5 Healthy Swaps To Green Your Life
What does going green mean to you? It could range from eliminating plastic bags to using energy efficient light bulbs to installing solar panels in your roof. Some may go to extremes to green their home and life, some might incorporate a few green changes. Either way, small steps lead to big change and we can all benefit from conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and reducing our toxic load.
As toxins accumulate in our bodies, our system becomes overworked to try and process and eliminate them. Some chemicals disrupt our various body systems, such as endocrine, respiratory, integumentary and lymphatic by circulating through our body and sometimes becoming stored in cells. Our goal should be to try and reduce our toxic load to ensure that our systems run smoothly and we do not have excess chemicals to process. This lifestyle change is what I refer to as going green.
Try these 5 steps to making your life a little more green:
- Green your household cleaners: Swap your ammonia for citrus to naturally disinfect and polish your appliances. Fill a large jar with vinegar and peels from oranges, lemons and limes. Lid the jar and let the citrus oils diffuse into the solution for 2 weeks. Strain the peels and pour the new solution into a spray bottle.
- Green your air: Swap synthetic fragrance sprays and candles for pure essential oils. Chemicals can remain airborne and circulate through your home. Essential oils are pure oils extracted from plants that you can add to your laundry, household cleaners, or mix with some baking soda and sprinkle on your carpets before vacuuming. Eucalyptus plants are wonderful in the bathroom as the room gets steamy from hot showers and baths.
- Green your meals: Swap 3 meals each week for a vegetarian option. Reducing animal protein from your diet may help to lower your cholesterol, reduce inflammation and saturated fat intake. Reduce your pesticide intake by buying certain organic fruits and vegetables listed on the Dirty Dozen list, eggs from happy chickens, and milk.
- Green your skin care: Swap products that contain ingredients that can interrupt your hormones, cause skin irritations, affect your respiratory tract or make your eyes itch. Many beauty products you can make yourself using food you can find in your pantry. Try making a mask from oatmeal and honey, a toner with steeped green tea, or a body scrub with sugar and coffee grounds.
- Green your laundry: Swap your scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets for a homemade linen spray and a lavender sachet. Fill a small spray bottle 3/4 full with vodka and top with water. Add 10 drops of pure lavender essential oil. Shake well before using on linens, to freshen up pillows, blankets or sports wear. For the dryer, fill a cotton muslin bag with dried lavender flowers, 3 cotton balls and 5 drops of pure lavender essential oil. Tie well and add to your dryer load of wet, clean clothes. When lavender starts to dissipate after a few uses, simply add more essential oil to revive the aroma.
Think of green as more than just one colour, and paint all aspects of your life with it.