The Best Ways to Protect Your Body from Toxins

Protect Your Body from Toxins

Toxins are all around us and in us. Our modern environment is more polluted than ever. We produce various waste products as a result of our bodily functions. Some waste is very unhealthy because it is affected by the toxic substances we have been exposed to.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to protect your body from toxins and try to live more healthily.

Your Diet

We are what we eat, so it should come as no surprise that most Western diets are a major source of toxins in the body. Junk food is full of sodium, sugar and fat. Pre-packaged foods like cake, cookies and crackers are full of trans fats and preservatives.

Ready meals from the refrigerator or freezer section of the supermarket are usually full of artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives. Cold cuts are loaded with salt and chemicals such as nitrates and nitrates, which have been linked with cancer.

A “clean eating” routine, in which you stick to natural, whole foods that you cook yourself, can help eliminate most of the toxins in your diet. When shopping for produce, buy organic, or shop at a local farmer’s market in order to cut down on the amount of pesticides that might be on your food. Use the “Dirty Dozen and Clean 15” system to help you decide which organic products are worth buying.

Otherwise, wash all your fruits and vegetables well, and peel them.

Watch Out for Heavy Metals

Mercury is found in most commercial brands of canned tuna and will build up and become toxic. Some people have their old mercury-based fillings removed because they are concerned about toxicity levels. Arsenic is another metal getting into our food supply more and more. The “health” supplement Muscle Milk has been found to have dangerously high levels of arsenic and other heavy metals.

The supposedly healthy sugar substitute brown rice syrup may have a very high concentration of arsenic due to the rice paddies being contaminated and the syrup-making process increasing the concentration of the arsenic. Brown rice syrup is found in cookies, crackers, yogurt and more, so beware.

Watch Out for Plastic

A lot of people buy food in plastic packaging, such as TV dinners and ready meals. The process of heating the food in the plastic can cause it to leach into the food you are eating. Plastic food storage containers used for leftovers can also pose the same problem if you try to heat and eat from them. Take the food out of the container and place on a plate or in a bowl, and then heat.

In terms of plastic water bottles, in addition to the mountains of waste they produce, the plastic can also leach into your water. Get a water purifying filter for your faucet, or a jug, and remember to change the filter regularly. Use stainless steel water bottles to take fresh clean water with you everywhere.

The Dangers of Melamine

Melamine is commonly used for decorative mixing bowls and serving bowls in the kitchen. They should not be used to heat food, or for hot food. Studies have shown that a hot bowl of soup triggered significant leaching. Melamine has been linked to kidney damage and even brain damage.

Follow these simple steps and you should start to look and feel better once you are toxin-free.