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 options.  

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 healthier:

  • 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.)
    These chemicals 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

  • 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 the moment.

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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