However, the latter may prove difficult, as these toxins are present in various products, even in the food you eat.
Environmental toxins occur naturally, but some of them are also byproducts of industrialization. These toxins can be found in the water you drink, in the air you breathe, in cosmetics and household items.
Pregnant mothers and developing children are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of environmental toxins since infants have developing brains and nervous systems, which are highly vulnerable to disorders.
Environmental toxins can disrupt sensitive biological systems in the body. These toxins are often linked to different conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, autism and other neurological disorders.
Environmental toxins, which can act as endocrine disruptors, may also increase cancer risk.
Constant exposure to environmental toxins may cause toxin overload, which can result in symptoms such as:
While some of these symptoms are sometimes dismissed as a normal consequence of aging, they often occur due to exposure to toxins.
To reduce your risk of toxin overload, avoid these 11 common environmental toxins:
Studies have shown that various health problems are linked to these toxins, which is why you must take measures to reduce your exposure to them.
Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food or eating. If you don't have access to soap and water, pour water on your hands and rub vigorously using a clean cloth. Avoid using hand sanitizer before you eat.
Leave your shoes at the front door before entering your house, especially if you have a baby that may crawl on the floor or young children who may be tempted to pick up food or toys from the ground and put them in their mouths.
Eat organic foods. Avoid conventionally produced meat and dairy products that may contain toxic antibiotics, pesticides and synthetic hormones that are linked to a greater risk of metabolic disorders and weight gain. When buying eggs, fish or meat, look for “pasture-raised, organic” eggs, wild-caught fish or “100 [percent] grass-fed” meats. (Related: Fast results for your health: One week of eating organic found to dramatically lower toxin levels in your body.)
Here are other tips on how to protect yourself from environmental toxins:
Keep your home clean and eat organically grown foods to boost your overall health. While you can't completely avoid toxins, taking necessary measures can significantly reduce your exposure to these dangerous chemicals.