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091: Terminating the Toxins In Your Life with Aimee Carlson

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Do you know if there are toxins in your walls or in your shampoo? Terminating the toxins in your life is what our guest does: Aimee Carlson is the toxin terminator!

Aimee has spent the last 7 years removing hidden toxins from her own home to be free of chronic disease, and she has helped hundreds do the same. She is the host of The Toxin Terminator podcast, as well as a best-selling author, and a featured expert guest across multiple media platforms. Today she joins us for an episode of Awesome Health Podcast, and she’ll share how she started this terminating toxins quest, what endocrine disruptors are and the top toxins to look for in your home.

Aimee began this journey the way so many do: she didn’t feel good and no one could seem to help her. Her career was as a certified mechanic and she owned numerous shops and had many employees in her charge. Her field was highly regulated and she took great care to keep her employees and her shops safe and in compliance with the laws around hazardous waste.

So it never occurred to her that the things she was buying off of store shelves were not as regulated, but she discovered this fact when she sought help for her migraines and reproductive issues. Her migraines got so bad she lost her vision on her left side. Her doctors tried numerous medications to help her reproductive problems, but she was diagnosed as menopausal at 36 (the average age to enter menopause is 51). Her doctors recommended a hysterectomy at the age of 38.

At her wits end, she agreed to attend her friend’s essential oils class and try them. Aimee recalls this event as being her gateway into the natural health world! She tried some oils to help with her menopause symptoms and that night, she slept til morning for the first time in her adult life.

She began exploring more and switched out her cleaning products in her home. When she changed her laundry detergent and other cleaners, she stopped having migraines. She hasn’t had one since, and that was seven years ago.

Aimee explains why many products in our home are toxic, why we should stop using microwaves immediately and a simple way to sweat out toxins in your bath tub.

That’s all here and much more on episode 91 of Awesome Health Podcast.

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Wade Lightheart: Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. It's Wade T Lightheart from BiOptimizers with another edition of the Awesome Health Podcast. And today we have that Toxic Terminator on here. None other than Aimee Carlson. She is the host of the Toxic Terminator Podcast and bestselling author and featured guest expert on numerous podcasts and summits. She spent the last seven years moving hidden toxins from her own home to be free of chronic disease and to help hundreds do the same through her podcast. She has access to some of the top doctors, healers, experts, and industry leaders in the natural health and wellness industry. And a little bit of background about her because I was on her podcast and said, Hey, why don't you come on mine?

Wade Lightheart: I think this is a really great thing because learning about the toxins in your home is a huge, huge thing. You do not know that your home may be totally toxic and really ruining your life in the ways you can't imagine. But her passion is to give hope to those people who are suffering, getting no relief from traditional medicine and those people who are ready to take control by detoxing and cleansing their health and their environment. You know, Amy has struggled in her adult life with chronic illness, severe migraines, headaches, a bunch of reproductive issues and a hysterectomy at the age of 38. We'll get into some of that sorta stuff and some really bizarre symptoms along the way. You might be listening to say, my doctor doesn't know what's going on. Well, bottom line is because Amy had worked over 30 years in the automotive industry. She was exposed to an extraordinary amount of toxins, but not only that, the lifestyles as a franchise owner operator was extremely toxic and her whole home was a big role in this. And so now she realized her home was playing a big role in how her body was responding. So she's taking the time to join us today, even though she's in the middle of a move. Amy, welcome to the show.

Aimee Carlson: Wade, I'm so happy to be here. I just absolutely love your energy. It's like, woo. Let's go. Let's detoxify.

Wade Lightheart: A lot of people don't know that and funny enough,we have an elite VIP coaching program at BiOptimizers and a lot of people don't know about it, but it probably will move to the forefront. Not long after this podcast airs, it's been kind of on the one of our experts consultants in our intake forms really goes into this whole aspect of what's going on in your home. What kind of shampoos are you wearing? What kind of cleaners are you wearing? What kind of insulation is in the walls? All these kinds of things that people oftentimes are reading, like, what are you talking about? Right, right. Let's ask that question. Right? How do y'all toxic home and how do you become a toxic Terminator? I want to know what's the backstory. How did you say look out the box since you've come to Terminator?

Aimee Carlson: No one's asking that question. Let's at least be honest, right? It's a very few select people that are asking that question. What I knew is that I had lots of issues going on with my health. And in fact, I really kind of believed that, well, this is as good as it gets. I was settling for average. I was settling for you know, I believe the myth I'm getting older. Therefore I'm going to have this going on with my body. What I didn't understand is what it really felt like to feel good. I have really, my entire adult life did not feel good. And then what a sad state that is. And I think there's so many people out there that are like that. And when I got learning about natural health, not talking, going to the doctor and putting a bandaid on it, right, doctors are good for emergencies.

