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Detoxification Series Part 1: 5 Ways to Detoxify Your Home


Spring has officially arrived and with warmer weather right around the corner, you’re bound to hear someone talking about their ‘spring detox’ or ‘cleanse’.

What does that actually mean? Detoxification is the process of the body ridding itself of anything that is useless or harmful to cell function. Basically, if our body doesn’t need it, it’s going to try and get rid of it. ‘Toxins’ include everything from air pollution, heavy metals, and pesticides, to natural toxins that we produce daily through digestion, hormone metabolism, respiration, etc.!

Why detox? Our liver, lungs, skin, intestines, and kidneys are the main organs that break down and eliminate these toxins from the body. Unfortunately, our modern world has become increasingly toxic which places extra burden on these organs. Detox programs work to support the health of these organs to enhance elimination (stay tuned for more on this next week!)

Before starting an internal detox protocol there are some simple changes you can first make around the home to lower your toxin exposure.


5 Ways to Detoxify Your Home:

1. House Plants- Not only do they add a homey charm to your space, plants clean the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. Some are even able to eliminate harmful compounds found in the home like benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia!

2. Ditch the dryer sheets- These things are pumped full of chemicals that get all over our clothes and eventually absorbed by our skin. Alternative: Wool Dryer balls. They naturally absorb water, decrease drying time, and are chemical-free.

3. Use your vent hood while cooking- These were put in the kitchen for a reason (and no, not just for your cooking mishaps). Ventilation improves air quality in the kitchen, decreasing the build up of cooking byproducts and controlling moisture that can lead to eventual mold growth.

4. Vacuum regularly- This one’s for you, asthmatics & allergy sufferers! Regular vacuuming removes dead skin, hair, dust etc. limiting harmful exposure to dust mites, bacteria and other allergens. However, recent studies have shown that older models of vacuums can do more harm by spreading allergens vs. actually removing them. It’s worth investing in a good model -consult a Vacuum Consumers Report for more info!

5. Avoid plastic tupperware- Plastics contain Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BSA) which have been associated with hormone disruption and increased risk of cancer. Glass and stainless steel containers are safer alternatives. If you’re set on your plastic ways, avoid: #3, #6, and #7 plastics, scratched or cloudy tupperware, putting in the microwave or dishwasher, and storing oily food in them.

Now this is just a start. There are so many other ways to detoxify your environment. Do you have questions or want to learn more? Book an appointment with a licensed Naturopathic Doctor by clicking here.

References:

1. Oliver, S. The Detox Manual. Australia: Simon & Schuster; 2001.

2. Wolverton BC, Johnson A and Bounds K. Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement. NASA. Stennis Space Centre, Mississippi (US);1989 Sept. 19 p. Report No: N93-70624

3. Nazaroff WW, Weschler CJ. Cleaning products and air fresheners: exposure to primary and secondary air pollutants. Atmospheric Environment. 2004 Jun 30;38(18):2841-65.

4. Parrott K, Emmel J, Beamish J. Use of kitchen ventilation: impact on indoor air quality. InThe Forum for Family and Consumer Issues 2003 (Vol. 8, No. 1).

5. Dales R, Liu L, Wheeler AJ, Gilbert NL. Quality of indoor residential air and health. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2008 Jul 15;179(2):147-52.

6. Cathy Leman RD. Are Plastic Bottles and Containers Safe?.

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