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Modern life is toxic. Here are four tips for how to stay healthy

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I remember when I first realized how widespread harmful chemicals were in everyday products. I had just given birth to my first baby and was sitting in the waiting room at my six-week follow-up appointment when I read in a magazine that for the first time in two centuries the current generation of children would have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Looking at my perfect newborn, I wondered why that might be and began researching.

That was 12 years ago now, and since then, I’ve founded an award-winning wellness blog and am the author of three bestselling books on how to live a healthy life. While I’m not a doctor, I’ve become a trusted source of wellness advice to millions of people. That’s largely because all of the health tips I share with readers are evidence-based and reviewed by our medical team of experts.

It’s scary to realize that the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the cosmetics we apply and the cleaning products we spray around our house all can contain chemicals linked to hormone disruption, asthma, cancer and neurological impairments.

That said, it’s important not to be defeatist about the fight against dangerous chemicals. Our bodies are amazing and have natural detoxification processes that can help counteract the barrage of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. Of course, we only have one liver and two kidneys, and they have a big job to do! That’s why it’s important to do all we can to help our body stay healthy.

Here are easy ways to protect our health:

1 - Get enough sleep (and wake up........

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