Aimee Carlson: I'm not knocking them, but they're not good for really getting to the root of what's causing your issues. All they want to do is treat the symptom and we really want to get to why are we having the symptom in the first place. That's my passion. And so if you really want to get there, then you got to start looking at all different aspects of your life. And so many people, when they think about being healthy, they think about what they eat and they think about how you move. Right? Wade, you're real good with that one. Right. You know, and nobody's talking about, I don't know, are you using plastic to store your food in? Are you drinking out of plastic? Water bottles. There's a whole host and we'll get into that. But you're spinning.

Wade Lightheart: Yeah. One 30 year life or whatever.

Aimee Carlson: 30 year life on your mattress. What are you exposing yourself to? Now, there's a whole host when we get into material set, our furniture is made out of, we can even talk about carpeting. That's about the grossest thing. You cannot even have inside your home as carpeting, but I really want to talk about the everyday stuff, because that's going to have a huge impact on your overall health too. What are you doing laundry with? What are you cleaning your house with? What are you treating your body with? Meaning shampoo, make up conditioner, lotions, all those kinds of things. And what are you feeding your mind with because if we don't take care of this, then all the rest of the stuff that we do, isn't gonna make a hill of beans a difference.

Wade Lightheart: Let's go back to your backstory. I think it's important. Cause you know, people might not have heard of you on the podcast. What was going on for you that led you to this discovery about toxins in your environment? I think that's a cause. Cause that you have to realize is that's a big jump for most people to think that their home is toxic. Right? I think the people there are toxic, that'd be are familiar with that one. But we're talking about the environment itself, which could be input packing your partner or your kids or your mother or father who's living in the guest suite or whatever, who knows.

Aimee Carlson: Right. Exactly. Well, so let me start by saying this. I was right there like who you just described toxins in my home. I worked in the automotive industry. I'm a certified mechanic. That's what I did for 30 years. I own five shops, had lots of employees. I was very familiar with hazardous waste. I was really familiar with toxins within that workplace. And I was in an extremely, highly regulated industry when the automotive industry very regulated. So how in the world would I even believe that the products I could buy on the store shelves were not safe? Isn't that regulated? Just like my industry is, gosh, no, that's the big answer. And I could use other words here, but I was so mad when I found out and it was really quite by accident. So you said I suffered from migraines and headaches every single day.

Aimee Carlson: In fact, I had lost the vision on my left side from the migraine headaches. I had reproductive issues. Ladies, I know you can relate to me, heavy periods, cramping. These are not normal. If somebody telling you it is, it's not. I was treated with all kinds of medications trying to help that. And finally they said, you know what? We're out of options. We're just going to give you a hysterectomy because that's the only solution that we have. So at the age of 38, here I am with no uterus. And I was already diagnosed in menopause at the age of 36. So it wasn't like a big stretch to jump into full blown menopause. But so I had all this stuff going on now for those listening and wait, you might know this answer, the average age for a woman to go into menopause is 51.

Aimee Carlson: So the fact that I was diagnosed at the age of 36 is pretty extreme, right? So I had this friend… Just to remember, I'm in the automotive industry, I know what toxins are, right? I got to have MSDS sheets. I've got to have personal protective equipment. You know, this is what we've got to do to protect ourselves. I know that, that is the stuff in my home, that's not a reality. And I had this friend that kept inviting me to an oils class. I got some oils going right here for a year. I said, you're crazy, I don't want anything to do with any of that. I'm seeing specialists and if they can't fix me, what are your little bottles going to do for me. So for a year I kept saying no and I finally went and it was all quite by accident that I got into doing what I do.

Aimee Carlson: And I went to this class, I actually thought they stunk. It was like, who would want to put this on their body? It's crazy. But I listened to the presentation and I said, you know, I have horrible menopause symptoms. Do you have anything that might help with that? And so she gave me something to try and, Wade, for the first time in my entire adult life, I slept through the night. First time. And I'm like, I don't know what that is, but I want to learn more and sign me up. So that really, I consider oils my gateway drug into natural living and my gateway drug into…

Wade Lightheart: I'm a big proponent of essential oils. They've been used for thousands of years and healing modalities throughout history. I mean, whether you're going to, the Jesus story of gold, frankincense and myrrh and liquid forms, whether you're looking at the Egyptian practices, are you Vedic medicine, Chinese medicine, the great traditions of the world have always used these. And somehow in our Western world of suddenly this got poo-pooed and we get to these kinds of chemical hybrids and sold as things. I love essential oils. I use them every single day in my life for a variety of things. And almost all of my friends use essential oils for a variety of things. And they're great. And they are a gateway use. You start to see, wait a second, if these quote unquote chemicals, and I would put them in the healthy oil category. If they have a positive effect on me, well, that means it's possible that there could be other things that have a negative effect. And then you open up that door and it's like, Holy doodle.

