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Marching into Awareness: An Exploration of Toxicity

By Dr. Vanessa Jalbert-Caputo, Downtown Chiropractor

As March unfolds, we embrace a season of renewal and growth. This newsletter is dedicated to unraveling the layers of toxicity – understanding its manifestations, acknowledging its impact, and, most importantly, cultivating a culture of conscious living. The prevalence of toxicity in today’s world is a pressing concern that affects us as individuals and our overall health. Toxicity can manifest in various forms, such as the water we drink, food we eat, what we put on our skin having an impact our mental, emotional and physical well-being.

This subject holds a personal resonance for me, as the past year has been marked by a profound exploration of my health. Confronting health challenges head on compelled me to embark on a thorough examination of my overall well-being. It necessitated a deep dive into understanding not only what I was consuming but also the environmental exposures I encountered daily. The three substantial transformations in my quest for better health are: the quality of the water I consumed, the products I incorporated into my daily routine, and, naturally, the choices I made regarding the food I ate.

1. Water Toxicity: Navigating the Clear Waters

Water can unfortunately harbor contaminants that pose risks to our health. From heavy metals, chemicals, and micro-organisms, understanding water toxicity is important. In our upcoming newsletters, we’ll explore the sources of water contaminants, their impact on health, and simple steps we can take to ensure access to clean and safe water.

Enhancing the quality of your water is easily achievable by opting for a reliable water filtration system. Among the top choices in the market are renowned options like Berkey and reverse osmosis systems, although these can be on the pricier side. Alternatively, I personally recommend the Zero Water filter, available for a reasonable $40 on Amazon.

2. Products Toxicity

A game-changer for my health has been discovering the Yuka app. This app allows me to effortlessly scan various products—ranging from makeup and hair care items to food—unveiling hidden harmful ingredients. The app not only identifies these elements but also rates the product, offering valuable insights into its overall toxicity. It has become an indispensable companion in making informed choices for a healthier lifestyle.

3. Food Toxicity

A pivotal lesson from my healing journey illuminated the fact that not all food universally benefits everyone. Certain foods can trigger sensitivities, inflammation, and other adverse reactions. This realization prompted a thorough examination of my daily dietary choices to gauge their impact on my body’s well-being. I always try to opt for real, preferably organic, food free of pesticides and contaminants—a mindful choice aligned with my body’s needs. The best thing you can do for yourself before purchasing anything at the grocery store is to read the ingredients!

Small changes every day can make a big impacts on our overall health. May the commitment to conscious living, the pursuit of cleaner waters, safer products, and nourishing foods pave the way for a healthier future for us all.

Here’s to a journey and mindful living.


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