5 Simple Ways to Detox Your Kitchen

June 7, 2014

5 Simple Ways to Detox Your Home

If you think about the span of our life up to today, we consume so many toxins. Some of them on purpose from the foods we choose to eat and some our bodies naturally ingest from the environment. Build up of toxicity in our bodies breed potential diseases and that’s why detoxing and cleansing intermittently is important.  Detoxing and cleansing are common words used to take your body through the process of removing toxins from our body. From a juice cleanse to a clean-food program with complementary supplements, exercise, self-care rituals, meditation and so on.

But what about our actually living environment?  We are so focused on “eliminating” foods and beverages that add toxins to our system that we often forget what is in our home that may be adding to the build up.

There are so many ways to help alleviate toxicity in our environment.  Here are 5 Simple Ways to Detox your Home that you can easy make starting today!

Be Eco-Friendly

We often forget to switch up our cleaning products. Since you can’t actually see the effects that chemicals have on our bodies, we just naturally forget to consider them.  But, most chemicals actually have a powerful affect on us – from neurological effects to cancer-promoting free radicals.  Here are a few solutions:

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – it’s wonder liquid with countless uses including a natural-based cleaner for every part of your household.   Use Tea Tree essential oils as a natural antibacterial agent:

• ¼ Cup Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure Tea Tree Castile Soap
• 10-20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
• Spray bottle
• Water to fill spray bottle

Mix all ingredients together, spray and wipe with a damp cloth.  Get Dr. Bronner’s here.

Not into making your own? Another option that you can find in most grocery stores are Seventh Generation and Mrs Meyer’s are great picks.

But, make sure you read the label to avoid the following ingredients: nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), triclosan, ammonia, chlorine bleach, DEA, TEA, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, and sulfuric acid.

 

Eat Clean Food

Eating organic foods particularly fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat, ensures you are getting the most nutritious food you possible can.  Choosing organics also guarantees that your food has not been genetically modified. But, maybe you can’t purchase all of your fruits and vegetables organic.  Here is a list of what you should by organic and those you can buy generic:

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Sourcing local foods is the best way to reduce your carbon footprint while supporting your local economy.

 

Kick the Can to the Curb!

Canned foods are the ultimate convenience foods. Quick, quick, quick.  But, beware of BPA (bisphenol A), an industrial chemical found in the lining of canned foods. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of  the possible health effects it can have on the brain and the prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.  There are two ways you can reduce your BPA intake: avoid or minimize buying canned products or purchase BPA-free canned foods.  Buying canned beans are three times for expensive then buying dried.  With a little preparation time, you can cook beans in advance and free them for individual use later.  And, trust me, freshly cooked beans are so much more tasty and they are much, MUCH more healthier!

 

Lose the Zapper

A microwave expels radiation on your food and the area you live in. It destroys and reduces the nutrients in your food that are so important to your health and the reason why you are eating it in the first place. It actually alters the chemical structure of food.  And, ultimately it produces toxins and carcinogenic compounds that have been shown to lead to cancer. I got rid of my microwave years ago.  I mean, an oven can replace the use of the microwave oven for reheating leftovers, and liquids can be easily reheated on the stove.

 

Add Some Greenery to your Home

Those smart astronauts at NASA completed a study in the 80’s proving that some plants can actually clean the air are you.  We all know that plants produce oxygen. But indoor plants can also absorb contaminants and carcinogens such asbenzene and formaldehyde. Other studies have showed that plant-filtered rooms have 50 to 60 per cent less airborne microbes, like mold spores and bacteria.  Amazing!  Take a look at the list of the best indoor plants to help filter the air you live in.

 

That’s my list!  I’ve got some many more in the vault but I would love to hear what you do to eliminate toxins in your environment.  Let us know by commenting below!