Aimee Carlson: And honestly, that's what it was. It was like, wait a minute. I was trying to figure out what inside my home is causing me issues. Let me just ask you this question. What do you think inside your home is the biggest endocrine disrupting product you use?

Wade Lightheart: You'd have to be referring to my home versus somebody else's home.

Aimee Carlson: Average home. Average person's home.

Wade Lightheart: I don't know what I would list to this. I mean, obviously some of the cleaners that people use are pretty darn bad.

Aimee Carlson: It actually is. I mean, you know, we're in October, which is breast cancer awareness month, right? So I have been teaching and talking all about personal care products, parabens, you know, Xeno, estrogens. We've been having all these conversations. Honestly,It's what we clean with that has the biggest impact on our hormones. Not only our hormones in our endocrine system. But it also contains so much fragrance. If you're having any kind of neuro symptoms whatsoever, you have to start looking at what products are inside your home that have fragrance in them because that's creating issues. When I changed out what I was cleaning my home with and what I did laundry with, I stopped having headaches and migraines. Haven't had them in seven years.

Wade Lightheart: I think a lot of people don't know and I'm going to go out on a limb here for some people that are gonna freak out, but there are very popular brands of aerosol spray cans that are used to fresh in the scent of your home, which contain mustard, gas, which causes nerve damage to the body. And then what it does, it doesn't actually pick a new scent. It actually makes it so you can't smell the bad ones.

Aimee Carlson: This is the same thing. Now I know exactly what you're talking about and let's add insult to injury. They're now saying they're infused with essential oils.

Wade Lightheart: Yes. It's kind of like when they put vitamin D in white bread and called it enriched, strip everything out of it, put a bunch of chemicals in it and put some vitamin D. It's enriched. Same here.

Aimee Carlson: And we're going to call it healthy. We're going to ask for cream. I was just watching a commercial on TV. I don't watch much TV, but my husband's around. He does. And I heard it. Aspercreme is infused with lavender essential oil. Aspercreme. Yeah, no, no, no. Just, no, no, no. If you don't want to just put a bandaid on something, then why would you use something that's going to mask odor in your home and not get to the bottom root of it? You know, let's figure out what's going on. That's causing the smell in the house. You know, sometimes it's just what we're cooking with, you know? And we want something to pick up that aroma as a diffuser, like I've got going on back here. Not only do you have a pleasant scent, which a lot of people just want a scent. It's actually doing something for your body.

Wade Lightheart: So you started down this, so you went down this path, right? We are going to get into this as juicy stuff, but you go and you find essential oils and you're like, wow, I feel better. I slept through the night. Then what happened? How did this journey unfold for you?

Aimee Carlson: Oh my gosh. I was absolutely blessed. I mean, I believe God's hand is in everything in my life. And it was then as well, because I got into where I came into essential oils. There was a huge group, like a lot of big leaders within the company in the town that I lived in. So my educational opportunities were sky high. And so I could learn all I wanted to learn about what else does in my home. What's about these plant-based products that are better for me and my family and my body, what you know. And so I immersed myself for about two years. I went to classes, I took all kinds of certifications. I learned how to do raindrop techniques and emotional release and got certified and all of that. And because emotions, I mean, we'll get all down there, but so I was truly blessed to where I was. A lot of people get exposed to essential oils by buying them in a corner store or even a health food store. And they don't get that education to know exactly what they've got in their hands and what they can, what it can actually do for them. So I would say, do some time and research to find out the power of what you actually have in your hands and not all essential oils are created equal too.

Wade Lightheart: A lot of people don't recognize is that scent is the oldest sensory component inside of the body, which is deeply associated with memory. And so, for example, when you maybe go by fresh cut grass, you might think of camp when you were 12 years old and you're back there or fresh break bread. And I remind myself when my mother taking those roles out, when I was a kid coming home from school, or it can be a negative association. You can be walking by in a casino and someone walks by with a certain sense of perfume that reminded me of that guy that you wish you'd never dated before, or the guy or girl, you know, whatever it happens to be, I guess I have to make everything gender neutral. Now, the person that you dated back in the day, you know what I mean? But this associative component and with associations of memory and scent and these things, this has real physiological activations or deactivations in our nervous system.

