The Terrifying Truth About America’s Health Crisis

Toxins are present in our lives whether we like it or not. With each choice we make and each product we use, we’re either letting toxins build-up in our bodies, or we’re not.
As The Toxin Terminator, it’s my job to help spread awareness and prevent toxins from causing havoc in our bodies. You can prevent and overcome chronic disease by removing toxins from your everyday life.
I believe that the only way to restore your health is to get rid of harmful toxins for good. The only problem is that most people have no idea just how many hidden toxins they’re willingly putting into their bodies on a daily basis.
I want to take this opportunity to talk to you about where we are as a nation with the health crisis. I’ll also share a few things that you can do on a regular basis to make a real difference to you and your family’s lives.
So, are you ready to remove those hidden toxins for renewed health? Read on...

Your health has been hijacked! 

Dr. Tom Reed is a double board-certified medical and surgical specialist. His book, ‘Your Health Has Been Hijacked,’ reveals shocking health statistics that explain the harsh truth that many people don’t want to accept – our health has been stolen by the very people we've entrusted to protect us.
George Orwell once said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
I think this quote is fitting because it’s true. Sometimes, the truth is hard to hear. But in this case, it’s absolutely necessary.
Inside his book, Dr. Tom Reed reveals some terrifying statistics. Did you know that between 90 to 95% of ALL cancer cases are linked to lifestyle, not genetics? That means that you are able to influence the future of your health through your choices. To find out more about why many people believe cancer is a preventable disease, click here.
Let’s talk about one of the fastest growing cancers in the world - breast cancer. As it stands, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In the next 10 years, that number is expected to decrease to one in two women.

The truth about chemicals 

The overall health of Americans is declining rapidly. Chronic diseases are at an all-time high with little hope that we’ll ever recover, and toxic man-made chemicals are to blame.
You don’t have to live in a bubble to protect yourself from harmful chemicals. All you have to do is limit or, even better, eliminate toxins from your life. Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to human health.
Chemicals are in everything. They’re in our water sources, in the air we breathe, our food and our everyday products.
There are over 80,000 chemicals currently approved to be used in the marketplace. Out of those 80,000 chemicals, the EPA has only been able to ban nine of those. Nine!

Dangerous chemicals to avoid 

While I can’t list all of the chemicals you should avoid (which is most, if not all of them by the way), I will go over a few that are particularly harmful.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is an anionic detergent and found in hundreds if not thousands of personal care products. It has been connected to cancer, skin irritation, endocrine disruption, and many other ailments. Yet, it’s still used in shampoo, toothpaste, body wash, face wash, dish soap, laundry soap and many more home products.
Guess what SLS is also used for?
It removes car grease from garage floors…and people are using this on their faces, hair and bodies. It’s a huge skin irritant and should be avoided at all costs.
Here are some more harmful chemicals you should avoid:

1. Phthalates  

Phthalates are a serious health concern because they’re a toxic chemical known to be an endocrine disrupter. Phthalates have been banned from being used in children’s toys, but it can still be found inside our body cleansing products.

2. Formaldehyde 

Often used in shampoos, candles, and home sprays, Formaldehyde can be very damaging to your skin and when you breathe it in, it can cause asthma, allergic reactions and has been known to cause cancer. Oh, and did I mention that this is the same chemical they use to embalm bodies at the morgue?

3. Butoxyethanol 

This toxin is known to cause sore throats and severe kidney and liver damage. You’ll find it in everyday store-bought laundry detergents and dryer sheets. It contains toxic ingredients that can lead to central nervous system disorders, muscular coordination issues, depression, headaches, vomiting, and nausea.

4. Fragrance 

Don’t let the name fool you, Fragrance may be a common ingredient in hair products, but it can also cause allergic reactions and symptoms of asthma. Unfortunately, companies are not required to reveal the chemicals in their products because of proprietary trade secrets. However, you can scan your products at home using an app called Think Dirty and find out just how safe or unsafe a product is.


