Processed foods... Does it really matter?
Environmental toxins... Can I really avoid them?
Is this article going to require a cult membership?... No LOL
Toxin - a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation
Chemical - a substance obtained by a chemical process or producing a chemical effect
Additive - a substance added to another in relatively small amounts to effect a desired change in properties
Detoxify - a: to remove a harmful substance (poison or toxin) or the effect of such
b: to render (a harmful substance) harmless
Aromatic chemicals - Aroma chemicals have various classifications such as lactones, esters, aldehydes, alcohols and ketones. Each of these notes contribute to the smell or taste of a fragrance or flavour compound in a wide variety of end products from food and drink to fine fragrance and beyond.
What if you could see all of the airborne toxins? What if every single one of them appeared like different coloured gas?
Would you hold your breath to avoid them?Would you want to be able to escape them at home and while you sleep.
Would you be motivated to make a few small changes to improve your air quality if toxins and pollution were visible?
In the modern world humans (and animals) are exposed to more toxins and harmful chemicals that any generation before us.
Which means it is really valuable to know where and when you can easily reduce your exposure each day. Exposure is a sneaky thing, we can't feel any damage or negative impact in the moment (or we don't recognise the reaction we are having as being a warning), but over time damage is done sometimes to particular organs such as lung disease and other times it is impacting our epigenetics to increase the risk of adverse health effects in later life. The overall impact can be so insidious that we are completely unaware of how fatigued or restless we feel as a result. It becomes our normal and we attribute it to ageing or poor sleep or stress when in fact our bodies are working overtime trying to clear these substances for our system.
An analogy that works to explain this phenomenon is likening your body to a car. Imagine driving along a road with an ever increasing incline, slowly but surely your car is pushing up a steeper and steeper mountain, at first your would not notice the increase in revs required to maintain your speed and the extra fuel being used to keep a steady pace. In the car at some point the noise of the engine would become too much and you would back off the accelerator, you body on the other hand runs silently. The extra effort required in dealing with the increase in exposure manifests as fatigue, mood changes, headaches, restlessness, nutrient deficiency, and then progresses to illness, disease.
These effects are increased in particularly sensitive segments of the community. The elderly, people who are already unwell, those with genetic conditions that impair their ability to detoxify efficiently and of course children.
Toxins in our environment are not just coming from factories and vehicle exhaust, they are also found in everyday places you may not have considered.
Toxins you can smell.
Everything scented is polluting the breathable air with aromatics your body has to breakdown, detoxify and excrete. Things that you inhale get delivered to your blood stream along with the oxygen you need. Here is a list of possible product that are polluting the air in your home – toilet cleaner, floor cleaner, laundry detergent, carpet powder, room deodoriser, dishwasher detergent, hair products, aerosol spray, scented candles, fresh paint, cigarettes, everything that you can smell.
· Fun fact – fast food outlets such as McDonalds and subway have manufactured their our perfume for the food products they sell. These fast food outlets do not smell of onion or meat or toasted buns they smell consistently of the brand perfume.
If you walked into a room with a bag of KFC or any other big brand food outlet, just on smell alone everyone I the room would know immediately what brand it was.
There are safer options for those of us who love our homes and clothing to have a special scent. And no I am not about to ask you to throw out all of your cleaning products. There is no requirement to suddenly sign up to become low-tox warriors or form a cult that shuns any product with a scent. There are ways to reduce exposure without risking your current friendships and family relationships.
Toxins you cannot smell
Certain food additives, some plastics, electronics, fire retardant new fabrics and carpet, pet dander, mould and mildew. And then there are the bigger events such as increased pollution during certain weather events and more recently the smoke haze experienced my many people around the country. The list goes on and on so to suggest we should avoid toxins all together would be ludicrous.
The human body is designed to detoxify toxic elements it comes into contact with, to avoid damage to our bodies in the short and long term.
Our body is also capable of healing from toxin exposure and so should we even worry about it.
The short answer is yes, and here are a few reasons why.
· This internal detoxification system does not protect against all toxins
· Levels of toxin exposure have increased over the decades.
· Our epigenetics are changing as each generation is affected by more and more toxins.
· Our bodies can perform much more efficiently if they are not working hard on detoxification and healing.
· Some of these toxic elements actually impact our hormones directly.
· We at least need to understand our level of exposure to be able to decide for ourselves how much is too much.
· You don’t know how good it fells until you try it.