Toxins are present in practically everything, from drinking water, processed foods to personal care products. Toxins come in three forms – physical, mental patterns and emotional. Environmental toxins are the most prevalent and are present in the water, air and food we eat. Thinking negatively can also contribute to toxin buildup of the body. Likewise, stress can greatly affect your immunity, leading to high susceptibility to disease and illnesses.
Environmental Toxins – Its Impact on Diabetes and Obesity
There are plenty of studies supporting the connection between environmental toxins and its impact on obesity and diabetes. Organic pollutants such as pesticides, plastics, heavy metals and petrochemicals can be burdening to the body, causing insulin resistance and may hinder cholesterol and glucose metabolism. Toxins can trigger insulin resistance and obesity through many ways including oxidative stress, inflammation, altered thyroid function, impaired appetite and cell growth.
Furthermore, it has been revealed to increase the level of cholesterol that causes fatty liver. Based on animal studies, toxic substances increase weight gain even without an increase in the calorie consumption of the animals subjected to environmental toxins because of changes in the fat storage.
In JAMA study (2008), it has been discovered that the petrochemical called bisphenol A (BPA) that lines canned good containers and water bottles increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and impaired liver function due to the toxins that delay normal metabolism. Though we cannot avoid exposure to environmental toxins, there are many different ways to minimize exposure.
Tips to Reduce Exposure to Toxins
1. Avoid plastics and canned goods with #7 recycling symbol on their labels as it may contain bisphenol A.
2. Do not reheat food or microwave it in plastic containers. Instead, use glass water bottles or stainless steel containers.
3. Do not eat seafood with high levels o f mercury and even farm-raised salmon because they may contain high levels of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl).
4. Always buy organic.
5. Read the product labels to make sure it is free from GMO and pesticide.
6. Choose personal care products with no phthalates content, often marked as ‘fragrance’.
Cleansing our liver and digestive system one to two times a year will greatly improve organ function by eliminative environmental toxins.
Stress as the Overlooked Toxin
In this modern life, stress is frequently used as a catch-all term for a demanding pace of life and the ever-increasing pressures that comes along with it. Are you always worrying about money? Having a hard time juggling family time and work? Are you constantly keeping up with very busy schedules? Chronic emotional stress can slowly impact your ability to handle day-to-day challenges, which makes it even difficult to reestablish balance.
Stress hormones are naturally irritating, something that the body cannot handle for a long period of time. When the body is flooded with Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, for extended period, it means the body is in constant flight-or-fight mode. This state of chronic stress exposure may lead to negative effects such as exhaustion, disrupted sleep cycles and even disrupted brain chemistry, which may lead to anxiety and depression.