Aimee Carlson: Absolutely. It's going to the limbic part of our brain, you know, passes a lot of different things that we have to have. And so it's going to set into play all the emotions, memories, you know, are all going to get triggered. Then it keeps on going and it sets all the neurons into play and into action within our body. So this is beautiful that we can smell something and we can elicit an emotional response off of it. Now, if you start learning about emotions and what's physically going on with your body, we know that emotions are held within our body, within the different organs in the body, within different parts of the body and they're associated with different things that are happening to the body. So when we can smell something, elicit that emotion, we can actually relieve some of the physical symptoms that we have going on in our body. Really powerful stuff.

Wade Lightheart: So you got into this whole journey and then you kept going. So then how did you end up, how did you go from, Hey, I attended a meeting and found some scent that went from, made me sleep better to the Toxic Terminator.

Aimee Carlson: You know, here's the thing I started like vomiting on everybody. I knew is what I did and those people and I firehosed on everybody. So before I knew it, I had this team of several hundred people underneath me and I'm like, okay, I better learn what the heck I'm doing. I mean, I've been successful just by talking and saying, Hey, this has been my story. This is what's been happening to me. I need to learn a little bit more about these things. And then there's this. What became the Toxic Terminator is, a friend of mine invite me to learn about podcasting. I think everything I do is in the realm of why not, let's go check it out. I had never even listened to a podcast when I went to this course and learning how to do a podcast.

Aimee Carlson: And I thought, you know, my ultimate goal here is to help. The person that I mostly talked to is me, right? A woman over 50, going through menopause, kind of in your second half of life. Where is life taking you, what do you want 80 to look like for yourself? You know, it's time to start paying attention to what our body's saying. I could go around and I could talk to people in the real, just person by person, or I could have a podcast and affect a massive amount of people. And so that's where I came up with the Toxic Terminator. It's like, let's get a podcast because there's a lot of people out there talking about all different aspects.

Wade Lightheart: I'd like to dive into what are the top five or 10 things that people might find toxic in their home that they need to start looking. If they feel that there's something going on in their house, it's not making them feel good, or these things, what are the top five or 10 things that you can think of off hand?

Aimee Carlson: So when I wrote my book, the Toxic Terminator I came up with the class.

Wade Lightheart: Can you hold that? Can you hold that up a little bit? That was a little too fast. I love it. That's a great cover.

Aimee Carlson: Cool. I put a link to that in the show notes for people who want to listen to it or read it.

Aimee Carlson: Absolutely. I came up with the five pillars of living a toxin-free lifestyle. We're going to do one in each pillar. Is that sound like a deal? So pillar number one is air. We've already talked about it. It's fragrance. What are we going to be breathing in. The biggest one is fragrance. So here's my tip on fragrance. First of all, we want our products to be fragrance free. So unscented is still got all the fragrance in it, and then we're adding more chemicals to cover up the scent of the fragrance. So unscented is no good. We want fragrance free. That's my tip there.

Aimee Carlson: Then we go to water. So water, we know has a ton of chemicals in it ton of toxins from the list goes on and on. So here's my big tip for water. We all know to drink clean water, right? But I say what you shower in is way more important than what you're drinking. And most people get it the other way around. If you cannot do a whole house filtration system, which is my highest choice for you is to do a whole house filtration. Then you need to get a filter on your shower head because you're taking a shower for let's call it 10 minutes. Most people on average are 10 minutes for a shower, depending on what chemical your skin is coming into contact with and the condition of your skin. It's anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes for it to be absorbed into the body where it can be actually detected in the blood and in the organs and soft tissue of your body. So it's important, you know what we're doing in our shower. So that's my tip with water. It is filter your shower head.

Aimee Carlson: Number three is we go air, water, food. So here, a lot of people are talking about organic and pesticides and stuff like that. So that's a big topic out there, but this is what I want to talk to you about, food. I want you to turn that label around. I don't want you to look at what we want to look at fat content and all that, but I want you to look and see how many ingredients are listed. My rule of thumb. Well, not anymore, because I don't buy anything in a package. Is it five ingredients or less, you know, when we're five ingredients or less, we're going to be avoiding all the preservatives, the food colorings, the food flavorings, all that kind of stuff. So five ingredients or less is my tip in food. So air, water, food absorption. So I can't do just one in absorption. I wish I could get it down to just one, but I can't. So parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and we've already talked about fragrance, but it's in what you absorb into your skin as well. So those are my top four parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and fragrance. You want to look for products that do not have any of those products in them. Now here, you can get an app it's free to download on your phone. Have you heard of the app Think Dirty?

Wade Lightheart: I've been thinking that way a long time. I haven't heard that app.

