Toxin-Free Spring Cleaning
- March 23, 2018
Toxin-Free Spring Cleaning
- March 23, 2018
The changing of the seasons gives ample opportunity to press restart and begin anew. This month prepare for the warm weather by purifying your body and home. A natural approach can ensure less toxin exposure for you and your family. Are you aware of the toxins surrounding you?
Toxins Found in the Home
Americans on average spend 90 percent of their time indoors – where air quality is poor. Often indoor air quality is two to five times worse than that found outdoors. Toxins such as radon, lead, and asbestos can all be found in the home.
Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible carcinogenic radioactive gas. The gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer – second only to smoking. The gas leaches through the cracks in the walls and foundation into the home, where it accumulates and can become hazardous. Typically, radon levels are highest in basements and the lowest level of a home. There are no immediate symptoms that would indicate exposure to elevated levels of radon exposure so home testing is paramount to prevent health ramifications. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as many as eight million homes throughout the country have elevated levels of radon. Current state surveys show that one in five homes has radon levels above the safety standard.
While all home are susceptible to radon, lead is typically an issue in older homes. Symptoms of lead exposure include irritability, weight loss, abdominal pain, vomiting, seizures, and delayed development in children. If you home was built before 1978 there is most likely lead based paint present. Homes built prior to 1940 have an 87 percent chance of containing lead-based paint. The paint is only dangerous if in poor condition, such as peeling, chipping, or cracking. Stay mindful of areas within a child’s reach – such as places where they might chew and ingest the paint. To mitigate any lead exposure, hire a professional to test your home and provide insight on how to address any hazards.
Asbestos, like lead, is commonly found in older homes. The fibrous material was used in construction through the 1970s due to its ability to resist fire, heat, and electricity. Unfortunately, asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer. When disturbed asbestos particles are released into the air, inhaled, and embedded in the lining of the organs. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma and patients typically live only 12 to 21 months following diagnosis. If your home was built prior to 1980 it is in your best interest to hire an asbestos professional to inspect the dwelling and insure there is no risk of asbestos exposure.
Ways to Remove Toxins
Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid toxins altogether, so being vigilant about detoxification practices can help improve overall health. There are a number of natural ways to mitigate exposure to toxins. Bamboo charcoal is odorless and highly-absorptive. Packaged in a linen bag the charcoal works to absorb unpleasant odors, remove bacteria, harmful pollutants, and allergens. Additionally, the charcoal absorbs moisture, preventing the growth of mold and mildew. The air purifying bag has been scientifically proven to reduce the amount of formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, and chloroform gases emitted from everyday items such as paint, carpeting, furniture, air fresheners, chemical cleaners, rubber, and plastics. The bags are safe and effective to use for up to two years. Each month simply place the bags in the sun to rejuvenate the charcoal and its air purifying powers. Try out the Rejuven Air Bamboo Activated Charcoal Bag.
Sunlighten infrared saunas are also an easy, and enjoyable way to remove toxins from the body. Sweating is an essential tool that our bodies use to cleanse and eliminate toxins. A sunlighten sauna can detox the body seven times more effectively than a traditional sauna. When enjoying a sauna to detox the body, ensure you are increasing your water intake. You should hydrate before, during and after a sauna session. When beginning sauna use, start in small increments to allow your body to acclimate to the process. Ten to 15 minutes every other day is a good starting point. Of course, maintain your sauna with an all-natural sauna cleaning kit.
Purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp is an easy and affordable first step to improved indoor air quality within the home or work space. The lamps cleanse and deodorize the air through the process of hygroscopy. Essentially, the block of salt absorbs the water molecules from the air and releases purified air into the room while the toxic particles remain in the salt. When lit the salt lamps clears the air naturally of allergens like smoke, pet dander, pollens, and other air pollutants. Additionally, it dilutes odors so that you can breathe easier. People with asthma often find it helpful in reducing their symptoms. You can keep the lamp lit for as long as you like to maintain this purifying effect.
Spring Into a Healthier You!
Small steps can create a long-lasting impact on your overall health. Through preventive measures you can ensure that you and your family have a long happy and healthy life! Step into the changing season with a spring in your step and less toxins in your body.