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Harmful Toxins and How they Affect your Health

What are toxins? Are there harmful toxins in our food? Discover the truth behind these harmful toxins substances and how affect your health!

Harmful toxins are everywhere. They are found in the air, water, food, household products, and even personal care products. The more you know about which ones to avoid, the better off your health could be.

Harmful Toxins to Avoid

Harmful Toxins and chemicals are around us. The food we consume, the water we drink, and every other product that we use daily all contain chemicals and adulterants that can pose serious risks to our health. On the occasion of World Environment Day, we are going to talk about common everyday products that may emit chemicals harmful to health. From carpets to furniture, common household cleaners, mattresses, and dust all contain pollutants that could be toxic.

Common Everyday Products that Contain Harmful Toxins

  • Radon
    • Radon is a colourless and odourless gas which is radioactive. It forms from the natural decay of uranium or thorium, which is found in nearly all soils. The gas can move up through the ground into your home through cracks in floors and walls. According to the American Cancer Society, long-term exposure to radon can increase the risk of lung cancer.
  • Formaldehyde
    • This is a flammable chemical which is commonly used in building materials and manufacture of household products. It is present in pressed-wood products like plywood, particleboard, disinfectants, glue and cigarette smoke. According to the National Cancer Institute, when formaldehyde is present in the air at levels exceeding 0.1 ppm, some people can experience watery eyes or burning sensation in eyes, nose and throat. Coughing, wheezing, nausea and skin irritation are other symptoms that one may experience.
  • Benzene
    • Benzene is commonly found in crude oil. It is a colourless liquid which evaporates quickly. It is present in pesticides, synthetic fibres, plastics, inks, oils, detergents, tobacco smoke and car exhaust. Long-term exposure to benzene can cause harmful effects on the bone marrow. It can also result in a decrease in red blood cells and lead to anaemia.
  • Chemicals in plastic
    • Plastic and plastic products contain chemicals that can affect the endocrine system. Bisphenol A (BPA), pesticides and phthalates are among the most dangerous endocrine disruptors in plastic products. Plastic products contain both natural and man-made toxins which mimic oestrogen hormone. It could be especially harmful to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Even low exposure to these toxins can increase the risk of obesity, infertility, low testosterone levels and sperm production.
      • One can get exposed to these harmful chemicals by some plastic bottles, containers, toys, cosmetics, detergents, bottle tops, water supply pipes, commercially grown foods and cosmetics. It is thus important to minimise the use of plastic in all forms. It is especially important to avoid microwaving food in plastic containers. Buy only BPA-free bottles and toys. Use cosmetics that are made from natural ingredients only.

8 Ways to Avoid Harmful Toxins

There are simple 8 ways to avoid many toxins and, fortunately, the human body detoxes itself. It just needs help in performing the job. Here are eight ways to reduce your risk of toxic exposure:

  1. Detox Your Diet: Buy organic, and always wash your food: neurotoxic pesticide levels are significantly lower in children who get organic foods. Always read and understand food labels-ignore natural: aflatoxins, arsenic, cyanide are all-natural. Avoid using aluminum and Teflon cookware.
  2. Clean Up Your Diet: Limit or eliminate non-organic produce (herbicides and pesticides) dairy (hormones and antibiotics), feedlot meats (hormones and antibiotics), and farmed fish (junk-fed and PCBs). Increase your fiber consumption (minimum 21 grams of women, 30 grams men).
  3. Eliminate Processed Foods: Remove as much as possible of processed foods and sugar from your diet. Cutting out sweet beverages can eliminate hundreds of unhealthy calories and help your pancreas.
  4. Eat More Brassicas: Brassicas, like collard greens, kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, provide unique nutrients (phytonutrient) that rev up your detoxification system. This system encompasses the liver, kidneys, intestines, skin and, to a lesser extent, all the other tissues.
  5. Drink More Water: Your brain is 80% water, so avoid anything that dehydrates it such as caffeine or alcohol. Being dehydrated by just 2% impairs performance in tasks that require attention, immediate memory skills, and physical performance. Since water helps flush toxins from your body, it’s recommended that you drink three to four quarts of reverse osmosis or filtered (with charcoal) water every day.
  6. Toss Toxic Cleaners: Do a bathroom cleanse and throw out all toxic products.
  7. Take Vitamin C, curcumin, Other Antioxidants Daily: Vitamin C is a versatile antioxidant and the most dollar-effective antitoxin you can get. The Curcumin, which gives turmeric and curries their gold color, are also powerful antioxidants, but you’ll need to make sure you get a well-absorbed supplement.
  8.  Fortify Your Natural Defenses: One of the best ways to protect yourself from harmful agents is to support your natural defenses with supplements. The body’s detoxification systems overlap with the immune system to help process toxic chemicals, avoid allergic and intolerance reactions, and destroy potentially harmful infectious agents.

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