Let’s talk about our health, and the surprising ways we jeopardize it every day.
There is a lot of talk these days about going on a detox diet. Everywhere we turn, we see advertisements for colon cleanses, water fasts, juice fasts and other types of cleanses. Many of these products promise to remove all the toxins in our bodies in a week or less in some instances.
When looking at these products, many people are given a false sense of security. The focus of these products is toxins related to food, but that is just one form of toxin.
Consider the following questions:
How many people know we are bombarded with toxins every single day that are not related to food?
- Did you know a detox diet is ineffective if you don’t make an effort to remove the other toxins you encounter daily?
Too many of us focus on removing toxins from our diet, but that’s a small percentage of the toxins we deal with every day. In other words, many of the products we use are full of dangerous toxins and we don’t realize it.
Some of them may surprise you, but the sooner you remove them from your life, the better.
For example, let’s talk about the toxins in your home:
Did you know formaldehyde can be found in
· Furniture polish
· Car cleaners
· Rug and upholstery cleaners
· And Toilet bowl cleaners
In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen under conditions of unusually high or prolonged exposure.
Another toxin to look out for is Petroleum Distillates (Petrochemicals). Derived from petroleum, petrochemicals are found in the following products:
• Floor and furniture polish
• Lubricating oils
• Pet flea and tick products and collars
• Dishwasher cleaners
• Aerosol sprays
• Laundry detergents
Per the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), potential health issues include dizziness, headache, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, and death by vascular damage and pulmonary edema in extreme cases.
Here is more info on the top home allergens:
As you can see, a detox is more than just drinking tea or a avoiding chocolate cake. If we want to be serious about cleansing our bodies, we must remove these toxins as well.
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