Bioaccumulation and toxic overload 

Bioaccumulation occurs when toxins and chemicals gradually build up in an organism. Think about all of the products you use each day. Maybe you wake up in the morning and your routine involves washing your face with cleansers, toners and so on. Then, you get in the shower and use even more products. You apply makeup and before you know it, bioaccumulation is happening to YOU.
This is when your body is so overloaded with toxins, it can’t get rid of them fast enough. When we use all of these products, we’re exposing ourselves to harmful chemicals without even realizing it.
When you’ve got too many toxins in your body, whether through the pores in your skin or what you put into your body, you’re more likely to experience things like a lack of sleep and focus, skin issues such as rashes, eczema and psoriasis. You’re also likely to suffer from headaches, severe migraines and chronic diseases.

What should you do next? 

All of this talk about chemicals and harmful toxins is sure to make you more than a little freaked out. But, rest assured, you have time to turn things around. I’ve been at this for six years, and I’m still not 100% toxin-free. It takes a long time to cleanse and detox your body. It’s a process and you need to take it at your own pace.
A great resource that I use all the time is the Environmental Working Group, which shows you important information about the products you can use to help you achieve a toxin-free home.
I’m associated with a company called Young Living, whose products are plant-based and contain an essential oil or plant-based product in them.
We have supplements, beauty products, household cleaning products, home purifiers, bath products, baby products and many more that are completely safe to use.
So, if you’re thinking about what you should do next to achieve a toxin-free life and body, Young Living is a good place to start.

Here are five ways to help you afford Young Living products: 

1. Shift your spending on what you’re already buying and purchase healthier options!
2. Get started with Young Living’s Essential Rewards program and start saving immediately!
3. If you order $100 or more, you’ll get a FREE oil or product every month!
4. You can create DIY products such as shampoo, deodorants and lotions
5. Share Young Living with your friends and family and get a $50 check!
To find out more about Young Living, click here!

Watch a short trailer for this episode below:

Abundant blessings,
Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator

The Power of Natural Wellness with Jay Haack


Essential oils and aromatherapy have been around for thousands of years and people claim that they can help with everything from headaches to sore throats and insomnia.
But, do essential oils really work? And, is it possible that essential oils could be natural remedies for a number of ailments?

Retired DJ, Jay Haack, has suffered two strokes and battled with severe sepsis for years. When faced with his declining health and little hope of recovery, Jay pushed his doubts to the side and tried essential oils for the first time.
His incredible story reveals the true power of natural remedies and teaches us that it’s never too late to turn our health around.

Declining health 

In November 2012, Jay had a stroke. It was sudden, unexpected and devastating. He lost part of his speech and struggled to regain control of his body. A month later, he had a second stroke.
Soon after the second stroke, Jay was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes an irregular heart rate. Often, a person with atrial fibrillation will have a fast heart rate, leading to issues such as dizziness, tiredness, and shortness of breath.
Thankfully, blood thinners helped to control Jay’s irregular heartbeat. However, he noticed that his overall health began to take a sharp decline. He would get sick often and if you thought it couldn’t get any worse, think again.
When Jay went to the hospital for pneumonia, he was also diagnosed with severe sepsis. Thankfully, he was well enough to return home several days later.
Around this time, his wife’s cousin Vickie suggested that he try her essential oils. Jay’s immediate response was to laugh.
What type of plant juice would be powerful enough to cure him? So, he politely declined the offer and thought nothing of it.


Struggling with Severe Sepsis 

It wasn’t long before Jay found himself back in the hospital. It appeared that severe sepsis had reared its ugly head again and this time, it damaged his liver and kidneys.
Again, Vickie offered her essential oils and again, Jay politely declined. As his severe sepsis worsened, Jay and his family began to think that this was it. The light at the end of the tunnel was fast approaching and there was no way to escape it.
When Jay and his wife returned home after the third bout of severe sepsis, she concluded that it was time to contact Vickie about the oils.
After trying countless therapies and antibiotics, Jay had reached the end of his rope. The survival rate for severe sepsis is just 15 to 20%. Jay’s doctor often said that in a way, battling severe sepsis is like playing Russian roulette with life. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to bite the bullet.

Introducing Natural Wellness 

With no cure in sight, Jay finally agreed to try Vickie’s “hippie oils.” So, she sent a bottle of Ningxia Red and Thieves Oil, which is an essential oil blend made from clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. He started to put the oils on the vita flex points (pressure points) on the bottom of his feet and drank the Ningxia Red juice and kept doing so for a few weeks.
Remarkably, the next time Jay visited an immunologist for a blood test, they concluded that his gamma globulin levels and immunoglobulin levels were very low. This showed a drastic improvement, which stunned his doctors.
Because of the essential oils, Jay stopped having to go to the hospital all the time. He became a stranger to urgent care and hasn’t set foot in the emergency room since. It appeared that his damaged immune system had repaired itself and now Jay is able to live his life fully.
Since my recovery from that last bout in 2015, I’ve had no hospitalizations, no urgent cares… that in itself we consider to be a miracle. And that's why I feel that God had said, ‘I'm not finished with you yet.’ My purpose is to let people know that there are other options.”

The Power of Essential Oils 

Essential oils include zero toxins, synthetics, chemicals and poisons. Of course, Jay understands that like Western Medicine, essential oils also have limitations. However, there’s no denying the astronomical impact that such oils have had on Jay’s health and well-being.
If you’re thinking about trying some essential oils yourself, make sure that you do your research first. Don’t just take somebody’s word for it. A great resource is the Essential Oils Desk Reference Guide, which reveals decades of essential oil knowledge.
If you’d like to get in touch with Jay and learn more about his story and experience with essential oils, you can connect with him on Facebook or via his Facebook page – Soaring Hawk Essential Oils Information Station. Or, you can email Jay directly at

Watch a short trailer for this episode here:

Abundant blessings,

Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator

A Spiritual Journey to Toxin-Free Living with Bobbi Schaben

As many of my readers know, I use my blog and my podcast to inspire my audience with touching, personal stories. Stories have the ability to not only inspire, but educate, connect and relate our own experience to another’s.
And I have been so blessed to use my platform to share the voices of my guests.
This week is another example of personal storytelling that can change lives.
My guest this week on The Toxin Terminator has a remarkable story of a personal, faithful transition into a toxin-free life.
My friend Bobbi Schaben is a busy mom of 4 children who she homeschools.  She is also an entrepreneur and has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in the past. Bobbi is a lovely woman filled with passion and is living a whole-hearted healthy life.
But she is no stranger to the phrase “hitting rock bottom.”


The impact of hitting rock bottom 

Starting at the age of 19 and for the following 11 years, Bobbi’s health went into a downward spiral.
She experienced severe high blood pressure that landed her in the Mayo Clinic.
Her immune system began to weaken and she was prescribed antibiotics month after month.
Low energy and chronic pain were also common in her daily life.
By her mid-twenties, Bobbi was experiencing strange attacks of vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and issues with her balance. The effort to even turn off a light bulb during one of these attacks was impossible. Her sense of body awareness disappeared.
Eventually, Bobbi was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease – an inner ear and balance disorder that is a chronic condition. 
It was a debilitating condition because the attacks happen unexpectedly and are a risk to Bobbi’s safety. She was afraid to drive or go out to the mall, as her attacks were happening almost every week for months on end, with no warning signs.  
Bobbi and her husband were faced with the agonizing question as to how this would impact their decision to raise a big family. 
This was the turning point in Bobbi’s life. 


The body is a temple 

Bobbi and her husband decided to take their trust in God to the next level, and turned to the Bible to find healthy living principles in the scriptures. 
They took the phrase “Your body is a temple” to heart and became very mindful of the food they were eating and the toxins entering their bodies. 
In simple terms, they ate whatever people in the bible ate and they avoided whatever was avoided in the Bible. 
You could say it was a miracle!  
Within a few months, she came off all her medications. She no longer experienced the health problems that she was plagued with in the past. And she hasn’t had a Meniere’s disease attack for the last 16 years.
But the truth lay in her spirituality, and her dedication to eating healthy and removing toxins from her home and body.

The Bible as a healing tool 

As a person dedicated to her spirituality, Bobbi researched and educated herself on the ways the Bible teaches how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Some of the things she decided to implement in her life included things like eating more cruciferous vegetables and fruits.
And in accordance with the Bible, she decided to exclude shellfish and pork from her diet. 
She now eats healthy whole foods that are not processed and that contain no artificial preservatives, colors and chemicals.

