Here is my comprehensive list of 101 easy-to-follow detox tips to get you off to a healthy start in 2013! Even if you only use 10 or 20 of these, you can make some significant improvements to your health. If you like this post, please consider sharing it using the Facebook and social media links provided. Good luck with your detox!
1. Eat Local
Locally grown food is nutritionally superior to food transported long distances, because food picked within the last 24 hours doesn’t have a chance to nutritionally degrade. Foods brought in from other parts of the world are often picked before they are ripe, and they lose much of their nutritional value while sitting in warehouses and trucks. Buying your food at local farmers markets will ensure that you get the biggest nutritional boost.
2. Wear Natural Fabrics
Synthetic fibers such as polyester, rayon, nylon, acrylic and acetate contain many harmful chemicals that can irritate your skin and undermine your immune system. Cotton, silk, cashmere, linen and wool are much safer choices if you’re serious about reducing your toxic load.
3. Sleep In Total Darkness
Artificial light can prevent you from getting a proper sleep, but it has also been linked to other illnesses like breast cancer. Give your body a chance to recover and repair itself each evening by sleeping in total darkness. Use blackout curtains, switch off your clock radio and close the bedroom door.
4. Leave Your Shoes At The Door
When you walk around outside, your shoes are picking up all kinds of unpleasant substances like fertilizers, chemicals, animal feces and bacteria. Taking your shoes off when you enter your house will create a much healthier environment in your home. This is especially important if you have infants crawling around on your floor.
5. Choose Glass Or Cardboard Containers, Not Cans
Most canned goods are lined with BPA (Bisphenol-A), a chemical that disrupts your hormones and is linked to conditions such as heart disease, infertility and diabetes. Acidic foods like tomatoes are the worst because they absorb more of the BPA. Look at your shopping list and try to avoid foods in cans if possible. These days many ‘canned’ foods are available in glass jars or cardboard too.