29 Jun The Low Tox Life: 4 Simple Changes To Make
In 2009, the term ‘the low tox life’ was coined by Alexx Stuart, an Australian mum who wanted to share what she had learnt about becoming more mindful of our exposure to environmental toxins. Small changes in the products we choose and the food we consume can have a great impact on our overall wellbeing – and on the health of our beautiful planet, too.
So if you’ve been thinking about the low tox life but not sure where to begin, this article is for you! We’ll share some simple ideas that you can incorporate into your life to reduce your family’s exposure to everyday toxins.
1. Reduce your use of plastics
There is no question that the global reliance on plastic products has reached crisis levels. Plastic takes around 1000 years to break down, and though there have been efforts to recycle some plastics, it is still a huge environmental problem, especially for our oceans and marine life.
So what can you do?
- Avoid single use plastics whenever you can
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Avoid fresh produce that’s been plastic-wrapped
- Invest in reusable drink bottles and coffee cups
- Ditch the cling wrap and use bees wax wraps instead
- If you must use plastic, make sure it’s BPA-free
- Choose wooden baby toys
2. Make bathtime low tox
Living a no-tox life is practically impossible – but what you put in your bub’s bath can help reduce exposure. Take a closer look at the ingredients contained in your favourite baby bath and body products. Little people simply don’t need heavy-duty cleansing products. Wherever possible, opt for gentle products that are free from known toxins, irritants and any ingredient that has a question mark over its safety. Instead, choose baby washes and moisturisers that use naturally derived ingredients with proven nourishing benefits.
For yourself, it’s worth doing some investigation into switching make-up, cleansers deodorant and haircare, too.
3. Switch to natural cleaning products
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In the never-ending battle that is keeping our homes clean, it can be tempting to turn to the strongest, harshest chemicals to get rid of dirt, mould and grime. But not only does this increase your exposure to toxic fumes but it also means you’re washing toxic water down the plughole and out to the ocean where, slowly but surely, we’re poisoning our environment and the beautiful creatures in it.
Here’s Alexx Stuart’s tried and true all-purpose home cleaning recipe!
“Fill an amber glass spray bottle with half white distilled vinegar and half water, 1 teaspoon Castille soap and 20 drops of your favourite essential oil. Done.”
4. Choose organic produce
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Reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides by choosing organic produce at the supermarket whenever you can. Or better yet, head to your local farmer’s market to stock up on deliciously fresh and significantly cheaper fruit and veggies! Shopping this way also reduces your carbon footprint.
It’s not always easy to avoid packaged and highly processed foods but doing so can help reduce your exposure to additives and preservatives that aren’t ideal for optimal health. Wherever possible, cooking from scratch using whole foods is the best way to eat nutritious and tasty food.
When it comes to embracing the low-tox life, it can feel overwhelming. Aim for small, sustainable changes over time – your body and the planet will thank you!