[BYWG Blog] Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Environmental Toxins

Environmental toxins exist both naturally and as a result of human production. Toxins can be either human-made chemicals or naturally occurring chemicals that have a negative impact on our body systems, cellular systems, and our organs. 

Toxins can be classified into two categories: exotoxins and endotoxins. Exotoxins are naturally expelled from living organisms, most often bacteria. Endotoxins are toxins that are not excreted but instead exist within the cellular structure of an organism or bacteria. These small molecules can be held responsible for causing disease and disruption in our bodies.


Most toxins have been linked to various cancers and/or reek havoc on our endocrine system. 


We are going to absorb, inhale, or come in contact with toxins in our environment and home. The human body prepared for this by developing a function that allows our liver to remove toxins from our body. 


The liver plays a key role in removing dangerous toxins from our blood, damaged cells, and proteins. But the body isn’t equipped to deal with an overload of toxins. 


When we have too many environmental toxins in our body, our liver, digestive tract, and kidneys are not able to function properly to remove the toxins. This creates a build up of toxins in our systems. When we have too many toxins in our bodies and our liver is not able to process them, our bodies hold on to these toxins in our body fat. 


High levels of toxins can result in damage to your organs and to your DNA. Damaged organs cannot operate appropriately in their respective systems. And damaged DNA can cause an acceleration in your body’s aging process. 


It is inevitable that we will absorb toxins. It is optimal that we limit the amount of toxins that we absorb so that our body can effectively dispel them. 


Here are a few things that you can do to limit your contact with environmental toxins:


➡️ Frequently wash your hands (skip the antibacterial hand soap and stick with natural or organic)

➡️ Add a filter to your kitchen and bathroom water faucet

➡️ Limit the dust and bacteria in your home by frequently vacuuming and dusting

➡️ Avoid canned foods and select organic or fresh alternatives

➡️ Choose natural cleaning products


Did you learn something that you didn’t know about the toxins in your home and body?