Dr. Kassam How to Naturally Reduce Your Toxic Load
How to Naturally Reduce Toxin Exposure
Written By: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
In past articles, I spoke a lot about how to help your body detox through foods and lifestyle changes. This week I would like to focus on detoxing through the home and work environments since about 80-90% of all toxic intake come from inside our homes. Did you know that in the United States, there are about 80,000 toxic chemicals registered, while only a few of them have actually been tested for long-term impacts on health? Toxins are able to enter the body through food, air, water and/or personal care products. Some examples include heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, food allergies, toxins from moulds, pollutants, cleaning products, dry cleaning, synthetic building materials and industrial compounds. These are all known to emit a variety of toxic compounds, like formaldehyde and endocrine disruptors (EDC’s), which all negatively impact our health.
On an everyday basis, the body has multiple detoxification pathways in place to be able to eliminate these toxins from the body. When the number of toxins overpowers mechanisms for detoxification, the liver gets sluggish and certain toxins can remain “active” for longer than we would like, leading to fluid retention, bloating, fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, gas, headaches and much more. Thus, the key to detoxification is to not only enhance your body’s ability to detoxify on its own but most importantly to minimize your exposure to toxins. Here, I will discuss ways to help you reduce toxic exposure in your everyday life while making your home and work a ‘green living space’!
1. Eliminate plastics
2. Use Natural Air Fresheners and Perfumes
3. Use natural alternatives for all cleaning, personal care and make-up products
4. Buy organic foods when it comes to the dirty dozen and eat organic meats when possible
5. Cook with a cast iron
6. Use high-quality air filters that are changed every 4-8 weeks
7. Add some plants to your environment
8. Increase toxin elimination
Aim for picking two of the above recommendations to start detoxifying your surrounding environment. Making all these changes at once can be overwhelming, so do it step by step. Help your body function better by reducing the number of chemicals your liver has to process and enjoy a healthier version of yourself!
The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.