Essential oils and detoxification 

Bobbi was introduced to essential oils in 2006 and they made a huge difference to the levels of toxicity in her home.
She studied the science of essential oils in depth and recognized that the benefits were also referred to in the Bible.  
It’s fascinating how essential oil practices in the Bible informed how Bobbi uses the oils today for disinfecting and detoxifying.  


Tip #1: Wash in and drink toxin-free water 

Contaminated water is a big problem in the United States and it affects more than 19 million people in this country.
Here’s an interesting fact: having a hot shower for 15 minutes is worse than drinking 8x 8 ounce glasses of contaminated water.
Once Bobbi educated herself on toxins in her environment, she was shocked to learn about the poison and lead in our water. She changed her water filtration system in her entire house to reduce the exposure to her family. 
We need to pay close attention to the water we are ingesting for it to be effective in our detoxification process!

Tip #2: Ditch and Switch  

I often refer to the Ditch and Switch philosophy of moving away from toxic products in your household as they run out.  
Bobbi also believes that this is the best way to integrate a toxin-free lifestyle into your household.
As you run out of your supplies of personal healthcare and cleaning products one by one, you replace each item with one that is chemical free.


Tip #3: Feed to Thrive

Choosing to eat organic can be challenging especially for those that find it financially hard to justify the higher cost.
Bobbi suggests that if you can only purchase one organic item, make sure it’s dairy because milk and butter have high concentrations of pesticides.
And if you are able to buy organic fruits, choose fruits that are thin-skinned like apples, strawberries or grapes.  
Also ensure that you eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower because they are amazing at detoxifying your body from the inside. 
We all need to make an effort to consciously remember to feed our bodies the things that will make it thrive.  And as parents, we have a responsibility to our children to role model these behaviours so that they can thrive as they get older.


The Wiggles Away Program

The choices Bobbi incorporated into her family’s life have made a huge difference and has given her renewed energy and hope.
Like me, she is inspired by helping people and reducing their suffering in whatever way she can.  
Because of her experience working with children with ADHD and autism, and realizing the benefits that impacted her family through the toxin-free lifestyle, it became clear she had to come up with a program to offer her community.  
She developed a product called Wiggles Away.   It is a program that teaches you how sensory processing, toxins, nutrition, structure and routine all play an important role in you and your family’s ability to focus and concentrate. 
If you’re curious to learn more, head over to her Wiggles Away Facebook page


Connect with Bobbi

Bobbi is happy to answer any questions you have.  Feel free to reach out to her on Facebook, Pinterest or on her website.

Watch a short trailer video for this episode below:

Abundant Blessings, 
Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator

Energetic Healing Methods with Lisa Gumieniuk

I’m a firm believer that the toxins in the environment have a negative impact on our health and well-being. Obviously, I’m known as the Toxin Terminator!

But, there are other, more innate toxins that can harm your mind, body, and spirit from the inside. And typically, these are a result of difficult emotions that have been suppressed or, in other words, are responsible for negative energy.  
This negative energy manifested itself in the physical issues that my wonderful guest on the podcast, Lisa Gumieniuk, faced. 
I had a chance to talk to Lisa about her journey to becoming in tune with her energetic self and her passion for health, wellness, and all things 'woo-woo'.

It's a story of transformation 

Lisa never dreamed that she would become the leading health and wellness coach she is today. And she never believed she would be an EFT Level II practitioner.  
6 years ago, Lisa was a Type A personality, with a thriving corporate career and an active, physical lifestyle with great friends and a wedding on the horizon. From the outside, you would think that she had it all.
While planning her wedding, she noticed that her energy levels were declining and her health began to fail.  
But Lisa didn’t listen to her body and continued to push the boundaries by working out more, eating better, and concentrating on her career. Her focus remained on what she could control from the outside.
Her health deteriorated and she began to suffer from Lyme disease, shingles, and other auto-immune diseases.  
While suffering with her physical health challenges, she came to a huge realization. She much preferred to stuff her emotions down rather than dealing with them head on.
Once Lisa awakened to the fact that in order to take care of her body, she had to take care of her emotional and spiritual self. That’s when things started to shift and transform.
Lisa worked hard and dedicated her time toward facing her emotions and manifesting more positive energy in her life. And this is how she became passionate about energetic healing and all the techniques that enhance a positive vibration in the mind, body and spirit.

