My name is LaShanda and I am a Holistic Health Practitioner Certified in Detoxification, Corporate Wellness Instructor, and Raw Food Chef.

Detoxification has become a hot topic these days as more people become aware of the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis. We are learning how they are linked to a wide array of chronic health conditions, and in conjunction we are also learning the importance of keeping the body clean and elimination channels working properly. I’m confident detoxification will soon be widely recognized as an essential component to maintaining good health,.in the same way it is commonly accepted that eating healthy and exercise are core components to longevity., Here are some tips to start reducing toxin exposure and actively removing toxins from your body which you can start implementing at home today.

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Tip 1: Add more fresh herbs to your diet

Herbs are exceptionally good at helping the body detoxify and can be easily purchased in grocery stores, or grown at home in the kitchen, patio, or backyard garden. Two stand out herbs are parsley and cilantro. Parsley is great at cleansing the kidneys and cilantro has been shown to be very effective in helping to naturally remove heavy metals from the body.

Tip 2: Re-evaluate your bra-wearing practices

There’s a huge system in the body responsible for removing toxins called the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is concentrated in various areas including the neck, groin, armpits, and breast tissue. Wearing bras, especially those that are too tight, restricts lymph fluid from moving through the body, and also promotes toxin accumulation in stagnant areas. This sets the stage for cellular degeneration in these tissues. Make sure your bras are in good condition, fit properly , and are not too tight. And take advantage of any and all opportunities to go braless at home when possible. Want to know more? check out the ‘Free the Boobies Campaign’ EWC support!

Tip 3: Invest in water filters for your kitchen and bathroom

Investing in water filters for your drinking water and shower water are important because you and your family are ingesting and absorbing this water multiple times a day. Fluoride and Chlorine are two of the top problematic toxins in tap water, they both have been strongly linked to hypothyroidism and the impairing the body’s ability to properly utilize iodine to make thyroid hormone.

cup-of-lemon-tea-1113tm-pic-412Tip 4: Drink lemon water daily

Pretty much everyone has heard of the Master Cleanse by now, but there’s no need to undergo extended fasting to get the cleansing benefits of lemons. Use a hand juicer to juice 1-2 lemons every day and add it to your drinking water. You can drink your lemon water in the morning, which helps to flush your system upon waking, or sip the lemon water throughout the day to assist your body in its natural detoxification efforts.

Tip 5 Use more natural skin care products for your skin

You are what you eat, but you are also what you put on your skin! Things that are put on the skin are quickly absorbed into the body and processed, so I wouldn’t recommend slathering or lathering yourself with anything you would think twice about eating. Most skin care products are marketed towards women with the promise of beauty and radiant skin, but ultimately the skin reflects the internal health of the body and a lifetime of diet and lifestyle choices. My advice would be to focus on consuming an anti-oxidant rich diet (overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables), consuming an adequate amount of water and/or raw fruits and vegetables, and avoiding skin care products with tons of chemical ingredients you can’t produce, or those that contain mineral or hydrogenated oils.

Tip 6 Add more plants to your household

Plants and trees play an active role in detoxifying the air we breathe , so adding them into our homes will help purify the air inside our homes. My favorite plant to use indoors is the Lily, it doesn’t need a lot of light and is relatively easy to maintain. If you want to know more on this topic you might also like this book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office

Tip 7 Avoid pesticides

Pesticides are being increasingly linked to chronic health issues, especially autoimmune conditions so it’s important to reduce your family’s exposure to these particular toxins. This is even more important for young children who are still developing their internal detoxification systems and therefore aren’t as equipped for dealing with high levels of chemical exposure. We usually associate pesticides with fruits and vegetables, but pesticides also accumulate in meat and animal products and often more quickly, because animals are higher up on the food chain. So an ideal strategy for grocery shopping, especially if budget is an issue, would be to reduce meat consumption altogether or focus on purchasing organic meats and dairy products (including cheese, milk, butter, and ice cream). A secondary focus would be to purchase organic produce, or make your own veggie wash to remove chemicals from non-organic produce.