We are exposed to more than eighty thousand toxic chemicals every day, indicated by figures issued by the Environmental protection Agency (EPA). These toxins are present everywhere, including in the beauty products we use, latest technological gadgets and even in the pesticides sprayed on our food.
Unfortunately, most of these toxins such as phthalate, formaldehyde, dangerous flame retardants and BPA (or bisphenol A), are easily absorbed by our system and become the leading cause of many diseases. Asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and infertility are only a few of the diseases that are caused due to the overexposure to such harmful toxins.
Recently, researchers have found the deteriorating effects of flame retardants that are usually found in both stain resistant items and furniture. According to the results of the study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, coming intocontact with such flame retardants could possibly cause breast cancer. Additionally, the safety of these chemicals has never actually been tested on humans.
The environment we are exposed to each day is loaded with harmful toxins, and it is practically imposible to avoid their exposure. However, there are certain measures that we can adopt in order to minimize our exposure to them and reduce the level of their toxicity in our bodies.
- Choose Organic Foods: Nowadays, the types of foods we consume are raised from soil that is comprised substantially from chemicals. The consumption of such foods puts us at a risk of developing various harmful diseases since they contain many toxins. According to Rick Smith, the co-author of the book, ‘Toxin Toxout’, “we can drastically decrease the risk from ingesting toxic chemicals by making sensible food choices.”We should consume fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy that are organically grown to reduce our exposure to harmful toxins. The term ‘organic’ means that plant crops have been raised without genetic modification, chemical pesticides or fertilizers. ‘Organic’ also refers to any eggs, meat, and dairy products that are produced from animals that have been fed with organic grains.
- Check The Ingredients: Personal care products such as cosmetics are composed of a large number of chemicals. This is mainly due to the fact that there are large arrays of these types of products available on the market, and they are designed in such a way so as to get easily absorbed into the skin. It is recommended purchasing cosmetics that are paraben and phthalate free. Products that contain retinyl palmitate (which is a type of vitamin A), should be avoided; this ingredient breaks down once it comes into contact with the sun and causes lesions and tumors.
- Exercising: Our body stores the toxic chemicals in fat cells. Regular exercises work to break down the fat cells and eradicate toxins. Vigorous exercise also causes us to sweat, which is a highly effective way of secreting toxins from the body.
- Limit Your Intake Of Saturated Fat: Smith states that numerous chemicals are attracted to fat. He found that the toxins locate themselves in the fat cells after they enter our body. Thus, it is recommended to restrict the consumption of saturated fat, which is usually found in fried foods and fatty portions of meat.
- Use Better Cleaning Products: You may be surprised to know that there are many cleaning products loaded with toxins. Such cleaning products are found to be extremely harmful for children. The senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Sonya Launder says that people both overuse and misuse disinfectant products, stating that one shouldn’t use disinfectants unless someone is sick at home. It is better to use cleaners that are green certified and to buy less of these products in general.
- Keep Your Indoor Air Clean: Pollution is everywhere – outside as well as inside. Polluted air is composed of harmful toxins that can make us sick. This is why it’s important to keep our indoor air clean, as we spend most of our time there. The purchase of indoor furnishing products such as carpet underlay, paint and flooring that are composed of low-level volatile organic compounds is a good idea when attempting to keep your indoor air toxin-free. Additionally, allow fresh air in your home by opening your windows regularly. This will replace the stagnant air and decrease your exposure of chemicals from furniture off-gassing.
- Avoid Using Nonstick and Plastic Pans: We unknowingly expose our food products to BPA by storing them in plastic wares. Even using plastic wares to heat food in the microwave isn’t advisable since it can cause BPA to mix into food. It is better to choose glass products rather than plastic ones; nonstick pans should also be avoided, whereas stainless steel and cast iron pans should be preferred.
- Drink Spring Water: Water is most likely the simplest and best way to flush toxins from your body, however spring water is the healthiest water on earth because it is ‘living water’ and supposedly contains none of the contaminants found in regular drinking water. Drinking spring water recharges your body and keeps it healthy. It is recommended drinking enough spring water to turn your urine a light-colored yellow.
Unfortunately, toxins will always be present in our environment; however we can adopt ways to minimize our exposure to them. It’s time that we assume a healthy eating lifestyle in order to remain healthy.