Well as we draw nearer and nearer to Christmas and New Years, we are going to bombard ourselves toxins, actually we bombard ourselves with toxins on a daily basis; toxins are everywhere, in the food we eat and the air we breath, but there are ways to limit your exposure to the most common sources..
.....So read on my friends...if you try some of these I would love to hear from you.....
Understanding Sources of Toxins
It is impossible to avoid toxins, more so in the 21st century than ever. Harmful substances are everywhere - externally, in the environment and internally, produced by the body itself.
Even "healthy" activities such as a walk in the park or enjoying a piece of fresh fruit actually subject the body to potentially harmful toxins.
It has been estimated that, every year, the average adult consumes around a gallon of pesticides ( in fresh foods ), 10 pounds of chemical food additives and a teaspoon of solid pollution ( via the lungs ).
You can't escape toxins; they are an inevitable part of life. However, there are steps you can take to limit your exposure and to actively help your body become more efficient at eliminating them. Recognizing common sources of potentially harmful substances is the first step to avoiding them.
Preventing The Buildup Of Toxins
Your body is an extremely efficient waste-disposal system. However, a 21st century lifestyle, complete with a diet high in processed foods, can mean that the body becomes overburdened with toxins. When this occurs, your body begins to store toxins rather than eliminating them.
This buildup of toxins can have a negative impact on your health, affecting your body's vital functions such as digestion and circulation.
Some studies even suggest that the buildup of toxins is associated with the development of serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer. The benefits of detoxing the body are increasingly obvious, with many people giving their bodies a helping hand o flush out toxins.
Dietary Toxins~Processes foods are low in nutrients and tend to contain additives that are potentially toxic. Even if you avoid such foods in favor of fresh produce, you are still exposed to toxins.
Almost half of the fruit and vegetables we consume contain pesticides residues. Traces of organophosphates have been detected in high quantities in several kinds of fresh foods.
Recently, there has also been concern over genetically modified foods and irradiation, while some drinking water has been found to contain heavy metals, pesticides, arsenic, asbestos and fertilizer. This may explain the alarming rise in food allergies seen in recent years.
Alcoholic Beverages~Alcohol is toxic in high levels, but it can take its toll even in moderation. Long term consumption of alcohol can damage the liver - the main organ responsible for the excretion of waste - compromising the break-down of other toxins. It also depletes levels of nutrients and dehydrates the body.
Also, morn production methods meant that most drinks contain pesticides, colorants and other harmful additives, putting further strain on the liver.
Coffee~Caffeine is a highly addictive stimulant enjoyed by most people on a daily basis, in products such as coffee, tea, chocolate and carbonated drinks.
An excessive amount of caffeine can lead to disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, irritability, headaches, and even high blood pressure. It can also impair your body's ability absorb certain vitamins and minerals.
Toxic Tobacco~Many people try to exercise and eat sensibility, while overlooking the harmful effect that smoking has on their health, not to mention that of others!
With every puff, you inhale extremely toxic substances, depriving yourself of oxygen and impairing your body's ability to regulate vitamins and minerals. There is no doubt that the buildup of toxins from smoking is linked to the development of cancer.
Our Everyday Environment~Every time you inhale, you fill your lungs with airborne pollutants such as cigarette smoke, traffic fumes and industrial pollution.
Even in your home, no matter how clean you keep it, you are exposed to pollutants such as dust, cleaning fluids, dyes, glues, paint and detergents.
Even the deodorant you use is likely to contain toxins such as aluminum, while some toothpastes can contain ethanol and ammonia. Of course, it is impossible to avoid environmental toxins altogether, but you can reduce your exposure to them by adapting your lifestyle and taking care over the products you choose to buy.
We are at the conclusion of this post, did you learn anything?
How about a show of hands of who's quiting smoking?
How about bringing down the amount of alcohol and coffee?
Even if you can only get rid or reduce one toxin, it will help your body.