Most people think that the lifestyle they live is healthy. In fact, we are not in an unhealthy environment. Events that have dramatically increased environmental pollutants in our water, water, and soil.
With the development of the manufacturing industry which tends to increase resulting in an increase in metals and hazardous chemicals as never before. The United States reported in 1998 that the industry produced 9,000 chemicals in the amount of 6.5 trillion pounds. Ignoring small companies, America’s main facilities alone report the disposal of 7.1 billion pounds of waste. This waste, which ends in air, water, and our soil consists of 650 unique industrial pollutants.
10 These chemicals you must be aware of or even avoided:
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls):
The use of PCBs in industrial manufacturing has been banned for decades in the U.S. However, this organic chemical remains present in the environment and accumulates into our bodies.
Risks: Impaired fetal brain development and cancer.
Major Sources: One of the most concentrated food contaminants is farm raised salmon. PCBs from the environment are found in fish that are macerated and used as a food source for the salmon, causing bioaccumulation of the toxin.
Alarming amounts of pesticide residue is detectable in up to 95% of foods in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the following percentages of pesticides are carcinogenic:
- 90% of fungicides
- 60% of herbicides
- 30% of insecticides
Risks: Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, birth defects, nerve damage, nutrient malabsorption, and cancer.
Major Sources: Bug spray and conventionally grown produce including fruits and vegetables, and commercially produced meat products.
Industrial combustion processes produce chemical compounds known as dioxins. The burning of fuels from coal, oil, and wood as well as commercial and municipal waste incineration results in the synthesis of dioxin chemicals into the environment.
Risks: Reproductive and developmental disorders, skin irritations including a severe skin disease known as chloracne, excessive body hair, liver damage, and cancer.
Major Sources: Commercial animal fats are the source of 95% dioxin exposure.
When chlorine is added to water, this chemical is formed. It is a colorless liquid that has a slightly sweet taste, non-irritating, and pleasant aroma. Chloroform is used in the production of other chemicals.
Risks: Reproductive defects, birth abnormalities, dizziness, fatigue, liver and kidney damage, headache, and cancer.
Major Sources: Both water and food consumption can contain chloroform as can the air. Avoid processed foods and filter your water.
Heavy metals are extremely prevalent in the environment around us and can readily build up in soft body tissue. Some of the most concerning include mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium, and arsenic.
Risks: Neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, impaired cognitive thought, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, blood vessel damage, abnormal heart rhythm, reduced production of red and white blood cells, and cancer.
Major Sources: Pesticides, aluminum cookware, certain types of fish, vaccines, dental amalgams, some toys and products from China, old lead pipes and lead-pigment paint.
Toxic Additives in Food
Not only must we concern ourselves with avoiding chemicals that accumulate in the environment around us but we must also make ourselves aware of harmful food additives that inundate our food supply. Currently there are 3,968 FDA approved food additives that are impossible for you to remember. The following are 5 of the most toxic to your health which you should avoid.
These synthetic sugars stimulate the sweet receptors on our tongue by up to 7,000 times stronger than natural sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners were first discovered during a mistake in a lab decades ago but since has taken off in various forms in the marketplace. Eliminate artificial sweeteners from your diet and use healthier and natural options like honey, maple syrup, and organic green stevia.
Risks: Associated with reduced HDL “good” cholesterol and antioxidant activity, metabolic dysfunction, leukemia, brain tumors and lymphoma.
Sources: Primarily found in diet foods and beverages. Examples include acesulfame potassium and aspartame. A few popular marketed brands include Sunett, Sweet One, Equal, and NutraSweet.
Artificial Flavoring & Coloring:
Your exposure to artificial flavorings is almost unavoidable. Their prevalence is widespread in a variety of food products and are used to enhance the taste or mimic natural flavors. Extremely limited research has been conducted on the toxic effects of artificial flavorings, posing the question… what are the long term health consequences?
Food coloring from the presence of food dyes is also used to present a desirable color to the consumer, which mimics its natural state. Some of the most critical food colorings you should avoid include red and yellow food dyes.
Risks: Some of the known chemicals used in artificial flavoring such as alpha-diketone and diacetyl are known to cause problems like respiratory complications and may trigger fibrosis. Convincing evidence supports that artificial food colorings cause severe reactions associated with hypersensitivity, increased cancer risks, and thyroid dysfunction.
Sources: Found in cheeses, coffee, baked goods, snacks, oil, juices, prepared foods, and most processed foods.
For a healthier life now you must be selective in choosing or using chemicals in your lifestyle. Use chemicals with low metals content and always exercise, it will make you healthy.