The body is a vehicle for communication  

To understand the connection between the body and our emotions, Lisa laid out a great example.
Recently, she encountered a challenging person at a workshop that caused her to step into that fight, flight or freeze zone.  
I’m sure you are familiar with the feeling. Your throat tightens. You are so shocked you can’t even speak. And your heartbeat races.
She felt it in her throat and chest, particularly, because that is place where we hold our difficulty in communicating and in asking for what we want. When we suppress that need to speak out and have our voice heard, this area of the body constricts and experiences this tension.
This caused her to realize that she needed to process her anger and resentful feelings through processes like tapping, inner child work, and visualizations. These are the tools she uses now to really enhance her life and live more fully. 

Can you sense the energy in the room?

Sometimes it’s hard to put a finger on the significance behind negative or positive energy.  
But Lisa explained it in a couple of ways that make sense.
When you walk into a conference or workshop, meet someone, and you get this feeling that something is off.  
Have you ever said to yourself, “That person is toxic?”
Or, when you are at a party and you meet someone who makes you want to spend more time with them because they have “a great energy about them.” 
These are all solid examples of this sense of energy that exists among us. 

Using color to clear energy

One way to focus on building positive emotions and energy is through healing with color. Color can be an amazing source of energy and vibration and it holds healing properties.  
Lisa took the time to pull a color card for me. She pulled the color Sapphire and according to Lisa, blue is a color of regeneration and renewal, and is also calming particularly for the nerves and mind.
The reading really spoke to me in so many ways, especially since the color blue is one of my favorite colors. I am seeking ways to calm my mind relating to some aspects of my life. I have also realized recently that I need to treat my body with more respect and reinvigorate it by eating more healthy and nourishing foods.   
With the color blue, she recommended I visualize and reflect on the color. Or even find physical representations of the color blue, like the ocean, to really manifest this quality of calm and renewal.

A lesson in tapping or EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques 

EFT is a common term in the alternative health field and it is a fascinating therapy to deal with pain, stress, or difficult emotions. 
Also, known as tapping, EFT is a technique that helps to free your stuck emotions. Since emotions are energetic forces, it is common to have negative emotions ingrained in your body.  
Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in the idea that there are energy lines that run the length of your body. These are called the Meridian lines.  
The practice of tapping mimics the acu-pressure points in the body, in the same way that an acupuncturist would place a needle on the body. 
While acupuncture uses the pressure of needles, EFT uses the pressure of your fingers.
Through the process of tapping, you begin by thinking of a phrase in your mind that acknowledges the issue you are going through and that you accept yourself despite the problem.  
Then, you methodically tap with your fingers on each of the 9 meridian points on the body while repeating this phrase in your mind.
With continual repetition of the tapping, and by repeating your set up phrase, your body is helping the brain to rewire those negative thoughts and emotions. And slowly, the intensity of the stress, anxiety or emotion dissipates. 
Over time the attachment to the negative emotion will loosen and you will feel more balanced because your relationship with that emotion has changed. 

Evidence that supports EFT  

Science now backs up the case for EFT tapping. Lisa refers to a book called The Science of Tapping by Dr. Peta Stapleton who has conducted clinical trials to establish the connection between EFT and improved health. 
It has been found to support and benefit people with conditions like trauma, PTSD, stress, and anxiety. 
More often, the problem is related to something much deeper. EFT does a great job at treating the surface issue. And with continued EFT work and support, it is possible to peel back these layers, get to the root cause and feel an immense sense of freedom from emotional burdens.  

Essential Oils  

Essential oils also help to support the body at emotional, spiritual, and energetic levels. They can assist in releasing these toxic negative energy patterns in the body.   
The sense of smell is closely connected to the limbic system which is the emotional center of the brain. This system helps to regulate our emotions and is responsible for our levels of motivation and memory. Tapping is also known to connect with the limbic system.

