Feeling off? Toxins in bottled water, air and food could be wreaking havoc on your health.
Are you consuming tons of toxins? Toxins in bottled water, food and home environment could be affecting your health.
A recent study from the University of California found that the average person is exposed to cancerous levels of toxins on a daily basis. Both children and adults in the study exceeded cancer benchmarks.
If your energy is low, you frequently feel irritable or you just feel “off” and distracted, you may be consuming too many toxins.
You may wonder, “how could I possibly be consuming toxins?” After all, you have a healthy lifestyle: you drink lots of water, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and even meditate every night!
The candles you are lighting when you meditate, the fruits and vegetables you’re eating and the bottled water you’re drinking all contain toxins that could be having a big impact on your health.
Toxins in Bottled Water, Air and Food: Are You Consuming Tons of Toxins?
Signs you’re consuming too many toxins
Maybe you haven’t been feeling well recently, but didn’t bother going to the doctor because your symptoms are vague — you just feel yucky! Or maybe you are experiencing health issues but no one can seem to figure out what’s causing them.
Here are a few signs that you have too many toxins in your life:
Do you have skin issues?: Our skin is our largest organ. If your liver is having a hard time breaking down all of the toxins in your body, your body may try to eliminate them by other means. When toxins build up under our skin, they often present themselves as eczema, acne, or other rashes.
Do you have unexplained aches and pains?: If you have joint or muscle aches and pains that aren’t caused by exercise, it may be a sign that you’re suffering from inflammation caused by toxins throughout your body.
Are you always tired and irritable?: If you sleep well at night but always feel tired, it could be a sign that your body is spending much of its energy just trying to eliminate toxins. Studies show that exposure to toxins is a major cause of chronic fatigue and low vitality.
Are you gaining weight rather than losing it?: Scientists have discovered that environmental toxins disrupt our ability to balance blood sugar and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Not only does this lead to weight gain, but it increases our chances of suffering from diabetes and obesity.
Do you often have an upset stomach?: Our intestines help our bodies get rid of toxins. When we’re constipated, those chemicals get stuck in our stomachs and can cause other symptoms, such as headaches. Research shows that our gut health is central to our overall health and well-being.
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, here are three hotbeds where these toxins are hiding and how to avoid them:
Toxins in our bottled water
While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees the safety of our tap water, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water as a food, and therefore cannot require certified lab testing or violation reporting.
What does that mean for consumers? In a survey of 188 brands of bottled water, only two provided information regarding testing and safety up to par with that of the EPA’s tap water reports and standards.
Another recent study found that there are nearly 25,000 chemicals in a single bottle of water, many of which mimic the effects of pharmaceuticals.
Couple those statistics with the harmful effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastic water bottles and the fact that tap water typically tastes better and costs 1,000 times less, and you may want to consider ditching your bottled water habit for pure tap water.
What you can do:
- Always drink purified water from a 100% BPA-free stainless steel or bottle.
- Swap the money you’re spending on bottled water for an at-home water purification system.
Toxins in our food
The same University of California study that found cancerous levels of toxins effect all of us on a daily basis found that many of those toxins are coming from our food.
Have you ever looked at the back of a box of cereal of can of soup and found a list of 30+ ingredients listed? If you’ve never heard of them or can’t pronounce them, chances are they aren’t good for you.
Here are some of the yucky ingredients you should make sure aren’t in any of the foods you’re consuming:
- GMOs: Soy, corn and canola-based processed food products commonly contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), which studies show cause tumors, birth defects, infertility and allergies.
- Pesticides: Ever heard of Roundup? Yup – you guessed it. It’s in our food! Farmers apply different pesticides and herbicides, such as glyphosate or Roundup to crops. Some breakfast cereals contain up to 70 different types of pesticides.
- Benzoate Preservatives: Used to help keep fats in foods from going rancid, benzoate preservatives have been linked to cancer, asthma and hyperactivity.
What you can do:
- Limit your processed food consumption. If you do purchase processed foods, make sure they don’t contain these ingredients.
- Make sure the fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products you purchase are organic and don’t contain harmful hormones or chemicals. Pay special attention to “the dirty dozen,” or the 12 fruits and vegetables that often contain the most toxins.
Toxins in our home environment
Indoor air pollutants are among the top five environmental risks to public health. Studies show that levels of air pollutants inside your home may be two to five times higher than the pollution levels outside of your home. Yikes!
Of the 80,000 chemicals we find most often in household products, 1,300 of them are “endocrine disruptors,” or chemicals that can cause hormone disruption. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Phthalates: From nail polishes and paints to furniture finish and perfume, there are probably phthalates in dozens of products in your home. Studies have found that women who develop breast cancer have higher levels of phthalates than women who are cancer-free.
- Perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs: Commonly known as Teflon, studies have linked these with thyroid and reproductive issues. Avoid products with Teflon and Gore-tex.
- Glycol Ethers and Perchloroethylene: Found in personal care products and dry cleaned goods, these can impact men’s fertility. Use organic, natural soap and hand wash your clothes.
- Benzene and Toulene: Most candles contain paraffin wax, which creates these highly toxic chemicals — the same ones that are found in diesel fuel flames.
What you can do:
- Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics.
- Swap perfume for essential oils and scented candles for unscented candles and sprays.
- Use organic, natural soap and body cleansers that do not contain these ingredients.
Ready to eliminate toxins from your life?
Our bodies contain 70 percent water. A great place to jumpstart your effort to eliminate toxins from your body is by drinking more purified tap water. Come on over and join us in living the Healthy Human Lifestyle and ridding our bodies of toxins, one cup of water at a time!
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