– Post by Love Wellness Advisor: Dr. Francis. Join the discussion and read more on The Love Club
Most of us have no idea how many harmful substances we are ex- posed to in our homes and in the products we use. From furniture to soaps and cleaners to cosmetics, it’s truly mind-boggling how many chemicals we encounter each day. The good news is that the majority of these environmental toxins can be easily eliminated, and removing them will do wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional health. The transition to natural products may cause sticker shock at first, because you will probably need to purchase items you don’t currently have, but the investment in your health will be worth it: The less exposure you have to toxic chemicals and habits, the fewer medical bills you should have.
Detox Your Life Checklist
- Deep-clean the house from the top to the bottom, saving the floor and carpet for last
- Get 20–30 minutes of sunlight per day.
- Open windows to exchange stale air with fresh.
- Remove and recycle clutter from all rooms in your house.
- Remove toxic cleaning products.
- Remove toxic personal care products.
- Sleep 8–10 hours per night.
- Start a “no shoes indoors” policy to keep dirt and debris outside.
- Set up a recycling system in your house and yard.
- Use biodegradable cellulose sponges available in natural stores.
- Use headsets with cell phones.
- Use radiation guards on computers.
- Unplugged: Detox Your Technology
Some of the greatest health risks we’re exposed to aren’t the ones we can see and touch. Radiation exposure is a real risk with the electronics we use each day, such as your computer, smartphone and television. Fortunately, there are some basic things you can do to protect yourself.
Use a headset or Bluetooth when talking on a cell phone and position the device one to two feet away from your body. This reduces microwave radiation by about 80 percent. Also, turn off your data plan unless using the Internet; otherwise you’re constantly drawing unnecessary radiation. Text instead of talk when possible; it is less harmful.
Be sure to have a radiation guard on your computer screen. Desktops are healthier than laptops, which give off a more concentrated amount of radiation and are often placed directly on our laps. During the detox, avoid unnecessary Internet surfing and take a walk with a friend instead.
Speaking of limiting screen time, turning off the TV during the detox limits radiation exposure and gives you more space for socializing. Trust me, your favorite shows will still be available 21 days from now.
Last but not least - start replacing free-radical-emitting fluorescent lightbulbs in your home with full-spectrum bulbs, which imitate sunlight. You’ll boost your mood and immune system at the same time.