We are immersed in poison, inside and out, thanks to the world we live in. It is easier for people to exist in pollution and toxins because they are cheap and quick to buy, to wear, to live in. It is high time we cleaned up the unwanted toxic garbage which is the harbingers of illness and poor health gradually squeezing out the spirit of life in us. It is not just individuals who benefits from uncovering the poisonous blanket we live in, but also environment, nature and our planet smothered and suffocating in chemical and manmade contamination. After thinking about this for awhile, I decided to put together a few tips for clean living.
We can choose to have a body that is as fit and well as it can be which can be achieved through simple means, clean nutrition and adopting a positive lifestyle with exercise. This lifestyle is easy, economical and sustainable and is attainable to all, irrespective of our wealth social status or geographical barriers.
It is a wholesome approach involving our mind, body and spirit to heal our body and transforming our health and life, bringing in a positive focus to all aspects of life and living.
To clean out our body we need to weed out packaged foods, refined sugars, salts, carbs, soft drinks, all processed foods etc from our food. It is rediscovering the taste of “real food” by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, soaked or sprouted whole grains, pasture raised meat, poultry, fresh seafood and whole, raw dairy. It literally means going back to the way of our ancestors.
Next to go is the toxicity around our home. It is good to avoid scented products including perfumes, colognes, air fresheners etc. Also discard fabric softeners, scented detergents, etc. Chuck out all pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Pesticides are neuro-toxins. Use only non-toxic cleaning products and personal-care products. Our skin is our largest organ. Whatever we use topically gets absorbed into our bloodstream and becomes a part of us on a cellular level. If you are going to swim in chlorinated water, you shouldn't do it that often as chlorine is absorbed by skin swiftly. I have several friends who have converted their pools to using chlorine alternatives. You should also try to wear only natural-fiber clothing like 100% cotton, linen, wool, or silk. Avoid clothes which are “permanent press” or “wrinkle resistant” as these clothes are treated with formaldehyde that does not wash out. It only takes a second to look at tags on clothes and once you know what you are looking for you can shop safer and healthier.
Be kind to yourself and nature. Avoid using plastics as much as you can. You can use glass jars to store food and drinks. Also keep away from vinyl, synthetic rugs, varnishes, solvents, etc. Keep your windows open and let fresh air in. Even in the most polluted cities, the outdoor air is found to be less toxic than the indoor air. Certain houseplants are beneficial to remove toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene etc. from the air. The best plants for removing these and other toxins are philodendrons, spider plants, aloe vera, English ivy, golden pothos, and Boston fern. Aloe Vera plants are also super great to have around because of sunburns. My mom had one growing up in my house and being a redhead who refused to listen to my parents about too much sun exposure….well you get the idea.
Also it is important to have adequate exercise to maintain a good clean healthy life style. Sweat is the best way to flush out toxins from our body and also the best natural way to stress management.
It is simply about keeping yourself healthy naturally by going back to nature to get guidance and nourishment.