1.) Avoid Processed Food
Processed foods are the most common causes of toxicity in the human body. These foods include fast foods, many frozen foods, condiments, canned foods, boxed foods, bottled drinks and many other packaged junk foods. They seem to be everywhere we go; in convenient stores, grocery stores, and even in some health food stores.
It may not always be possible to avoid processed foods, and thus, reading and understanding the labels can help in making healthier choices.
2.) Avoid Cigarettes and Recreational Drugs
Cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs are just as harmful as processed foods. They are able to provide a few moments of bliss, but afterwards their damaging effects are not worth it.
3.) Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
In many cases prescription and over-the-counter medications are harmful to the body as well. This is especially true if the drugs are designed to merely treat the symptoms. The key is to deal with the root of the problem in order to eliminate the symptoms once and for all. And the best way to do that is with a healthy diet, natural remedies and moderate exercise.
4.) Avoid Overeating
Overeating in general, even if the foods are healthy, can cause toxins to build up inside the body. This is because the body is limited to the amount of food that it can handle at a given time. Any excess food becomes toxic in the digestive tract, and many of those toxins are then absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body. The general result of this is excess weight gain.
Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables can help to eliminate the need for overeating, whereas animal products and processed foods can increase the need for food even after one has consumed enough.
5.) Avoid Tap and Bottled Water
Many reports have come out showing that tap water is heavily contaminated with harmful substances, such as prescription drugs and other waste material. The degree to which the water is contaminated usually depends on the area; larger cities are usually more contaminated than small towns. In addition to the contamination, tap water is often treated with fluoride and chlorine, both of which are harmful to the overall health.
Bottled water is said to be a poor choice as well. Some reports suggests that bottled water is really no different than tap water, and others suggest that the chemicals from the plastic bottles leach out into the water. This is especially true if the bottle has been left out in the sun for a prolonged period of time as the heat increases the release of chemicals in all plastics.
6.) Avoid Commercial Care Products
They say that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put into your mouth. The reason being is that the body breathes through the skin and will absorb anything that it comes in contact with.
Harsh Soaps and Shampoos. Most soaps and shampoos contain harmful chemicals that strip away the natural oils resulting in dry skin and hair.
There are many alternatives to commercially produced soaps, such as homemade glycerin soaps. Glycerin is said to be more natural and safer for the skin than other products. Soaking in a bath with baking soda, vinegar, sea salt or fresh ginger, can also help to eliminate the need for soap as they are effective at drawing the toxins from the skin.
As for shampoo, aloe vera gel, cucumber juice, lemon juice and baking soda, can be used instead. Aloe and cucumber are safe to use on a regular basis, whereas lemon juice and baking soda should only be used once in a while because they can bleach the hair.
Antiperspirants. What can I say about antiperspirants? They seem to be a product that no one wants to do without; however, they are one of the worst things to put on the body. Basically what they do is prevent the body from breaking into a sweat. Sweat expels toxins from the body, and stopping the process only causes the toxins to accumulate and cause damage to the insides.
There are many alternatives to antiperspirants and you can find them at this link: Natural Remedies For Body Odor.
Make-up and Lotions. From a health or a personal hygiene perspective, there really is no need for either of these. Make-up might be able to temporarily enhance certain facial features, but the damaging effects of the harmful chemicals on the skin are not worth it in the long run.
As for lotions, they can help ease the dryness of the skin. The chemicals in them, however, can leave the skin even drier once the lotion wears off. An alternative to lotions is to use natural oils, such as coconut or olive oil. All it takes is a few drops a day or as needed. You can also resort to using avocados and the peels of certain plants to help moisturize the skin naturally.
Water is another must for healthy skin as it helps to hydrate from the inside out.
Avoid Commercial Toothpastes. Oral health care is very important, but commercially produced toothpastes are not the answer. Not even the ones that you can find at health food stores because according to the labels they contain ingredients that are harmful if swallowed. But what the labels don’t say is that anything that goes in the mouth is absorbed into the bloodstream almost immediately.
Then to make matters worse, most toothpastes will destroy both the good and the bad bacteria in the mouth. You never want to destroy the good bacteria because those are the creatures that will protect you from the bad bacteria and other harmful substances that you might come in contact with.
Some alternatives to toothpaste are baking soda, finely ground spices, black walnut powder, aloe vera gel and essential oils. Baking soda is very harsh on the teeth, and therefore, should not be used on a regular basis. The other mentioned ingredients are said to be effective and safe for regular use.
7.) Avoid Stressful Situations
It is not possible to avoid all stressful situations, but there are many things that can be done to lighten the load. Getting enough sleep, meditating, and avoiding unnecessary confrontations, can help to keep the stress levels at minimum.
How does stress contribute to toxins? Chronic stress causes the adrenal glands to produce excess amounts of cortisol. Cortisol is good, but when it is regularly produced in excess amounts, it can soon cause the body to become toxic.