The following article largely deals with toxins and pollutants in our environment that we are exposed to everyday. This is important for more than just the health reasons that seem obvious. What most of us are not aware of is how toxins in our body contribute to weight and fat gain. Plus these chemicals and toxins accumulate in our fat tissue. The more chemicals and toxins – the more fat the body manufactures.
Every day, we’re continually exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the items we touch. Toxins – or xenobiotics – have always been part of the natural environment. Many are made by plants, bacteria, and animals as defenses to keep predators at bay. The greater the abundance of toxins in a species, the more likely they will survive.
The act of living itself also comes to us at a cost. Toxins are produced within the human body from simply being alive day to day. Toxins may, at times, be used to battle foreign bacteria or viruses. These can cause harm as they work to protect the body, but after their job is done, they are detoxified through biochemical processes.
The dangers of toxic build up
In our modern environment, pollution and food processing has increased our toxic load considerably. Humans have added thousands of new chemicals that pollute our air and water. These toxins can often end up in our foods, not just in plants, but concentrated in the animals that we eat. Food is also laden with chemicals in form of pesticides, processing agents and artificial ingredients. Continual flow of pollutants into water sources increases our risk of exposure to toxins. As our bodies are endlessly exposed to toxins, the toxins can overwhelm the body’s natural detoxification defenses.
Pesticides – What’s Hiding on Your Produce?
A farmer’s biggest enemy is anything that will harm his crops before harvest. That’s why guarding against pests and insects is so important in the agricultural industry. But, unfortunately for consumers, the cheapest and easiest way to deal with pests is often by using chemical sprays known as pesticides. While that leads to better growing results for the farmer, it may lead to adverse effects for you. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are “acceptable” levels of pesticides found in the food you buy at the grocery store.
But the produce section isn’t the only place you’ll find pesticides. When farmers spray their fields, some of the pesticides make it into rivers and streams thanks to run-off, or seep into the ground and make it to the water table.
This is part 1 of a 2 part article. In Part 2 we’ll take a look at some of the mechanisms our bodies employ to help us eliminate toxins.
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