We all know how chemicals harm the environment and degrade the quality of our lives. They have a way of interfering with our food supply chain and surroundings. These man-made chemicals may spread through water, air and soil. Every individual has a toxic threshold, after which our body organs are seriously damaged. Every day we are exposed to environmental pollutants and toxins from household products. This affects our nervous system and contributes to anxiety, headaches, insomnia, chronic fatigue and more.
While there’s little we can do to completely change the outdoors, we can always start with our immediate indoor environment. We often tend to overlook indoor pollution but we must remember it may be very dangerous for your family’s health.
Here are our 8 tips to reduce toxins in your everyday life so you can breathe easier:
1. Household cleaning products are usually chemical-filled and should not be inhaled. It is advisable to use green cleaning products. You can make them by using vinegar, lemon, baking soda, etc. These are natural alternatives and reduce toxins in the environment.
2. Replace your synthetic air fresheners with natural ones. Use essential oils for cleaning your house as well as make your house smell great. They are also used for skin care. They have antibacterial properties and unlike artificial fragrances keeps your lungs non irritated and does not disrupt your hormones.
3. Avoid using plastics as they contain dioxins, which are endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which can mix with your drinking water and food. You should never heat food in plastic, or use the same plastic bottles for a long time.
4. Allow fresh airflow: Homes with proper ventilation are much healthier for living. People spend a lot of time indoors, so the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. Open your windows and doors regularly to ensure there’s no cause for suffocation or toxic air.
5. Take your shoes off inside home: This step will significantly reduce levels of dust, dirt, germs and other unwanted things coming into your home. When you are outdoors, your shoes are likely exposed to toxins and if you want to prevent contaminants from recirculating indoors, take your shoes off once you enter home.
6. Changing and cleaning your furnace and AC filters is very important. Irrespective of how often you use them, you must clean them at regular intervals. This is to make sure you have a clean air supply and your system is running efficiently.
7. Keep humidity levels in control - Damp surroundings can contribute to growth of molds, bacteria, dust mites and chemical emissions within the air. You should use air conditioners and dehumidifiers, open windows and doors at times, and use exhaust fans in the kitchen.
8. The best way to detoxify your environment is by adding plants. Use common indoor plants, like aloe vera which relieves asthma attacks, devil’s ivy, peace lily, chrysanthemums are also beneficial plants and act as air purifiers.
Toxicity is a health crisis and on a daily basis we ingest chemicals, use more medication, intake too much sugar and abuse our system. The incidence of toxicity induced diseases has increased at an alarming rate. More and more people suffer from fatigue, pain, skin irritations and constant colds and coughs. Their bodies are overloaded with toxins from their diet and the environment. It is the need of the hour that we make small changes in our daily lives to modify the toxic environment.
Remodel your indoors to suit you and create a healthier environment for you. In recent times, more and more people are opting for air purifiers. Some of these use HEPA filters to trap ultrafine particles, this can also be helpful for people with dust allergies. You should begin having a healthier diet and also be mindful about skincare products because they usually contain toxins. Avoid eating processed foods and start today for a better future.