Clean living is a lifestyle that is geared toward eliminating toxin exposure and treating present toxicities.

The method of living “clean” takes into account your living environment, what you eat and drink, products that you use or consume, and your mental health!

This blog post is not the be-all and end-all to clean living, nor does it cover all of the facts about our toxin exposure.

But, I hope this will meet you on your journey and help bring awareness and curiosity to create your clean-living lifestyle!

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Why should we care about clean living?

We are exposed to toxins every day from what we eat and drink, what we breathe, and what we put on our bodies.

Toxins can overwhelm and clog our detox pathways to the point of dysfunction and failure.

Eventually, this expresses itself as things like skin issues, chronic allergies, gut dysfunction, infertility, chronic disease, auto-immune disease, and the list goes on. 

The reality is, that these toxins are everywhere. Unfortunately, in our modern world, there is no reasonable way to eliminate our exposure entirely.

However, we can make practical changes to reduce our exposure and support our body’s natural detox pathways.

Finding clean living rituals that fit into our lifestyle can support our everyday life, and fuel our travel adventures!

FIRST IS FOOD

Clean living embraces the idea that the majority, if not all, of our diet, comes from whole foods.

The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)

The S.A.D. has unfortunately become a mainstay in America and is finding its way into other cultures around the world.

This diet consists of refined & artificial sugars, refined carbohydrates, artificial flavors & dyes, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats.

Think fast food, soft drinks, packaged goods, processed foods, and items labeled low fat / no sugar / no calories.

Food Exposure

Food is exposed to toxins like pesticides, treatment/processing plants, cooking methods, food packaging, water & soil pollution.

Toxins commonly found in/on foods include pesticides, mold/mycotoxins, PFAs, heavy metals, hormones, and antibiotics.

Food may also be grown as or fed genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).

This is not how we were created to experience food, or how food was created to be experienced, and science clearly shows that these are harmful to our bodies when we consume them. 

What is something I can start doing today?

  • Focusing on eating whole foods that are in their original form or products made of whole food ingredients.
  • Buy organic when possible!
  • Follow the Environmental Working Group for their Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen list (updated each year). If you can’t afford to always buy organic, or it\’s not always available, this site will share which produce has the highest toxin exposure.
  • Always wash your produce before eating it!
  • Eat pasture-raised meats & wild-caught fish when possible! Try and find a local farm that pasture raises their livestock and supplements with organic feed, non-GMO, or at least grain and soy-free.

Water Exposure

The water we drink, depending on where it comes from, can have a host of toxins in it.

Many water purification plants, filtration systems, bottling companies, and purifiers do not remove harmful chemicals.

Toxins often found in water (even the purified kind) include microplastics, BPA, PFAs, phthalates, pharmaceuticals, fluoride, heavy metals, disinfectant byproducts, and pesticides

What is something I can start doing today?

  • Find a water filtration system that works with your budget and lifestyle! There are several great filtration options and a lot of not great options.

Check out my Products I Love for the water filtration system I use in my home and while traveling!

NEXT IS THE AIR

The combination of household products, car emissions, chemical plants, wildfires, and other environmental factors fill our air with toxins. 

What’s inside our homes?

Top toxic household items are cleaning products, fragrance/perfume, dust, dirty shoes, mold spores, and off-gassing from furniture/rugs.

I know we all love a good candle, but the fragrance is a highly unregulated ingredient that can be a mask for numerous harmful chemicals. These are known to affect our endocrine system and hormone function negatively.

If we take a look at most of our mainstream cleaning products, they are also full of known toxic ingredients. Most have fragrance but also contain harmful chemicals like phthalates, parabens, chlorine, and formaldehyde.

What is something I can start doing today?

  • Transition to clean alternatives for cleaning products, like Branch Basics!
  • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.
  • Don’t wear shoes in the house.
  • Consider investing in an air purifier for the areas of your home you spend the most time in, like your bedroom.
  • Open your windows occasionally to circulate fresh air (if you live in a low air pollution area).
  • Change your home air filters regularly.

Should I use an Air Purifier?

Certain air purifiers can improve home air quality, and decrease exposure to toxins like mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates, and formaldehyde.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of air filtration systems out there that are not comprehensive in the pollutants they filter.

Look for an air purifier that includes, at least, a carbon filter and HEPA filter. Many companies provide data on their products effectiveness, so looking at these will be helpful in your research.

I’ve seen Air Doctor recommended by many functional health gurus. We use this system in our home, and you can also find it on my Products I Love page!

LAST IS THE BODY

Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and it can absorb products in varying degrees.

The most common products we use are deodorant, sunscreen, lotion, fragrance spray/perfume/cologne, hand soap, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, lubricants, hand sanitizer, and toothpaste.

Toxic ingredients commonly found in these include parabens, dioxins, aluminum, phthalates, SLS, sulfates, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

In addition to their general toxicity, many of these are considered endocrine disruptors

What’s so important about our Endocrine System?

Our endocrine system is responsible for hormone production, fertility & reproduction, development, immunity, thyroid, and brain function.

According to The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, recent research shows endocrine-disrupting chemicals can mimic or interfere with the body’s natural hormone production.

For instance, some may experience mood swings, depression, migraines, anxiety, fatigue/brain fog, developmental delays, severe PMS symptoms, infertility, etc.

What is something I can start doing today?

  • Consider slowly changing out some of your products for cleaner choices.
  • Travel with your own clean products to decrease toxic exposure when you travel! See my favorites on my Products I Love page!

YOUR CLEAN LIVING JOURNEY

Clean living can be a pretty comprehensive topic, and I just brushed the surface of it! So, please know that this is the tip of the iceberg.

I encourage you to dive deeper at your own pace but remember that stress is toxic to our bodies. Try to steer clear of comparison, intense striving, and stress-ridden goals.

Be patient and gracious with yourself, and know that your body is an amazing, resilient thing. With time, intentionality, and care our bodies can heal themselves.

As I take my clean living journey, I will share my knowledge and insights throughout my blog, social media, and to my email subscribers.

I hope I can provide adventurous experiences and cleaner options and solutions to your daily and travel life! 

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