Cleansing reaches well beyond our diet. If we think about the impact our environment has on our overall well-being, we may be a little more inclined to take action. Below are some of the other areas you may consider to detoxing this week to give your cleanse a little boost - think of it as bonus points!
- “Detoxify” your home – Over the years we tend to accumulate unnecessary items. Take the time to rummage through your closets, storage, garage, drawers, etc., and either toss, recycle or donate unwanted or no longer needed items.
- Create a cleansing environment – Many things we don’t normally consider “toxic” actually may be harming your health. We all know to avoid pesticides on our produce, but have you considered cleaning supplies, dry cleaning, unfiltered water, pet dander, paint, plastic containers and cans, and even store receipts as sources of toxins? Look for natural cleaning supplies (Mrs. Meyer’s is a good brand), buy organic produce when possible, take dry cleaning to a green shop that doesn’t use hazardous chemicals, toss plastic containers and store your food in mason jars and glassware, and opt out of a receipt when possible (which also saves our landfills!)
- Clean up your beauty regimen – Our skin is a gigantic sponge. Did you know that anything you put on it is absorbed? Make sure the products you use do not contain harmful chemicals that will ultimately end up circulating inside your body. The Environmental Working Group has a great website that scores the safety of several common cosmetics and beauty supplies. Check to see what’s in your shampoo and make-up here.