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  • BY DEBI VORIS

How to Navigate Our Toxic World?

In our tranquil homes, toxins silently infiltrate, posing threats to both physical health and mental well-being. Surprisingly, we're exposed to toxins from our environmental surroundings, what we eat, drink, breathe, and put on our skin through personal self-care items. Living in a toxic world, synthetic chemicals surround us in our household cleaners, food additives, pesticides contaminating our foods and gardens, and everyday personal products. The fast-paced, stressful, chaotic world exacerbates this, leading to toxin accumulation in our bodies. Later, I'll illuminate how to reduce this toxic load.

As a Certified Wholistic Health Coach, I revitalize people’s lives by guiding them to clean, toxic-free foods, release stress, and harmonize their hormones. Let's focus on modern food first.


Chemical Invasion in Our Foods

The chemical invasion of toxins in our food chain is multifaceted, affecting human health and environmental sustainability. Pesticides, common in conventional agriculture, significantly contribute to this issue. These chemicals, sprayed on fruits and vegetables, contaminate our food, posing risks to our health over time.

It's crucial to avoid GMOs due to their health effects. Glyphosate, a pesticide used on GMO crops like wheat, can trigger allergic reactions and digestive issues, contributing to inflammation and health problems. Recently, I discovered that Glyphosate is sprayed on wheat to compact the grains in silos, making the concentration of this toxin higher than I thought.


Especially do not consume GMO wheat. It is so complex that it's hard to digest. It corrupts the villi in our digestive tract, making it difficult to absorb the food we eat, medications we take, and supplements we consume. This often leads to increased consumption of food, supplements, and medication. Moreover, we lack the digestive enzymes to digest ancient wheat properly. The combination of gluten and sugar in the diet can also harm and cause a leaky gut, releasing toxins into the bloodstream and causing inflammation in different body systems.

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Toxic World? It might be worse than we thought.

Heavy metals like mercury and lead, present in polluted water sources and contaminated food further worsen the situation, particularly for vulnerable populations like pregnant women and children.


Moreover, additives and preservatives in processed foods contribute to the chemical onslaught in our diets. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, though intended to enhance the appeal and shelf life of foods, can have adverse effects on our health. Artificial colors have been linked to hyperactivity in children and may exacerbate conditions such as ADHD.


Toxins, whether from pesticides sprayed on our fruits and vegetables or contaminants in processed meats and seafood, can gradually build up in our bodies, overburdening our liver and kidneys, which play a crucial role in detoxification. Additionally, toxins that aren't eliminated by the body can be stored in fat, making it challenging to release weight and potentially leading to hormonal imbalances. Consider this: there's a reason why US foods containing GMOs, additives, and food coloring, are banned in the European Union.


Toxins in Our Environment

As stated, GMOs and pesticides are a big issue.  Even though GMOs were initially touted for crop density, they wreak havoc on our foods and environment. They deplete nutrients from the soil. GMO crops are often engineered to resist herbicides like glyphosate, leading to increased usage of potent chemicals and the emergence of resistant weeds and insects.


These pesticides are commonly used in our gardens as well. The effects of these pesticides end up in our airways and water. Personally, I don’t use these products, but I am exposed to them every day when I run in my neighborhood because I breathe them in while I run. Runoff from storms sends contaminated water to our oceans, affecting ocean life.


Hidden Toxin Dangers in Our Homes & Environment

The dangers hidden within our common cleaning and household products expose us to toxins daily. Sometimes, we may be aware of them but fail to pay attention to the risks, despite being exposed through our air and skin. For example, PFAs chemicals (Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are found in water-resistant fabrics such as raincoats, tents, umbrellas, and nonstick cookware. These chemicals could lead to health conditions such as changes in cholesterol and liver enzyme levels as well as how the immune system responds. Bisphenol A (BPA) from plastics could pose potential health risks because it can act like estrogen.


Moreover, cleaning products, essential for cleanliness, harbor harmful chemicals like ammonia and chlorine, which can compromise indoor air quality and respiratory health. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in many air fresheners and aerosol sprays contribute to indoor air pollution and may cause respiratory problems. These toxins not only affect human health but also have adverse environmental consequences, contributing to air, water, and soil pollution, as well as the accumulation of plastic waste.


As mentioned earlier, the buildup of toxins can overwhelm the body's natural detoxification mechanisms, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and digestive problems. It could even result in chronic conditions like autoimmune diseases. It’s important to limit our exposure to toxins as much as possible.


Our Chaotic World & Toxic People Affect Health

As a mindset coach, I assist individuals in releasing stress, emotions, and past entanglements by disrupting their negative thought patterns and establishing new core beliefs. It's a unique journey for each person. Many may have experienced a traumatic past or encountered toxic individuals, impacting their self-worth, causing them to be depressed and can affect your health by slowing down your metabolism. Solutions vary depending on individual needs. I will discuss some solutions later.


It could even result in chronic conditions like autoimmune diseases. It’s important to limit our exposure to toxins as much as possible.

Clean Eating to Nourish Your Body

Adopting a clean, toxic-free diet is crucial for safeguarding your health. Avoid processed foods and prioritize cooking your meals to ensure they are fresh, clean, and free from toxins. When choosing produce, fruits, and vegetables, opt for organic options. If you consume animal proteins, select livestock that feed on pesticide-free grass and organic feed, such as grass-fed cows, pasture-raised chickens and eggs, and wild-caught salmon. Whenever possible, purchase locally grown produce and meats from farmers' markets or community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs for fresher, less processed options.

Be vigilant about reading labels, avoiding products containing artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Avoid anything that sounds like a man-made chemical; steer clear of it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Some plant-based products may have scientific names.


Grow Your Own Produce & Raise Chickens

Consider growing your own produce if you have the space, and even raise chickens for fresh eggs. Ensure your gardens are free from pesticides by utilizing natural solutions to enrich the soil and keep pests away from your produce. I do have natural solutions to enrich your soil and keep those pesticides away from your produce.  There are natural solutions for chickens too. Embracing gardening and chicken-raising can be rewarding and provide access to high-quality, homegrown food options.


Ensure your gardens are free from pesticides by utilizing natural solutions to enrich the soil and keep pests away from your produce.

Detoxing Is a Good Idea

Detoxing aims to eliminate harmful toxins from the body to support your health and well-being. Remember to avoid processed foods as they contain high amounts of salt, sugar, unhealthy fats, and artificial ingredients. A high-salt diet is detrimental to blood pressure and can slow down cell functioning and the detox process. Avoid alcohol as it suppresses the immune system and hampers detoxification efforts. Those with food sensitivities may need to eliminate dairy, gluten, eggs, and red meat during a detox.

During the detox, opt for high-quality foods, such as grass-fed beef and pasture-raised eggs, to minimize exposure to toxins and pesticides. Nurturing the gut microbiome is crucial for overall health, so consume prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes to maintain a healthy gut flora. I do have high quality solutions in this area.

Stay hydrated during your detox by drinking plenty of water and consider intermittent fasting to promote cellular repair and cleanup. Additionally, incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your diet to reduce oxidative stress.


As for Detoxing Your Home & Improve Our Environment

Switch to natural cleaning products instead of traditional cleaners to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.  I do have access to natural based cleaners too as well as other companies out there.  These products have safe toxic free cleaners that are in the form of concentrates.  One bottle will fill up five 16 oz sprayer bottles. Obviously, you reuse that one sprayer bottle to conserve on plastics going to our environment.


Also, look at your cosmetics. Many of them contain preservatives and toxic chemicals that aren't good for your skin. Your skin can absorb those toxins in just 26 seconds. If it does contain toxins, look for cleaner products.


Choose natural alternatives to reduce your environmental footprint and minimize air pollution. By eliminating common household air refreshers and cleaning products, you can contribute to cleaner oceans and waterways over time.


Removing Toxic People and Situations

Once my clients recognize toxic relationships and traumatic situations in their life, I guide them through the process of releasing them. Understanding that they cannot control others can boost their self-worth and foster confidence, making it easier to put the past behind them. Releasing these toxic circumstances can unburden the soul and uplift the mood, leading to a more positive outlook on life. Be patient with yourself and embrace a proactive approach to move forward. Everyone’s situation is different and requires a unique approach.


Understanding that our world is toxic, filled with toxins in our environments, foods, cleaning products, self-care products, and a stressful environment, makes it easier to navigate through it. Once you adopt these ideas of eliminating toxins and toxic stress, your body will work more efficiently, your mindset is strengthened, you have more energy, be healthier, and you will feel stronger. Your mood will be uplifted, and you will experience less stress. You will be more productive and enjoy a happier life.


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Debi Voris | Certified Wholistic Health Coach

As a Certified Wholistic Health Coach, Debi Voris transformed her own by releasing 70 lbs. and becoming a half-marathon runner.  Her transformation made Debi passionate to become a Certified Wholistic Health Coach, who revitalizes people's health. She empowers them by allowing them to break through their beliefs of impossibility and guides them wholistic solutions for mind, body and soul. It starts with her coaching and her podcast, Debi Changes Lives. 


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