Aimee Carlson: All right, so it's right here. Hang on a second. I'm going to pull it back up here. Okay. I just want you to see the thumbnail. It's a black screen.Wade Lightheart: I saw it. We're going to put a link to it.

Aimee Carlson: Here's the thing. This app was phenomenal for me because what I can do is I can scan my personal care products or type them in either. And it's going to give a rating from 0 to 10 on how safe that product is. My rule of thumb is three or under to be allowed into my home. Not only do I get that safety rating, but it tells me what ingredients are in there and what that safety rating is per that ingredient. So you will start to learn. And I want you to learn. I don't want you to just listen to what I'm saying. I want you to learn about this so that you can make better choices for yourself. And that's what I really liked this app is because you'll start learning and you'll know, I don't want that ingredient. Four dioxane is another one that we wanted to avoid. So you'll start learning the ingredients to avoid in your personal care products.

Wade Lightheart: Love it. Think dirty. Get the app.

Aimee Carlson: Not the bat. Not the naughty way.

Wade Lightheart: I'm going to download it as soon as this podcast is over. I think that's a really valuable tool for people to have, because it just does the work for you. You could scan this even at the grocery store, right. You could go into here. You know what's right for you. It's like having an expert right there to say no, or yes. I love it.

Aimee Carlson: I did that at first in the beginning. Now I know.

Wade Lightheart: Right, right, right. You can look at things and say, yeah…

Aimee Carlson: In the beginning, I had no idea what the heck I was buying. And, and now let's talk about greenwashing. Why we're here. Have you heard the term greenwashing?

Wade Lightheart: I want, I want you to describe it for our listeners greenwashing.

Aimee Carlson: So greenwashing is using terms like free and clear natural. They use market companies, use marketing terms to make you feel like you've got a safe product in your hands. That's called greenwashing. We're going to market you and make you believe that things are safe. And you can use them with confidence, right? Put a picture of a baby on it. You know, those types of things.

Wade Lightheart: Leaves and flowers and unicorns running, sailing over rainbows.

Aimee Carlson: Birds, all the stuff and even hypoallergenic is no good anymore. Plant-Based is even becoming not good anymore because a lot of companies are touting things to be plant based. Well, not doesn't necessarily mean a lot of what we want. So use an app is a great place to start so that you can know with confidence, the products that you're bringing into your home are safe for you and your family.

Wade Lightheart: I love that. That should be a political slogan, greenwashing. Like there's all these slogans and businesses and politics and in our education system and everything that. That sound great. But when you look under the hood or kick under the kick, the tires, you're like, it's like a car, that's got a great body job on it and you pull it up and you go, wow, that's a beautiful car. And then you open up the hood or you look down the side of it, it's all wavy and you get underneath it. And there's this like, Oh my God, it's a disaster. It's going to cost you a million dollars to fix, but it looks good.

Aimee Carlson: It's mostly under the car. When we see all the sins of a car, you know, we call those lemons. I mean, there's a name for it. POS is lemons, whatever you want to call it. We see that all the time, but you've got to know what you're looking for.

Wade Lightheart: So in this case, it'd be the lemon scented.

Aimee Carlson: I don't want the scent of pine.

Wade Lightheart: Yes. Pine scented. Yes. So this isn't made from trees, folks,

Aimee Carlson: What kind of tree is it? The last pillar is emotional. Now this one can becomes a little trickier, right? I like to break the emotional pillar into two parts, external and internal. One thing is stress. I don't know anybody that gets through this life with no stress. And I believe that it's just there, we live in a fallen world. It's just there. We've got to figure out how to coincide with stress. We have to figure out what to do with our bodies. So that's considered one of the external tns. It is stress, because if you're not doing things, journaling, exercising, doing things for self-care, then we're certainly not going to be living side by side.

Wade Lightheart: There's people who get stressed, because they're not doing those things to reduce their stress. That's the kind of world we're living in nowadays. I'm getting stressed out because I'm not doing my stress management program.

Aimee Carlson: And here's the thing. We live in a world where number one, I don't believe people understand truly how bad they feel. That's number one. Number two is most people have no idea how stressed out they are, because we live in that perpetual fight and flight mode that we have no idea that we're even in it. Does that make sense?

Wade Lightheart: You know, years ago when I was a personal trainer and people would approach me and we're going to lay out a program and a dietary and a lifestyle philosophy for you. And it's going to take this amount of time and this amount of money, et cetera, et cetera. Andthey'd say, well, that's gonna be a lot of my time and money. I said, well, there's a couple of things. Number one, if you think this is expensive, your new set of clothes that you're going to buy afterwards is going to be far more expensive. And you're gonna be happy to spend that money. Number two is we're going to figure out why you were going to get you fit to where you think you want to be.

