Whilst tiredness is often put down to our overall health, lifestyles and diet, many people who suffer from a lack of energy are in fact toxic, overloaded by environmental pollution, chemicals and other toxins which lurk in our homes and the products that we use on a daily basis.
Over the last 50 years we have become exposed to a dramatically increasing cocktail of different chemicals. Our lives are full of them from the furniture, paint and carpets we use to enhance our personal space to the products we use to clean our homes and ourselves – a problem that is only made worse by the drive to greater energy efficiency which leads us to ‘seal’ our homes and offices to keep the warmth in but which also prevents these toxins from escaping.
Our bodies are designed to deal with toxins however the mechanisms it uses are complex and delicately balanced. Over exposure to chemicals and toxins, which is more and more likely in modern day life, overwhelms that balance leaving the body unable to cope. Unwanted substances are left to roam free in your body robbing your system of vital energy and leaving you with ever growing levels of deliberating tiredness, tiredness which in itself affects how well the body can detox resulting in a vicious circle of decreasing energy levels, increasing toxins and deteriorating health.
As such a key aspect of regaining your energy levels, wellbeing and general feeling of fabulousness is to carry out a chemical clean up of your environment.
So download your action sheet and follow the directions below to complete your chemical clean up.
Your Chemical Clean Up
Take a look at the 5 key sources of chemicals and toxic overload affecting our lives listed on your action sheet. Which ones could you be exposed to? Make a note of your potential sources.
Now look at the possible remedies to reduce your chemical exposure from these listed below. Which could you implement? Make a note on your action sheet.
Household Cleaning Products, cosmetics and personal hygiene products –
• Use Natural based products as much as possible. Many supermarkets now stock chemical free or anti allergic based cleaning products whilst independent health food stores and chemists also stock products together with natural based cosmetics and personal hygiene products.
• Investigate some of the old fashioned cleaning techniques. There are many uses of Bicarbonate Of Soda, for instance, that are as effective as modern cleaning products and much kinder to you.
• Try making your own soap, face products and bathing products using natural ingredients. This has become increasingly popular in recent years as awareness of the damaging nature of chemicals has risen. There are many courses, books and websites providing information and showing you how to do this. Neal’s Yard, for instance, have produced a lovely book on this subject with many of their ‘recipes’ well worth a try.
Artificial air fresheners
Replace these chemical based products with a more natural alternative. Essential oils are ideal. See the Additional Help section for ideas on how to use essential oils and ones that are particularly useful for boosting energy and overcoming tiredness.
Furnishings, carpets and paints
• Replace furnishings with healthier alternatives. Choose materials such as cotton or wool, and sourced from organic and untreated is possible.
• Choose paint that is VOC free.
• Consider alternative floor coverings such as wood.
• Open you Windows!
Completing Your Chemical Clean Up
Now you have some ideas to action. Pick one or two of the areas of potential chemical overload, and look at your notes as to how you could address them. Now commit to taking action.
Gradually work your way through all the areas you identified as problematic for you to complete your chemical clean up. Revisit this exercise on a regular basis to ensure your environment continues to remain ‘clean’ and supporting your health.