Posts Tagged ‘detox’

The New Pollution

One can follow the perfect diet and stick to an optimal supplementation protocol, but the truth is that we are inundated with environmental toxins every day. They can impede efforts to heal.  I have been aiming to reduce my exposure to some of these toxins:

1. Fluoride: Ever since one of my doctors told me it is a counterproductive carcinogen, I’ve been playing around with different fluoride-free toothpastes. Tom’s of Maine and Burt’s Bees have some decent toothpastes. I currently am using Jason’s toothpastes. In terms of sheer functionality, all of these do a good job of cleaning my teeth (and I have no cavities). I am, however, still in search of the right flavor. I’m a big cinnamon fan and not much of a mint person; Jason’s Cinnamon Mint flavor will have to do.

2. Chlorine: I just bought a shower filter, and I have been filtering my water twice (once with a PUR filter and once with a Brita filter).  Apparently chlorine is like an antibiotic: it kills the good bacteria in the gut. That’s just what I need. Apparently chlorine evaporates, however.

I was also reading in this book that chlorine and fluoride generate oxidized cholesterol/ oxysterols in the body. Oxysterols/oxidized cholesterol initiate plaque buildup in the arteries. Without oxidization, cholesterol is harmless to the arteries.

3. BPA: I just treated myself to a BPA-free water bottle from Camelbak. It’s a good size, pretty easy to clean, and has a permanent “straw” that doesn’t leak and keeps orally fixated people happily sipping.

This is just a beginning, however. I need to do  more research on decreasing the fluoride in the water I drink. My boyfriend suggested using a de-humidifier to provide drinking water: water from the air hasn’t been treated with chlorine or fluoride. But what other toxins might be present?

And most commercial water filters say that reduce the “taste and odor” of chlorine, but do they actually remove it?

If I had more money to spare, I’d invest in some stainless steel cookware and a glass tea kettle.

Can we trust anything in our daily surroundings anymore? When seemingly innocuous things like water and plastic can become destructive, it’s hard to resist paranoid cynicism.