Did you know you may have hundreds of individual toxins and harmful chemicals in your body at any given moment?
While many people are becoming more conscious of what they eat, most people are not aware of the other ways they are introducing harmful chemicals into their bodies and the benefits that clean living can have on their health.
Body Burden is a term used to define the harmful chemical buildup in your body. Toxic chemicals can enter your body in many ways, including through the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, and what you put on your skin.
Chemicals are literally everywhere! While we probably cannot totally eliminate our contact with chemicals, we can reduce it drastically. By improving the quality of the food you eat, the ingredients and products you use on your body, and the cleaning products you use in your home, you can switch to a clean living lifestyle and improve your health, wellbeing and the future of our planet.
So let’s break this down a little bit. When it comes to the food you consume, it makes sense to limit processed foods in your diet, to eat whole, nutrient-rich foods, and to buy organic foods when possible. Many harmful chemicals and toxins are found in processed foods, in the pesticides used on traditional fruit and vegetables, and the hormones found in meat, eggs, and dairy.
As for your skin, it is your largest, fastest-growing organ and your barrier between the outside world and the systems within your body. Anything that comes in contact with your skin can be absorbed in as quick as just 26 seconds. Therefore, what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body.
Finally, your skin and respiratory system are at risk of chemical exposure depending on what type of cleaning products and other household products you use in your home. A recent study published by the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that “Women cleaning at home or working as occupational cleaners had accelerated decline in lung function, suggesting that exposures related to cleaning activities may constitute a risk to long-term respiratory health.” Additionally, the study found that female cleaning professionals who use chemical cleaning products could harm their lungs as much as smoking 10-20 cigarettes per day.
While this may be alarming and worrisome, the good news is that you are in control of what you put in and on your body and can benefit by switching to a clean-living lifestyle.
5 Benefits of Clean Living
- Increased energy levels
- A decrease in allergies and asthma symptoms
- Better sleep and mood
- Increased immunity
- Decreased risk of disease, such as cancer
All of these benefits will help you reach your goals of a healthy lifestyle while having the additional benefit of helping the health of our planet at the same time.
I have not always lived a clean-living lifestyle, but have slowly educated myself over the past 10 years. It all started when my daughters were born, and they each were having allergic skin reactions and eczema as infants. I noticed that they would break out in rashes and become flushed when different family members and friends would hold them. The laundry detergent residue on the adults’ clothing was causing my daughters to have allergic reactions.
This was an eye-opener for me. I began to research laundry detergent ingredients and tried to find a safer option for our family. This was the very first step in our family’s journey to find cleaner, safer products that would limit the allergic reactions my daughters would have to endure. The more research I did, the more educated I became about all the ways these chemicals and toxins could harm our bodies.
Check out my other blog posts in this series listed in the recommended reading below. I share all the ways that I’ve learned to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. Even if you don’t have allergies or asthma, there are many benefits to clean living. By switching to clean living products and a clean living diet, you will have increased energy, increased immunity, better sleep, and mood, and decrease your risk of diseases, such as cancer.
What clean living benefits would you look forward to the most?
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