One of the current crazes in healthy living is the detox, or a systematic cleansing of the body to rid it of any toxins.
While many brush detoxing aside as silly or unnecessary, research shows that toxins really are everywhere, and they can have a negative affect on your body.
Here are 7 things that you should know about toxins in your daily life.
1. Toxins Are Everywhere
A key fact that you should know is that toxins are everywhere. Toxins can be found in the food we eat (e.g. food additives, MSG, aspartame), the water we drink, the air we breathe (e.g. carbon monoxide produced by vehicles), and the chemicals used in all types of daily products.
While there is no way to avoid all toxins, you can do your part by avoiding toxins that come from smoking cigarettes and increasing your intake of natural whole foods.
2. Most Americans Are Polluted
Unfortunately, research shows that the majority of Americans alive today carry over 700 synthetic chemicals along with heavy metals. The high toxicity often found in older individuals implies that we are becoming more and more toxic as we age and come into contact with various toxins.
3. The Chemical Industry is Booming
Did you know that most of the chemicals that enter our lives every day are untested? Across the world, the chemical industry is booming with $3.7 trillion in annual sales.
The United States comprises nearly 19% of the industry; however, these chemicals and their affects on our health remain untested.
The effects that this large industry will have on the health of our population in the long run are completely unknown.