Practical Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself from Illness
January 15, 2006
According to author Randall Fitzgerald, while we may never be able to totally eliminate our risk of exposure to harmful chemicals, we can manage those risks and reduce our chances of harm. In his book The Hundred-Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health, Randall challenges the myths established and perpetuated by the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and takes a provocative look at what is really in our food, water, vitamins, prescription drugs, childhood vaccines, cosmetics and homes.
Practical Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself from Illness:
Study the labels: On every product with an ingredient label—food, medicine or household items—familiarize yourself with the chemical names by comparing them to a list of toxins. The more toxins you identify, the more determined you should be to reject that item.
Replace home pesticides: A wide range of natural, nontoxic remedies exist for common household pests. For example, the neem tree from India provides a natural insecticide for plants and gardens, while baking soda mixed with powdered sugar helps to repel cockroaches.
Drink wheatgrass juice: To help strengthen your immune system and cleanse your body of toxins, drink wheatgrass as often as you can.
Do intermittent fasting: By eating only every other day (once in awhile!) or juice-fasting one day a week, you stress the cells of your body in a manner that aids its secretion of chemical toxins from the body's tissues and organs.
Detox with saunas: When combined with vigorous exercise, saunas can aid your body in squeezing out, through sweat, the more deeply embedded chemical toxins.
Eat organic foods: Whenever you can, purchase organic foods and eat at organic restaurants. The pesticide residues on these foods are much lower than nonorganics.
Choose nutritious organics: Consuming raw foods three to four times per week will support your liver's detox functions and produce immune agents in your body to fight infection. Try these: broccoli, garlic, spinach, cabbage, sprouts, blueberries, ginger, curcumin.
Compile a Personal Toxins List: Write out a list of synthetic chemicals you consume each day from your foods and medications, and post it prominently in your home. Make a conscious effort to limit your intake of these chemicals.
Printed from Oprah.com on Wednesday, December 11, 2013