The Silent Toxins in Your Life
Where are these toxins and how may they be affecting your health?
Today, we are bombarded with many different toxins in our everyday environments - from the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the body care and cleaning products we use and the environment we work and live in.
the daily toxins that affect our health:
- Pesticide residues on and in food
- Agriculture chemicals
- Heavy metals
- Food additives and preservatives
- Perfumes and colognes
- Cigarette smoke
- Body care and cleaning products
- Electromagnetic frequencies
- City water
- Indoor air quality
- Air fresheners
All of these toxins easily go unnoticed on a daily basis by many AND many are socially accepted and considered normal in our society. But, we should not be ignoring the fact that these toxins negatively impact human health and the health of our environment.
What does your body do with such chemicals?
The body speaks in different ways throughout our lives. Primarily, it shares through symptoms how it is being affected by exposure to an array of chemicals and toxins in our daily environment and lifestyles. These adverse symptoms, however, for many people, are considered normal or are not even recognized.
Most people have been exposed to many of these chemicals since childhood and have grown accustomed to them throughout life. Often people describe their reactions or everyday life symptoms as “I have always been like this,” or “I have always reacted like this.”
The body is incredible; it protects its most vital organs from these chemicals as best it can, for as long as it can, until the toxic load becomes too much.
Depending on the individual’s diet and lifestyle, some of these chemicals may be released through the body’s elimination pathways. However, for many, the body becomes overloaded and can no longer natural eliminate these chemicals through its natural detoxification pathways. The elimination pathways may not be open or are not functioning optimally due to stress, poor diet, disease, digestive issues, and/or allergies. This means the chemicals continue to increase in the body and become the culprits for more serious health issues and degenerative diseases to manifest.
How to decrease your exposure to these silent toxins?
Right now, you may feel like you do not know where to start with addressing the potential chemicals you are being exposed to in your daily life. The first step is to identify where these toxins are, and what you’re being exposed to. Here are some resources than can be very helpful to start cleaning up your personal diet and environment:
- Read Blog Post: What does Organic Really Mean?
- EWG’s Healthy Living App – helps identify the toxic chemicals in the products you use or buy
- Think Dirty App – also helps identify the toxic chemicals in your products
Remember, you can create a healthier environment for you and your body by becoming more aware and making conscious choices when buying products.
You will likely be amazed at how different you will start to feel when you begin decreasing your everyday chemical exposure.
Have you taken any steps to decreased your exposure to toxins? If so, share below!
Breanne Gibson, MSc., DHN, ROHP, RNCP
As a leading holistic nutritionist, lifestyle mentor, and permaculture designer, Breanne empowers high achieving and sustainably-driven leaders and entrepreneurs optimize their health and performance and design a resilient life they love so they can be living their full potential as they share their gifts with the world. Read her inspiring story, “From Peachland girl to military officer to a worldwide permaculture exploration” that lead her to where she is today.
*Please note I have no affiliation with the above-recommended apps, but have found them to be personally helpful in my own life and for my clients.