Seems like toxins are everywhere. They’re in our environment, they’re in our thoughts and sometimes they are the people around us. And who wants to be around toxins? The good people at Merriam-Webster.com define toxin as “a poisonous substance and especially one that is produced by a living thing.” Read on for ideas on removing toxins from your life.
1. Removing Toxins From Your Environment
Our environments are filled with toxins, it’s hard to escape them. Every day we hear about toxins in our air, water, and food.
But have you considered the toxins in your own home? Many of the materials used to build our homes release toxic substances into our home environment. This is known as “outgassing” and it can continue for years after the home is built. New materials added in renovations like carpet, hardwood or engineered flooring, paint and kitchen cabinets will prolong the exposure to toxic substances. This means we are breathing in toxins in our sleep!
Our homes are our sanctuaries, so it’s important to limit our toxin exposure at home. Have you considered that many of the household and beauty products used in your home daily are also toxic? Sure, we consider bleach and ammonia to be toxic, but what about your shaving cream or hand lotion? Your laundry soap or your expensive face cream? Your toothpaste or your sunscreen? What are you using to clean your house and yourself and your children? Are you sure it’s safe?
Who loves the fact that we can clean without toxins, care for our garden without toxins, and use personal care products without toxins in them? I do. Most people use personal care products. Most people clean. Most people would prefer to avoid toxins. Young Living has an answer.
2. Removing Toxins From Your Thoughts
Toxic thoughts are so common that we don’t even recognize them. Every thought that we allow to take root in our minds and our hearts has an effect on us. Sometimes we don’t see the effect until it’s too late.
This LifeHack article has a great list of toxic thoughts. But once you’ve identified the toxic thought, how do you get rid of it? First, you have to realize that you are not responsible for every thought that drops into your mind. You are, however, responsible for every thought that you allow to stay there and take root.
The Bible calls these toxic thoughts that have taken root in our minds “strong holds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4). The next verse tells us how to deal with them: we are to cast them down and lead them away to Christ. This takes action on our part: we must recognize the thought for what it is (toxic) and cast it down. We must not allow it to stay. However, when you remove a thought, you must replace it with another one, or it will come back. Our minds can’t be empty; there can’t be a vacuum.
There’s a principle in the Bible called “put off – put on.” You must put off the negative before you can put on the positive. We must send away the toxic thought and replace it with a thought that is alignment with Christ.
3. Removing Toxic People From Your Life
Toxic people is a fairly new concept. Not that toxic people being around is new, just that we as a society recognize them as such. Toxic people are negative people who drain the life and joy out of the people around them. We all know (or knew) someone like that. We all secretly wish that person wasn’t in our life. But often, we suffer in silence.
It’s very important to remove from your life anyone who is using you or hurting you. The first step is to recognize what is happening and make a decision to change it. Establish boundaries with these people. Tell them what the consequences will be if they violate those boundaries. You will have to learn to say no. I didn’t say it would be easy, but it will be freeing when you finally do it. Get support if you need it.
Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and encourage you, who will support your dreams and goals. You deserve to be happy.
Removing toxins from your life will benefit you greatly, making it possible to live the life you deserve to live!
Learn more in my new book, Be in Health: Bible-Based Health Restoration: Living in Harmony with God’s Ways Regarding Health. Available now.