At the beginning of each month, for this entire year, I’m blogging about simple ways I’ve incorporated into living a toxin free life (as much as possible). It’s daunting … where to start … why start at all … and why are there so many “trusted” products still being sold that are actually unhealthy for people???
Where to start? With one simple change each month that you can easily maintain.
Why start? Toxins shorten our life and impact the quality of our life. If you want to avoid pain, help your body fight cancer before it even starts, and have energy to enjoy life, then avoiding toxin buildup is a must. Your body has the natural ability to detox if it’s not overloaded. Small toxins here and there add up to an overwhelming toxic load and the resulting health problems. It’s often not just one thing, but rather the combination of mercury fillings, roundup, lawn fertilizers, bug spray, synthetic room air fresheners, etc. Start changing your exposure to the toxins that are under your control and you can change your life!
“Trusted” products are sold because people buy them. The more people understand toxic load, then less unhealthy products will be purchased. Awareness comes first, then action.
Have you started yet? Here’s a review of the first five months of this year …
January, Month One, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Deodorant without Aluminum (doTerra, Schmidts)
February, Month Two, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Shampoo, Soap, and Lotion without endocrine disruptors (doTerra, Arbonne, POSH, etc.)
March, Month Three, Living the Natural Life – Switch to Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils (doTerra’s Deep Blue Rub, a natural capsaicin cream, Peppermint for Headaches, or a Blend of Juniper Berry and Black Pepper for nerve pain)
April, Month Four, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Toothpaste and avoid the dangers of toxic fluoride
May, Month Five, Living the Natural Life – Check your cleaning products for toxins with the EWG guide and switch to all natural products and using lemon essential oil for cleaning
June, Month Six, Living the Natural Life – Decreasing sugar consumption and using natural sweeteners
Life is worth living: sunrises, garden flowers, wildflowers, wild life, loved ones and peace in nature. Life is worth living … but there are some things that decrease our lifespan and excess sugar is one of those. In fact, research shows that sugar in the amount of 3 cans of soda a day adversely affects mammalian health. But research also shows that artificial sweeteners aren’t any better. According to the Harvard Medical School, artificial sweeteners can also impact the way you perceive sweetness … “Non-nutritive sweeteners are far more potent than table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. A miniscule amount produces a sweet taste comparable to that of sugar, without comparable calories. Overstimulation of sugar receptors from frequent use of these hyper-intense sweeteners may limit tolerance for more complex tastes, explains Dr. Ludwig. That means people who routinely use artificial sweeteners may start to find less intensely sweet foods, such as fruit, less appealing and unsweet foods, such as vegetables, downright unpalatable.”
Since both sugar and artificial sugar impacts your longevity, isn’t it time to make a change?
- Eat natural fruits and snacks in place of sugary or artificially sweetened junk foods AND expect a period of time for your taste buds to re-acclimate where things just don’t seem sweet … it’s normal, so push through and don’t give in. If you need more flavor, experiment with spices vs. sugar.
- Can’t totally kick the sugar? Then this month consciously make the switch to a natural low-glycemic index sweetener such as honey, agave, stevia, coconut sugar, monk fruit, or real maple syrup (all used in moderation).
- Love soda too much to give up the fizz? Replace it with flavored sparkling waters like LaCroix or with the delicious Bai Bubbles.
Do you have other sugar free ideas, tips or products you love and that could help us all live healthier? Please share them with us in the comments below! And let’s all detox for longevity because life is worth living!