It is important to understand the sources of toxins to be able to recognise them and avoid them. Following the previous posts Understanding the Sources of Toxins and Consumable Toxins, in this post I will briefly mention some common Environmental or Lifestyle toxins.
The first toxin in this category is a very common toxin even around people who try to live as healthy as possible, and this is the toxicity of tobacco.
Many people follow exercise regimes and eat sensibly whilst overlooking the harmful effects of smoking.
I don’t want this post to sound like a rant on how smoking kills you but it is scientifically proven that with every inhale your are inhaling toxic substances, which deprives your body of oxygen and impair the body’s ability to regulate vitamins and minerals.
Although one cigarette will not kill you, toxin build up from smoking, even passive smoking is linked to cancer and other life threading diseases.
I know it is difficult to stop smoking, especially if you have been smoking for a long time, but try to look at it in a different way, put the money you usually spend on smoking (which is quite expensive) into something you have been wanting for a long time; go on a vacation somewhere dreamy, buy a couple of designer items, pay off a loan, anything. It is usually a bit easier to do if you have some sort of motivation.
Unfortunately with every inhale in this modern environment, we fill our lungs with air-borne pollutants such as smoke, traffic fumes and industrial pollution.
Even in our homes, no matter how clean it is, we are exposed to pollutants such as dust, cleaning fluids, dyes, glues, paint and detergents.
Common deodorants are likely to contain toxins such as aluminium, while toothpastes can contain ethanol and ammonia. Try and look for healthier versions of such products, I will link my favourites down below.
It is impossible to avoid environmental toxins altogether, but we can reduce our exposure by adapting our lifestyle and reading the labels before purchasing any products.
I have recently found a DIY gum care routine including a DIY Toothpaste which I will be doing a post about.
Thank you for reading, let me know what you think in the comments below.