How To Clean Up Your Life, Body & Brain With A Non-Toxic Lifestyle (Part 2)

Being toxin-free in a world that almost seems like it is designed to kill us can seem impossible but it’s not. Sure, lots of things can harm us but if we focused on that then we would need to live in a big bubble. Instead, I want to share with you some of the main things you want to start cleaning up if your goal is a toxin-free lifestyle. So, in today’s blog, I am going to share with you the 5 areas of your life you should pay the most attention to when it comes to living a non-toxic lifestyle.


  • Most produce (fruits and vegetables are sprayed with significant levels of pesticides. The EPA defines pesticides (which include insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides) as “substances used to prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate any pest ranging from insects, animals, and weeds to microorganisms” (1). They have been shown to be damaging to humans as well. According to this study,” acute health effects may include irritation of skin or eyes or respiratory irritation; chronic effects may include neurological and mental health effects, mutagenic or reproductive effects, endocrine effects, and cancer” (2). Also there have been associations found between “pesticide residue intake from consumption of fruits and vegetables and pregnancy outcomes among women” (3). GMOs tend to be problematic because they are food and pesticide all built into one. When a pest or animal eats genetically modified food it destroys the nervous system of that organism. So, at a small but cumulative effect, the same can happen to our nervous systems over time.

  • For this reason, it is wise to avoid what is called the “Dirty Dozen” which are the top 12 fruits and veggies with the most pesticides, and instead of getting them conventional get them organic if possible, or avoid them altogether. And just avoid GMOs altogether. Here is a secret - organic is always non-GMO. If no organic are available then at least try to get non-GMO verified. The best thing to do is get straight from a farmer you trust or to buy local and ask the farmer yourself, as many big conglomerate companies are now buying organic farms and spraying their conventional crops close to organic crops. This causes the pesticides to get carried by the wind and mixed into the organic ones.

  • Mold in foods (and in the home) are horrible for our brain. According to Ben Greenfield, in his book Boundless, said “A person who suffers from toxic mold exposure can go from being a highly efficient thinker able to analyze patterns and problems to experiencing complete brain fog, insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, and confusion and being misdiagnosed with depression or even bipolar disorder” (4). Foods that are high in mold (mycotoxins) include black pepper, barley, coffee beans, corn, wheat, and peanuts.

  • The last main concern when it comes to foods are the oils you use in your home. This is the first place I start for anyone with brain, heart, or gut issues. Any industrial seed oils or hydrogenated vegetable oils will be very high in omega 6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory. These will clog arteries causing inflammation throughout the entire body. This is why it is important to avoid processed, premade, or packaged foods which tend to (almost always) be made with these types of oils. Avoid soybean, canola, cottonseed, safflower, or sunflower oil. I'll share what oils to use instead in Part 3.


  • Tap water is often filled with toxic levels of fluoride, vinyl chloride, lead, asbestos, nitrates, mercury, volatile organic compounds, arsenic, fluoride, nitrate, chlorine, perchlorate, glyphosate, pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs, pathogens (bacteria, viruses, and parasites), atrazine (an endocrine-disrupting chemical), radioactive contaminants, other chemicals (5). Not to mention all the pesticide runoff and industrial dumping that may be in our tap water. It’s best to filter these harmful toxins, which we will talk more about in Part 3.

  • The main thing we want to be careful of is fluoride. How does our pineal gland get calcified? Fluoride! Our pineal glands get a lot of blood flow (second to only the kidneys) so pretty much anything we eat, drink, or bathe in will affect our pineal glands tremendously. And unfortunately, our water supply gets fluoride added supposedly to help whiten our teeth. They say small amounts are not hurtful, but if that is the case then why does fluoride burn holes in the ground and need a mile radius perimeter to prevent anyone from coming in contact to it if it’s so “safe”? The answer is - it’s not. Call me a conspiracy theorist but I think those 13 families who control the world want us to not speak to the Divine, but maybe I’m just a crazy truth seeker who questions too much! I digress. Anyways, the fluoride in our water supply is abundant in your drinking water, tap, and shower water. Every time you drink or get that water on your skin it absorbs into your blood and thus your pineal gland.

Cleaning Supplies

Here are just some of the toxins found in common household cleaning supplies:

Phthalate Family (DBP, DEHP)

  1. Phthalates: Phthalate exposure has been linked to reproductive abnormalities in humans of all ages (6).

Anolamine Family - DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine)

  1. DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine): Characterized as highly hazardous by the Environmental Working Group, ethanolamines not only irritate the lungs, skin, and eyes but are respiratory toxicants and may be carcinogenic (6).

Formaldehyde (bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15)

  1. “Although the use of formaldehyde, known to be a human carcinogen, in body care products has declined, many formaldehyde releasers, such as bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15 are still being used” (6).

FD&C Color Pigments

  1. Mostly from synthetic sources and are known to be carcinogenic (6).


  1. On average they contain 14 chemicals not even listed on the label, many of which are associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions (6).

Nano or micronized ingredients

  1. Have also been demonstrated to be toxic to multiple wildlife species (6).


  1. Have also been demonstrated to be toxic to multiple wildlife species (6).


  • The main culprit found in cookware is heavy metals, especially aluminum which is one of the most important toxic metals today. According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson, “Hair mineral testing reveals that almost everyone has too much aluminum. The reason is that it is all over the environment. Aluminum is called the soft-in-the-head mineral because it affects the brain more than any other system of the body, impairing memory and cognition. The current epidemic of dementia in America and elsewhere is due, in part, to widespread aluminum toxicity" (11).

  • Something to avoid altogether are microwave ovens. There is some speculation that they were used by the Nazis against their victims. In short, they destroy enzymes in food and can cause Alzheimer's long term if you spend too much time near them. They can also damage reproductive organs causing infertility.


  • According to the American Lung Association, “Major sources of toxic air pollutants outdoors include emissions from coal-fired power plants, industries, and refineries, as well as from cars, trucks, and buses. Indoor air also can contain hazardous air pollutants from sources that include tobacco smoke (which contains hundreds of chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia, and hydrogen cyanide), building materials like asbestos, and chemicals like solvents” (9,10). The list of all the toxins that come from coal-fired power plants is staggering, check it out here.


  • The damage of Electromagnetic Frequencies from cell phones, radio, wifi, 5G, and so on are beyond the scope of this article as they require a blog of their own. For this reason, I will point you to a podcast between Ben Greenfield and Dr. Mercola here and his new book.

In conclusion, if you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s ok, take a breath. The moment we are born we are dying. We don’t need to be anal about every single thing because we are going to die. But if we minimize our toxins we can minimize the suffering. This is why in the final part of this series (part 3) I will give you the many solutions to a toxin-free lifestyle for you and your home.


  1. Environmental Protection Agency (USA) USEPA; Washington DC: 2002. Pesticide industry sales and usage: 1998 and 1999 market estimates.

  2. Macfarlane, Ewan et al. “Dermal exposure associated with occupational end use of pesticides and the role of protective measures.” Safety and health at work vol. 4,3 (2013): 136-41. doi:10.1016/