TOXIC LOAD - WHAT IT IS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.
“TOXIC LOAD” is the term used to describe the amount of toxins we have in our bloodstream and fat cells.
What is a toxin? A toxin is essentially a poison.
A poison is something that is capable of causing an illness or even death.
So why does this matter?
Everything we eat, drink, smell and put on our skin is absorbed by our bodies! So what is this doing to us?
The average household has 210 toxic chemicals. 210 chemicals that we are exposed to daily. These chemicals are mostly but not exclusively found in your household cleaning and personal care products. Toxins that our body was never built to be exposed to.
We are being exposed to more Chemicals than any previous generation and the majority of them have never had any safety testing, no I am not kidding, you read that correct, the majority have never had any safety testing! With over 84,000 chemicals on the market you would be surprised to know that only around 200 Chemicals have been tested for safe use by humans.
Here is another scary scientific fact, in a study carried out by the Environmental Working Group, 232 chemicals (high percentage where known carcinogens) were found in the cord blood of 10 babies. Chemicals found in widely used personal care and household cleaning products.
Most recently they published an association between the chemicals found in the cords and developmental problems in some of the children in the study. They also discovered that the higher the concentration of chemicals in the cord blood thea dip in the IQ of the child.
Is it these toxins, that have increased the rates of diseases and illnesses we are seeing today?
Ways that we are absorbing these toxins
The absorption of these toxins is via our skin (our largest organ) and our gut and respiratory system.
Here are ways you may be absorbing toxins
Household cleaning and personal care products
Home fragrances and air fresheners
Clothing - via dyes detergents - FYI dry cleaning residues are very toxic
Non organic food via pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, artificial flavours and sweetners.
ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS - possibly the worst.
So firstly you need to know what the Endocrine system is and the vital role that it plays.
The endocrine system is made up of glands. The hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid and parathyroids, adrenals, pineal body, and the reproductive organs. These glands regulate your metabolism, sexual function, sleep, mood, development.
Endocrine disruptors work by mimicking the hormones and confusing the endocrine system and causes hormone imbalances, which have can have disastrous effects on our health.
Illnesses associated with Endocrine disruptors are not limited ADHD, childhood and adult cancers, infertility, obesity to name but a few.
Chemicals we are using but probably unaware of their sides effects.
APEs are surfactants which are the effective ingredients in detergents. These APEs have been shown in studies to mimic the estrogen hormone. The worrying thought is that these toxins are known to be affecting the reproductive system of fish in water contaminated with these toxins. Male fish exposed to waters with these toxins were found to be producing female egg-yolk proteins. So if they are affecting the reproduction of fish, what are they doing to us?
Xenoestrogens (pesticides, fungicides, herbicides on non organic foods) Known to cause dominance of ostregen resulting in illnesses such as infertility, miscarriages, early puberty, endometriosis, cancer of the prostate, testicals and breasts.
Parabens are xenoestrogenic and commonly found in skin care, moisturisers, body washes, shampoos and conditioners, sunscreens, and deodorants.
Sulphates (preservative) these toxins are mostly found in alcohol such as wine and beer, but also common in foods and beverages such as minced meats, seafoods, dried fruits, food seasonings such as fish sauce, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Commonly associated with these toxins are headaches, migraines, hives, weight gain, has been known to be associated with anaphylaxis.
PFC’S are found in Non stick cookware and Teflon, sofas and carpets to make them stain resistant as well as some clothing and mattresses to make them waterproof. PFCs have been found to negatively affect the body’s steroid hormones including oestrogen, testosterone and cortisol, as well as reduce the immune systems function, caused adverse effects on liver and pancreas, and disrupt the endocrine system
OK NOW IM SCARED - WHAT CAN I DO?
Ok so the reality is we probably cannot control 100% of our absorption of these chemicals as they are everywhere, but what we can do is control 100% of what we use in our homes and on our bodies.
The way we do this is switching over these chemical nasties to natural products. These swap overs may include some elbow grease, but at least you will have peace of mind, that you are creating a clean and toxic free environment for yourself and your family.
