Today we cannot escape environmental toxins as they are increasingly in the air, water, soil and by extension, in the food we eat. Of course we can always grow some of our own food if we are lucky enough to have a backyard and use natural compost and fertilizers and I highly recommend this.
One of the highly toxic things that is happening to our planet at the moment is coal gas seam mining and horizontal drilling which is literally flooding our underground water channels with thousands of toxic chemicals. This is a good reason to install a rain water tank. As the North American Indians said about the white man, “Only when the last fish is poisoned will man realize that he cannot eat money”.
Since the beginning of the industrial revolution there is an estimated 83,000 chemicals that have accumulated in our environment. These chemicals vary from heavy metals (arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium etc), pesticides, volatile organic compounds (eg. solvents, petrol, benzene etc) and plastics.
If you heat food in a microwave oven in plastic containers or wrap or drink water from plastic bottles you are ingesting more plastic. Some of these chemicals are called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and they are a hot topic in environmental health research. They have been implicated in the rising incidence of cancer and unexplained infertility.
Researchers think that EDCs act to disrupt our endocrine (hormonal) system leading to disordered metabolism and obesity. Many of these EDCs are fat soluble and get stored in the fatty parts of our body such as fat tissue and hormone glands. If you have a fatty liver the toxic chemicals are stored in the liver and reduce your liver health.
Smoking cigarettes floods your body with hundreds of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals that increase the workload of your liver and immune system, so this is something we should all avoid. Consult your doctor for modern methods to quit smoking as they are very effective. Clinical hypnotherapy is a proven way to quit smoking. If you find it impossible to quit nicotine, the use of electronic cigarettes is much safer than smoking regular cigarettes.