Toxins are considered anything that inhibits normal physiology and impacts bodily functions in a harmful way. Toxins can come from the water we drink, the food we eat and the products used in our homes and offices. Basically, toxins are all around us. At last count, there were over 80,000 chemicals registered in the U.S. alone, along with an estimated 2000 reported added annually.
How Toxins Affect Our Health
The multitude of toxins that we’re exposed to every day can cause varied health issues for each of us. A few of the symptoms related to toxicity are depression, lack of energy, headaches, allergies, skin issues, bowel problems including diarrhea and constipation and digestive problems.
Some toxins kill the much needed friendly bacteria in our stomachs, interfere with DNA synthesis, block oxygen from binding with the red blood cells, inhibit the enzymes that the body needs for healthy functions and/or block the absorption of vitamins and minerals. In addition, when the toxins in our cells and tissues develop faster than they are eliminated, bioaccumulation can also occur. When toxins are combined with other toxins in the same environment, further damage is caused.
The Body is Uniquely Designed to Eliminate Toxicity
While the body is designed to eliminate toxicity through our intestines, kidneys, and liver, when these important pathways aren’t working properly, toxins end up exiting the body through our lungs and skin. Chronic fatigue, acne, and skin rashes are only a few signs that the body is backed up with contaminants. Because toxins are everywhere, it’s virtually impossible to eliminate all of them from our lives. That being said, there are steps you can take to reduce the toxins in your life including the following.
Avoid Toxic Foods
One of the major sources of toxins and chemicals are the foods that we eat today that are loaded with preservatives, coloring agents, and other chemically devastating ingredients. As often as possible, choose organic varieties (chemical free foods) and avoid unhealthy processed foods as well – they’re just bad for you altogether.
Figure Out Your Toxic Triggers
Toxicity isn’t a new problem. It’s not just the addition of “human-designed” chemicals to our bodies that cause toxic buildup. For some people, eating too much of certain foods can end up triggering toxicity. In these cases, it’s important to figure out your toxic triggers and keeping a food journal can help, along with a consultation with your physician.
Use Toxic Free Cosmetics and Personal Care
Fortunately, there are a lot of companies today that offer non-toxic products. That being said, it’s important to read the labels and try to interpret some of their chemical lingo, also looking for terms like parabens and artificial colors. To play it safe, if you can’t pronounce the names of the included ingredients, they’re probably chemicals so avoid buying it. Remember, a single toxin isn’t usually the problem – it’s a combination of them mingling together. Using toxic cosmetics, creams and hair care create the perfect storm for toxic interactions.
Use a Water Filtration System
Water is one of the leading sources of toxins today. Research conducted recently indicated that in the United States alone, approximately 41 million people drink water that is filled with contaminants that include hormones, antidepressants, heart medications, and other prescriptions, as well as over the counter medications that pass through water treatment system. Add in agricultural and industrial waste, chlorine and carcinogens and you end up with a health defeating toxic cocktail.
Do a seasonal Cleanse
Now more than ever, in today’s toxic laden world, seasonal cleansing shouldn’t be an afterthought. Traditional Chinese medicine has long believed in the health benefits of a seasonal cleansing (spring and fall), greatly detoxifying the body, removing the harmful impurities that have accumulated in the tissues and organs. Consult with your physician before performing a seasonal cleanse.
Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
As our lives get busier and more stressful, it’s easy to grab for the first household products we see on the retail shelves, based on price or the latest TV commercials that promise to make dreaded chores easier. Most of these retail cleansers are made up of a harsh combination of chemicals, which can be disastrous for you, your family’s or your co-worker’s health. More and more people today are choosing to use all natural, toxin-free solutions like Pure Care Home’s household cleansers.
Toxins have compromised so many areas of our everyday lives, hiding in our bodies and showing themselves through illness and alarming symptoms. Fortunately, by making healthier, greener changes in your life, you can alleviate the burden toxins put on your body. By doing this, your body will be able to efficiently isolate the toxins that manage to get in and use its natural detox processes to eliminate them.