How Your Environment
Affects Your Health

Toxicity of our environment is one of the ways that our cells malfunction and make way for disease and illness.

The bad news is our water, air, food and hygiene products are all being tainted with toxins. The good news is our bodies, if healthy enough, can fight against them.

The even better news is that there are a wide variety of ways you can avoid these toxins, and a wide variety of products you can use that are not toxic. If you educate yourself, you stand a pretty good chance of winning your body's war against toxins.

Your environment affects your health in a myriad of ways. It's no secret that our carbon dioxide levels have risen due to the modern world we live in. Pollution and electric power lines are a double whammy.

It's also no secret that our water supply is no longer safe to drink out of the tap. Also no secret is the fact that our food is being grown using pesticides, insecticides, not to mention the lack of nutrients in the soil due to failure to rotate crops properly.

And lastly, most of the mainstream products out there that we put on our bodies every day are made with so many chemicals, plastics, and toxins that it would make your head spin.

We simply cannot achieve optimum health breathing polluted air, drinking tainted water, eating poisoned food, and slathering chemical-laden products on our bodies. It's no wonder our poor immune systems are failing, they cannot keep up with the onslaught of toxins to which there is no break from.

We aren't even safe inside our homes, with offgassing of paints and furniture, EMF's from our wi-fi, mold growing in our walls, the list goes on. What can we do?


Ways to Reduce Toxins In Your Environment

Let's just be clear about one thing right now. You cannot eliminate toxins completely from your environment. It's a shame, but our world is too far gone, and at this point all we can do is try to minimize the damage.

Let's start with the air. While there is nothing the average person can do about the quality of the outside air, there are some things we can do about our indoor air.

Air purifiers are practically necessary these days. You can buy one to fit any budget, but the most expensive ones will obviously do a better job, removing pet allergens, toxins, and odors. You want to find one that has a HEPA filter, which stands for high-efficiency particle air. Also make sure you buy one best suited for the room size.

Another solution to indoor air pollutants is to have an indoor plant. There are a few kinds of plants that are especially good at sucking the bad stuff right out of the air. These include;

  • garden mum
  • pothos
  • spider plant
  • dracaena
  • ficus
  • peace lily
  • Boston fern
  • snake plant
  • aloe vera
  • bamboo palm

Using beeswax or soybean candles instead of paraffin candles is better for the environment. Paraffin candles release toxins when burned where the other two kinds do not.

Essential oils are good to use in a diffuser to purify the air. Look for these scents which work the best at getting rid of toxins in the air;

  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Tea Tree 
  • Rosemary
  • Wild Orange
  • Lavender
  • Pine

Opening your windows on a regular basis is also important. If you live where it gets cold in the winter, try to air out your home as close to winter as possible and as early as possible in the spring. As bad as the environment as a whole is, getting fresh air from outside to come into your home is still the best option.


Natural Cleaning Products

Using the right cleaning products goes a long way towards not adding additional toxins to your indoor air. To many people's surprise, air fresheners are actually bad for you! Many of the chemicals in those spray fresheners are hazardous, so don't even use them at all. Essential oils add a lovely scent to your home while also detoxifying the air! 

There are some environment-friendly cleaners out there, you just have to find them in places like health food stores. If you really want to go the natural route, you can make your own cleansers with ingredients you probably have around the house.

Here's a basic recipe for a good all-purpose cleanser;


ALL NATURAL ALL-PURPOSE CLEANSER

1/2 Cup white vinegar

2 TBS baking soda

10 drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil

Mix the vinegar and essential oil in a spray bottle, then add the baking soda and mix well. Then add some water to fill the bottle to the top.

You can also use liquid castille soap (Dr. Bronners is a pretty popular natural soap) mixed with baking soda along with your choice of essential oil.

If you have a need for a more powerful cleaning action, you can add Borax to your baking soda/vinegar/oil mixture.

Just like the foods we eat, the cleansers we use work best when they are kept simple and natural! Why use nasty chemicals when we don't have to?

EMF Radiation

Electromagnetic Field Radiation is a pretty scary thing yet nobody really takes them seriously. This is perhaps the most dangerous aspect of our indoor environment. Some people are more sensitive to this than others.

