06 Jul Optimising Health and Wellbeing
Your immediate environment, the food you eat, the products you use and the clothes you wear, are all part of a delicate ecosystem that can help or hinder your body’s natural balance.
We are constantly exposed to chemicals. Some chemicals, know as “endocrine disrupting chemicals” are known to throw our bodies out of this balance and can therefore lead to hormonal imbalances.
Scientists are increasingly worried that even very low levels of chemical contaminants in the environment may be having significant and long lasting negative effects on the bodies. It can be hard to protect yourself from all the toxins in the environment and the air you breathe, however you can take control of the chemicals you use for personal care, household cleaning and in your garden. We can choose to eat as close to organically grown as possible, limit our processed foods to minimise exposure to pesticides, plastics and other potential dangers. There are obviously some things you can’t control, so being proactive about the things we can gives us the power and confidence knowing that we are protecting our health and the wellbeing of our families and future generations to come.
I find that when choosing household and personal products, look for certified organic, non-toxic products. Your cosmetics and skincare range can contain unwanted chemicals that may enter the body through skin, hair and nails or as fumes. That even includes some things that smell really good, like perfumes, which contain synthetic chemical fragrances. Understanding potentially harmful chemicals, where they are hiding and what they can do to you is important so you can then remove them from your family environment.
Here a few tips to start to change your lifestyle for the better:
- Make as much of your diet as organic as possible;
- Make your own essential oil cleaning products;
- Always wash your fruit and veggies unless organic;
- Eat foods that boost your liver function and protect your body e.g. broccoli, asparagus, pumpkin and watermelon;
- Avoid tinned and packaged, processed foods;
- Avoid food in plastic;
- Install a water filter in your home;
- Eliminate pesticides, herbicides and insecticides from your garden;
- Avoid pet products like flea collars;
- Check your sunscreen;
- Start to make the change to organic personal care including your make up and oral hygiene.