The Green Living Guy

Today’s way of life has presented in front of us more sources of toxicity than ever. Over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into our food supply chain and environment in the last 50 years. These chemicals find their way into our environment and are spread through water, air, and soil. 

We are exposed to environmental contaminants and toxins daily through household cleaners, cosmetics, body care products, food supplies, and medications. However, every person has a toxic threshold, or the number of chemicals we can handle before our detox organs become overloaded.

Living a completely toxic-free life is nearly impossible in this day and age, but there are ways you can reduce the level of toxicity you allow in your home. In this article, we discuss five ways to reduce toxins in your life and home.

Keep Your Shoes Outside

Make your home a no-shoes zone. Your shoes can bring in contaminated dust from nearby construction, pesticides that have recently been sprayed near public parks, and bacteria and viruses. Once these toxins have entered your house, they can directly harm you and everyone living in that environment. 

Therefore, keeping shoes out of your house will stop the dirt from tracking in, allowing your home to be clean and tidy. Moreover, a free-shoes home has fewer pesticides and other chemicals. Allowing no shoes in your indoor environment is especially important in carpeted areas that retain toxic chemical traces for years and increase the amount of toxicity inside your house.

Open Your Windows Frequently

The air inside buildings and homes can sometimes be more polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. And since many people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, the health risks may be more significant due to exposure to indoor air pollution than outdoors. 

Cracking the windows on opposite sides of your house for 5-10 minutes each day can help air circulate inside your home and reduce the number of toxins inside. So, make sure to open your windows and doors on a regular basis to allow good airflow throughout your home.

Filter Your Water

An essential part of the house that can gather toxins is undoubtedly the water system. So, filtering your drinking water is an excellent way to protect your health from contaminants in tap water.

One of the best ways to solve this problem is to install a reverse osmosis system. A reverse osmosis water filter is more effective than other types of filters at removing pollutants. It removes impurities from drinking water by forcing them through a membrane with tiny pores that prevent other particles larger than water molecules from passing through.

Therefore, when considering a water filter, it is definitely a good idea to get a reverse osmosis system to filter out the impurities and provide clean drinking water that will make a difference to your health.

Limit the Use of Plastic Bottles

Currently, we’re living in a world where plastics are abundant and, to be honest, difficult to avoid. Toxins found in plastic bottles, such as dioxins, are endocrine-disrupting chemicals leaching into your drinking water and food, threatening your well-being.

Since there are no ”safe” plastics on the market yet, you should reduce your use of plastic wherever possible. Moreover, ensure not to use them in the microwave, dishwasher, or freezer. Substituting plastic bottles with alternatives can be very beneficial for your overall health. 

Check Your Cleaning Products

Most cleaning products usually contain harmful chemicals. They range from phthalates (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) to pesticides (for killing germs and mold) and more. A great number of cleaning products containing those harmful chemicals are linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies, burns, and poisonings. 

To keep your home as non-toxic as possible, you should reduce the number of disinfectants. That’s in addition to antibacterial cleaners that contain pesticides unnecessary for everyday household use.

Final Thoughts

The process of removing toxicity from your life definitely starts in your house. Maintaining a healthy and toxicity-free home can be challenging but not impossible. Once you fully understand how to do it, you will begin living a healthier and happier life!

Author: Bella Clarks 

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