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How to Eliminate Toxins from Your Environment

Clean living is something that most of us strive for. Staying away from harmful substances is a natural act for us as humans. Learning how to eliminate toxins from our bodies and the environment where we live is a step toward a better life experience. There are practical things we can do to limit our exposure.

Start With Your Food

Eating clean is a good way to start with eliminating toxins from your environment. A lot of people start by focusing on looking for organic foods when they shop. Highly processed foods are often loaded with substances that are not good for our bodies.

Look closely at the produce you purchase in the store. If it is not organic, it may contain pesticide residues that you need to wash off. A good practice is to wash all of your produce when you bring it home, period.

Meat products can also be a source of toxins. A lot of people avoid red meat in favor of seafood and poultry, but be careful what you purchase. Free range poultry is always a safer alternative when you can find it.

In the case of fish, larger fish may contain greater traces of mercury, a known toxin. Try smaller varieties (smaller cuts of fish, sardines, and wild caught salmon) are good choices. Eating fish 1-2 times a week is a good dietary choice so do include it in your diet.

Get proper amounts of vegetables and fruits in your diet to get the critical nutrients your body needs. Green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale and broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables are great choices for your diet.

Fruit choices like oranges, apples, melons, pears, kiwi and others contain antioxidants that are good for you. Vary the fruits you take in day to day and try to aim for at least 3 servings.

Try to stay away from highly processed foods. They often contain preservatives and additives that can wreak havoc in your body. Practice filling your grocery basket with whole foods instead.

Clean Your Home of Toxins

Start with trying to improve the indoor air quality of your home. The EPA stays indoor air pollutants are 2 to 5 times greater than those in outside air. Those pollutants include things such as tobacco smoke, pesticides, dust and mold, pet dander and others.

The first line in tackling these are to regularly cleaning the home. A good place to start is by having everyone who enters your home to remove their shoes at the door. This keeps dirt, dust and contaminants outside your home from getting embedded into flooring or carpeting.

Cleaning methods include the use of a good vacuum and mopping of hard floor surfaces. You can clean dusty surfaces with microfiber cloths and an environmentally friendly cleaner. Try to start a 2 times or more a week cleaning routine to regularly get rid of toxins in your home.

Ventilate your home by opening the windows occasionally to let in outside air. This lets in fresh air and allows the air toxins to be eliminated to the outside. Air circulation is a good way to better the air quality inside your home.

A nice touch to help with home cleaning may be the inclusion of indoor plants to your home’s decor. While there may not be any scientific reasoning to them improving quality, they do provide a very eye pleasing background for your home. They may actually remove CO2 from the air replacing it with oxygen with some plants providing smells of nature within your home.

Focus on exceptional cleaning in the bathroom and bedrooms. Change bedding regularly and launder bedding items. Dust and vacuum bedrooms to keep down dust and toxins. In baths, provide some sort of ventilation like a fan or exhaust to help with humidity. Clean out bath and showers to inhibit the formation of mold on surfaces.

In the kitchen, use environmentally friendly cleaners to wipe down surfaces and clean floors. Keep appliances clean on a regular basis. If you use scents in the kitchen or other places, try to use natural substances like essential oils to perfume the air rather than artificial perfumes or scents.

Use the Right Supplements and Natural Methods to Help With

Body Toxins

Water is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word detox. Clean water taken in daily flushes many toxins from your system. Having a good water filter readily available takes many toxins out of your water and is the best way to hydrate your body properly every day.

Antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatories such as omega-3 oils help reduce free radical damage to your cells. Getting a good supply of plant and vegetables in your diet provides most of your body’s needs. To get the rest of what you need. you will need to do daily supplementation. An exceptional whole multivitamin should give s good bio ability of these along with vitamins and minerals.

Exercising on a regular basis also provides a great way to remove toxins from your body. A good workout where you sweat, is a good method of eliminating wastes through your skin pores. Walking, cycling or any other form of aerobic exercise fills this need.

Some people use detoxes on a periodic basis to get rid of wastes from their system. If you decide to do this, research carefully and consider the effect the detox or cleanse you are considering will have on your body.

Good Habits to Form To Help With Toxin Exposure

Personal hygiene to clean your skin and teeth is a good habit to form. Cleansing your skin removes many harmful bacteria and dirt from the surface. Moisturizing your skin may be the best way to help keep it healthy. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy by brushing and flossing on a regular basis keeps your mouth healthy.

Look at the personal products such as cleansers, deodorants and anything you use on your body to make sure there are no harmful ingredients. Do research online for anything that you cannot readily identify from the label.

Wash your hands before eating or putting anything into your mouth. Our hands contact many potential exposures without knowing it. This is a good habit to form and may protect you from toxic exposures from substances you handle or touch.

Keep the Humidity Within Your Home Controlled

Damp and musty spaces can foster the growth of harmful mold in the home. Moisture may be controlled by means of a humidifier or air handling system. Promptly repair leaks from water lines, air conditioning systems and items such as roof leaks to prevent mold growth.

Being systematic about controlling your toxic exposures can keep you and your family safe. Control toxic exposures to your body by eating properly, cleaning your skin and hands, and by keeping harmful substances in your personal products and every day cleaners out of your home.

Remember to keep dirt and toxins out of your home by making sure its not tracked onto floors on shoes. Clean regularly to remove dirt and dust from floors and surfaces periodically. Keep places like bedrooms and baths cleaned properly. Having an environment where your family can be free from toxins is achievable if you work at it.

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you for the good reminder about the importance of cleanliness. It seems like we should all know this in our day and age, but it is easy to fall into a trap that says, “There’s nothing wrong with a little dust. It never hurts anyone.” But we do breathe the air that contains all this dust. You covered many areas that I need to work on. I actually had never thought about sweat being a good way to release toxins. I lift weights at a gym, but I don’t know that I sweat very much when I go it. Maybe I need to work out a little harder. 

  2. This is a great article, Elridge. Thank you for sharing such practical tips on eliminating toxins from our environment. Your emphasis on starting with our food and clean eating habits is spot on. Eating whole foods and avoiding highly processed foods is an excellent way to eliminate toxins from our bodies.

    I also appreciate your tips on cleaning our homes to improve indoor air quality, including using environmentally friendly cleaning products and incorporating indoor plants. Your suggestions to exercise regularly and stay hydrated with clean water are important for maintaining a healthy body and eliminating toxins.

  3. I appreciate you taking the time to remind me how important hygiene is. We do inhale the air that is filled with all of this dust. You touched on a lot of topics that I need to work on. Actually, I had never considered sweating as a healthy way to discharge toxins. I will undoubtedly share this fantastic article.

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