Living with Environmental Toxins

Could environmental toxins be making me sick?

Are Environmental Toxins Affecting Your health?

Over the years, I have often found environmental toxins to be the missing link when it comes to one’s health (or lack thereof). Clients who come to me have often addressed diet, lifestyle, nutrition deficiencies, even dental work, but they still cannot shake their health problems.

Exposure to toxins from the environment is an overlooked area – there is a cumulative effect of these toxins rather than some acute exposure – so individuals don’t attribute this to their overall health.

Once the toxins are identified, we remove them and ramp up detoxification pathways in the body, and then health ‘falls into place’.

Environmental Toxins
Environmental Toxins

What Are Environmental Toxins?

Environmental toxins is a broad term used to describe chemicals, pesticides and pollutants from our external environment (home, work, air, water) that we ingest which, in excess, can make us sick, causing vast symptoms and illnesses ranging from chronic fatigue, insomnia and hormonal imbalance to autoimmune disease and even certain cancers.

Today, we are in contact with thousands of chemicals each and every day, more than humans have ever been.

Man-made chemicals touch every area of our lives, from the furniture we sit and sleep on, to the cosmetics we put on our bodies to the fresh fruit and vegetables we eat.

Could environmental toxins be making me sick?

In short, they could be. Our bodies do their best to safely remove these chemicals, but when the load is too high, and things like too much stress, not enough exercise or outdoor fresh air and light are at play, they become overloaded and are unable to keep up with the demand.

It is rare that environmental toxins are the ONLY cause of your health issues. Normally, nutritional deficiencies and other infections, opportunistic microbes or parasites will feed on a weakened immune system or over-loaded drainage/elimination organs. The result is an overload of toxins PLUS other factors that need to be identified and addressed.

Below is a (shortened) list of conditions that environmental toxins can contribute to:

1

Hormone imbalance / oestrogen-dominance

2

Infertility / sub-fertility

3

Female issues such as PCOS, endometriosis

4

Thyroid issues

5

Digestive-related problems such as IBS, IBD, SIBO

6

Food sensitivities

7

Autoimmune condition

8

Chronic fatigue

9

Anxiety, depression

10

Chronic joint or muscle pain

11

Joint pain

12

Autoimmune conditions

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How can I find out if environmental toxins are affecting my health?

A personalised nutrition consultation with an in-depth, detailed case history taking is a great start. Questions about your birth and childhood, chemical exposure through product use, jobs or environment and current/past homes and workplaces provide me with baseline information relating to your lifetime toxin exposure.

People are often exposed to heavy metals or pesticides like glyphosate and don’t realise these build up in the body over time and can make the body susceptible to health issues.

Functional nutrition testing is also useful in identifying specific toxin levels in the body.

How Can I Reduce My Toxin Exposure?

Eliminate toxins stored in your body

Toxin exposure adds up over time. Small amounts of exposure to hundreds of toxins each day add up.

It’s up to you to be proactive in eliminating toxins throughout your life.

Whether it’s a personalised protocol to clear heavy metal toxicity or restore gut health, a general maintenance programme or a quarterly cleanse, I advise you to do something now to improve your health today or preserve your health for the future. I’m here to help.

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Avoid or minimise environmental toxins

Stop smoking

The smoke and vapour from cigarettes/eCigarettes are loaded with heavy metals.

Use natural cosmetics

Big brand cosmetics, including makeup, beauty products, tattoo ink, candles, air fresheners and cleaning products are loaded with chemicals that disrupt the nervous system and hormone balance and impair the immune system.

Get clean air daily

If you live in a big city or near a factory, the air is filled with gasses and pollutants. Buy a good quality air filter for the house and try to get into the countryside, a forest or near the sea for clean air.

Clean up your cookware

So many of our pots and pans have toxic, non-stick coating which off-gasses at high heats. Invest in stainless steel pots and pans and glasses cooking dishes.

Buy organic

Non-organic foods are grown with pesticides, fertilisers and chemicals containing heavy metals.

Buy local

Know where your food comes from. Fewer air miles means fruit & veg are picked when ripe and contain the most nutrients and it also means less radiation.

Filter your water

Tap water has been found to contain pesticides, chemicals, arsenic, chlorine and fluoride in some cases. Consider a shower filter as well.

Tend to plants

Indoor houseplants improve air quality and reduce toxins, increase oxygen, decrease stress and enrich health and well-being.

Environmental Toxins
Environmental Toxins

Reduce EMF Exposure

EMFs are low-level radiation from things like TVs, computers, kitchen appliances including microwaves, mobile phones, Wifi, Bluetooth and smart gadgets.

Your body is designed to handle a fair amount of EMFs, however, in today’s world we are bombarded with constant EMF exposure and there is evidence suggesting EMFs modify DNA and genes, and can cause problems in the brain and the nervous system.

Constant EMF exposure can reduce your energy levels and sleep quality, two important ingredients to health and longevity.

Some ways to reduce EMF exposure include:

  • Hardwire internet in your home. Turn off Wifi. At least at night.
  • Keep your mobile in airplane mode and away from your head and genitals.
  • Turn your phone off at night, and leave it out of the bedroom.
  • Try earthing aka grounding daily. Walk barefoot on grass or at the beach.
  • Invest in earthing accessories, such as a bracelet, shoe straps or a grounding blanket.
Environmental Toxins
Environmental Toxins