Here’s a question for you: how does anything get into our bodies?
It’s not something we necessarily think about but our bodies can be exposed to literally thousands of chemicals a day. Sobering, isn’t it!
We can inhale them. Which is why exhaust fumes are so harmful. But also think about sprays – whether in our home or office, such as air fresheners, furniture polish, WD40, or to do with plants and crops, such as pesticides, and of course toiletries like hairspray, deodorant, perfumes. Even new upholstered furniture, carpets and cars that have been sprayed can continue to give off fumes for some time.
We ingest them. Medicines, foods that have been sprayed with chemicals, animals that have been fed antibiotics or GM crops, chemicals and heavy metals in our water supply, mercury from amalgam fillings, aluminium from foil used in cooking or storage, plastics from food and drink storage.
We absorb them through our skin, hair and nails. It’s obvious when we rub on a pain relief gel. But what about bubble bath, body creams, tanning cream, make-up, then you’ve got nail polish and removers, shampoo, conditioner. And there’s also household cleaning products like washing up liquid, sink cleaners, floor cleaners.
And finally, when we have a wound.
Phew! And that’s just off the top of my head. I’m sure there’s a whole lot more that I’ve forgotten or am not even aware of.
And how does all of this impact on chronic inflammation?
- Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) affect the system in our bodies that regulates hormones and can lead to oestrogen-dependent health problems like breast cancer, endometriosis and fibroids.
- Over time we can have quite a cocktail of these chemicals in our bodies, which can increase free-radical generation
- Our livers have to work incredibly hard to try to get rid of toxins from our bodies. If that process isn’t working well then toxins can build up and be stored in our fat to continue to wreak havoc.
So that’s why we try to reduce the toxic load that our bodies have to deal with by switching to more natural cleaning products.
Want to learn more?
Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD writes about lifestyle changes we can make to reduce our exposure to toxins in support of general and brain health in her books ‘Natural Solutions to Menopause’ (ISBN 978-1-905744-68-8) and ‘Natural solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s’ (ISBN 978-0-9935431-6-6)
Dr Josh Axe has a couple of good articles: