5 Ways to Avoid Toxins

23 Mar

Over the weekend, some friends and I attended the Dogwood Trails Festival in Palestine, Texas.  We walked through the beautifully adorned Dogwood trees, skipped through the festival and enjoyed all sorts of wonderful homemade goodies.

While my group visited nearby, I wandered into a sunny field and sat a while in meditation.  As I quieted my mind, I overheard someone say, “We could be breathing toxic fumes from Japan right now!”  It was enough to get my attention.

I realized that in the wake of Japan’s earthquake, many people are taking action to offer assistance, praying and worrying over the possible side-effects of toxic waste on the environment from the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima.  Radiation levels are extremely high for those who live near it and concerns are prevalent as to how this crisis will affect all of us.

With all this toxic fear in the air, it begs the question, how can we protect ourselves from pollution, chemicals and toxins?

1.  EAT FRESH

We’re lucky to be living here in rural Texas because many of our neighbors plant and harvest a variety of foods without the use of pesticides.  Buy local organically grown foods or plant your own.  Trade goods with your friends to keep your food source as local and natural as possible.

Also, avoid artificial chemical sweeteners and over-processed pre-made foods that are full of preservatives.  Personally preparing food with your over-all health in mind, goes a long way towards avoiding toxins by eating healthier since you are not just grabbing heavy take-out fast food.

2.  IODINE

When your thyroid is low on natural iodine your body can get fooled very easily, absorbing toxins in search of this mineral.  Providing your body with plenty of natural iodine through the use of sea salt or supplementing with kelp seaweed capsules will give your body what it needs to throw off chemical toxins easily.

In the case of an over-active or under-active thyroid, your physician may prescribe a thyroid-specific medication to balance your thyroid’s unique needs and avoid absorbing toxic matter.

3.  WATER

They don’t call water the “universal solvent” for nothin’!  Water does a body good.  And the environment good, as well.

If you drink water from the tap, be sure and keep up to date with your town’s water safety reports.

Drinking purified filtered water is also great insurance for your health and wellbeing.  Getting enough water each day is not only important for every function of the body but essential for cleansing the body of environmental toxins, stress hormones and food-based preservatives.

So go ahead and dose your water with some cherries, lemon or mint.  Use fun shaped ice molds and buy yourself a gorgeous antique quart sized milk bottle.  You know, the pretty glass kind.  Drink 2 full bottles a day and you have consumed 2 quarts of water in style.

4.  RELAX

Stress and worry from fears, emotions, abuse, crisis and over-working can create a toxic environment of pain in your body.

Simple indulgences help you tune in to yourself.  Choose to relax your shoulders, neck and back.  Splurge on that essential oil bubble bath from France and soak all your tensions away.  Make yourself a nice cup of hot tea, breathing in the gentle steam and taking a moment to yourself.

5.  BREATHE EASY

Air pollution is a major concern nowadays.  With all that worry about what is in the air, you may be holding your breath.  Take a few moments to observe your breath, its rise and fall.  Slow it down consciously and relax into it.  Easy breathing increases circulation, oxygenates all your cells and strengthens your immune system.

If you are still worried about air quality, be sure to have your air conditioning filters changed often with fresh new HEPA filters.  Walking or biking whenever possible will also decrease toxic emissions by not using your vehicle.  And don’t forget the garage.  Some adhesives and protection solvents emit toxins over time so be sure to keep them in a safe place or dispose of them properly.

4 Responses to “5 Ways to Avoid Toxins”

  1. fractallove March 24, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Awesome post!!! No fear! %^)

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    • Lynn Van Noy March 24, 2011 at 12:05 am #

      Absolutely! Trust life & do your part to take good care. Makes perfect sense. =)

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  2. Sandy March 24, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    Awesome post! We can definitely be pro-active and stress reducing where these things are concerned 🙂

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    • Lynn Van Noy March 24, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      Amen Sandy! Thanks for the blog love. Now tell us how ya like your water?? Spicy, cool, .. room temp? =)

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