Addressing weight, skin, hormone health, and more by letting go of what we don't need!
This primer will kick-start our conversation over the month of June.
Detoxing my home started with my first bottle of tea tree oil, baking soda, and vinegar that I used to clean my home when I was pregnant with my daughter some 28 years ago.
I still under-take a dietary cleanse (we'll get there) a couple times a year that for me is simply being more mindful of how and what I eat to nudge us gently towards listening to how we feel and what we may wish to change.
The concept of letting go of what does not serve you is a tenet in many yogic philosophies and permeates the discussion around the impact of toxic relationships, recalled anti-perspirants, leaky gut, and the rise of mental health issues. Our bodies and brains were simply not designed with a capacity to process what we now consume so regularly.
We can however, take deliberate, simple steps in the right direction for ourselves and the planet. The tips in this and the following posts will not only save you money, they might just save your life.
Tip #1 - Improve the Air You Breathe
You take on average 20,000 breaths per day which are primarily subconscious. Imagine breathing dosing you with positive effects each time you inhale? Most people don't know that the primary reason they feel SOOO great after a yoga class is because they've been focusing on full, expansive breathing for an hour which impacts the vitality of ALL your cells, including your brain and therefore your mood.
If I were to ask you what you think is worse, indoor or outdoor air pollution, what would be your answer? Believe it or not, the quality of the air inside your home is likely worse than the quality of the air outside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they estimate that most homes have 2-5 times worse air quality indoors than outdoors. There are numerous reasons for this, according to the #EPA.
Control of indoor pollutants
Introduction and disruption of adequate outdoor air
Maintenance of acceptable temperature and humidity
Why is air quality so important?
Statistics show us that most people spend as much as 90% of their day inside, particularly now. This isn’t hard to add up when you calculate the amount of time you sleep, prepare meals/eat, consume entertainment, work (if you’re inside for your job), etc.
Your very existence is dependent on breathing and so ensuring that the quality of the air you inhale every few seconds should be a high priority.
There are a number of symptoms that have been associated with poor air quality:
shortness of breath
irritation of the eye, nose, throat, and skin
What can you do?
Reduce the toxins you expose yourself, your family, and your pets to. I am a big believer in looking to the CAUSE of an issue vs. trying to band-aid a fix. If you are still using conventional household products like cleaners, laundry agents, hair care, skin care, dental hygiene, and more that are basically unknown and under-studied chemicals…it’s time to stop! Ditch and switch those products to cleaner, simpler ones that you can even make, if you wish, for pennies comparatively
Get outside more. When you add up the hours that you spend indoors, it’s no wonder we have health issues. Being outdoors, connected to nature, breathing in fresh air is crucial to our circadian rhythms, respiratory health, nervous system regulation, and immune function. If outdoor time is something you lack in your life, add in ten extra minute a day by walking around the block, spending time in your garden or local park, go for a hike on a nearby trail, etc. Even just being on your back porch is beneficial.
Open your windows. Such a simple task! We rely so heavily on heat in winter/air conditioning in summer that we keep our windows closed at all times. But the exchange of air throughout our home reduces stagnancy.
Switch to essential oils, plants, and air purifiers and ditch the candles, plug ins, and aerosol sprays to experience better air quality and less artificial scent and chemical contaminants.
If you are really concerned about air quality because you have an older home or you and your family have multiple symptoms, you can get an air quality monitor. Depending on the model, they can test for pollutants, volatile organic compounds, airborne particulate matter, temperature, and humidity levels. A mold test would also be suggested if you have high humidity or any signs of mold in your home.
"Let the clean air blow the cobwebs from your body. Air is medicine." – Lillian Russell
Are you curious about where we're headed?
Have a peak at this beginner's guide to low tox living from my colleague, Dr. Andrea Ryan.
It's really not a choice
We need to simplify and purify what's around us so let's keep it beautiful, let's keep it effective, and if you need more info to get started, join in for Detox Your Life workshop or pick up my selection for homes low tox starter kit here.
Comment below around what you've learned or adopted on your journey and let's share the wealth of experience around this low-tox movement.
Until next time, pop a drop of pure doTERRA lemon oil into your water and let's get started!
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