Wade Lightheart: And then we're going to deal with the reasons that you think you're going to get from being fit. And I would say, if you could spend one day in my body, you would be absolutely convinced of why you need to do this. And I can only share that with you and invite you to that experience. And you have to operate on faith or the ambition. That's a possibility for you. And some people can't make that jump and some people can. So if you said something early in this, I think that was really important. You didn't know that you could feel good. And one of the things that I love these books and stuff, and it's like good as the enemy to great.

Wade Lightheart: Like, what's it like to feel great? What's it like to feel super energized? What's it like to wake up in the morning and be energized and pop out of bed? What's it like to not want to go to bed because you're so jazzed up with life that it feels great. What's it like to be on a mission in life that helps other people? And if you're not in one of those states, I really feel challenged for people. And oftentimes I think that leads to poor choices because it's almost like a self-sabotage or a slow suicide that happens through negligence and apathy, and it's too hard or too different. So sometimes this can be so overwhelming for someone that might be in a toxic or might say these are economic issues that I can't deal with or whatever. What's your answer to that type of person. I have my own ideas, but I'd like to hear what you say when you're kind of marching people through that journey from toxic lifestyle and terminating that, and then what they might experience.

Aimee Carlson: First of all, what I do, we're not spending any more money. We're switching where you're spending your money. That's number one, because you're going to buy laundry soap. You're going to buy cleaning supplies. You're gonna buy shampoo. You're going to buy conditioner. You're gonna buy toothpaste. You're gonna buy deodorant. You're going to buy stuff to store your food with. So all I'm doing is switching you out from making a bad choice with your money and making a good choice with your money. So all we're doing is swapping out and making a good choice. We're not asking you to spend any more money. That's number one, because you're going to buy the stuff. It's just a matter of are we going to make it a good choice or a bad choice. I don't even like to use good and bad that, I really don't.

Aimee Carlson: That really plays into the mind there. Secondly, when it comes to your overall health and wellness, you are going to pay for it one way or the other. Do you want to pay for it now? Or do you want to pay for it later? That's honestly, that's the answer. You need to take a guttural look and decide, because here's the thing. What do you want 80 to look like for you? What do you want that to be? You might be feeling you might be doing all the wrong things today, and you might be feeling halfway decent, according to what you believe to be halfway decent. But what does 80 going to look like for you? You know, I don't want to live to be a hundred years old and be incapacitated and not ha have an act of full life. You know, I want 80 to be medicine free.

Aimee Carlson: I want it to be involved with my family and have full faculties in my head, but if I don't make the right choices today, that's not going to be my 80. It's not an option. You know, what do I want it to look like? You know? And so I challenge you to do that. What is maybe it's 70? What is that going to look like for you? You know, what are you choosing to do right now, today? That's going to help you get to that vision of what that 80 is going to look like.

Wade Lightheart: So what are some other areas that you see that people struggle with as far as creating a toxin-free environment or unaware of?

Aimee Carlson: It's emotional. We talked a little bit about external. We talked about stress. You know, energy is another one, but let's talk about internal. As women, I can't speak for a man I've never been in a man's body, but for us women, we've got that committee that just goes to town inside our head. We're doing the comparison game, where we're telling and feeding ourselves stories. And what I want to tell you is that your subconscious has no idea what is real and what is not real. It has no idea. It cannot differentiate between the two. So what you're feeding yourself by your thoughts that you are having inside your head that is dictating and creating the reality that's happening outside here in the real world. It absolutely is. And so that's kind of the piece I believe that's missing with so many people is that we have no idea. When I say to people manifest it, manifest it, where, what do you mean create it? You tell yourself, you speak it as though it were already in existed. And there's so many people that look at you. Like, you're absolutely crazy. Have you seen her, have you seen that?

Wade Lightheart: I don't hang around with those people. No, no, seriously. I grew up in a rural environment, as many people know that listen to this podcast and it had its own benefits and its own liability abilities at the time. And that was before the internet. Would say accepted truths of that truth. And I put that in quotations of that lifestyle or that society, or that expectation for life which if you went against that, you met with resistance. I used to tell people when I was in my bodybuilding career, like I would be training in my barn at 15 years old, 50 miles away from my nearest gym. And I created my own and I was there and I would tell people that I was going to live in Venice beach, California. I was going to compete in the Mr universe and I was going to have a supplement company that sold and helped sold products, nutrition products, and help people all around the world. And my parents were relatively supportive. Like, why are you doing this? And I said, and I always to give this speech every single week. And here it is, I'm living in Venice beach, California. I competed in the Mr. Universe contest. And I have a nutritional company that sells nutritional products around the world and interviews people like you who have broken out the paradigms out of the paradigms of the social structure you're in. So the key is to remember for our listeners. And I think you would agree with this is, is to recognize, is to always ask the question, what paradigms am I operating in this moment?

