5 Largest Sources of Toxins in 2020
In 1974 the World Health Organization stated that approximately 84% of all chronic diseases are created by environmental toxins. Over the past 40 years this number has increased dramatically. Environmental toxicity is one of the major epidemics of this lifetime.
Every day we are exposed to toxins and heavy metals that have negative impacts on our health. They are in the pesticides used to grow our food, the water that we drink and bathe in, the utensils we cook and eat with, many of our household products, and even in the air that we breathe. These microscopic particles go easily unnoticed, but the effect they have on our health is significant. Unless we take special care to avoid these toxins and detoxify them from the body, they may build up and lead to a variety of health issues.
In this article, we will discuss the 5 largest sources of toxins in 2020:
Food can be our greatest source of nourishment and healing, or it can be our greatest source of toxicity and disease. Many foods today are grown with pesticides containing toxic chemicals, are heavily processed, filled with preservatives, fillers, coloring agents, and other chemicals, are genetically modified, grown in depleted soil, and lacking in essential nutrients.
It is more important now than ever to be mindful of the food that we consume, what the quality is, what the ingredients are, and how it was grown and processed. If we eat organically grown whole foods, eat locally and seasonally whenever possible, and avoid toxic junk foods then we can supply our bodies with the nutrients they need while also avoiding toxic build-up in the body. Before consuming anything, ask yourself “is this healing me or harming me?”
It is also worth considering how we eat. If we overeat, combine our foods poorly, or eat when we are anxious, absent-minded, or angry, it will inhibit our ability to digest the food that we are consuming, and rather than being properly digested and absorbed, the food will turn into metabolic waste that will create a toxic environment in the gut. Equally important to what you are eating is how you are eating.
Air is another major source of toxicity, depending on the quality of air that you are exposed to. Unfortunately, many of our major cities are filled with smog and air pollution. Breathing in this air pollution negatively impacts the health of our lungs, and our body as a whole.
Because the toxins in air are microscopic, it is easy to neglect just how prevalent they can be. Nonetheless, air pollution remains a major source of toxicity and disease. Data from the World Health Organization shows that 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.
The best thing to do to avoid breathing in polluted air is to spend time in environments with fresh air whenever possible. If you are fortunate enough to live in a place with clean air, be grateful! Spend more time outside enjoying the fresh air! If you live in a polluted city, make time to leave the city from time to time to be in nature and to breathe in the high-quality air. The more time we spend in pure and natural environments, the better our health is likely to be.
However, not everyone lives in a place with clean air, nor has the time to visit natural environments frequently. Thankfully, there are other solutions that we can turn to. Air purifiers and indoor house plants can be a great help in improving air quality, and proper nutrition and supplementation can help your body to better process and detoxify the toxins that you inhale. Our Lung Detox Tonic was created to assist the body’s natural detoxification of environmental pollutants, and our Liver Detox Tonic was formulated to support the livers primary role of neutralizing and detoxifying the toxins that enter the body.
Similar to food and air, water can be a source of great nourishment and healing, or a source of great toxicity and illness. It all depends on the quality and quantity of the water we consume. Along with food and air, modern industrial and agricultural practices have polluted much of our water sources. Not only that, but much of our water is treated with harsh chemicals, or stored in plastics that contain harmful toxins like BPA.
In 2020, we have to pay attention to everything we put in our bodies and consider the effect it will have on our health. Food is not just food, air is not simply air, and water is not just water. There are differences in quality of food, air, and water, and the difference of the quality that you consume also determines the difference in whether you experience health and well-being or illness and disease.
Avoid drinking tap water, water bottled in plastic, and water that is treated heavily with chemicals. If possible, find a good source of water, such as a natural spring or well, or invest in a water filtration system that can help to eliminate toxins in your water. It is also smart to invest in a good shower filter, as the tap water that most of us bathe in also contains a significant amount of toxins. It is shocking that the body can absorb up to a glass of water (12 ounces) from a shower.
4. Personal Care Products
Food, air, and water are things that go in our body, but the things we put on our body also affect our health. Many people ignore or overlook the contents of their personal care items, but they too can be a major source of toxins. Deodorants often contain aluminum and other toxins used as “antiperspirants,” skincare products often have harsh chemicals used as preservatives and “acne remedies,” hair products may also contain numerous toxic substances, as can toothpaste, mouthwash, body wash, lotion, hairspray, aftershaves, and so on. As with food, it is important to check the ingredients of the products that you consume and use externally, and to seek out the best in quality, or consider making your own personal care products at home.
We live in an age of information, which has brought about incredible advancements in society and has radically changed our way of life. However, this abundance of information also has its share of pitfalls. Along with information, there is much dis-information and information that impacts us negatively. Being exposed to so many different perspectives, opinions, beliefs, ideas, news stories, trends, and so on can be a huge distraction to us, and can take us away from being present and attentive to our lives. Even worse, much of this information can be overwhelming and may lead to stress, fear, and anxiety.
In 2020, we have to pay attention to more than just physical sources of wellness or illness, we have to consider the mental sources as well. How does the media that you consume affect your mental and emotional well-being? Do you stress over the news, feel anxious or insecure on social media, listen to music that makes you feel depressed or angry, or watch television programs that instill fear or negative images in your mind? All of these things are worth considering when it comes to our health and wellness.
Negative media can have a very real physiological effect on us. Fear and stress can raise our cortisol levels, increase our heart rate and put our body in a state of fight-or-flight. Angry media influences can water the seeds of anger in our minds, and can create tension in our bodies. Conversely, positive media can also have a very real physiological effect on us. Peaceful and calming media can help us relax and relieve stress, breathe deeper, lower our heart rate, and put our body in a restorative state. Positive information and media can make us feel happy, causing the brain to release neurotransmitters and hormones like dopamine and serotonin.
Sources of toxicity are everywhere—but so are sources of health and well-being. We have the ability to choose what we consume and to understand how that affects our bodies and minds. If we do not educate ourselves or take the time to learn about what we are consuming, we will be ignorant of how the things that we consume affect us, and we will suffer the consequences of unknowingly consuming toxic substances. It is essential that we be mindful of what we consume if we wish to be healthy.
We have to understand that the very things we depend on for life—food, water, air, personal care products, information—can lead to either illness or wellness depending on the quality and quantity of what we consume. Your health is in your hands, so take responsibility for your well-being and strive to consume only the things that make you happy and healthy. The choices we make every day—the food we eat, the supplements we consume, the water we drink, the products we use, the amount of exercise we perform, the stress levels in our lives—these are the difference between illness and health.