If you're worried about the ill health effects that certain products, foods, and chemicals may cause, eliminate toxins and live a natural lifestyle. Here's how to start.
- Step 1: Cleanse your body of poisons retained from diet and the environment by trying methods such as colon cleanses, body-cleansing juice fasting, or sweat lodges. Drink copious amounts of purified water throughout the day.
- Step 2: Get your heart pumping several times a week to keep your body running well and your circulatory and excretion systems working at peak performance. Not only will exercise keep you fit, but working out will also strengthen your resolve to lead a natural lifestyle!
- FACT: You come into contact with the trace amounts of the potentially toxic chemical bisphenol A daily -- even when handling paper money and receipts.
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- Step 3: Switch to cloth diapers and ditch disposable diapers, which contain chemicals, can take up to 500 years to decompose, and leak raw sewage into the ground at the landfill.
- TIP: Make your own natural toiletries -- for example, mix honey with brown sugar for a simple body scrub.
- TIP: Shop at a farmer's market or natural food store where most items are more fresh and natural -- to help limit your temptations.
- Step 4: Set a goal to reduce your electric bill and carbon emissions. Air-dry your clothes and hair. Hand-wash some dishes to cut down on the frequency of dishwasher use. Turn down the temperature on your water heater and thermostats. Carpool, bike, or take the bus to work or to visit friends.
- Step 5: Avoid using products that list chemical ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Opt for household and personal care products with labels advertising "all-natural" or "eco-friendly" formulations. Avoid using pesticides on both your family and pets, including bug spray. Opt for non-toxic pest control such as glue traps or sprays made from citrus or eucalyptus essential oils.
- Step 6: Buy mainly whole foods at the grocery store, such as fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods that contain artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. Buy organic, especially for foods carrying high pesticide residues (such as apples, pears, bell peppers, and spinach), to significantly reduce the amount of toxins you eat.