I also recommend getting to know the names of chemicals and reading the ingredients list of everything you buy - see an ingredient that you cannot pronounce? Research that ingredient for side effects. Decide if you want to use it.
SWITCHING TO A CLEANER LIFESTYLE
Let’s start with personal care
Toothpaste - switch over to non fluoride and SLS free - or make your own (recipe here) I use doTerra OnGuard whitening toothpaste, and sometimes I make a homemade paste.
Mouthwash - 1 cup of water mixed with 1 drop of doTerra OnGuard Oil.
Face wash - pure organic soap bar or Castile soap. I usually buy Dr Bronner's non perfumed and decanter into a glass bottle (500ml) and add 5 drops of Melaleuca and Essential oils.
Shampoo and Conditioner - Non SLS formulations or use Castile soap. I decanter 500ml into a glass bottle and add 5 drops of Wild Orange for fragrance. For conditioner a tiny amount of Olive Oil or Coconut oil as an alternative to conditioner.
Body Wash - Pure Soap - Castile Soap - 500ml decanted into a glass bottle I add 5 drops of peppermint for a fresh morning shower.
Bath Salts - I usually add Epsom Salts 2kg with 3 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops of Serenity for a night time relaxing bath.
Body Moisturiser - Organic Oils, Olive, Coconut, Jojoba, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil. I usually use 400ml coconut oil with 10 drops wild orange. I have a relaxing blend too, which is a mix of 200ml Shea Butter + 200ml Coconut oil, I blend the two together (in my nutribullet and transfer into a glass jar ) and add 20 drops of Serenity
Perfume - doTerra Essential oil - I like to use Serenity Blend, Hope, and Cheer.
Deodorant - Slice of lemon, clay based deodorant by SoapWalla (I purchase from Being Content) , crystal deodorant
Make up - Switch over to organic and mineral brands - I use RMS Beauty, and Vapour cosmetics I purchase them at BEING CONTENT
Home Cleaning Products
Washing up liquid - I have a 250ml glass bottle with a pump lid. I use Dr Bronner's Castile soap mixed with doTerra OnGuard essential oil.
All purpose cleaner - I use a 500ml amber glass spray bottle and use water with 3 tablespoons of doTerra OnGuard Concentrate (this is great value for money)
Oven cleaner - I use white vinegar + baking soda mixed with doTerra Lemon essential oil.
Toilet cleaner - baking soda + vinegar + doTerra Wild Orange essential oil
Window cleaner - 500ml Amber glass spray bottle with 50 % water and 50% white vinegar + 10 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil
Carpet powder - I buy a 100g tub of baking soda + 20 drops of OnGuard Essential oil. I shake the tub to make sure the oil mixes through. I then spread over floors and carpets 10 mins prior to hoovering.
Floor cleaner - I fill my mop bucket up with hot water + 20 ml of OnGuard Concentrate
Laundry detergent - this is next on my list to switch, will update when I do.
Room Sprays - I use 500ml Amber Glass Spray bottles fill with water and mix a blend of 5 drops Wild orange and 5 drops of Peppermint.
Diffusers - I have a diffuser in the living room, kitchen, bedroom - Favourite blends are Wild Orange and Peppermint, Arborvitae, Oregano and Wild Orange (this is a weird smell but I like it) - I like to diffuse Serenity prior to bedtime.
I no longer use candles - I used to love a high end candle, but since I have learned how toxic they are, I have discontinued using them.
If you can I would recommend, limiting or eliminate all processed foods(my partner disagrees so we still have some at home)
Switching over to organic fruit and vegetables. I also highly recommend growing your own where possible. (more blog posts coming on this topic)
Meat - switch over to hormone free + grass raised, where you can.
Dairy - nut milks and cheeses
Sweeteners - (super toxic) - switch over to coconut sugar, honey, agave.
One of the reasons I am a wellness advocate with doTerra is the company’s commitment to health and wellbeing. I use doTerra products in my home and feel confident that I am creating a clean and healthy environment for my family to live and thrive in.
If you would like to find out more about the doTerra products that I use daily or you would like to purchase them yourselves, Please book a health consult with me. Email me at Hello@clairemaggiebaker.com and I can support you in your switch over to a healthier low toxic way of living.