- Diet-modern diets typically come in packaged foods that are full of chemicals and additives. This also included alcohol, white sugar, and gluten products. Even much of the common produce we eat is full of toxic chemicals and pesticides
- Water-most tap water is full of chemicals and it shows up in the taste. Bottled water also has chemicals as well (coming from the plastic itself).
- Soil-Soil pollution can be caused by a number of different factors ranging from agricultural and urban run-off to pesticides and fossil fuel emissions. Polluted soil affects our food and water supply.
- Environment-toxic chemicals in our environment may be the most difficult to avoid. Homes, offices, automobiles, manufacturing plants, secondhand cigarette smoke, are filled with potentially toxic chemicals that can be hard to avoid.
- Beauty Products/Personal Care products-botox, makeup, lotions, toothpaste often contain chemicals that can be harmful to our bodies.
All toxins can potentially overwhelm our liver and kidneys and whole immune system functioning in general. When there is an overload of toxins in the body, the body (in its inherent wisdom) stores the toxins in fat cells and in our organs (saves it for another time when it is able to “clean out the closet.”)
What to do?
- Buy organic produce and protein sources as often as possible. Support your local farmer’s market and get to know your farmer and where your food comes from. The more demand you make for organic food, the more businesses will cater to that in the long run.
- Do a detox-you can do a 30 day elimination diet from packaged foods, sugar, and gluten products (you can pick one from the list as to not overwhelm!). Do a yearly detox of 5-7 days to clean out the body and allow for enhanced liver and kidney functions.
- Try stainless steel bottled water bottles to fill your water up in. If you have to drink out of bottled water, there are some companies that are developing water bottles that are PCP free. Regularly change your water filter at home (sink, bathroom, kitchen, etc) if you use tap water (change every 3-6months).
- Clean your home and body with organic products. Beauty and cleaning products contain chemicals in your body that can be potentially be stored as fat. Due to toxic build up more and more people are experiencing obesity due to chemical overload and not realizing it. By buying organic, whenever possible, you are ensuring that your body does not go into toxic overload.