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Our modern way of life is very different to previous generations – in some ways its better and some ways its worse. However, as far as our exposure to toxins and the affect this is having on our health is concerned, today we are at a greater risk of being harmed than our ancestors ever were. And this is because toxins are simply everywhere; in what we eat, in the air we breathe, in what we put on our skin and everywhere else.
And at the end of the day, there are two things which cause disease within the body – stress and toxins. I’ll talk about stress reduction in another post, but what about toxins? The reality is that all toxins are dangerous in their own way, and some more than others. Most are linked to virtually every physical and mental health problem that exists today, including depression, cancer, and obesity.
Therefore, if we are to live happier, healthier, fitter lives, then it is essential that we minimize our exposure to as many toxins as possible. Here are some of my top tips on how best to do this…
Reduce Toxins in food:
*Replace processed foods with fresh foods.
*Avoid eating fast food.
*Choose organic fruit and vegetables or grow your own.
*Chose organic meats and dairy products.
*Avoid meat glue (an enzyme used to glue scrap bits of meat together to look like a natural piece of meat).
*Eat smaller fish like sardines and shrimp instead of larger ones like swordfish and tuna.
*Use unrefined, organic coconut oil for everything including cooking. Extra virgin olive is also good, but only cook with it at low temperatures.
*Minimise your intake of sugar.
*Reduce your intake of gluten.
*Minimise soy products – we are not sure if they are safe yet.
*Avoid genetically modified products (GMO’s) – we are not sure if they are safe yet.
*Filter your water to remove nasties like chlorine, fluoride and heavy metals.
*Avoid sports supplements like protein powders and energy bars unless you are an athlete – most contain many harmful toxins.
*Avoid eating out too often – most restaurants use cheaper and inferior ingredients to maximise profits – you really don’t know what you are eating unless you make it yourself.
*Try to eat Australian products – we have a long way to go, but our food practices are often of a higher standard than countries like China.
*Only chew natural gum – most chewing gum is highly toxic and should be avoided at all costs.
Limit Prescription Medication:
*Virtually all medications have numerous side-affects due to the large amount of toxins contained within them (e.g. antidepressants). It’s important to know what these side-affects are and weigh whether or not it is worth taking them. Ensure to speak to your doctor before making any changes to your medication.
*Avoid capsules but if you need to take then, try to use ones made with vegetables, rather than gelatine which contains dangerous xenoestrogens. Others such as many of the so called natural vitamin E capsules, are often made from the dregs of soy oil processing tanks, and can make you gravely ill.
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