Follow our detox tips for a healthy, holistic transformation of your body, mind and environment.
Dodging environmental toxins during a cleansing program comes down to three words: no purchased chemicals. Don’t fret about pollutants you can’t avoid, like outdoor air, says Gaeta. Instead, focus on what you can control.
- Avoid toxic foodware.
Opt for glass, stainless steel, or plastic containers that are free of the estrogenic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA); steer clear of polycarbonate (recycling code #7), the major source of BPA. Also, shun Teflon nonstick pans, which contain perfluorinated compounds linked to cancer and reproductive problems.
- Breathe better.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor pollutants can be two to five times higher than what you find outside. To ventilate, open doors and windows when the weather’s pleasant, advises Lipman. Keep a leafy green plant in every room of your house to help remove toxins from the air. In place of chemical air fresheners, bring in fresh flowers or herbs like sage and rosemary.
- Clean naturally.
Cleaning-product manufacturers aren’t required to provide complete ingredient lists, so toxins may lurk in your household cleaners. Select brands that reveal every ingredient on labels or websites (some to avoid: glycol ethers, alkylphenol ethoxylates, dyes, and fragrances). Or make your own, suggests Lipman: Scrub your tiles with nontoxic, affordable baking soda; remove stains with hydrogen peroxide; and use white vinegar in place of bleach.
- Go barefoot.
Because most dirt, pesticides, and lead come inside on your shoes, says Lipman, go barefoot or wear slippers in your home. Also, keep a floor mat by your entryway to collect residue.
- Install a shower filter.
A hot shower may feel cleansing, but when chlorine heats up, it can create chloroform, a known carcinogen. Look for a shower filter that complies with NSF/ANSI Standard 46, which means it has been third-party tested to remove chlorine.