The environment is often an underlooked and underevaluated component of health –
What do your Teflon frying pan, microwave popcorn, pizza box and lipstick have in common? How about a receipt from the store, a can of tuna and a plastic water bottle? Let’s not forget that cute rubber duck in the bathtub, anti-bacterial hand soap near the sink, and the Colgate Total toothpaste and deodorant in the bathroom cabinet. The answer is chemicals—namely, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA ), bisphenol A (BPA), mercury, triclosan and phthalates.
Our bodies are affected daily by chemicals from environmental pollutants, medications and hormones in our food supply, cooking utensils and containers (plastic), pots and pans (Teflon and other non-stick surfaces), pesticides and chemicals in our food, chlorine and other chemical contaminants in our water supply, chemicals in cleaning products, cosmetic products (perfume, hair products, lotions and makeup), children’s toys, canned foods, as well as pollutants in the air we breathe. In recent years, many studies have shown that significant levels of toxic substances can leach from the everyday items in our homes and workplaces.
We are now into the fourth generation of people exposed to toxic chemicals from before conception through to adulthood, and statistics tell us that we are under siege. The cumulative effect of these chemicals can affect our mental health, contributing to ADHD, depression and dementia. In addition, these chemicals contribute to a wide variety of health concerns, including reproductive problems, hormone imbalances, breast cancer, testicular cancer, fatigue, immune dysfunction, asthma, birth defects and liver damage. Some of the chemicals mentioned above have a short life in the body, but others are persistent—which is a problem not only for you as an individual, but for the planet. However, it is not all a doom and gloom story. As the toxic load in our bodies continues to increase, detoxification is critical to maintain optimal health.
Download the Home and Body Detox guide to:
- Understand your body’s natural detoxification processes
- Learn what factors in our everyday lives disrupt this process
- Discover the necessary steps to get back on track.
“The environment of the cell determines the health of the cell.” ~ Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND