Part 2: Detox or Not

Environmental Sources of Toxins

What are toxins? Where do we find them? You might think you avoid toxins, but did you know that some toxins are unavoidable because they are in our environment. We breathe them in without even taking note of them. Some are odourless and others we no longer pay attention to them.

Research at the University of Alberta has revealed 3000 chemicals that can be detected in urine.[1] “The chemical composition of urine is of particular interest to physicians, nutritionists and environmental scientists because it reveals key information not only about people’s health, but also about what they have eaten, what they are drinking, what drugs they are taking and what pollutants they may have been exposed to in their environment.”[2] Our bodily fluids can tell our health care providers what we have been exposed to in our world we live in. In 2009, the CDC (Centre of Disease Control) released its Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.[3] In this report, seventy-five chemicals were noted as being detected for the first time! Findings in the Fourth Report indicated widespread exposure to many commonly used industrial chemicals. Below is a sampling of just a few of the ones this report looked at.[4]

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) – used as flame retardant and found in virtually every building. It can cause damage to the nervous system, liver, and kidney.
Bisphenol A (BPA) – found in plastic products, can linings. It is a reproduction, developmental and systemic toxicant in animal studies and is weakly estrogenic – which can impact our reproductive system.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – also known as Teflon, it affects liver, immune system, and reproductive system.
Acrylamide –formed when carbohydrates foods are cooked at high temperatures (i.e. French fries) and is a byproduct of tobacco smoke. Exposure can lead to cancer and neurological dysfunction.
Mercury – most common route of exposure is seafood. It is associated with neurological dysfunction.
Methyltertbutyl ether (MTBE) – a hydrocarbon inhaled when you fill your car with fuel, as it is a gasoline additive. It is linked to neurological and reproductive problems
The first step to making changes in reducing your toxin load is to cultivate awareness. Since toxins affect different people in different ways, it is very important to cultivate your awareness, so that you can understand the effects of different types of foods and chemicals on your body. When you make a change to your diet or lifestyle, pay special attention to how your body feels – in terms of energy, mental clarity, how your skin reacts, and how your digestive system responds.

Wondering if you are suffering from toxic overload? We all have toxins in our system, but how do you know when your body has had enough? My next installment of “Detox or Not” series will take a look at “Symptoms of Toxicity.”

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[1] [Update 03272018: this article has since been removed from their website]

[2] Ibid


[4] Ibid