3 Tips to go Toxin-Free in 2023
As the New Year approaches, and all of the resolutions fill our heads – knowingly or unknowingly, there is a pressure to get it all right. It always feels a little exciting to think about starting fresh, but a bit daunting to create lasting change. If cleaning up your beauty routine, home, and life is a goal or resolution, we wanted to talk about a few things to focus on to go non-toxic in the new year.
Toxins have a way of intruding in every area of our lives because, unfortunately, the regulations that are in place have far too many loopholes that allow toxic products to be readily available. The good news is that we are able to make changes and can be informed consumers! By reducing your chemical exposure, it can improve your gut health and immunity, reduce inflammation in your body, improve your energy, reduce your stress, and it can also decrease your risk of developing cancer.
#1 Clean up your water
The first thing we want to talk about is WATER! We know that everyone adds “drink more water” to the new years list, but we’re talking about quality of water, not quantity (although please do drink more water). Did you know that the EPA hasn’t made any changes in tap water regulations in 20+ years? *GASP* Water is truly one of the most hidden culprits of toxins in our environment and it is often the one that is overlooked the most. There are more than 160 unregulated contaminants that have been found in public water and California is #2 on the list of most compromised water according to the EPA. Yikes. Also, FYI, nearly 64% of bottled water in the U.S. is just tap water that has been lightly filtered for taste, but doesn’t remove actual contaminants. Investing in a water filtration system is going to be one of the best investments you make for your health, and honestly, there are a lot of really great options that aren’t going to break the bank. Here are a few:
#2 Clean up your skin
What you put on your body is just as significant as what you put in your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. We often just think of beauty products, but everything that we put on our skin gets absorbed including handsoap, dishsoap, laundry detergent, bodywash, lotion, perfume, makeup – you name it! So often these daily-use products become purchase habits that we don’t think about as toxic, but making the change to non-toxic with these everyday items will ultimately provide a cleaner, safer environment for everyone in your home. Don’t just trust when something is labeled “natural”, read the ingredients list on the back and be proactive in making sure your products truly are clean and not full of chemicals like parabens, fragrance, petroleum, and many other irritants that can cause long term issues.
#3 Clean up your cleaning products
We live in a world that thinks something can only be clean with harsh chemicals, and that just is not true. There are so many toxins in most cleaning products like ammonium and butyl cellosolve that have harmful effects on your lungs, kidneys, and hormones, and replacing these things in your home would be a huge step toward toxin-free living. More on that later!
Small changes make a big impact!
Don’t let overwhelm stop you from making little changes that will allow you to make strides in your wellness journey. Remember, small changes make a big impact!