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Minimize your Exposure to the most Harmful Toxins


As much as we hate to think about it, toxins are everywhere in the environment. The air, the water, and even the foods we eat contain some level of toxicity. Continuous exposure over long periods of time can cause significant health problems in those who are sensitive to them. Unfortunately, it is not possible to eliminate all toxins from the environment, given today’s modern conveniences. But you can decrease your exposure to them by paying attention to the most harmful toxins that people commonly used.

Did you read our article about the toxicity of pesticides? Review that that article first.


Print this checklist to help you locate and minimize toxins found in your environment.


____________  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a class of pollutants that are found in paints, furniture, cleaning products, air fresheners, and craft supplies. To reduce your exposure to them, you can either make your own natural cleaning products by using vinegar and baking soda or shop for brands that are nontoxic. You can also reduce the levels of these toxins in your home by opening windows and doors, whenever possible, allowing your home to breathe.


____________   Dioxins are released when items containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are used in the home. Beware of cling wraps that are used to store foods. Some of them contain PVCs that release dioxins. Look for brands that are made from low-density polyethyene. Wax paper and reusable containers are even better alternatives.


____________  Chlorine – Most water treatment facilities use chlorine to clean and remove bacteria from water. Although the amount of chlorine is regulated by the EPA, small traces can still be found in tap water. Consequently, drinking, cooking, and bathing can expose you to chlorine on a regular basis. You can minimize the amount of chlorine in your water by purchasing a water filter or by pouring it into a pitcher and allowing it to sit for several hours before drinking. Chlorine evaporates when it is exposed to air.


____________  Mercury is found in electronics, batteries, old thermometers, and florescent light bulbs. Because these are volatile products, you must take special care when disposing of them. Contact your nearest recycling plant for details on how to properly rid the environment of these products.


____________  Tobacco Smoke – Whether you smoke or you inhale second hand smoke, the list of health problems associated with tobacco is too long to list. The best way to remain free of this toxin is to quit smoking or to steer clear of environments where second hand smoke is the norm.


____________  Nitrates are found in processed meats and can be eliminated by avoiding bacon, hot dogs, sausage, beef jerky, pepperoni, and ham. The meat industry uses nitrates to change the color of meat to make it look fresh. You can also lessen the damage done by nitrates by consuming large amounts of antioxidants, such as vitamins C & E.

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