Toxicity Alert

 

 

 DDT, PCB's, dioxin, BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead and mercury...these are all examples of toxins in our environment and are finding their way into our food and air then eventually our bodies.

 

 

One frightening example of this is how much breast milk is contaminated with fat soluble toxins such as DDT and heptachlor. A scientist from Paris in the 1990's was investigating the levels of Persistent Organic Pollutants such as DDT in foods when he decided to test his wife's breast milk. The levels of DDT and dioxin were so high, it was illegal for him to pour the breast milk sample down the sink as it was considered hazardous waste. Breast milk is of course the best form of nourishment for infants however this is the problem with many toxins in our environment, even though substances might be banned or regulated they are still affecting generation after generation. The full impact and consequences of this are still unknown but there is increasing evidence these toxins are harmful to our health. It is quite depressing considering  the negative impact, however, there are positive steps that can be taken to reduce exposure:  

 

  • Eat less food from the top of the food chain. Consume less large fish such as tuna and swordfish. Reduce red meat and animal products in general - many toxins are fat soluble so are often present in the fat of animals.

  • Eat fresh organic food. Organic food is not exposed to pesticides and herbicides, this reduces our exposure and improves nutrient content in the food.

  • Reduce food packaging. Cans, plastics and polystyrene leach chemicals such as BPA and phthalates into food. 75 Harvard staff and students ate either only fresh vegetable soup for lunch or canned vegetable soup for 5 days. The study found that those that consumed the canned soup increased their BPA levels by 1221%.

  • Take off shoes at door. Harmless looking "soot" or dust is usually contaminated, your home will be cleaner in every sense by keeping shoes away from living areas.

  • Wash your hands a lot. Touching thermal receipts from shops and office dust contaminates your hands. Washing hands will prevent substances such as BPA's from entering our bodies.

  • Indoor plants. Indoor plants reduce indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene/toluene, benzene, chloroform, ammonia and acetone. Fire -retardants in furniture contain many of these chemicals.

 

The human body is a powerful regenerating organism and when placed in the right conditions is able to heal itself. Reducing toxin exposure is vital in a world where more than 140,000 toxic chemicals are used commercially, more than 3,000 used in high volume and 1,500 new chemicals released each year. It is so beneficial to give our bodies a break whatever way we can.

 

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