Everyone knows that cellphones emit EMF's, and we can't really stop using them in this day and age, so what can we do?

Some options are to put your phone on airplane mode when you are not using it. If you don't want to miss calls, you can just set it away from your body as much as possible.

Avoid talking on the phone, since holding it up to your head for long periods of time does the most damage. So text instead of talk, if you can.

And above all else, do NOT sleep with your phone! The further your phone is away from you when you sleep, the better. In fact this rule goes for all electronics. Sleep is when your body is healing and rejuvenating, so it is very detrimental to your health to be surrounded by electronics as you sleep. Even on the other side of your bedroom is good enough.

Do not stand near appliances when they are operating, such as the dishwasher and microwave. Even your computer puts off EMF's. You might have heard me talk about grounding/Earthing, and this is one use of that which could greatly help your health.

They make grounding pads for you to use indoors that will give the same effect as grounding outside. The object is to have your bare skin touching the mat while you are using your computer, and it will protect you from the EMF's coming from your computer.

Another trick is instead of having a wi-fi router, use an ethernet cord for your computer. This seems like a hassle having a long cord going across your living room or kitchen, but if you can eliminate as much wi-fi in the air as possible, you'll be better off.


Offgassing

You may not have heard of offgassing, but it is a very real and scary thing. Anytime you buy new carpet, furniture or paint that is not natural, offgassing occurs for a while. All these things are made with chemicals, and the fumes escape into the air for a few weeks or months in some cases. 

There was the case of a young child who became seriously ill when her parents had all new furniture in her bedroom along with fresh paint on the walls and fresh carpet. The offgassing made her sick and she did not get better until they had her sleep somewhere else. 

Not everyone is this sensitive, but children and elderly are especially susceptible. It is a good idea to only buy one new piece of furniture at a time, and if you can, make sure the air movement in the room is adequate and that you spend as little time in there as possible while it is offgassing. A general rule of thumb is to give it about a month before it is considered safe.

New cars are notorious for this (and we all LOVE that new car smell, don't we?), so it is best to drive with the windows down as much as possible when your car is new.


Natural Hygiene Products

Your skin, your largest organ, is very absorbent. Whatever you put on it will get inside. You may wonder how you didn't get sick from all the unnatural junk you have been putting on your body your whole life.

Well, in small amounts, the body can generally do a good job of getting those toxins out. But it is hard on your body. Give your body a break by using all natural hygiene products.

There is a natural version of everything so there is no excuse to poison your body anymore. And remember, just like with our food and cleaning products, anything you put on your body is best when it is simple. Natural and simple go hand in hand.

Many foods are even good for the skin, including lemon juice, raw egg whites and yolks, yogurt, mashed up cherries, oatmeal, honey, apple cider vinegar, and many more. Castille soap is good for cleansing the face, and you can add natural oils such as Vitamin E or almond oil (both great for skin). Bentonite clay is good to use as a mask to draw out dirt and impurities and detoxify the skin.

There are thousands of all natural recipes that are just a google search away, but I want to give you a few to start with that are basic and simple to make.


ALL NATURAL SHAMPOO

1 TBS of baking soda

1 Cup Water


RINSE

1 TBS apple cider vinegar

1 Cup Water

It will not lather up, but the chemicals that cause the lather you don't want on your head anyway. Getting used to no lather is hard, but just think of all the toxins your body won't have to deal with anymore! The vinegar smell is nothing to worry about it, it doesn't linger after you are done. But if you like, you can use a few drops of essential oil to give it a scent.


ALL NATURAL DEODORANT

3/4 Cup arrowroot powder

1/4 Cup baking soda

4-6 TBS melted coconut oil


Mix baking soda and arrowroot powder.

Add 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil and mix. Add more coconut oil until you like the consistency.


ALL NATURAL TOOTHPASTE

4 TBS Coconut Oil

4 TBS Bentonite Clay

2–3 TBS water

1/2 tsp sea salt

10–15 drops peppermint essential oil  


Mix coconut oil, clay, and salt in a bowl. Begin with one tablespoon of water. Mash the ingredients together and add more water until you get the consistency you want. Add in the peppermint oil and then mix well. 


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