Aimee Carlson: Absolutely.

Wade Lightheart: So what are some other things that come up in people's houses that you see or whatever, but that you would terminate as the toxin Terminator? What are some other that you go after these days?

Aimee Carlson: Let's talk about some easy things that are easy to do again. UI want to talk about two things, maybe three or four. Let's see what time we have. Microwaves stop. Just stop. Just stop using the microwave. You know, there's other better options. Stop with the microwave, store your food in glass or stainless steel. Get rid of the plastic because let's think about it. If you're cooking a meal, you've prepared a meal, and now you want to store the food. You're putting hot food into plastic, which is going to leach the phalanx out of there. The BPA is, and now if you're going to ingest it, when you warm it back up, and most people are going to grab what it's stored in and that's where you're heating it up in, right? Whether it's anyways. So stop with that. Change that stuff out.

Aimee Carlson: You're storing your food in third, let's talk about EMS, electronic magnetic frequencies. I get it. We live in this, you know, wifi world. I happen to be direct wired. That's what I do. Even the earbuds that you have in there's protections that you can put on those earbuds so that they're not getting those EMS into you. So you don't get issues with your carotid arteries and getting tumors going on here. Keep your wifi router away from where you are physically, the farther away from it. You are the better off you are. Turn off all wifi. At the end of the day, you can turn them all off. And secondly, no electronics in the bedroom. Period. End of story. No TV, no cell phones, no laptops, no computers. None of that should be inside the bedroom when we're trying to sleep.

Wade Lightheart: Beautifully said, and smart meters is another one. You can call your power company and get them disconnected. You will pay a little bit more for your rates. I'm not a big advocate of smart meters. There's also a variety of EMF mitigation devices. You can go and get an expert to kind of, or get an EMF detector and go around your house. And you'll be shocked. You'll go around to open power plugs. And sometimes you have, what's called dirty energy coming out of them. EMF is another one using blue light blockers at night is another things they're also, once you get on this trend, it sounds a little kooky at first. When you start experiencing the benefits, then all of a sudden this is actually working.

Aimee Carlson: And, and some people are more sensitive to different people.

Wade Lightheart: There's a variance based on genetics and epigenetics to what you're sensitive to and what you're tolerant to do.

Aimee Carlson: What is the MTHFR gene inside your body? So you're not being able to get rid of toxins. Like, and now listen, I'm 52%, I think is the number now have that gene, the MTHFR gene, so there's a lot of stuff out there that play a role in what's going on now. Let's talk about the other side of the balance. We're talking about toxins over here. There's another part of the scale and that's called detox, right? So let's just spend a little bit of time talking about detox because I can't tell you about how to remove toxins without also talking to you about how to support the body's natural ability. I'm not talking about cleanses and supplements here. I just want to talk to you about things that you can do daily to help your body get rid of the toxins.

Wade Lightheart: Which does sound good. Go ahead.

Aimee Carlson: Number one, drink your water. Clean water, clean water, clean water, half your body weight, at least in ounces of water each and every day. If you can get more in, take more in , that, but the ultimate goal is at least half your body weight in ounces, water flushes those kidneys, and really helps us to keep things moving inside of our body. Number two. Sweat, sweat, sweat. I don't care how you do it, but get out and sweat, move. You probably got all kinds of fitness routines and things that you can do to sweat, get out and move. If you're not out moving and sweating that you need to do that anyway. Uh, you can take a warm bath, half a cup of Epsom salts, half a cup of baking soda. You combine those two together and you will be sweating. I promise you soak for at least 20 minutes and then jump in the shower and rinse yourself off. So get a good sweat on infrared saunas. We have one inside our home.

Wade Lightheart: They're awesome. Well, we got an EMF one with the red lights that just are awesome. You go in there and it's just fantastic.

Aimee Carlson: Oh, red light therapy is amazing. So, there's good to have it inside the sauna, but it's not doing near what you can do. You can buy these panels. I have a panel that I sit in front of and amazing for the skin.

Wade Lightheart: We have a red light actually that we have in our living room. And we turned that on in the evenings.

Aimee Carlson: It's, it's amazing. My girlfriend here in Scottsdale has an infrared bed. So I can go lay and the whole body is treated with the red light therapy. It's amazing therapy for the body. So we talk about sweat. We talk about drinking water, let's get the lymphatic system moving. The lymphatic system is like the sewer system of the body, right? It's what's going to flush everything out of the body.

