It took me a long time to figure out that not only changing my diet according to my food sensitivity was not enough to actually feel better long-term. Eliminating toxins and living as clean as I possibly could is part of my process too. I have found was that toxins were a part of reducing my good gut bacteria, which was vital. When my gut bacteria were unhappy and not as present as it should have been, inflammation happened and with inflammation I developed my food sensitivity. Now I am not saying that this is the core reason for my food sensitivity, but what I am saying is that I believe that it played a role in me developing it.
Toxins are all around us. I mean, go to the grocery store and just look around at how much plastic there is. Hardly anything comes in glass. But just going outside we are exposed to smog exhaust, carbon and so on. Luckily, I live in New England and smog is not a thing around here but, depending where you live this can be critical. Just think about the wildfires in California or Australia, the air from the fires is toxic. But I am not talking about these kinds of toxins today.
I will be talking about the day to day toxins that I as an individual, can control and eliminate from my daily life and get the benefits of a better digestive system.
Things such as
- Eating clean by choosing organic non-GMO fruits and vegetable as well as non- GMO Products.
- Trying to cut down on heavy metals. This can be tricky as it can be found in fish, so I try to stay within limited amounts.
- I will use my essential oils if I don’t feel well instead of grabbing medications for simple things such as headaches, body aches, nausea, heartburn, sleep….
- Drinking filtered water in reusable bottles such as Lifefactory glass bottles, Hydroflask KleanKanteen or any brand you prefer.
- Using reusable bags, sandwich bags, storage bags
- Home cooking so I can control the ingredients and the way food will be prepared.
- Hormone and antibiotic-free plus humanely raised meat products.
- Using glass over plastic as much as I possibly can
- Refillable instead of replaceable
- Eliminating as much single use plastic as much as possible
- Using environmentally friendly cleaning products
- Using metal containers for packing foods, snacks
- Thermoses for hot foods, instead of buying lunch bring your own
Just by eliminating toxins such as BPA found in plastics alone can make a big impact on health and the environment, plus on your wallet, as in the long run it saves you money.
Toxins can be absorbed through the skin, orally, and the lungs.
The skin is also a detox organ, which means the skin works for you to keep your system clean.
So what else can we do to eliminate toxins once they have entered our bodies?
Well, there are few things I do that help me with this process. One is getting a good sweat, as sweating is detoxing. I sweat through exercise. Getting my heartrate up and keeping it there for at least 20 to 30 minutes works great for me. Now you might be different, so you exercise at your pace.
Drinking large amounts of filtered water, water helps us eliminate toxins through elimination. It also helps with bowel movements which is another way the body gets rid of toxins. So when I am constipated, I increase my water intake, plus I add teas and essential oils to my day. What I have learned over the last few years is that when I am constipated toxins can be reabsorbed into my body, which makes me feel horrible. I get tired, my energy is down and of course I feel uncomfortable.
Juicing is a nice way of detoxing my body as well, I like to juice myself and prefer it that way, I don’t like buying store juices. Drinking my juice freshly pressed is when I get most of my nutrients. Juices high in vegetables, with some lemon is great a detox for me. If you would like my recipe here is my link: http://staging2.healthyforfood.com/2020/01/20/how-about-some-detox-juice/
I don’t do juice detoxes where all I consume is juice. My body won’t allow me to do that as I am non-diabetic hypoglycemic, so I need my complete protein which are found in lean meats. So if you are thinking about undergoing actual detoxes that entail no food or a very certain diet please consult your doctor first and make sure it is ok for you to do and that will not interfere with any kinds of medications your health and so on.
So, these are a view things that I have implemented into my daily life. Yes, there is more for me to do and I am working on these things as well. I find it is very important for my health, but also for the health of the earth. I consider it is a privilege to live in such a wonderful place on earth and therefore I need to respect the earth and be grateful. I have a granddaughter and the one thing that worries me is what kind of world my granddaughter might be living in after I have left the earth.
I hope you enjoyed my blog and that it inspired you or motivated you to take some of your own steps towards eliminating some toxins in your life. Of course, these things that I have implemented in my life did not happen overnight but over a period of time, and as I mentioned before I am still working on improving it as well.
These simple things though have been a large part in living symptom free from my food sensitivity for the past two years. It has helped me in making my personal effort in helping with the environment, and it has helped me save money as well.
So, this is it for today, thank you again for stopping by. I hope to see you back again next week.
Xx Andi 🙂