Here, there and everywhere!
Toxins are everywhere. Don’t we hear that all the time? They hide in plain sight. If we aren’t paying attention, we’ll get more than we bargained for, and not in a good way. So what are toxins, what do they do and how do we minimize their effect on ourselves and our families?
Just what are toxins?
The word toxic means poisonous. Well, we know pesticides, cigarette smoke and exhausts from our cars have harmful chemicals in them. When we breathe these in we are poisoning our bodies. How about our household cleaners, air fresheners and even many of our laundry detergents contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals.
We voluntarily put toxins on our bodies each day in the form of deodorants, beautifully scented lotions, body washes and shampoos. Heck, for women it’s in our cosmetics, our lipsticks, foundations and believe it or not, the facial moisturizers that we use to help our skin can contain many harmful chemicals. We need to always remember that anything that goes on our skin goes into our body, then our bloodstream where they are carried to our liver, kidneys and other organs.
How about what we put in our bodies? Studies are showing there are pharmaceuticals like antibiotics, antidepressants, painkillers and even birth control pills in our water supply. Our processed foods are loaded with chemicals, additives and preservatives. Some meat has hormones and antibiotics added. What we eat and drink go directly into our body where they are not broken down properly because we ordinarily do not have the enzymes needed for the process. Instead, the chemicals go through the digestive system and head over to our organs also.
What do toxins do?
Since they are poisonous chemicals, they are harmful to us. They reside in our cells, muscles and soft tissues. They can overwhelm our immune system. Over time we can start developing symptoms of chronic toxicity. Following is a short list of issues that can be caused by this toxicity.
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive sinus problems
- Joint pain/Muscle aches
- Sinus congestion
- Skin problems
Remember since toxins are hanging out in our bodies and not being eliminated, they build up until we get sick. Many diseases we see now days are associated with toxicity. Some of the diseases follow.
- Alzheimer’s disease/Dementia
- Attention deficit disorder
- Autoimmune disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Digestive diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcers, and colitis
- Food allergies
- Heart disease
- Menstrual problems like heavy bleeding, cramps, PMS, menopausal symptoms, mood changes and hot flashes
- Parkinson’s disease
What can we do?
We can’t control the air pollution but we can find ways to minimize our exposure to toxins and help our bodies detoxify.
How do we minimize our exposure?
In our home:
- Use natural cleaners and laundry soap.
- Use a diffuser with your favorite essential oils for your air freshener.
On our body:
- Use coconut oil or a carrier oil as your moisturizer.
- Use more natural makeup. Be sure to check the ingredients.
In our Body:
- How about we start with cutting out some of the processed foods. I know we live in the real world and I love chips as much as the next person but do we need to have them every day? Not really.
- Instead of a candy bar, how about a bowl of fruit (and aim for organic when you can).
- Make a goal to cut out one processed food item a week.
- Invest in a water filtration system or a distiller.
- Take a detox bath. Simple recipe: One cup Epsom Salt, 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil(s). I use lavender and roman chamomile for relaxation. Take a detox bath 3-4 times the first 3 weeks then at least once every week or so.
The most wonderful thing about toxins!
Once I removed the processed foods and did the detox baths, I noticed a difference within a week or so. Toxins can wreak havoc on our bodies but if you pay attention, you will start to notice a change. Even now, when I eat sugary foods (candy, ice cream, etc.), my hip ache. Yep, strange, just the left one does. Now I don’t mean I eat 5 gallons of ice cream and a bunch of candy bars. It seems that if I eat one candy bar or a bowl of ice cream, maybe, 2 days in a row, I ache. It’s crazy!! After 2 or 3 days of no sugars, my hip is fine. That showed me toxins can really affect our bodies. Small changes equal big results.
Do you have a similar experience?
Have you notices aches and pains that disappear when you stop eating certain foods?
Feel free to comment. I’d love to hear from you.