by Dr. Richard Powers
Toxic substances are now ubiquitous.
They permeate our air, water, food, clothing, personal and household products, our lawns and yards, and virtually every aspect of our environment. Insecticides, herbicides, plasticizers (like BPA, BPS, and phthalates), solvents (like within cleaning products), toxic metals (like mercury, arsenic, and lead), flame retardants (like antimony), inhalants (like particulate matter), mold toxins (like aflatoxin), bacterial toxins (like from an unhealthy gut), excessive alcohol, medication, recreational drugs, artificial color/sweetener/flavoring, preservatives, just to name a few, are all very toxic and especially so when combined.
These toxic substances surround us and now exist within all of us, which is problematic as they accelerate aging, immune dysfunction, and hormone imbalances as well as promote disease.
To keep your body as healthy and whole as you can, it is helpful to make sure that your body is avoiding as many of these harmful substances as possible—without creating more stress in the process!—while also implementing safe and effective measures to reduce your body’s toxic burden.
Here are some wholesome tips on how to minimize your toxic exposure and lower your toxic load
- Ensure you are having at least one healthy, full, and strain-free bowel movement every day, as many toxins are eliminated through your gut. If you are not, then eat more vegetables, drink more water, move more, and if still necessary, try PaleoFiber (a mix of soluble and insoluble fiber) and/or MagCitrate powder (magnesium citrate)
- Use toxic-free skincare and sunscreen products.
- Minimize the use of and/or exposure to insecticides, herbicides, and other pesticides (such as at home, work, the golf course, or in your yard).
- Avoid chemicals and scented products unless solely contain organic or wild-crafted essential oils. Harmful, synthetic chemicals are often used as fragrances in air fresheners, bath and personal hygiene products, laundry detergent, dish and bath soap, and household cleaning products, among others.
Alert! Supporting detoxification is an ongoing, daily process, and can be facilitated but attempts to “force” the process should be avoided as doing so may result in unintended and unwelcome outcomes.
- Limit the use of plastic containers for bottled water whether purchased or stored within. Most plastic containers and bottles contain hormone-disrupting BPA, phthalates, and other toxic substances.
- Avoid the use of aluminum and nonstick cookware and utensils such as Teflon.
- Drink plenty of water, preferably purified water via reverse osmosis.
- Try an air purifier: Rid your home of particulate matter, mold, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with a quality air purifier; for example, AirDoctor.
- Safely and gently facilitate detoxification with the gut and detoxification support within my Foundational Formulas, as well as via my Restorative Programs focused on detoxification.
- Incorporate detoxification aids as needed, such as Sunlighten infrared sauna therapy.
- Eat well, move often, sleep soundly, and think right—as all either lower toxic exposure and/or improve detoxification efficiency!
Better decisions. Better outcomes. Better life.
© Dr. Richard Powers