Whether we want to believe it or not, we are surrounded by toxins on a daily basis, both externally and internally. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put the number around 80,000.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, toxin is defined as “an antigenic poison or venom of plant or animal origin, especially one produced by or derived from microorganisms and causing disease when present at low concentration in the body.” Some obvious examples of toxins are pollution, second hand cigarette smoke, and pesticides. These three visible toxins are external to the body and known to cause cancer and neurological problems. However, there are many toxins that are not quite as visible, and even more of a concern, because we don’t necessarily know when our body is exposed to it.
The reality is that toxins can be found in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, our cleaning products, our make up, lotions, and even water. Toxins can also have a negative impact on our body and manifest itself through various conditions:
- Joint Discomfort
- Reduced Mental Clarity
- Fatigue or Difficulty Sleeping
- Low Libido
- Weight Gain & Food Cravings
- Stuffy Head
- Poor Skin Condition
Especially troubling is the impact these toxins can have on children as their size is substantially smaller and they are still developing. So what can we do to help protect ourselves and our families from the harmful effects of toxins? Here’s a simple list of suggestions to rid your body of as many toxins as you can:
- Eat organic. Be aware of the Dirty Dozen which contains the most pesticide residue because that alone can eliminate your toxin exposure by 80%: apples, peaches, grapes, strawberries, celery, nectarines, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes.
- Read the labels of everything you are consuming and applying to your skin. The skin is highly absorbent, so avoid the chemicals phthalate, paraben, and retinyl palmitate.
- Regular exercise naturally flushes toxins from your body – and sweat!
- Avoid saturated fats. These are found in fatty beef, fried foods, commercial baked goods, and processed lunch meats.
- Use higher quality cleaning products and less of them.
- Be aware of indoor air quality. Furniture, flooring, and paint can emit low levels of toxic gasses. Opening your windows can help clear the air.
- Avoid plastic containers when storing food and choose cast iron or stainless steel pans vs nonstick.
- Drink plenty of water to help flush the toxins from your body.
What can you do today to begin eliminating toxins from you and those you love?