Safe food, clean air and access to extensive supplies of food and potable water are more readily available in America than many other countries around the globe. Even though this is true, there are still many Americans dealing with serious health issues caused by exposure to toxins, many of which are found in products we believe to be safe for us to use or consume.
Three Most Common Ways in Which Toxins Enter the Body
In order for any substance to influence the health of the human body, it must first get inside where it can attack the systems and organs of the body. The three basic ways in which this usually occurs are ingestion, inhalation, and absorption
While most people would never consider drinking or eating anything that bears a label proclaiming it to be toxic, many of us may be unknowingly exposed to toxins each day by the food, beverages and medications we ingest. In many cases, we may even think we are making the healthiest possible choices.
One example of a toxin that we commonly ingest is BPA (Bisphenol A). This chemical has been used in plastics and resins over the past several decades to harden them and make them more durable. Commonly found in beverage containers, baby bottles, food storage containers and even as a dental coating for teeth, BPA deteriorates over time and is now viewed as a possible cause of cancer, insulin resistance, reproductive issues and many other serious health problems.
BPA usage is so widespread that it would be nearly impossible to completely remove it from our daily life. However, there are some ways in which you can help limit your exposure. These include:
- Choosing glass bottles, dishes and containers for food storage, re-heating and table use
- Avoiding cookware and utensils with non-stick coatings
- Avoiding protective coatings and sealants offered by your dentist
- Choosing fresh, unpackaged fruits and vegetables instead of those in metal cans or plastic containers
Inhaling toxic chemicals happens frequently in the home environment. Oven cleaners, bleach, paint and even room deodorizers release chemicals during their use. This is particularly dangerous when they are used with little or no ventilation and recirculated by the heating and cooling system.
The best way to limit exposure to toxic chemicals that might be inhaled is to stop using chemical cleaners and choose non-toxic, natural cleaners instead. The following list of safe cleaning ingredients will clean your home thoroughly, leave it fresh smelling and give off no toxic chemicals for your family and pets to inhale.
- Lemon juice – a natural whitener, degreaser and air freshener
- Kosher salt – a natural scrubbing agent
- White vinegar – a natural disinfectant, sanitizer, degreaser and fabric softener
- Baking soda – a natural scrubbing paste, freshener, drain and oven cleaner
- Citrus oil – a natural wood polish and deodorizer
- Tea tree oil – a natural disinfectant and sanitizer
- Hydrogen peroxide – a natural disinfectant, sanitizer and stain remover
The skin is the largest human organ, with every square inch capable of bringing toxins into the body. Whenever we splash gasoline on our hands at the gas pumps, immerse our hands in bleach water while cleaning or apply chemical laden soaps, lotions, creams, tanning agents and dyes, we are allowing our skin to absorb toxins.
Avoid absorbing toxins into the body by wearing gloves when handling toxic materials and choosing natural, non-toxic cleaners, soaps and cosmetics. Your body will thank you for it!