You may hear this word a lot. Perhaps you tune it out and forget that toxins exist. Or maybe you hear this word and panic about what your body is being exposed to. Simply put, toxins are anything that can harm living cells. Cells themselves can produce toxins.
What are toxins?
Toxins come from different places. They can be natural or synthetic. But the thing they have in common is the damage they cause. People who work in certain industries encounter high levels of toxic substances. However average people like you and me are also exposed everywhere we go and in everything we do.
The toxins we are going to talk about today are the everyday toxins that you encounter by being alive. Think about your daily routine. You wake up, open your eyes, use the bathroom. Then you grab a glass of water and get your coffee ready. You take a shower, and wash with store bought soap, shampoo and conditioner. Then you get dressed, pour yourself a bowl of cereal, eat, brush your teeth, hop in your car and drive to work.
In every step, there was a chance to encounter something toxic.
As a result, you may struggle with insomnia, digestive problems, headaches, asthma, and mental fog. Maybe you have fertility and hormonal issues of an unidentified cause. These issues are potentially attributable to toxins.
The great news is that the body is very good at filtering these things out. The lungs can filter toxins, the liver pulls them out of the blood, and even your kidneys work hard to get the bad out.
The bad news is that the system can get backed up, and those toxins have to go somewhere. Sometimes fat cells hold them in storage. Sometimes they hang out in your brain. Other times they travel through your bloodstream causing a multitude of problems.
Where to find them?
It’s important to take control over what you can and leave the rest. You can’t control the local air quality or water supply for instance, but you can control the things that you put on and in your body.
Let’s look at a few different ingredients you might have never given a second thought.
- Fragrance. Yes we love our Bath and Body Works lotions and sprays, but those irresistible scents come at a cost. Many fragrances contain chemicals that can disrupt your hormones and cause many problems.
- Phthalates. These are preservatives in body care products. But they can cause damage to your reproductive system, as they mimic your own hormones.
- Polysorbate 80. This is a chemical used in food and beauty products. It’s an emulsifier that stabilizes liquids. What you may not know is that it’s also carcinogenic. While it can disrupt gut health at best, it can also damage your colon to the point of causing cancer.
Here are the top 5 common places you’ll find toxins in your home:
- Cleaning and laundry supplies.
- Body cleaning products.
- Hair products.
- Skincare products.
How you can eliminate toxins?
The first thing you need to do is learn about the different ingredients in your products.
Firstly, start reading the labels. Most products have ingredient labels. The Environmental Working Group is a great resource to learn more about each of those ingredients and the potential harm they can cause.
Reducing your toxin load takes time. It can feel overwhelming to switch everything all at once. Take it one product at a time. Find a shampoo that doesn’t contain carcinogens. Also, switch your favorite cleaning spray to something DIY or without fragrances. Importantly, ditch the scented candles and swap them out for an essential oil diffuser.
Those small changes will add up to big long term gains.
Another thing you can do is increase your body’s ability to detox. Certain vitamins such as vitamin C are powerful antioxidants. Introduce a quality supplement to your daily routine. Along with a diet packed full of fruit and vegetables, you’ll get more toxins out of your body.
Toxins are everywhere. You can take control and remove many of them with a few simple changes. Learn about the ingredients in your home, switch them out for safer ones, eat a diet full of fresh fruit and veggies, and take it one step at a time. If you need help, schedule a call and let’s work on it together.