On the Journey to Reduce our Toxic Burden


(noun) a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification

Wondering why it’s important to me to reduce our toxic burden? Certain facts like this one from the National Toxicology Program (of the US Department of Health and Human Services) might help explain it:

“More than 80,000 chemicals are registered for use in the US….for use in such everyday items as food, personal care products, prescription drugs… We do not know the effects of many of these chemicals on our bodies…”

Did you catch that? The people officially responsible for knowing the toxicology of each chemical say that they DON’T KNOW the effects that the chemicals have on our health!!! AND there are over 80,000 of these chemicals! Just wow… Check out some more facts here that got me thinking twice about what I put in and on my body.

Looking to get rid of toxic ingredients in your home but not sure where to start? It can be pricey to change everything over at once! I’ve personally chosen to start in small, inexpensive ways, and so my journey of reducing our toxic burden has been taken one baby step at a time. 

I’m a little indifferent to this method of detoxifying our lives. It’s good because it’s definitely given me some more time to figure out what’s bad, what’s good, what’s the best quality, what’s worth the cost, and so on. I can also focus on detoxifying where the greatest threats are.

On the other hand, it’s hard to be learning what’s wrong with all of these products that I’m using EVERY DAY and not throw it all out at once! How can I learn things like “propylene glycol is an automotive antifreeze that is also used in cosmetics and food” and not scrap it all and start over? 

I’ve learned that price matching and buying quality ingredients are equally important. It can be difficult to rid yourself and your home of toxins when you both don’t have the budget for this and also don’t know what the best quality ingredients are, but both are so important!

It’s been frustrating to me to think I have found a great product for a great price, only to find that I haven’t done all my homework and what I’m using is still subpar. I say that to say that I’m not an expert. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’m learning and – for the most part – I’m enjoying the journey and appreciating the results! 

In the posts to come, I’ll share with you some inexpensive and easy ways to reduce your toxic burden. Some will be a personal detox method (like a sugar fast!); some will be an inexpensive product to reduce your chemical intake (“use this not that”). Whatever it is, I hope it will be a help to you! What’s something you’ve been thinking about replacing with a better option? Why not start today? 

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