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Toxins All Around Us: Environmental Toxins





No matter how hard we try, none of us can totally escape toxins. Use of toxins has become a part of everyday, modern life. We are all exposed to long term, low dose environmental toxins with potential to negatively impact our health. The extent of impact depends on many factors of individual health including our genetic capacity to detoxify, our nutrient status, and the presence of other inflammatory conditions in our body.


Toxins that can interfere with our health include: 









While each of these toxins has their own profile of adverse effects, they are generally disruptive to the:












For each of these systems, environmental toxins can have the following effects: 


Nervous System

Parkinson’s Disease

Nerve Problems 

Disruptions of cognition, memory, or concentration 

Increased risk of ADHD

Mood Disruptions 

Sensory Deficits

Nerve Damage 

Headaches

Dizziness

Drowsiness


Endocrine System

Increased risk of endometrial cancer

Infertility 

Increased androgen and estrogen activity 

Hypothyroidism 

Increased risk of birth defects

Damage to sperm 


Metabolism

Development of Type 2 Diabetes

Obesity

Increased susceptibility to Metabolic Syndrome

Elevations of uric acid


Immune System 

Development of Autoimmune Disease

Promotion of cancer development 


Cardiovascular System

Peripheral Artery Disease

Cardiovascular Disease

Elevated Blood Pressure

Disruptions in Heart Rhythm


Respiratory System

Increased risk of childhood asthma 

Coughing & Wheezing

Lung Damage


Liver, Kidney, and Reproductive Organs 

Kidney Damage

Liver Damage 



Mitochondria

Increased free radical production 

Decreases in glutathione 



Skeletal System

Increased risk of osteoporosis



Hematopoietic (Blood) System

Reduction of different types of blood cells

Increased risk of blood cancers


Found in everything from the food we eat to the personal care products we use on our skin, environmental toxins are everywhere and contain the potential to create disease in our nervous system, disrupt our metabolism, damage vital organs, and promote diseases such as asthma, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer. For the average person, there is everything you can do to reduce your toxic burden. 


In some cases, it may be useful to test for elevated levels of environmental toxins, which can be accomplished with a urine environmental toxic panel. I usually run this test for patients who have a history of increased exposure to environmental chemicals, such as those who served in the armed forces, worked in an industrial line of work, or lived in an agricultural community where pesticides were heavily used. I also check for environmental toxins in those with severe neurological symptoms or an overall elevated toxic burden. If you want to take optimizing your health to the next level, detoxifying from environemntal toxins is a must.


Simple Ways to Reduce your Toxic Burden 

Swapping out potentially sources of toxins for more natural options is a great place to start!






Strategies to Help Your Body Eliminate Toxins 

Like heavy metals or molds individual toxins may be best eliminated with targeted supplements. For example, glyphosate detoxification can be enhanced by supplementation with glycine. However, there are some simple interventions that can help your body rid itself of toxins in general: 






If you are looking to optimize your health, detoxifying from environmental toxins is a must.




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