Toxins: Where Do They Come From and How Dangerous Are They Really?

Toxins: Where Do They Come From and How Dangerous Are They Really?

Toxins: Where Do They Come From and How Dangerous Are They Really?

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Toxins: Where Do They Come From and How Dangerous Are They Really?


We constantly hear about toxins threats through magazine articles, on the World Wide Web and on TV and radio. But what are toxins exactly? Where do they come from, and how can we eliminate, or at least neutralize them?

Whether we like it or not, toxins in various forms are present all around us and affect every aspect of our lives. They could represent a potentially serious threat to our health if we don’t learn to take some simple, yet necessary precautions.

Let’s take an objective look at the toxins our body is exposed to on a daily basis, and explore effective ways to prevent and counteract toxin damage.

Toxin exposure falls into 4 main categories:

•    Environmental toxins
•    Household toxins
•    Food toxins
•    Lifestyle toxins

Environmental Toxins
Industrial pollution from car fumes, factories and combustion pollutants, cannot be ignored. A great percentage of pesticides and insecticides used on fruit and vegetables are known to be carcinogenic.

Industrial pollutants cause the poor air quality in big cities and industrial zones, which we know as smog and soot. Over one hundred and seventy million people currently live in counties where air quality standards are not met, facing increased risks of heart and lung disease and premature mortality. Most of the 20 million people suffering from asthma also live in areas with poor air quality.

Going for breaks and long walks in nature, especially forests -whenever possible- while making a conscious effort to breathe deeply, will re-supply the body cells and blood with vital oxygen that trees so graciously provide to us. Read more

Household Toxins

Little actions and small changes go a long way, when it comes to safety at home.

The most innocent items such as furniture, TV sets, other electrical appliances, carpets and rugs often contain stain-repellent or fire-retardant chemicals. Many of the ones used as flame-retardants (brominated flame-retardants) persist for a long time in the home environment, eventually accumulating in our bodies. Research has shown that they can potentially disrupt our natural hormonal system over time.

Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) contribute to indoor air pollution and cause ozone depletion. Some, like alcoholic compounds, can even be explosive.

They have been known to cause headache, sore throat, nausea, and drowsiness. Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of VOCs can lead to cancer. Read more

Food Toxins

Our spectacular scientific and industrial progress has a serious drawback: Its by-products. Man-made industrial and agricultural chemicals are severely contaminating our planet, disrupting nature’s cycles, and deeply affecting humans and wildlife alike.

UK government data shows that over 90% of fresh salmon, more than a third of fruit and vegetables, and 40% of cereal products, contain pesticide residues.

To cut down the amount of contaminants in your food you should avoid: Read more

Lifestyle Toxins

Excessive smoking, drinking, over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs, food additives and colorants, all create toxic deposits in the body cells, as does undigested organic matter. On the long run, these deposits can cause serious health problems.


Toxin build-up has become more of a concern in the 21st century than ever before. Industrial and technological progress has resulted in many new and stronger chemicals, air and water pollution, radiation and nuclear contamination. Due to medical advancement we are using more drugs that promise to rid us of our various day-to-day ailments. We eat a higher percentage of refined foods, and stress is leading us to abuse our bodies with stimulants or sedatives.

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