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Science tells us that our daily exposures to chemicals, heavy metals, and radiation from technology are as important a pillar of health as healthy eating, regular exercise, and good sleep quality.

An excellent overview of what we can learn from the relevant data can be read in Sophia's A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures. Sophia reviewed the most credible scientific studies, articles, and books during her 8 years of researching and writing A to Z of D-Toxing. To see the hundreds of works cited in A to Z of D-Toxing, click here. Since A to Z of D-Toxing was published in 2015, the science has strengthened the viewpoints in A to Z of D-Toxing.

Sophia also provides an excellent overview of how radiation from technology can contribute to health risks. This overview and the practical ways you can enjoy your technology with less radiation are in Sophia's EMF Detox Workbook, which is available on Amazon.

You can listen to Sophia's conversations the world's leading scientists, physicians, and wellness pioneers through her Practical Nontoxic Living podcast.

1. Avoid plastics, especially in your diet.

2. Diable your wireless connectivity whenever you don't need it.

3. Maximize distance between you and technology, especially during your sleep.

Think of the tiny doses at which birth control prevents reproduction. For example, one popular birth control can prevent reproduction at 0.035 parts per billion (ppb).

For perspective, it has been found that a fetus exposed to 5 ppb of PCBs, which is commonly found in our environment and food supply, in utero can experience "adverse brain development, and attention and IQ deficits that appear to be permanent (Chemical Industry Archives 2009; Schettler et al. 2000),” as explained in A to Z of D-Toxing. “Five parts per billion is equivalent to one drop of water in 118 bathtubs.”

Furthermore, when chemicals mix—like fumes from different cleaning products—they can create unintentional effects that can pose harm. What's empowering, however, is that some of these chemicals (like BPA) can exit our bodies in as little as 4-6 hours. So, if we decrease our exposures, we can decrease our body burden, which decreases our health risks.

The six areas below are the key parts of our lives that we should detoxify. To start, choose the area that feels easiest for you to tackle.

1. Cleaning products

2. Self-care products

3. Diet

4. Interior furnishings

5. Technology

6. Our habits


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