Our exposure to environmental poisons is at an all time high. Tens of thousands of new chemicals have been introduced into the biosphere since 1945. Shockingly, most have never been tested for safety.
They’re in the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the products you apply to your skin, and just about everything else you come into contact with.
Meanwhile, every cell in your body is trying to perform its own brilliant balancing act – dealing with its own local environment while ceaselessly performing its particular vital function. The cells of our digestive tract, nervous system, and immune system – all of them highly metabolically active – are particularly vulnerable.
We have to assume that all this toxic exposure poses at least a potential to do harm. That’s why it’s important to minimize your exposure to poisons and strengthen your body to deal with them as best as it’s able.
Here are eight great ideas for you to put into action. Seven of them will help you limit your toxic dose. And the all-important eighth suggestion – Dr. Lavine’s Detox 2014 – will strengthen your metabolic machinery to rid your body of the toxins you’ve already got stored up inside.
1. Stay away from pesticides
Our food safety regulations are just nuts. They’d be comical if they weren’t responsible for so much chronic illness.
Here’s an example. Why does an organic apple carry the label “organic”? It should be called just a plain old “apple”.
At the same time, a pesticide-sprayed apple (which is legally allowed to be called an “apple”) should be called an “Apple with Added Pesticide.”
Next time you shop for produce, avoid Lettuce with Added Pesticide, Grapes with Added Pesticide, and so on.
2. Avoid high-mercury fish such as tuna or swordfish
We’ve turned our oceans into cesspools. And a fish that’s higher up the food chain – tuna or swordfish, for instance – has a higher concentration of toxins than a primary feeder. Mercury is one of the best-studied toxins in ocean fish, though there are many others, too.
3. Filter your water
I use a Pur brand filter underneath my kitchen sink. But, frankly, that’s because it was easier to install than another brand. They all probably work fairly well. You can also use the pitcher method.
4. Switch to a natural deodorant stone
Anything that you apply to your skin is absorbed through your skin into your body. A deodorant stone neutralizes sweat but doesn’t put artificial chemicals into your bloodstream.
Other cosmetics and skin care products are also potential sources of toxins. So be careful.
5. Open your windows
Hard to believe, but indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air (even in New York City). Give yourself a healthy dose of fresh air whenever possible.
6. Filter your shower
You may already be drinking filtered water, but there’s another health threat lurking – in your shower stall.
When the water shoots through your shower head, it splatters into thousands of mini-droplets. You inhale them directly into your lungs. And they contain chlorine which can burn your lung lining.
That’s why it’s just as important – maybe more important – to attach a filter to your shower water as it is to filter your drinking water.
7. Check your prescriptions
The doctor who prescribes a drug isn’t always aware of the interaction of one drug with others. Plus, your doctor may have prescribed something to you months (or even years!) ago, without any follow-up to determine that you still need to take it, or that you still need to take it at the same dosage level.
Periodically review your prescription drug regimen with your medical doctor or pharmacist.
It’s dangerous out there. Take effective action to safeguard your health.