1. Be a chocoholic
"Dark chocolate is the ultimate superfood," says integrative medicine specialist Jeffrey Morrison of New York.
The high concentration of polyphenols helps protect your body from free radicals and can reduce the chance of heart disease and cancer. Your daily dose? "One ounce of dark chocolate (with 77 percent cocoa content)."

2. Avoid the fumes
That "new-paint smell" you're used to is actually the scent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being released into the air. Opt for a zero-VOC paint and you won't even have to air out a room before you can enter it.

3. Get on tap
Trade in that plastic water bottle for a reusable aluminum one. Research suggests filtered tap water is just as good -- plus there's one less container to be recycled.

4. Bring the outside in
House plants do more than just pretty up a room. They breathe in carbon dioxide and churn out oxygen, making indoor air that much cleaner. No green thumb? Try a low-maintenance spider plant.

5. Purify Your Skin
To remove toxins slather on a clay mask.
"Clay draws out impurities and makes your skin look fresher, younger, and more vibrant," says green-living experts.
Masks made with moisturizing white clay are especially effective on dry skin; those with oily complexions should look for red or green clay.

6. Clean, then steam

The solvent used to dry-clean clothes, is toxic, so try an alternative method of laundering. Most fabrics can be hand-washed or run through the washing machine on a delicate cycle. For a professional-looking finish, invest in a home steamer.

7. Check the ingredients
When choosing body lotions, try to avoid parabens. Some studies suggest that high doses of these synthetic preservatives can disrupt the functioning of the endocrine system.
Dermatologists warn: "They're more of a concern in body products because of the amount of surface area involved". Paraben-free lines: Certified Organic Cosmetics.

8. Go organic

A good rule of thumb when buying produce: If you are going to eat the skin, choose organic. If not, opt for locally grown ingredients that are in season. When you do buy non-organic fruits and vegetables, you could scrub them with a natural cleanser to lower pesticide residue and clean off bacteria.

9. Freeze out dust
Get your beauty rest in a bed that's as pristine as it is plush. Once a year leave pillows and duvets on a tarp in a freezing cold garage overnight. For apartment dwellers, pillows or sheets can go in the freezer, on the terrace, or in your car trunk.

Experts say: "This literally freezes the allergens to death". For even more protection from dust, zip impenetrable cotton encasement covers around pillows and duvets.

10. Kick off your heels
You'd be surprised at how much muck we trudge into our homes on our shoes (up to 80 percent of all indoor dirt), according to experts. The easy solution is to check your shoes at the door. Even better, rest them on a pile of newspapers--the paper, designed to absorb ink, also soaks up moisture, odor, and all sorts of other nasty stuff.

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