Nicole/ August 22, 2016/ Body, Mind/ 0 comments

Our world is full of toxins. Toxic chemicals can be found in our environment, with little we can do about it. Toxins can be found in our homes. Toxins can be found in our food. Toxins are found just about everywhere. So what’s the point? Why avoid them? I get it. We’re all surrounded by toxic particles that we can’t do anything about. But that is all the reason to rid your body and your family of toxins you *can* avoid. Learning how to begin a healthy lifestyle is the first step in helping alleviate your body from such harmful bombardments. Of course the second step is taking action!
There is little publicizing about how these chemicals interact with our bodies, though the studies are available for you to view for free. The Environmental Working Group provides databases within their website that allows you to search ingredients in your household cleaning and personal care products for FREE. You’d be amazed by seeing what those ingredients can do to your health, and may finally be able to explain headaches, hormonal issues, mental fogginess… etc. that you’ve endured for years.

What will a natural lifestyle do for you?

Honestly, individual results depend on individual circumstances, so you will have to try it consistently to see what a natural, preventative health lifestyle can do for your. For me – removing toxins from our home and food, and embracing a natural lifestyle caused my:

  • seizures to stop…
  • migraines to stop…
  • mind to clear up and not be so foggy…
  • speech to improve…
  • strength to return…
  • stumbling stopped, which enabled me to walk unassisted…
  • infertility to reverse…
  • sleeplessness to reverse…
  • body to heal…

I know MANY men and women who have taken on the same natural health lifestyle and have had similar results, which tells me my story is no fluke. This is real. Switching to a healthy lifestyle based on swapping toxic products for healthy ones and ditching processed foods for fresh foods really can produce miraculous results to your mind and body.

Getting toxins out of our home saved my life. After fully believing there was nothing that could help me, and I was going to die early after surviving a miserable adulthood, I took on a challenge to clean up the products in our home and our food. My neurologist was confident that would just kill me faster, which initially sounded like music to my ears. Lets end the misery. Lets put the blog posts a friend forwarded to me to the test. Will it work or will I die? Honestly, after 8 years of nothing but chronic pain, seizures, confusion, forgetfulness, weakness… the idea of an early death sounded lovely.

So, where do you begin?

I highly encourage you to use a mentor. I also encourage you to take a similar route that I took.

1. Start with your food. Switch to a whole foods diet full of fresh vegetables not treated with pesticide chemicals (local farmer’s market is a great place to find those, or buy organic). I started by diving into the Paleo diet using The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking. I’m not saying you need to go Paleo because, realistically, it’s not for everyone. What I’m advocating is for you to change your eating habits to remove processed foods and foods laden with pesticides and synthetic hormones. I’m a true believer now at how incredible your body is in healing itself. But it can’t do so while completely overrun with toxic compounds.
Within that first 30 days, I was down 20 lbs, my seizures cut from 6+ each day to an average of 2 each week, and I felt my energy exponentially increase. I was absolutely floored. That majorly sparked my curiosity, which lead to research (not just google… I was trained by the Navy to acquire and analyze research appropriately, and have a natural drive for acquiring information and sifting out junk).
2. Ditch the toxins in your home, and switch to safer products. The average house contains over 60 toxic products. If you purchase your hair care, skin care, cosmetics, and cleaning products from a department store or stores like Target, Walmart, Costco…etc, chances are you are exposing yourself and your family to toxic ingredients and may not know it. Legally, only food items are required to list every ingredient – and even then there are some shady practices, like “milk” containing natural and artificial sweeteners and fruit juices because of the “definition of milk.
The legal definition of Fragrances is quite scary as that can be any mixture of over 300+ chemicals hidden under the “fragrance” ingredient, which is legal because it protects “proprietary secrets.” Check out my list of toxic ingredients to avoid, and compare that list with your lotion, shampoos, cleaners … etc. You can also look up your individual products over on EWG’s Skin Deep database.
I also have a blog post series you can check out that starts with the post “Is Your Home Toxic.” That series is excellent to go through room by room to identify and remove toxic products. You’re body will thank you!
3. Use essential oils. Essential oils are completely natural. They offer fantastic wellness benefits as well as being truly nontoxic ingredients for a variety of products, like skin care, cologne/perfume, air fresheners, cleaners … etc. Enhance your wellness without making you sick… sounds great to me! Just make sure you choose a quality brand, otherwise they could be counterproductive.
The lifestyle that stems from using essential oils and immersing into the culture of the truly supportive international groups I’ve found is a lifestyle like no other. Leadership that inspires. Testimonials freely given. Individualized coaching to help you along your oils and nontoxic lifestyle journey. The culture I enjoy now is everything I wanted the military to be. The structure and camaraderie without any of the tearing down or stepping on toes. I’m truly proud to be a part of that culture now, advocating for a natural, holistic lifestyle.

Regardless what methods you take, I do strongly urge you to detox your life. The world is already full of so much uncertainty, hate, and toxic environments. Your home shouldn’t be a part of that too. Make it a heaven instead. Treat your body well so it will treat you well in return. I just want to see you happy, healthy, and thriving!

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About Nicole

I am a wife, a mom, and a curious mind with an extensive background in research and analysis. I enjoy creating things, cooking, teaching, personal development, and natural preventative health. I'm also a huge information nerd and love to share my findings with others.

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