Toxins have become the indispensable part of our lives. Though, unknowingly we include hundreds of them in our modern lives that have emphasized use of preserved food products, packaged water, ready to use food items, instant cleaning agents, sprays and many more. The advanced technology has provided with immense benefits but as pros are always accompanied by cons, immense amount of health hazards have entered the lives due to build up of these innumerable toxins.
It is critical to be aware of the toxins of our lives and try eliminating them by following alternate routes. Toxin does not refer to hazardous waste or pesticides alone but it includes everything that damages the body on usage. It can be from air, food, clothing, moulds or even mobile phones. Removal of toxins can be a lengthier process, but if one is determined to remove them, it can be achieved with consistent efforts.
Toxins To Remove From Your Life
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is natural in origin but a stimulator of free radical formation within the body. It serves as an excitotoxin (neurotoxin) that excite cells and damage or destroy them eventually. MSG is the core ingredient of packaged foods like Chinese food products, potato chips, frozen meals and other preserved food items. MSG is a flavor enhancer that improves the taste of the food, wanting us having it more and more, but ingesting MSG causes several health troubles like numbness, headaches, heart palpitations and weakness.
Try avoiding food products that include MSG in preparation. These days MSG is also named as hydrolyzed protein, yeast extract or textured protein to fool the awakened customers. It is best to eat real, whole foods and boycott junk foods from the diet.
Artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners are all there to make food more tasty, colorful and low caloric. Artificial flavors and colors are nothing but manmade chemicals that are added to food items to suit our taste buds and look appealing, but in no way good for health. They are on contrary very harmful or hazardous to our health and are linked to behavioral problems, hyperactivity, eczema, ADHD, allergies and cancer. These artificial agents reduce spoilage, increases shelf life of food and prevent them from turning rancid.
Refrain yourself from buying food products with artificial ingredients and remove all such harmful chemicals from your lives. Instead, go for foods with natural dye alternatives. Instead of artificial sweeteners choose foods having xylitol, stevia, raw honey and maple syrup for reduced sugar consumption in the diet. Depend more on fresh fruits and vegetables for meals and snacking and get rid of food toxins to significant levels.
Our usual tap water comes to us treated with fluoride, chlorine and many more chemicals to make it drinkable. Regular usages of these chemicals have adverse effects on health like thyroid function, immune system health, bone disease and reproductive function. Chemicals are hormone disruptors and therefore, the hormonal balance gets majorly affected as we grow drinking chemically treated water, resulting in learning disabilities in children and hypertension amongst adults.
It is vital to get installed reverse osmosis filter at home to get rid of such chemicals before you consume it. Bottled water is also okay if consumed in less amounts as prolonged use increases BPA (bis-phenol A) load in the system, severely affecting human health.
Plastics are all around, as part of bathroom, kitchen, other consumables or decorative items of the house. Storing plastics is the cause of health problems like hormonal changes, diabetes, neurological impairment, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Do not buy plastics with number 3, 6 or 7 at all as they are the low grade plastics affecting health on the enormous scale. Only go for plastics with numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 as they are food grade and better when not used to store things for years. Plastics on wear and tear excrete BPA or ‘bis phenol A’ that have been linked to disruption of endocrine system.
Disruption of endocrine system leads to early puberty, adult onset diabetes, impaired brain functioning, reproductive and chromosomal abnormalities, heart problems, obesity and non reactivity to chemotherapy. Replace plastic container with glass storage containers, use stainless steel containers for storing drinking water rather than plastic water bottles. It is true plastic cannot be fully avoided, so make sure to use high grade only and replace them too after every 6 months to minimize the toxic effects.
Everyday home cleaners are made of petrochemicals that are potentially a big hazard to our health. On cleaning, they get infused into the air and on the surface of the home. In case, cleaners are used for cleaning kitchen surfaces, they remain stick to surface even after wiping and can incorporate in food preparations. As far as possible such cleaners should be avoided and instead use homemade cleaners that are safe and chemical free.
Fragrant Air fresheners or candle
The available air fresheners or candles for home or car are made of benzene chemicals than any natural flavors, posing serious health dangers like digestive troubles, sinus, skin infections, respiratory problems, reproductive issues and headache. To remove these unwanted chemical side effects, use soy or essential oil based candles or air fresheners only as they are completely toxic free products.
Non stick pans and pots are fancy these days as they make the cooking and cleaning process easy, but these non stick cook wares are made of Teflon and Aluminum that contains perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that may result in infertility, cancer or other severe health issues. PFOA is a severely dangerous chemical that release out toxins on heating and must be avoided to save serious health problems. In place of non stick cook wares, opt for cast iron, ceramic, stoneware, glass or stainless steel cook wares.
Moreover, foods should be cooked at low temperature and put water whenever possible. Avoid cooking using microwave or frying foods to keep nutrition intact. Cooking at high temperatures or frying leads to acryl amide formation that is linked to development of cancer risk.
Several families are suffering from mold toxicity and they may not be aware of the fact that the recurrent allergies, fatigue, asthma, skin irritation, headaches and itchy eyes are caused by troublesome moulds. To get rid of molds, one need to make sure molds does not stay at any corners of the house.
It needs to be completely thrown out and for that tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar can be used to ensure it has been thrown away. Every single place with molds needs to be effectively cleaned.
The usual products for skin care or bath care products like shampoos, soaps or toothpastes contain sodium laurel sulfate (SLS). SLS is a surfactant that is used for breaking down slippery greases for car parts or pavements and the same harsh chemical is part of skin cleaning products too. In the long run, it steals oils from the skin and makes it potentially less defensive against infections and may not effectively act as first line of defense for the body.
It is important to avoid such products and use herbal or natural based shower and skin products that are free of all chemicals or make your own homemade skin products.
Lastly, the electronic gadgets innovations have left us in world of electromagnetic radiations to which each one of us are getting exposed on daily basis. The severe radiation effects may result in poor sperm quality, sleep disorders, behavioral problems, headaches, skin irritations or increased risks of cancers.
The way to keep its effects to minimum is to always keep mobile phones or laptops 10 to 20 mm away from the skin. Use an anti EMF case for mobiles and laptops. Make use of headsets or ear buds while speaking, to minimize radiation exposure to neuronal cells of the brain.