Every living being deserves a clean and toxin-free environment for growth and nourishment. With the growing outcry to create a toxin-free world for the coming generations, more and more people around the world are looking for ways to remove chemicals from their lifestyle as well as the environment.

Toxins are everywhere—in our homes, in our water, in the air we breathe, in our food and even in the clothing we wear. With chronic diseases on the rise, millions of people are paying the price for technological advancements and increased dependence on everything factory made. Protecting present and future generations from exposure to these toxins is crucial for a disease-free world.

The harmful effects of pollutants and contaminants are beginning to bother us more and more, but given the lives, we lead today, is it even possible to eliminate the sources of these toxins from our lives? Is it possible to rid our environment and our bodies of the effects of unhealthy living while continuing to live in a toxic environment? Let’s find out.

What is toxin-free living?

Whether it’s toxic emissions from factories and plants that make the things we need, the pesticides used by our farmers to protect their crops or the industrial waste dumped into our oceans and rivers, toxins are everywhere. They enter our bodies in the form of air and water pollution, packaged food, household products, medication abuse and more.

Toxin-free living or green living is the process of gradually decreasing our dependence on chemical-rich stuff and adopting healthy habits, a natural and nutritious diet and natural therapies to heal the body and mind.

Leading a clean lifestyle, however, does not only involve making changes to the way you live, eat and sleep. It also requires changing your mindset and adopting a positive attitude. When you remove toxic chemicals, people and thoughts from your life and get used to an organic way of living, you will gradually feel a surge in your general wellbeing.

Steps to leading a toxin-free life

If you’re ready to reject everything that’s synthetic and artificial, here are nine tips that will get you started on the path to clean living.

Assess the quality and nutritional value of your food

Before you think of doing something for the environment, take a good look at your lifestyle, starting with the food you eat. One of the quickest ways to get started on clean living and minimizing your inadvertent intake of chemicals is to eat food that has not been treated with pesticides and other chemicals.

Over the years, organic food has become increasingly affordable and is readily available at local stores. Look for an online or offline local store that sells organic produce in your area and starts with consuming organic fruits and vegetables at least four times a week.

Another important step is reducing your consumption of packaged snacks and developing a habit of cooking and eating fresh food. This may take a lot of effort initially, but once it becomes a habit you’ll find it hard to go back to your old lifestyle.

If you can’t find organic produce in your neighborhood or don’t want to switch to it for budgetary reasons, start with buying locally grown seasonal fruits and veggies. Before using conventionally produced plant food, soak it in vinegar water and rub gently before using it to remove at least some of the chemicals in the food.

Find a physical activity that doesn’t feel like a task

Exercising every day is essential when you’re aiming for clean living as sweating is one of the best and easiest ways to rid your body of toxins. If going to the gym or waking early for a daily walk is not your thing, there are plenty of other physical activities that you can do get moving.

An active person will always be healthier than someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle, so your aim should be to find something you enjoy, be it Zumba, Pilates, yoga, swimming, biking, running or dancing, and do it every day for a minimum of thirty minutes.

Regular physical exercise will revitalize your body systems and empower your body to expel the toxic build-up caused by poor food choices, substance use, chemically treated water, polluted air and excessive use of medication.

Switch to chemical-free meat products

Did you know that the average packaged meat product is treated with several preservatives and chemicals both during the lifecycle of the animal and after the meat has been obtained?

Animal products are particularly notorious for unwanted additives. The most problematic ones are those that you’ll never read about on the label—antibiotics, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and microbes introduced during transportation and handling.

While some years ago there were no safer alternatives, today you can find organic animal products that have not been treated with harmful chemicals at any stage before they reach your kitchen. Opting for toxin-free meats may cost you a little more, but it will safeguard you and your family against a host of chemicals that have no place on your dinner table.

Minimize your tobacco and alcohol consumption

Using tobacco, alcohol or any other addictive substance has long been associated with a multitude of health problems. From lung impairment and organ damage to heart disease and stroke, these substances introduce hundreds of toxic chemicals into your body.

Gradually reducing your daily consumption is the key to sustaining a no-smoking, no-alcohol lifestyle. The same goes for caffeine. Too much consumption of anything, including caffeine, upsets the body’s natural detox processes and makes your organs work harder to clear out contaminants and toxins.

So aside from saying goodbye to the usual culprits, also work on reducing your dependence on caffeine. Do note, however, that an occasional glass of wine or a cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine and could even boost your general health.

Bring home environment-friendly cleaning supplies

You may already know how many chemicals it takes to manufacture your everyday cleaning products. All conventional personal and home care cleaning supplies such as shampoos, soaps, detergents, toilet cleaners, dishwasher liquids, floor cleaners, shoe polish, mosquito repellants, and disinfectants bring hundreds of chemicals into your home and are bound to enter your body one way or other.

The good news is that several green brands now offer entire product ranges made with plant-based natural ingredients. Switch to non-toxic makeup and skincare products made with natural ingredients and start buying chemical-free cleaning supplies.

Reduce your dependence on the microwave

The harmful impact of microwaves on food is now well documented. Moreover, microwaving kills most of the nutrients in your food. Several studies have found that when a certain vegetable is cooked or heated in a microwave oven, it loses most of its nutritional content. Other studies have indicated that microwaving food is generally bad for health.

There is a growing global trend of ditching the microwave for stove heating. Of course, the best way to stop using the microwave is to remove it from your house altogether.

Switch to herb-based therapies and beauty products

If you have an existing health condition and conventional medication has not been successful or has caused side effects, you may want to explore alternative treatment therapies based on ancient wisdom. For instance, consumption of bitter gourd is known to help control high blood sugar; turmeric is a highly potent anti-inflammatory ancient spice, and garlic is well known for its antimicrobial properties.

Similarly, high-grade medical cannabis, sold by authorized dispensaries such as the Mission Organic Center, is being used for managing a number of chronic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, seizures, brain disorders, and even cancer.

Stop using plastic containers and non-stick cooking utensils

Food containers, water bottles and other household storage items made of plastic should be replaced gradually if not all at once. The chemicals and coloring of plastic containers permeate food and water, although this contamination may not be visible to the naked eye.

The same goes for nonstick pans and pots and plastic packaging materials, which leave traces of chemicals in your food. You can stop hundreds of chemicals from entering your body by changing the way you handle food. For starters, begin with throwing away all those plastic containers and lunch boxes and switch to safer options such as lead-free glass or stainless steel.

Get your daily dose of fresh air

Going for an early morning jog is a great way to treat your lungs to fresh, clean air. If you live in an area with high levels of air pollution, consider getting an air purifier for your home and your car, to control the level of pollutants that you breathe in every day. Filling your home and garden with air-purifying plants and shrubs will also help clear the air of pollutants to some extent.

Other natural ways to cleanse the environment in your home is to replace chemical-based air fresheners and other strong-scented materials with essential oil diffusers, potpourri and nature-based aroma candles.