Stop and listen 

The best, practical advice Lisa gives?  Stillness.
Bringing more stillness into your day allows you to really listen and attune to the needs of your body. 
She always encourages her clients to practice taking the time to stop and listen to what the body is doing, how it’s feeling.   Understand clearly what it is your body is trying to communicate to you.
If you’re tired, overwhelmed, riddled with colds or other chronic symptoms, it’s important to step back and observe what may be going on, on an energetic or emotional level.
Then reach out and find some support from your doctor or other alternative practitioners.   
There are so many effective treatments like muscle testing, EFT, essential oils, nutrition, and Reiki to support energetic healing. But you need to find the right treatment for you. Find the ones that work and integrate them into your routine.

Connect with Lisa

If you are interested in learning more about EFT or any of these types of energetic healing therapies, Lisa is happy to answer your questions.

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Abundant Blessings, 
Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator

Everyday Toxin-Free Living with April Heywood

Part of the intention around my podcast is to share impactful and inspiring stories of people who have changed their lives and overcome obstacles.

For me, I was introduced to the idea of toxins by accident 5 years ago.

But for April Heywood, my latest guest on the Toxin Terminator podcast, her introduction to toxins was intentional, starting as a young adult. Her instinct and intuition around toxins was very clear right from the beginning and I’m grateful I could spend some time with her to share her stories, insights and tips.

April is a “Label Looker”

Are you a “label looker”?  What I mean by that is, are you constantly looking at product labels and ingredients at the store?

You know who I’m talking about, right? Individuals who take up space in the grocery aisle while they’re squinting at the label on the back of a box of anti-histamines. 

Well, April would describe herself as a one of these people! 

As a teenager, she recalls reading the labels behind ibuprofen bottles and how she found the contents could possibly upset her stomach. She always had a strong awareness of what she was putting inside her body.   

April would take the time to do things like read the back of, say, a box of tampons. 

“Why didn’t anyone ever tell me about Toxic Shock Syndrome?”

It was clear to her that it was important to know what you are ingesting and taking into your body. Being in control of her own health was obvious to her and she really didn’t feel the need to follow the crowd.  

But, she never considered the idea that there are things OUTSIDE of your body that can have negative side effects too, from skin creams to oil-based candles. It was a surprise to her when she realized this fact.

In our culture, when we think of health and wellness, we think of things like diet and exercise. But what the majority of people are not aware of is that the toxins in our environment have just as much of an impact on our bodies: laundry soap, Wi-Fi signals, scented plug-ins, dryer sheets etc. The list goes on and on! 

The shift to toxin-free living

April became passionate about essential oils. She threw away all her synthetic fragrance products like plug-ins, candles and sprays because the fumes they create are toxic to your lungs. She uses oils in her home to create a nice scent and to enhance her health. 

As she learned more and more about essential oils and their benefits, April was introduced to a new community of people who had knowledge and experience to share about other external toxins. 

“I started learning about the water I’m drinking and the air I’m breathing and it opened up a whole new world.”

She learned about the amount of unnecessary chemicals used in many products we use daily and it really spurred her on to build a life around reducing the toxins in her home and her body. 

If you could only change one thing? 

Start with deodorant, says April.

It has one of the worst lists of toxic ingredients and it is being used in one of the most sensitive areas on our body! 

Your armpits are designed to release toxins from the body, not absorb things like aluminum or parabens! The armpits are key to the detoxification process of the lymphatic system.

So, using good deodorant is important. Deodorant was also April’s first DIY (do it yourself) project.

Cleaning products

What dangers lurk in your cabinets?

Try reading the ingredients on your cleaning supplies in your cabinet. You won’t be able to find one because the ingredient list isn’t available!  (Watch this video where I go through some products in my cabinet.

It’s also a myth that we need one cleaner for the toilet, one cleaner for the windows and another cleaner for the bathtub. 

When you begin using natural cleaners, you will find that they are easy solutions made with simple ingredients that will clean your entire house! Imagine using one bottle to clean every room in your house.  

Not only will this simplify your life, but these types of cleaners are safe for pets and children too. Many natural cleaners, if accidentally ingested, are still safe and not considered poisonous.   

