How Can We Make Our Lives Less Toxic?

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Anna-Cajsa JohanssonBy Anna-Cajsa Johansson

When you are new to a country, certain things are familiar and some are not. You might find that you want to look after yourself but depending on what habits you already have and how different the environment is, it may not feel so simple. When it comes to toxins, where are we most likely to come across them? What effects do they have? How do we limit them from having a detrimental effect on or health?

Detoxification and toxins are areas of lengthy discussion with many different opinions and advice. It easily becomes very complicated and intricate. This often leads to short spurts of attempted detox programmes, followed by a feeling of failure as keeping to it ended up being too much and too complicated. Our lives are generally packed full and busy and most detox programmes require a lot of commitment, preparation and time, which we don’t necessarily feel we have.

Having a consistent and straightforward practice of managing the levels of toxicity and allowing this to be the case is what keeps you fundamentally strong and healthy.

There are various ways that we contribute to having a toxic environment, internally as well as externally. Below you will find some easy to implement ideas that will help you to feel more energised and healthier. In creating a living with less toxicity, other things start to fall in to place. This is not the case everywhere but it promotes a way of thinking where everything is connected and every change you make has an effect in all parts of your life.

Any substance the body doesn’t recognise and doesn’t know how to process can be stored in fatty deposits in the body. Eventually this can result in a large toxic build up.

Where do toxins come from? They can occur in food and drinks as well as anything that has come in to the production cycle of these. Pesticides and hormones are examples, as are plasticisers and other chemicals approved for food contact. Food stored in most kinds of plastic will take on compounds from the plastic, some of which are toxic. Personal hygiene and beauty products are a big area where it can be less obvious, if you are unfamiliar with all the terminology and names for everything that often differ from country to country. Any substance the body doesn’t recognise and doesn’t know how to process can be stored in fatty deposits in the body. Eventually this can result in a large toxic build up.

What effect do toxins have on us and why do we benefit from cutting this out of our lives? We live in a world that has evolved to use a multitude of different chemicals and we are exposed to pollution on some level on a daily basis, and when our energy might be weakened by stress or toxins, we struggle to avoid them. With less toxicity we are able to stay more level and balanced. This could result in less pressure on the organs and in turn the immune system, but also how we handle stress and digest food. We can excel in areas where we chose to focus our energy better, as less of our energy is taken up by trying to process and eliminate toxins in our system. Our bodies have a natural and constant process for absorbing nutrients and releasing toxins but there are things we can actively do to support this natural cycle.

A big part of detoxing your mind is in changing patterns that are often negative, obsessive or reinforcing low self-worth.

Emotions and states of mind can be toxic. It is worth bearing this in mind and not to underestimate the effects that stress and emotions have on your body and its functions. No one is happy all of the time and it is more about getting better in recognising these emotions as they arise. Then work to dissolve and release things where you can so that you don’t carry a state of emotion that might eventually have serious effects on your physical health.

A big part of detoxing your mind is in changing patterns that are often negative, obsessive or reinforcing low self-worth. Being aware of this is part of the trick and then to gradually practice not engaging in those spaces. The thought states of people you connect with also have an effect on you. Be mindful of situations where you might be affected by someone else’s beliefs in a detrimental way.

Our diet plays a big part on the state of our mind as well. Sufficient water intake and staying away from foods that we are sensitive to makes a big difference. We are then less likely to engage in the mental patterns that are unproductive and harmful for our health. If we don’t use the appropriate building materials we won’t function as well as we could.

Useful tips

  • Hot water and lemon, first thing on an empty stomach. An easy thing to get in to the habit of doing! This will help digestion, the immune system and your inner organs, like the liver and kidney in their important part of detoxification, as well as providing a healthy source of vitamin C
  • Buy organic where possible and avoid anything processed
  • The quality of water is important. Consider things like the ph level, also toxins the water could have had added or absorbed. When buying from the shop try and get water in glass bottles where possible and use a filter jug or filtration system at home. The filter jugs are a great inexpensive option, but to get rid of the heavier levels of toxicity often something a bit more serious is required
  • Herb tinctures or supplements – they are an easy addition that can be used alongside a varied diet. A good antioxidant supplement will help your body to deal with the free radicals as they occur and various options are available to support your liver and other organs. These options depend on what your concerns are but always make sure that your source is a good one with high standards. You want to help support your body rather than add to what you are already dealing with. Getting advice from a health professional is essential in making sure that you get something safe and appropriate
  • Pay attention to personal care products, makeup and household products. Aim for ones that are free of chemicals. There are a lot of really nice organic and more natural brands out there.

It is important to have a realistic approach to detoxing and toxins. They will always be there to some degree and pressurising yourself trying to avoid them is not the way to health. Realising that it is the continuous process that will give results and be what helps you sustain health.

  • Stay away from a rigid and inflexible approach and make room for spontaneity and fun as well
  • Being gentle with yourself and your choices.
  • Is something going to add to your energy or drain it?

A few small changes can support your body’s detoxification process to help keep your energy levels up and help improve your state of health on a day to day basis.

Completely cutting out something you really enjoy could result in a terrible mood and most likely in overdoing it when you eventually cave in. The cold turkey option is one choice, but if that isn’t you and you would like to cut something out, do it gradually with support. If you’re going to drink, eat or absorb it, be happy with your choice or don’t do it. We are individually very different both physically and mentally, so when you choose to do something you need to feel that what you are doing is right for you to be able to stick to it and see results.

A few small changes can support your body’s detoxification process to help keep your energy levels up and help improve your state of health on a day to day basis. Doing something is always better than nothing so start doing something and let that inspire you do explore more and keep it up!

We have only introduced this topic here and could go to much greater depth in each area. Any request for further information, support or questions in regards to the above can be sent to vilatherapies@gmail.com

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1 COMMENT

  1. This is a great article. Really informative and helpful information, without being too restrictive. Very good tips!

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