I don't love the word 'eco'. It reminds me of living in wooden huts without modern day luxuries. Where would I be without my mobile phone, laptop, plastic tupperware (gasp!) and all that jazz?
While I won't be giving up on those any time soon (sorry eco-warriors), it does make sense to limit the amount of chemicals you're exposed to. If you're going to buy organic vedge or wash everything in apple cider vinegar to remove pesticides, you may as well extend that philosophy as far as possible...so long as it doesn't begin to negatively impact your usual habits.
So whats the deal with household cleaning products? Sure, they smell pretty nasty, but they do a good job right? If you're a clean freak like me, they get sprayed on every surface a few times a week. It's what makes your home safe, and gives you the ability to eat off the floor when you drop your last piece of chocolate (disaster).
Malcom Rands of ecostore, explains...,
“At latest count, there are more than 84,000 chemicals in existence for commercial use. Legislation hasn't been keeping up with chemical development and long after they've been made available for everyday use, links are being made between some of these chemicals and health concerns like hormone disruption, allergies, asthma and cancer.” says Malcolm.
So what should we do about it?
The fabulous Lola Berry talks us through a few options for low-tox living:
Two harmful chemicals, adrenalin and cortisol, are released into the blood stream each time we experience stress. Stress can produce 10-25% of toxic build-up in the body causing us to retain fluid.
Try a relaxing bath with candles to chill out.
Can the room sprays
Toxins can interrupt your sleep too so make your bedroom into a chemical-free sanctuary by keeping your window ajar, and moving all perfumes and room fragrances to another room. Air fresheners contain nerve-deadening agents to stop you detecting smells (urghhhh), or they use chemical fragrances that small like cheap-ass flowers.
Try burning essential oils instead.
Cut out toxic cleaners
The air in your home can be up to five times more polluted inside than out (even in urban areas) due to the chemicals in your cleaning products.
Looks for natural cleaning products and keep your space well ventilated.
This one if my fave. Healthy eating can make the world of difference in removing toxins from the body by stimulating your kidneys and liver - the two main glands for detoxification. They sweep out a lot of the nasties that build up in your system, from the foods we eat to the air we breathe.
Try including more detoxifying foods in your diet. Dress foods with fresh lemon juice, and go heavy on the garlic, turmeric, cabbage and broccoli.
With a Bachelor of Health Science, Lola Berry is recognised a in the wellness industry. She's a qualified nutritionist and yoga teacher, and from personal experience, a bloody lovely person. Lola has also written four best-selling books including her latest - The Happy Cookbook - that was released in early 2015. Catch up with this gal on instagram.
the ecostore range is now available in supermarkets across Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA.