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Toxin Overload – Reduce your exposure and enhance your health.

Our health is impacted by what we put in, on, and around our bodies. We are very fortunate to have bodies that can heal themselves. However, when the body becomes too overwhelmed, it can reach the point where it needs to spend more time detoxifying than healing.

In this modern age of chemical everything, we are surrounded by toxins. Consider for a second the number of toxins you may be exposed to within just the first 30 minutes of your day:

You are asleep in your room on a mattress and in a newly painted bedroom.  – Normal mattresses contain a myriad of toxic chemicals that give off gas and overwhelm the body. Normal paint will give off gas Volatile Organic Compounds that are hazardous to your health. The off-gassing can occur for years after the walls have been painted.

Suggestions:

  • Invest in a high-quality air purifier. The ones you find at Home Depot or other such big box stores are usually not effective in absorbing VOCs. We recommend and sell Austin Air purifiers at South Bay Wellness.
  • Use non-VOC paint when painting.
  • Get an organic latex mattress for your bed or a carbon blanket to absorb the chemicals so they don’t impact your health.

You wake up and jump in the shower. You enclose yourself in the shower, turn the water on, and bathe.  – Unfiltered tap water is extremely high in chlorine and other chemicals. Not only is your body absorbing massive amounts of toxins through the skin’s open pores in the hot shower but it is also absorbing them as you breathe in the shower steam.

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Suggestion:

    • Invest in a water purifier for your shower (we have inexpensive ones at South Bay Wellness)

You wash your body with regular soap that contains parabens, lauric acid, fragrance, and more. Then you shampoo and condition your hair with products that contain more harmful chemicals including sodium laurel sulfate and others. Then you proceed to get out of the shower and lather yourself with lotion, aluminum deodorant, and other cosmetics and personal care products.    – Each of these chemicals adversely affects our health. They have been linked to skin irritations, cancer, respiratory effects, hormonal disturbances and more.

Suggestion:

  • Use only products that do not contain chemicals. We carry several at South Bay Wellness. You can also research the products you use to make sure they are not damaging to your health at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ . Beware: many companies market their products as natural and safe when they actually may not be.

You go back into your room get dressed and then head to the kitchen.   – Chances are you’re not wearing organic clothing. Cotton is one of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops and it is also genetically modified.

Suggestion:

  • Wear only organic clothing… OK, OK… maybe this suggestion is not that practical. There is good news though. Your body is designed to be able to deal with a certain amount of toxins. If you are maintaining a good diet and giving your body what it needs, it should be able to effectively deal with a small number of toxins. Just remember though, every little bit adds up. This means moderation is NOT the key. A little bit of everything can become too much, so you want to avoid as many toxins as you can so your body can deal with and process the toxins you can not avoid.

In this example, we got through the first 30 minutes of the day and we were already exposed to numerous toxins. Unfortunately, the rest of our day doesn’t look all that much different.

In order to maintain great health and longevity, it is crucial to limit exposure to as many toxins as possible. How do you begin that process? First, start becoming mindful and recognizing what is in your environment. Once you can identify the toxins, you can work to reduce or eliminate them.

Danielle Zanzarov

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Danielle Zanzarov is the co-founder of South Bay Wellness. She is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Quantum Reflex Analysis Practitioner. She is also board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. You can learn more about Danielle on her bio page or check out some of her service pages including Nutritional Consultations and Weight Release Programs.

 
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