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Detox Your Life

Test your smarts when it comes to detoxing your home, your car, even your friendships for an all-around healthier life.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these weeds is actually a great detoxifier for your body?

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The correct answer is: Though it may be a pest in your backyard, don't discount dandelion! Herbalists use it to detoxify the liver. Eat dandelion greens on a salad, or take dandelion supplements. Just don't pull the weeds up from your yard and put them on the plate. Those may be chemically treated and not fit to eat.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: The new car smell comes from toxins.

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The correct answer is: Disappointing news for people who love the smell of a new car: That's actually the aroma of toxic fumes. New cars are filled with odors from chemicals used in paints, plastics and carpets used in car manufacturing.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

To reduce toxins in your home, you should…

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The correct answer is: The inside of a house is sometimes more toxic than the outside! That's because homes don't "breathe" very well. Toxic fumes from paints, carpets, even clothes can linger inside, irritating your nasal passages and lungs. Whenever possible, open the windows so fresh air can circiulate through your home.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What effect does lying have on your mental health?

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The correct answer is: Lying is one of the most toxic things you can do for your mental health. When you build your life on half-truths and outright lies, you may begin to feel anxious, even depressed. That's because lies are toxic to your self-esteem and make you more stressed. Speak the truth, and strengthen your self-esteem.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these spots within the workplace is most toxic to your mental health?

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The correct answer is: Gathering around the water cooler may be toxic to your mental health. European researchers discovered that contagious stress -- worry and anxiety spread among a group of people, such as co-workers -- is a real thing. When one person shares a rumor, as one might in the break room, that rumor is spread to others, beginning a cycle of increased stress for many people. Avoid workplace gossip, and you'll eliminate the contagious stress toxins in your life.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

A so-called friend is constantly upsetting you. What the best way to deal with her?

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The correct answer is: The best way to deal with with "toxic" people is to set boundaries and reinforce them at every turn. When necessary, make those boundaries known to the person who causes you problems: write her a note, let him know how you feel, explain what your boundaries are. This lets you be rational and level-headed about your frustrations, and it helps the toxic person know he or she is a problem.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What's the best way to avoid bringing toxic fumes in with your dry-cleaned clothes?

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The correct answer is: Keep toxic fumes from your dry-cleaned clothes out of your house by airing the laundry out in an open-air space, such as a garage or covered porch. Chemicals commonly used in dry cleaning, such as trichloroethylene or perchloroethylene, are known carcinogens. Best case scenario: look for an environmentally friendly cleaner that doesn't use these chemicals.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Toothbrushes, if stored incorrectly, can harbor dangerous bacteria and germs. What's the best way to store your toothbrush?

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The correct answer is: Store your toothbrush in an upright position to allow it to dry and discourage germs from settling in. (Skip the closed toothbrush holders -- they encourage moisture and bacteria growth.) And keep it away from other toothbrushes. You can swap bacteria and germs with another member of your family if your toothbrushes make contact, too.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can catch a sexually transmitted disease from a public restroom toilet seat.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You're unlikely to catch any diseases from sharing a toilet seat with a stranger in a public place. In fact, the places that have the most bacteria in a bathroom include the floor, the faucet handles and the toilet handle. Wash your hands when you leave the restroom, use a paper towel to open any handles and if it makes you feel better, use a paper toilet seat cover, too.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Mental clutter can leave you feeling anxious and unorganized. Spring clean your mind by…

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The correct answer is: Have hundreds of thoughts and ideas running around your mind? Put a pen to paper and write down what you're thinking. That way, you know you'll remember the important stuff later, and you will have cleared space in your mind. The same is true for feelings or emotions: If you feel overwhelmed by something going on in your life, write down how you feel and the reasons why. Doing so will help you filter and sort your emotions and reactions in a healthy way.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

You and a friend had a disagreement and aren't talking. End the toxic stalemate by…

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The correct answer is: Be the bigger person and apologize. Apologizing helps you feel less discomfort around your friend, and it allows her the chance to apologize to you. Otherwise, the stress of this disagreement can become toxic to your mental health and other relationships.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Each morning, you can prep your digestive system for a day of digesting food in what way?

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The correct answer is: Jumpstart your digestive system by drinking a glass of warm water (heat up bottled water or cold drinking water -- don't use warm tap water) each morning. This helps the digestive juices in your stomach eliminate waste from your body more efficiently.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these yoga poses can help your body better release toxins produced during digestion?

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The correct answer is: According to Sharecare expert Sadie Nardini, the Core Cleanse Inversion (a move in which your legs and hips are above your heart) can help your body rid itself of the toxins released during digestion.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How is a cluttered home toxic to your health?

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The correct answer is: It's a toxic cycle: the clutter in your home stresses you out, but you're too stressed to do anything about it. When we see the mess, our bodies respond by secreting the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause weight gain and heart damage. It doesn't matter how you declutter; it just matters that you do it. So whether you tackle a room and don't quit until it's clean, dedicate small chunks of time to tidying up small spaces, or reserve an entire weekend for a thorough cleaning and decluttering, as long as you get rid of the clutter that's causing you stress, you'll have a less toxic (and healthier) home.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

You sleep on your pillow every night, which means it's likely loaded with sweat, drool and bacteria. How often should you replace it?

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The correct answer is: A British study found that some pillows contain up to one million fungus spores. Keep pillows covered with water-resistant pillow protectors and pillow cases -- washing both the protectors and cases frequently. Replace pillows at least every three years.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a less-toxic home cleaner you can use in place of traditional home-cleaning products?

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The correct answer is: Ever walked away from scrubbing your tub and felt lightheaded? The chemicals you're inhaling while you work could make you sick. Avoid these toxic chemicals by making your own. The safest cleaners include lemon, baking soda, vinegar and water.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Expired medication isn't as effective, and it could even be toxic to your health. How should you dispose of expired meds?

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The correct answer is: Dispose of expired prescription medications by putting them in a bottle, dissolving them in water, and putting the bottle in the trash. Do not flush medicines down the drain, which can pollute waterways.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Avoid contaminating your food with toxins by microwaving leftovers in which type of container?

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The correct answer is: When nuking leftovers, be sure they're in glass or ceramic dishes. Use a paper towel or wax paper in a pinch if you don't have glass.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

You can have a less toxic relationship with yourself by…

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The correct answer is: Friendships and romantic relationships aren't the only places where toxicity can take hold. Your relationship with yourself may be toxic, too. When you beat yourself up or constantly give yourself negative self-evaluations, you're more likely to be depressed or have low self-esteem. The best way to get healthy is to admit your own mistakes and weaknesses to yourself (no need to make this a public airing). Then you can begin the process of acceptance which should leave you healthier and happier.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

What's a less toxic product than mothballs for keeping moths from snacking on your clothes?

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The correct answer is: As mothballs evaporate, they can release toxic chemicals into your home and onto your clothes. Use cedar chips instead of mothballs to prevent bugs from eating away at your linens and clothing.

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