At the end of the day, you want to come home to a healthy oasis since the world is toxic enough as it is. Your home is a place for your to recharge and repair. Protect yourself and your loved ones by implementing these easy steps:
Purify your Water
The first step in detoxifying is to reduce toxins coming into your body. Water can contain harsh chemicals such as chlorine, fluoride, lead, mercury, etc. These chemicals can negatively impact your microbiome and can accumulate in your body disrupting normal processes. It is essential to provide your family with purified clean water – not only for consumption, but also to bathe in.
I recommend investing in a quality water filter and installing filters on your shower faucets. You should be using purified water even for cooking.
If you haven’t gotten rid of all toxic fragrance products yet – this is a must (laundry detergents, fabric softeners, glade plug-ins and any other products with fragrance listed on the label). These products have been shown in studies to have various negative impacts on health and even possibly carcinogenic. Don’t even get me started on the fragrance dispensers used in my apartment’s common areas and gym. I have been sending management studies on the health effects of these toxic products but unfortunately they have not shown much concern for the health of their residents and staff.
After removing these toxic products, you must consider the environmental pollution and allergens in the air that you are breathing. I highly recommend investing in a air filter in your bedroom and adding some green plants which are known to naturally filter the air/increase oxygen. You may even consider a “no shoe” rule to reduce the toxins that are tracked in by your shoes.
Repair and Regenerate
Sleep is the one time that you are able to detoxify. Do not allow outside lighting, noise or blue light to interfere with your time to recover from the day. As we get older, our melatonin production declines so you need to protect it from all sources.
First, make sure your bedroom is completely dark. I recommend installing blackout curtains on the windows if you have any light coming in at all. You should not be able to see anything within one foot of your eyes when the lights are out. It is not enough to wear eye covers because the photoreceptors on your skin also regulate melatonin production.
Make the bedroom a “sleep sanctuary.” Do not associate the bedroom with anything but sleep and keep all other activities such as work outside the bedroom. Make the bedroom a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Protecting your sleep is protecting your energy.
Charge Your Human Battery
The body acts like a battery. Create an environment that energizes you! There are various activities that can charge your human battery. My favorite is using an infrared sauna which provides so many incredible benefits (blog post to come!) You can purchase a sauna from anywhere between $150 to $4,000. I got one at the low end of the range and it has truly helped my energy levels. Having one in the home will provide a more convenient way to enhance your health. Another way to charge up your battery is sunlight! Most are not getting near the amount of sunlight that we should be. A sunlamp may be necessary for some. However, I recommend getting outside and getting as much sun as possible. Lastly – exercise and movement! If you can’t exercise outside, set up an area in your home where you can do yoga, weights and/or cardio exercise. Invest in some equipment and use exercise as a way to unwind, de-stress and recharge. You should also have an area where you can work while standing. You can easily prop up your computer with a bin, invest in a standing desk or work at a counter top.
Clear your Mind
Ensuring that your home is clean and free of clutter will provide your mind with a sense of calm. It is difficult to have a clear head when there is clutter. Try a minimalist approach – I promise it will do wonders for your concentration and mindset. In order to reduce stress as much as possible, you must control your environment to work in your favor.
More and more research is coming out about the detrimental effects of EMF exposure. Protect yourself as much as possible. I recently had my apartment remediated by an expert and the changes that I have noticed are incredible – my focus, sleep and stress levels have improved significantly.
If you cannot find or afford an EMF remediator, you should at least turn off Wifi at night and put your devices in airplane mode. Arrange your Wifi and electronics in areas that are as far away from you as possible.
If you need any help with EMF remediation – I highly recommend EMFsol.com. They have home kits and products that you can put on your devices to protect yourself.
Detoxify Your Body
Often overlooked is the toxicity of common household and personal care products. I recommend either making your own or buying natural cleaning products. Please do not expose your loved ones to the fumes of these harsh cleaning products.
Also, what are you putting on your skin? Personal care products are filled with toxic chemicals. Replace toxic products such as toothpaste, makeup, lotions, shaving cream, shampoo, soap, etc. with natural/organic alternatives. Your skin is your largest detoxing organ.
Your body and mind will thank you for implementing these steps in your home!