Reducing your exposure to toxins and supporting your body’s detox processes is crucial for overall health.
We live in an increasingly toxic world. The average person has over 700 environmental chemicals in his/her body today. Newborn babies average over 287 known toxins at birth. These shocking amounts of toxins have a devastating impact on health as shown with the skyrocketing rates of disease, especially cancer.
Toxins are substances that are poisonous to the body and can be found just about everywhere. Water, air, food, clothing, and everything else in your environment can contain toxins. Clouds even carry mercury, dioxins, PCBs and thousand of other toxins from around the world.
The good news is that you can reduce toxins in your environment and support your body’s detox processes. The first step to reducing toxins in is to increase your awareness of what toxins are, where they come from and how they harm your health. Listed below are common toxin sources and signs you need a detox.
Increase Your Awareness of Toxins
Common toxins include: heavy metals (mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic, nickel, cadmium, thallium, copper, etc.), cleaning products, fragrances, pesticides, herbicides, glyphosate, formaldehyde, VOCs, pollution, BPA, phthalates, triclosan, dioxin, asbestos, mold, fire retardants, and so many more.
How Toxins Harm Your Health
Toxins affects every system in the body and contribute to many different health problems. Toxins are absorbed via air (pollution, fragrances, etc.), water (drinking, shower, pool, etc.), anything that comes into contact with your skin (water, beauty/hygiene/personal products, etc.), anything ingested (food, beverages, supplements, medications, mercury from amalgam fillings, etc.).
Reduce Toxins to Reduce Body Fat
Toxins are stored predominantly in fat tissues, like your butt, belly and brain, but also muscles, bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, and organs. Most toxins accumulate in the body slowly over time, which is why you might not have noticeable symptoms. You may also attribute toxicity symptoms to other conditions or even think those symptoms are a normal aspect of aging.
Symptoms You’re Toxic
Toxicity symptoms include: stubborn body fat, fatigue, congested liver, difficulty detoxing, hormone imbalances, blood sugar issues (diabetes), cravings, digestive problems (constipation, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, bloating), poor gut health (leaky gut, food sensitivities, autoimmunity, etc.), autism, water retention, brain fog, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, dementia, headaches, migraines, muscle and joint aches and pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, skin issues (acne, rashes, rosacea, eczema), allergies, asthma, sinus issues, sleep problems (insomnia), accelerated signs of aging, Candida overgrowth, pathogenic infections, weakened immune function, reproductive issues (infertility), birth defects, and more. These toxins also increase your risk of cancer and countless other conditions.
Now that you know the abundance of toxins you’re inevitably exposed to daily and the symptoms associated with toxicity, it’s time to take action. Help your body safely and effectively get toxins out to prevent them from accumulating in your body fat and damaging your health. The goal is to take one step at a time to reduce your exposure and support your body’s ability to detox.
Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,