If you've read my story, Allergic — or Toxic?, you'll understand that the chemical soup in which we live can cause a vast array of troubling health issues. However, these simple choices and changes can dramatically improve your health. Start here:
• Resolve to quit smoking, ASAP! Tobacco smoke contains thousands of harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide (gas chamber poison), arsenic, and benzene.
• Drink plenty of pure water daily. Many so-called illnesses or allergies are actually a chronic state of dehydration! But don't just go to your kitchen sink. Tap water is chemically treated to remove impurities, and these chemicals aren't something you want to ingest. Buy refillable BPA-free plastic jugs at your local health food store or water store (glass is even better if you can lift them) and keep them filled with filtered water. The system most commonly used in water machines is reverse osmosis, often coupled with other processes. If you own your home, consider investing in a whole-house water filtration system.
• Install a shower filter. Bathing in chlorinated water is as harmful as drinking it. In some communities, the water is now being treated with chloramine, a combination of chlorine and ammonia! Immersing your skin in harsh chemicals every day can definitely lead to an allergic reaction. You can buy chlorine shower filters at most health food stores. Filters that remove chloramines are less easy to locate. One good model is Vitashower, which uses Vitamin C as its dechlorinating agent. Also check natural products catalogues, such as Real Goods and Gaiam.
• Eat fewer "convenience foods" and more whole foods.