Digital Detox: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Toxic Exposures

The author of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, Sophia Ruan Gushée, shares some of her tips on how to digitally detox. She recommends gradually removing electronic influences that negatively influence your brain. See below for several ways to clear your mind and create a healthier balance.

Studying health effects found that blue light from technology screens can disrupt sleep, and electromagnetic fields from electronics may contribute to various adverse health effects (including DNA damage, reproductive issues, and neurotoxicity). Furthermore, all that exposure to electronic media can contribute to obesity, negatively influence your brain (which is still developing until age 20), and develop unhealthy habits that are hard to break.



  1. Detox your bedroom. Electronics—even cordless phones and electric alarm clocks—emit electromagnetic fields (or EMFs) that may burden your health. Turn WiFi and other devices off at night. If you can’t, then create as much distance as possible from WiFi routers and turn WiFi devices to airplane mode.
  1. Create mini detoxes an hour or more each day. During this time, move your body in fresh air: bike, walk, jog, or play a sport. Even better, walk barefoot on grass or the beach: Electrons from the Earth may help boost immunity and fight inflammation.
  1. Create more distance. EMF exposure decreases with distance from the emitting source. So reduce your exposures by creating distance between you and the source.
  • From cell phones, text is best.
  • While using a laptop, avoid having it on your lap

A mother of three, Sophia Ruan Gushee invested eight years researching her children’s toxic exposures from common household products. Her book, A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, is the reference book and manual that she wishes she received as a gift at her baby shower. It provides a fact-based overview of information that everyone should know. While Sophia collected hundreds of detailed tips throughout her research, ultimately, she realized that just ten key goals are the Sophia-R-Gushee-219x300most high impact ideas to focus on. Most cost little or nothing. She refers to these ten goals as her D-Tox Strategy, and believes that we should consider our toxic exposures as often as we think about what we eat and how much we exercise. Her research has turned her from an unconscious to a conscious consumer. The book is ideal for those who want to protect both human health and the environment. Since they’re both intertwined, it turns out that what’s best for human health is also best for our planet. Sophia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University. She is also certified to teach yoga. She and her husband reside in New York City with their children, including their dog, Lola.


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