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How Toxic is Our Modern World?

Danielle May 20, 2020

By Danielle, contributing writer

Saying that our modern world is full of toxins can feel like a hyperbole, Truly, toxins are everywhere. We have swapped natural living for fast and manufactured everything.

Our Food

I know I don’t need to delve into the toxins in our food that much, we know about them by now. Pesticides and preservatives fill our food, not to mention genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Even natural and organic foods can be processed and filled with preservatives.

It’s best to avoid the interior, boxed aisles of the store, and instead, head to the outer edges of grocery stores for fresh produce, meats, dairy, and whole grains. Better yet, find a local regenerative farmer and get a veggie CSA, fresh greens, microgreens, and even volunteer your time for a biome boost of good bacteria (from the soil!).

Outside of our food , our medicine has become toxic. Medicine should gently aid the body to heal, not add further toxins to cover symptoms for the short term. Unfortunately, that’s what our medical system has become. Often, side effects are worse than the actual illness.

Most of us are most concerned with the toxins in our food, but unfortunately, they do not stop there.

Our Air

Between car exhaust, chemtrails, and pollutants, our air is also rather toxic.

Even though there is little fresh air still available, it’s important to get out into the air as much as possible. If you don’t have a lot of property, or live near a road or highway, find a local park or forest to go frequently to breathe in fresh air. Did you know that your lungs can actually assimilate nutrients, like your gut? They can! Breathe in those essentials.

Indoors, get a HEPA air filter if you live in a stuffy house, apartment, or in the city. Open your windows often, especially for 15-20 minutes during warmer winter days, and in the hot summer when you run air conditioning constantly.

Our Water

Cities add fluoride and bleach to the water system in questionable quantities, while country wells may contain high nitrates from pesticides. It’s best to find a water filter for your home, or at least your drinking water. Avoid city water altogether if your city adds non-NSF bleach.

Our Homes and Items

Our homes are built with chemically-treated wood, paints which are toxic to breathe, and sealed with chemical finishes. Laminate floors and carpets carry their own toxins.  Consider using natural materials for building, such as straw clay walls, wool insulation, ceramic floors, or natural wood floors with walnut oil stain.

Most of our clothes are made from oil-based plastic substances, not to mention flame retardants that are mandated to be on certain items or tagged with a warning. Avoid this by purchasing organic cotton, wool, hemp, linen, or other natural substance.

Our dishware is another place to find loads of unhealthy plastics. Swap plastic dishes out for glass, stainless steel, ceramic (lead free), and wood. We recently purchased wood plates and utensils on Etsy, and love them! Toss out nonstick cookware and instead use stainless steel pots and pans, glass casserole dishes, ceramic baking sheets, and cast iron.

Don’t Forget to Detox

It’s easy to feel discouraged about the toxins in our modern world. Cut out what toxins you can, and chip at the others one by one, being content with what you have accomplished. Flushing your body of inevitable toxins should also be on your frequent to do, and doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here are a few easy detox tips:

  • Consistently detox with bentonite clay and herbal tinctures.
  • Be sure to be eating whole, natural foods, and use herbal infusions, teas and tinctures get your vitamins and minerals in a bio-available way.

Don’t be overwhelmed with the toxins in our modern world – be aware of them, and detox them.

How do you detox from the toxins in this modern world?

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Danielle was born and always will be a farm girl, searching for God’s natural truths in an unnatural world. She’s a doula, health coach, natural health activist, and currently obtaining her naturorthopathic doctorate degree. When she isn’t reading about holistic healing, you will likely find her chasing a sweet little boy or a small flock of rebellious chickens in the Midwest mud.
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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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