Wade Lightheart: The blood system.

Aimee Carlson: What can we do to move it? You know, it has to be manually moved. We can do things like rebounding, get yourself a little trampoline, get on there.
Wade Lightheart: So if you're looking at right here in my office… Trampoline.

Aimee Carlson: Amazing for the lymphatic system, dry brushing ladies, get yourself a dry brush, put it in the shower and just give yourself a good dry brush every time before you get in the shower, that will help move that lymphatic system. Not only that, but also cellulite. So dry brushing helps minimize tit, because what it's doing to the skin.

Wade Lightheart: Yeah, cellulite is metabolically, inactive fat cells that have lost blood flow to them. And so they're not able to detox. And then they start to dehydrate and take on that tone and twist it and all that stuff. So it's something that people spend. There's a variance in what people are susceptible to. So skin brushing is a great one. I skin brush myself every day.

Aimee Carlson: I love it. Love it, love it. I think that's fantastic. So we talked about sweating. We're talking about drinking, lots of fluid. We're talking about them fatty system. Another thing that you can do for your lymphatic system is hot and cold, hot and cold. So in your shower towards the end of your shower, start doing start with 30 seconds, 30 secondscold as you can stand it. And then 30 seconds as hot as you can stand it and do that back and forth three, four, five times. With cold it's going to boost your immune system as well. So many good things come in and out of the hot and cold. We're in Arizona. And after my infrared sauna, I will go jump in my pool unheated,hich is about 50 degrees and, and I mean, swim and do some laps in there. That hot and cold therapy is amazing for the body.

Wade Lightheart: Any other quick tips, or maybe you can talk about what the book's about. How people can find it, all that sort of stuff. I'd love for people to kind of tell me about the book.

Aimee Carlson: Absolutely. So I'm talking to you kind of a little bit about the state of the nation, where we are with our overall health and wellness. They're gonna throw a lot of numbers at you so that you understand why it's even important to look at the toxins in our life. Then I'm going to get into the five pillars of living a toxin-free lifestyle. I really run into air, water, food, absorption and mental, the toxins that we want to avoid. So I'm really getting into a deeper dive inside that. And with stories, I have had the opportunity to interview some really incredible women and to have powerful, powerful stories of exactly how removing toxins have impacted their life. I've got a mom who at the age of 19, 20 years old was told that she would never have children.

Aimee Carlson: Again, she's suffered from the nears disease. She was going to be on medication for the rest of her life. And she now has four children. And by removing the toxins from our home, number one, water was a big one, filtering out her water inside of her home reduced 80% of her symptoms, 80%. It was a big one for her. She shares her story. There's a vaccine injured gal who talks about what she went through. There's another one about EMF. Her story is very nificant with EMF. And so we share the stories because I believe stories is what connects us. We need to hear it so that we can say, Oh my gosh, me too, you know, I can relate. And so I give you six different stories at the end of the book, where each have a little bit of a different journey than what mine was. And my story, my full story in there. I really like to connect people.

Wade Lightheart: Beautiful. Where can people find out more about you, Amy? You've got a website, you've got consultations, you do all sorts of wonderful things. So let us know where we can reach you.

Aimee Carlson: Lots of things going on in my world today. So go to the website. Honestly, you can connect with everything there. You can purchase the book at the website, and it's just And that's AIMEECARLSON.COM You can listen to the podcasts, you can subscribe to the YouTube channel. We've created a brand new Facebook group by transforming women's health. We bring in once a month, an event next month, that's happy, healthy holidays. We've got experts coming in to teach you all about how to get through the holidays financially what we're eating wise, stress wise, you know, we're just giving you all the tips to have a happy, healthy holiday. I've got a brand new Alexa skill set. So if you have a smart speaker or smartphone I give you lots of ditch and switch ideas.

Wade Lightheart: Beautiful, beautiful. So make sure you check out Aimee's website, and course she does, free consultations, and she has an assessment over there that you can check out to kind of see how you can think dirty and get away from greenwashing so that you can detoxify your life. Aimee, thank you for joining us today on the Awesome Health Podcast. I really appreciate you taking the time to come in here in the middle of your move and all that sort of stuff. That's very generous of you. And I hope that some of our people, I mean, for example, just that app alone, I think is just going to be an extraordinary, that Think Dirty app, I think is really great. Show notes are all in here folks. It's the Toxic Terminator, Aimee Carlson on the Awesome Health Podcasts. Thank you all for joining us today. Really appreciate it. And have yourself a biologically optimized day from BiOptimizers. Take care.
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