How To Go Natural / 9 Tips For Healthy Living
My friends often ask me what they
should do to go natural and start living health-conscious life. When I got pregnant, my whole
perception of health changed. Not that I didn't live healthy before,
but in some cases I didn't know better. Even though, I never ate in a
fast-food restaurant and always used to exercise, I used to eat out
of microwave and buy things without ever reading labels.
As a mom-to-be, something was telling
me inside “I don't want this for my baby (and even myself)!”
“THIS” meant the food I ate, things I used and the convenient,
quick-fix lifestyle I was a part of. Gradually I eliminated these not
authentic “rules” and substituted unhealthy goods with healthy
According to the Children's
Environmental Health Center in New York City there are more than
80,000 chemicals on the US market that have never been studied to see if
they're toxic to our health. That is almost 30% more than were in
consumer goods in 1976 (when president Gerald Ford signed the Toxic
Substances Control Act – TSCA).
This is my list of things how to go
natural and begin the journey toward feeling better and living
- Start reading labels. Know what
you eat and use! Regardless of whether it is a food you eat or
cosmetics you use, always read a list of ingredients.
- Eliminate eating packaged and
processed food. Boxed, canned, jarred and frozen food (unless
organic) should not even be called food, it has a lot of
preservatives and artificial ingredients. Eating in the fast-food
restaurants might be cheap and convenient, in the long run though,
we put ourselves at a great risk of getting diabetes, cancer,
obesity and other health issues.
- Get rid of plastic containers,
cups and bottles and don't drink from them especially when they were
left out on the sun. The heat releases the chemicals from the bottle
to the water you drink. The same with using a microwave oven,
non-stick cookware, aluminum foil or teflon pans. There are even
chemicals in your tap water. Do your research and get the water
filter to make it safe to drink.
- Did you know that there is more
than 30 chemicals in a lipstick? Phthalates, parabens, lead,
triclosan, aluminum, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate... to
name a few of many harmful chemicals found in cosmetic products that
we use every day (skin lotions, sunscreens, deodorants, shampoos,
toothpaste, hair dyes, nail polish, soaps, air fresheners,
detergents, dryers sheets, fabric softeners, etc.)
once applied onto your skin, enter the blood stream in less than a
minute. Try to avoid them as much as you can. Thanks to natural
brands as Weleda, Dr. Hauschka, Burt's Bees, Aubrey Organics and
more there are natural options to substitute.
Remember, if you can't eat it, don't
put it on your body!
To find out what's in your cosmetic
product and how safe it is, go to http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
- As to the food, clothing,
cosmetics or home products you use, always try to go for natural or
organic option. You can even find ways how to make a homemade
natural cleaning solution, stain remover or deodorant.
- If you can't
follow these guidelines yourself, do this at least for your kids.
- Research and educate yourself on
natural products and healthy options. Trust your own gut and consider a natural health care
(homeopathy, naturopathy, ayurvedic, herbal...) provider.
- Do the cleanse.
- Stretch or walk every day for at
least a half an hour.
- Reduce stress.
Either you are a pregnant woman, single
guy eating out or parents with established routines, you can always
learn how to go natural and make positive changes. For the beginning, start cooking at home
using wholesome ingredients, get rid of junk not only in diet, but
also your personal space. Do a little each day. You don't have to
implement these rules all at once. Do what is comfortable for you at
I'm aware that to live 100% natural
life, we would have to live in isolated woods or a desert to avoid
all the chemicals in today's world. But at least we can eliminate
what is not working for us and strive to live as close as nature
intended. That is a key to long, healthy and genuine living.
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