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Detoxify at Home
External Toxins and Lifestyle Habits
The following information is taken from an article in Dynamic Chiropractic Magazine.
Identify and eliminate toxic exposure from all possible/practical sources. In the following categories you can determine a possible, likely or definite problem.
Medications: Look up the signs, symptoms and interactions of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications regularly used. It’s not unusual for prescription medications to be ordered by more than one physician and filled by more than one pharmacist. It’s also not unusual for you as a patient receiving these drugs to neglect disclosure of over-the-counter medications. Patients on multiple drugs often are surprised to discover how many problems can be caused by interactions that have been overlooked.
Home Environment: In your household environment, is there a possibility of mold, mildew, rodent or insect infestation in their immediate living and sleeping quarters? Question the age of mattress and how often items such as carpet and drapery are cleaned. Animal exposure also should be addressed.
Kitchen: are sponges and brushes washed regularly? How long do leftovers sit before refrigeration? How many days are leftovers typically consumed? Is there cross-contamination during meal preparation?
Personal Hygiene: anything that a person wipes, sprays, rubs or places on their body is potentially toxic. Are toothbrushes ever cleaned and/or changed regularly?
Household Cleaners: everything from laundry detergent to products on floors, counters, windows, carpets, wooden structures and other materials should be investigated for potential links by either direct contact or inhalation.
Yard/Projects/Hobbies: insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, paints, metals, and glues may be potential sources of toxins. It’s common for chemicals used during relaxing or fun activities to be overlooked as possible irritants.
Air: have heating and air conditioning filters been changed or cleaned regularly? Determine if there are windows open, which draw air from nearby industries or major highways. If there are air purifiers present, are the filters being changed? California just banned some ozone purifiers because their use increased asthma and allergies. Did symptoms increase following the purchase of such a product?
Water: have household water filters (including the freezer’s ice maker and the refrigerator’s cold water dispenser) been cleaned or replaced regularly?
Workplace: is there any link between anything at the job and the onset, development or exacerbation of your complaint complex?
Sleep: how much do you normally sleep? How much sleep is optimal?
Activity/Exercise: determine the amount of weekly activity (frequency and length) that promotes continuous heavy sweating. Sweating eliminates toxins and perspiration will begin to eliminate toxicity.
It is rare that you won’t have any non-dietary issues, which can cause, contribute to or exacerbate your symptoms. Prior to dietary changes address any external issues such as the following:
By first cleaning up your environment and lifestyle, odds of successful nutritional changes are greatly elevated. This is important because if you don’t feel better eating apples over cookies, you will return to cookies. The goal of diet modifications is permanent habit change rather than: “I’m eating healthy because I’m detoxing.”