You absolutely can clean your home by only using ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. It is amazing when you experience the results.

The laundry room

It was a DIY laundry class that introduced April to the idea of clean laundry detergent. She couldn’t believe how easy and cheap it was to make your own detergent.  

But after experimenting several times, she just gave in to the fact that the detergents she was making just didn’t clean her laundry all that well. 

With some more research, more trial and error, she eventually found the best non-toxic detergent option. She discovered that without using enzymes, your laundry won’t get as clean. The enzymes help to break down the grease and grime in your clothes.  

Dryer sheets

People are loyal to their dryer sheets. So, this can be a huge challenge for people to abandon their sheets, because we equate clean with smell!

This is yet another myth!

You don’t need a dryer sheet with a scent to make your clothes smell good. And by the way, dryer sheets are very toxic!

What people don’t know is that when you use fragranced laundry products, your dryer emits a larger range of volatile organic compounds, including hazardous air pollutants, than non-fragranced products! (See study here.)

If hazardous air pollutants are leaving your dryer vent, then you can be sure that pollutants are sitting in the closet and rubbing against your skin. 

For the dryer, April prefers using wool dryer balls. 

You can put essential oils on the dryer balls to give your clothes a scent like lavender or cedar. Or you can even dilute the oil in water in a spray bottle and spray the dryer balls directly. This will really give your clothes a lovely scent!

Hair and body products

Even hair products can create havoc in your body. It’s hard to believe but most hair and body products are filled with toxic ingredients you need to avoid. The regulation around cosmetic and personal-care products is sub-standard. 

So, again, it’s really up to you, the consumer, to be aware and take control of the products you are using.

Because April has gorgeous curly hair, she got interested in the Curly Girl Method, which is a way of styling curly hair by cutting out silicones, parabens, and sulfates.  She took the program one step further by making sure the products she was using was meeting her toxin-free standard.

Since April is a DIY girl, she decided to make her own hair gel using flax seed oil. It’s super moisturizing, strengthens hair, is incredibly cheap and easy to make.  

Check out April’s Instagram page and look at the Curly Girl highlights where she demonstrates her recipe.

The product that has hidden toxins

Make-up was the biggest surprise to April as it relates to toxicity. It was truly an eye-opener! 

The USA only bans 11 ingredients that are considered toxic in makeup. The European Union bans over 1300 chemicals. Can you even fathom this difference?  

The make-up purchasing decisions you make in American stores are not safe for you. Period.

Luckily, there lots of natural, mineral based make-up options that feel cleaner, less sticky, less heavy and healthier for your skin.

Toxic-free lifestyle has noticeable benefits

April had some digestive issues. Bananas were the only thing that didn’t upset her stomach. And after many visits to her doctor, they weren’t able to figure out what the issue was.

On her own, she started making shakes with probiotics and peppermint oils. After only a few weeks, her smoothie brought her digestive system back into balance.

Another big benefit that April noticed was that she rarely gets sick anymore.   

 “It’s a testimony to the fact that I just don’t get sick enough to go to the doctor and I also know what I need to do to take care of myself. I know what kinds of things I need to do to support myself and I know what kinds of plants, vitamins and foods that I can feed myself to boost my immune system and to strengthen my body!”

April has truly embraced this way of living and has come to know what her body needs to keep it happy and healthy.

Take it slow and it’s never too late!

It can feel stressful when you begin this path down the toxic-free lifestyle road. There are so many concerns, so many options and so much research on this topic.  

April stresses that it’s important to stay the course and not be intimidated!

“Every positive decision you make is a step in the right direction. And it’s never too late.”

It’s also really important to remember that it’s ok to take it slow. Enjoy the journey and the process of discovering new ideas on how to reduce the amount of toxins in your life, without dwelling on your past behaviors and habits.

Remember that our bodies are amazing self-healers and no matter when you start, your body will thank you for it. You are creating a powerful impact on your own life and those around you. You won’t regret the decision to live toxin-free!

Follow April’s journey on Instagram @April_Heywood where she continues to share her tips, suggestions and experiences about incorporating toxic-free living into her life. You can also find her on Youtube

Watch a short trailer video for this episode below:

Abundant Blessings, 

Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator

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