7 Factors Contributing to Chronic Illness & Autoimmune Diseases
Your food has more toxins than you may think. The biggest culprit for toxic exposure is processed foods, which are full of chemicals & additives that can create symptoms ranging from cravings, weight gain, poor digestive & gut health and food allergies.
But it’s not just packaged food to avoid. Conventional produce is also full of pesticides. In fact, billions of pounds of pesticides are used on food in the US alone. These pesticides have been linked to symptoms ranging from heart rate changes, irritability, emotional instability, autoimmune disorders and many other diseases.
To reduce your exposure to food toxins: Choose whole foods instead of processed foods. In addition, choose organic fruits and vegetables. Organic produce is grown without harmful pesticides and even better; the soil is more mineral rich. Eating organic, whole foods is a great step you can take toward health and wellness.
Do you know the source of your water? These days, knowing where your water comes from is of the utmost importance. Your body is between 70 – 90% water and the water you drink is critical to hydrating your body at the cellular level.
Tap water is teeming with toxins. The Environmental Working Group found over 140 contaminants in tap water. In addition, over the past few years, studies have shown that pharmaceuticals like prescription and over the counter drugs, are being found in tap water. Some of the most common drugs found in water are: antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds.
Many bottled waters have been shown to be just as bad as tap water in most cases, not to mention toxins that leach from the plastic bottles themselves.
To reduce your exposure to water toxins: Read the article: The Best Water to Drink, and the Types that Should Be Avoided. If you have only tap water in your home, you might consider getting an whole house water filter or an Aquasana sink and shower filter, to reduce your exposure to the major toxins. Most tap water contains Fluoride, Chloride and Bromine, which, competes for Iodine in the body and can lead to Thyroid disease. Glyphosate is also found in many water bottles & tap water. Glyphosate is the herbicide found in Monsanto’s Roundup. It is extremely toxic & can lead to chronic inflammatory illnesses.
Whether inside your home or outside your home, the environment is also a major source of toxins. Pollution from manufacturing, cars and second hand cigarette smoke can be challenging to avoid. However, you can avoid a lot of the toxins inside and around your home.
Too many people use harsh household cleaners containing bleach, ammonia and other toxic chemicals that can cause health problems ranging from nausea to skin destruction, fluid in the lungs and wheezing.
To reduce your exposure to environmental toxins: Some people choose to live in rural locations for the clean air and land. However, short of moving, you can do several things to avoid environmental toxins. You can choose the non-smoking section of restaurants and public places. At home, you can also switch your cleaning products to those with all-natural ingredients, like Seventh Generation brand cleaning, laundry and dishwashing supplies.
You can also choose “green” or chemical free products, like fabrics for furniture, which often have flame retardant chemicals on them; or paint that does not have VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
4. Beauty and personal care products
The products we use to look our best may actually be the biggest source of aging and other adverse symptoms. Beauty products like toothpaste, lotion, youth creams, soap, shampoo, conditioner, perfumes and makeup are full of toxic chemicals.
Even beauty and personal care products from the health food store can be filled with ingredients that cause harmful symptoms.
To reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty and personal care products: Read ingredient labels on your personal care products. Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.
For more, read: The Dangers of Typical Body Soaps and The Body Ecology Recommendations Instead.
Some important ingredients to avoid in your beauty and personal care products are: sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, triclosan (found in antibacterial products), Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben), mineral oil, petroleum, Diethanolamine DEA, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, talc, lanolin and phthalates. Phthalates are have been theorized to disrupt the reproductive system & endocrine system.
Clothes have all sorts of chemicals in them. Cotton is one of the most polluted crops due to the fact its not a food crop and therefore not regulated the same. There is no standard of pesticide use on cotton crops. Glyphosate resides in the clothes and pollutes your body through its largest organ, the skin.
6. EMF, Wifi Networks
Mobile phones and other wireless devices that produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) and pulsed radiofrequency radiation (RFR) are widely documented to cause potentially harmful health impacts that can be detrimental to young people. Symptoms of retarded memory, learning, cognition, attention, and behavioral problems have been reported in numerous studies and are similarly manifested in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, as a result of EMF and RFR exposures where both epigenetic drivers and genetic (DNA) damage are likely contributors.
7. Poor Sleeping Habits
Studies suggest that less than 7 – 8 hours of restful sleep at night can eventually lead to brain fog. Brain fog isn’t a medical condition itself, but rather a symptom of other medical conditions. It’s a type of cognitive dysfunction involving:
· memory problems
· lack of mental clarity
· poor concentration
· inability to focus