The Lowdown on Toxins
There has been a great deal of discussion in the last few years regarding the presence of toxins in our lives. This is a concept that has been fuelled by effective marketing campaigns advising consumers that they must invest in certain products in order to help eliminate toxins from their bodies.
The idea of ‘going on a detox’ in order to reduce the harm felt from toxins is certainly a great way to sell products, such as pills, powders and juices, but is there really any benefit to the body of doing so?
Before we answer this question, let’s start from the beginning!
What Are Toxins
When people talk about toxins they are generally referring to an organism that is considered to be harmful to the body. There are several types of toxins in existence and many of them can be quite detrimental to our health in different ways.
Many toxins can be found inside of the human body and are actually produced there by the body itself. These internal toxins are by-products of essential human functions and can often be processed and eradicated by the body itself with no problem! It is only when something goes wrong and these toxins begin to build up that a health issue can start to arise.
We are also regularly exposed to external toxins that can make their way into our bodies through ingestion or absorption. Across the media spectrum today there is much focus on the amount of toxins in our food, but it is important to remember that this is not the only source! The unfortunate reality is that there are actually toxins in almost everything, from the water that you drink to the everyday items that you come into contact with, such as tins, plastics and paints.
How to Beat Toxins
It may surprise you that avoiding stress is actually a great way to help combat toxins – both internal and external! When you are stressed out you become much more prone to anxiety and depression, and also more likely to eat unhealthy foods – which then invites toxins into the body.
Alcohol and cigarettes are two serious sources of toxins that it is possible to choose to avoid. The toxins in alcohol deplete your nutrient stores and make it harder for the body to hold onto the B vitamins it needs for both your metabolism and your memory*. When it comes to smoking, cigarette smoke contains incredibly harmful toxins that are now known to cause a wide range of illnesses and diseases.
There are other things that you can aim to avoid in order to limit your exposure to toxins. For example food that comes from cans, or anything that is processed is better off avoided. Consuming organic fruits and vegetables, as well as other organic produce, will help you to reduce the amount of toxins in your diet.
Although it simply isn’t possible to avoid toxins on every level, you can choose to steer clear of some of the worst offenders. This can help to improve your lifestyle and support how well your body responds to toxins.
Finding ways to shop that don’t involve harmful plastics or processed, packaged foods can be challenging – but it can also be fun! A great way to get started is to evaluate the products that you buy and the foods that you consume, and then to determine which of these things may contain harmful toxins. You can then slowly work to find substitutes for these things one by one as you work to reduce the toxins you have in your home!
This is a huge topic and one that we will delve further into soon, so visit us again to find out additional ways that you can combat toxins to enjoy better health!