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Top Five Sources of Toxins and What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
Here are the top 5 sources of toxins, along with recommendations to reduce your exposure:
1. Food – Your food has more toxins than you may think. Processed foods often contain chemicals that create symptoms ranging from food allergies, weight gain even to the early
signs of cancer.
But it’s not just packaged food to avoid. Conventional produce is also full of pesticides. In fact, over one billion pounds of pesticides are used on food in the US alone. These pesticides have
been linked to symptoms ranging from muscle cramps and heart rate changes to irritability to emotional instability.
To reduce your exposure to food toxins: Choose whole foods instead of processed foods. In addition, choose organic fruits and vegetables. Organic produce is grown without harmful pesticides and even better, the soil is more mineral rich. Eating organic, whole foods is a great step you can take toward health and wellness.
2. Water – The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Body composition varies according to gender and fitness level, because fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue. Tap water is teeming with toxins. The Environmental Working Group found over 140 contaminants in tap water. In addition, studies have shown that pharmaceuticals, like prescription and over the counter drugs, are being found in tap water. Some of the most common drugs found in water are: antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds.
Many bottled waters have been shown to be just as bad as tap water mainly because of toxins that leach from the plastic bottles themselves.
To reduce your exposure to water toxins: If you have only tap water in your home, you might consider installing a whole house “reverse osmosis” water filter.
3. Environment – Whether inside or outside your home, school or workplace, the environment is a major source of toxins. Pollution from manufacturing, cars and second hand cigarette smoke can be challenging to avoid. However, there are simply things you can do to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins.
To reduce your exposure to environmental toxins: Some people choose to live in rural locations for the clean air and land. Short of moving to a rural area, you can do several things to avoid environmental toxins. First, switch your cleaning products to those with all-natural ingredients, like Seventh Generation brand cleaning, laundry and dishwashing supplies.
Choose “green” or chemical-free products, like clothing and fabrics for furniture, which often have flame retardants on them. Choose paint that does not have VOCs (volatile organic
Finally, drive wisely. Drive efficient, low-polluting vehicles. For a list, visit www.epa.gov/greenvehicles Plan your trips to save gasoline and reduce air pollution by triplinking. Avoid long lines at fast-food restaurant or bank drive-thrus. Park your car and go inside. When possible walk, ride a bike, carpool, van pool or use public transportation. Get regular vehicle tune-ups and maintenance checks (especially for spark plugs, oil changes and air filters). Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Use energy-conserving (EC) grade motor oils.
4. Beauty and personal care products – The products we use to look our best may actually be the biggest source of aging and other adverse symptoms. Many beauty products like
toothpaste, lotion, youth creams, soap, shampoo, conditioner, perfumes and makeup are full of toxic chemicals.
Even beauty and personal care products from the health food store can be filled with ingredients that cause harmful symptoms.
To reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty and personal care products: Read ingredient labels on your personal care products. Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.
Ingredients to avoid in your beauty and personal care products are: sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, triclosan (found in antibacterial products), Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben), mineral oil, petroleum, Diethanolamine DEA, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, talc, lanolin and phthalates.
5. Stress and negative thinking – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 90% of all illness and disease is due to stress. Stress can kill the good bacteria and yeast that live in your intestines and keep your immune system and digestive health strong.
As the good bacteria and yeast die off, the bad bacteria and yeast are able to take over. New Era teaches that this creates an imbalanced inner ecosystem, which can set the stage for illness and dis-ease.