BURNOUT: Toxic Products in Your Environment

August 10, 2016


Your liver, kidneys, and lungs are organs in your body known for detoxifying it of waste products and other substances that enter your body.


Unfortunately, ALL of your body's cells are exposed to toxic chemicals and ingredients on a daily basis.  This is an additional stressor to your body, and is resulting in hormone disruptment and burnout. 


Somewhere in the 20th century, the idea of natural foods and products lost its allure in favor of synthetic and chemical-laden products and foods.  Since then, illness and disease have been on the increase, of which burnout is one.  It is not just one chemical that necessarily causes the illness, but rather the cumulative effects of hundreds of different chemical exposures every day. 


So what kinds of toxic products are we talking about?  Some examples include:


  • Pesticides, herbicides, & fungicides  


They are in the air you breathe, as well as the foods you eat.  Whenever possible, choose organic foods, vegetables, dairy, and meat. 


  • Gasoline, car exhaust, & other chemical fumes (can include paint, synthetic perfumes, cleaners, cigarette smoke)


Again, if they are in the air you breathe, your body takes them in and must process them.  Limit your exposure to fumes.  Avoid indoor events where there will be fumes such as some circus performances with motorbikes, or monster truck events.  Avoid painting when you cannot open the windows, and choose no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) formulations made by companies such as Benjamin Moore, for example. 


  • Chlorine in water


Whether you are drinking it or showering in it, your body takes in chlorine.  It is interesting when you consider that the U.S. EPA considers chlorine a pesticide, since it kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, and molds.  And to think...that is what you ingest when you drink municipal tap water. 


It is also probably safe to assume that if chlorine is a pesticide, it probably also is negatively impacting healthy levels of bacteria found in your gut. 


It is advised that you filter your drinking water and cooking water with a high-quality filter, one that filters out the chlorine and any other microorganisms and parasites. 


In addition, be sure to purchase a shower filter that filters out the chlorine.  This is because you want to prevent inhalation of the chlorine fumes and other toxic by-products in the shower. These fumes go directly into your bloodstream.  In fact, you can inhale twenty times the amount of chlorine in just one shower when compared to simply drinking tap water. 


If you are traveling or using a shower without a shower filter, limit the time you are exposed to the chlorine fumes by taking the quickest shower possible, and keeping the water as cool as possible. 


  • Mold


Although not chemical in nature, this natural-occurring fungus is found indoors and outdoors in warm, moist areas.  In sensitive individuals, it can cause health problems such as respiratory illnesses and lethargy.  Most susceptible individuals are the very young, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.  Therefore, it is important that you keep areas dry to reduce the chances of growth of mold. 


You are probably not surprised to learn that all of the above items are hard on your body, further contributing to its stress load and adrenal burnout.  But did you know that your cleaning products and personal care products are also adding toxic overload to your body?


  • Personal care products and Cleaning products


If you are not careful, it is easy to put your health in the hands of the government.  After all, the government would not allow products to be sold if they weren't safe, would they?


Of course products are being sold that aren't safe.  That is why you see the labels on the products - corrosive, explosive, poison, etc.  It is no different than the non-organic food you may be eating.  It all adds chemicals to your body. 


You are probably not surprised to learn that cleaning products contain chemicals that could be harming your health and contributing to your body's inability to cope with additional stresses on it.  However, it can be more difficult to convince others that the ingredients in their personal care products are probably all not safe.   Items such as your body lotion, shampoo and conditioner, hair spray, soap, cosmetics and skin care products, toothpaste, mouthwash, sunscreen, and so on could contain chemicals that are causing harm to your body.  In particular, if it is something that you apply to your body, or if it can be absorbed or inhaled, there is the chance that the chemical make-up may ultimately disrupt your body's cells and hormonal systems. 


Although there are many factors to take into consideration such as what the chemical is, how long you are exposed to it and in what amounts, it is the cumulative effects of being exposed to hundreds of chemicals on a weekly (or even daily) basis, that is most concerning. 


One of the best articles that supports this notion was written by the University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.  The title of the report sums it up, "Presumption of Safety:  Limits of Federal Policies on Toxic Substances in Consumer Products."  In it, they outline how current regulatory organizations are not able to protect consumers from the chemicals found in products being sold.  It also discusses how manufacturers are given the benefit of the doubt, instead of being precautionary in nature with chemicals in products that may be harmful. 


Therefore, the next time you are at your local grocery store, keep this in mind.  In order to reduce the effects on your body's systems and its inability to cope with stress overload, you need to take a look at the kinds of products that you are using in your home and on your body.  In fact, you may want to consider changing what you are using and purchase from reputable companies that do not use harmful, cheap chemicals in their products.  Another alternative is to make some of your own products, such as your cleaning products. 

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