Updated: Oct 14, 2019
Living low tox, it's not just good for you... it's good for your family and the environment. We want to help you make the change and will be focusing on how we can do the little things to make a big difference in our lives. It is hard to know where to start when you want to take the step. The best thing you can do is to take it easy, one thing at a time and before you know it you will be free of all the usual toxins found in the home.
Below we look at some simple things you can do to change your life.
1. Understand that no one else will do it for you.
You are the choice maker and you can choose what you will and won't have in your life. The simple action of choosing to live healthier will set you up and carve your path.
2. Do not settle for fake claims and choose Certified Organic over 'organic or green' labels.
With the big switch consumers have made to organic, many companies are scrambling to get a piece of the pie. White washing labels and making green and natural claims doesn't mean the product is good for you or for the environment. Unfortunately we can't trust everything we read and take it at face value.
The first thing you can do is to choose certified organic products over products that make only make organic claims.
You will know the product is certified organic if it carries one of these labels:
ALL products carrying these labels are genuine certified organic products and go through rigorous and regulated procedures to produce the products. Products that are certified organic are genuine, transparent and are supporting the organic community with their organic subscriptions
Products that claim to be organic but do not carry any of these certifications or labels may or may not be clean and organic. They might be a great product made by great people but with out a recognised certification you can not be certain that the product is truely organic and you can not be certain that they don't contain any of the ingredients not allowable under organic certification standards.
Here are some examples of made up& cleverly designed organic seals:
Don't be fooled by a made up logo. They might be genuine or they might be not. Why go to all that trouble of creating a made up logo when you can actually be certified organic. Call me wary but I like to know what I am getting is real.
Green and natural labels. They might be good or they might not be...... this is where your research and knowledge about organic, natural and what is safe and low tax comes in. Get yourself a book called The Chemical Maze. That is a great start because it lists the most common things you find in products from food to cosmetics.
3. Eradicate as many unnecessary chemicals from your life as possible.
Chemicals are everywhere! Basically everything on the planet is made up of a chemical composition. The trick is to know the ones that are good and the ones that are not.
Lets start by looking in your cleaning cupboard. What do you have in there? Ajax? Bleach? Exit mould? They might be great at getting stains off the bathroom tiles and kitchen benches but they smell pretty nasty and have warnings to use in ventilated places. That should ring alarm bells. If I see spray and wipe being sprayed around near me I duck and run for cover!
Basically you can have a super clean house with the following ingredients:
Bi carb soda, Vinegar, Lemon juice, Citric acid, water, clove oil (good for mould), eucalyptus oil, tea tree and lavender oil (smell good stuff). There are also other things that are good for cleaning but I clean my house with those and that's it. No stinky stuff in my house.
In a separate blog, we will look at the bathroom and beauty cabinet!
4. Become a label reader
Read ALL the labels ALL the time until you become familiar with brands and what you are happy to have in your life. The book I mentioned before 'The Chemical Maze' will help you with this. There are also other great books that can help you with ingredients. An informed consumer is a powerful consumer.
5. Question ingredients you are not familiar with
Don't know what it is? Don't buy it until you can find out. Do research and then make an informed choice. This takes a bit of dedication and can mean you delay getting that thing you want... but it will be well worth it.
6. Embrace the change and give yourself some ME TIME
Changing habits takes time and at the beginning reading all those labels might mean your regular shopping takes longer than usual until you get the hang of it. Look at it as investing in your health. Whats an extra half an hour at the supermarket when you know all the goodies you have bought are up to your LOW TOX standards.
Thats where the ME TIME comes in.
take it... it is yours
if you want it and are willing to give it to yourself.
7. Love yourself and think about the future of your health
Don't think I need to say anything about this one except that YOU DESERVE THE BEST!
Stay tuned for our future blogs about how to live a LOW TOX life and change the way we live.