Toxic load refers to the volume of toxic substances that have been accumulated in the body at any given time and the overall burden it places on the body systems and vital organs.
It is important to become conscious of the chemical burden you are exposed to on a daily basis. The three most common pathways of exposure are the lungs, the digestive tract, and the skin. Toxins are currently everywhere in our environment; from the food we eat, to the products we use, even in the air we breathe; many of these toxins are inflammatory and damaging to the endocrine system and the brain.
Eliminating our exposure to toxins completely is unavoidable, but we can be mindful of a few things.
Here are some basic tips to reduce your toxic load:
✅Upgrade your water - Purchase a water filter for your tap and shower. Filtering your tap water is much better than drinking bottled water.
✅Avoid plastics - Avoid plastic water bottles, plastic food packaging and toys. To store foods and liquids use glass or stainless steel when possible.
✅Clean Green - Household cleaners are loaded with harmful chemicals that end up in the air and on surfaces. This unnecessary exposure puts stress on our bodies organs and can lead to an array of health issues. It is very easy and affordable to make your own cleaner: Just mix a few tablespoons of vinegar with water and add some drops of your favorite essential oil (doTERRA On Guard is my go-to) and there you go green cleaning! If you are not into making your own you can find a non-toxic cleaner at your local health food store.
✅Green Beauty - Your skin is your largest organ and what goes on it goes in it. With the average woman using about 12 personal care products a day with most containing hundreds of endocrine disruptors this is a great place to start reducing your toxic load. Similar to what you eat if you can not pronounce it you probably should not be putting it on your skin. Replace your products with chemical-free options whenever possible.
✅Go organic - Choose organic whenever possible. If going 100% organic is not possible refer to the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen and clean 15 list.
While minimizing exposure to potentially harmful chemicals on a daily basis is the most effective method for limiting toxic load, you can be proactive about reducing toxic build-up already present in the body.