Toxins are basically poisons to the body and can be extremely harmful. When we detox, we are attempting to remove as many of those toxins from our body. But you cannot detox simply by taking a few pills, or drinks once in a while. Detoxifying the body encompasses much more than what we eat.
Our homes are one of the most prolific toxicant sources in our lives. Building materials such as particle board, adhesives, paint, carpets, and even cleaning products produce toxins that are actually detectable in humans. In a study performed on an EPA Team, 98% of them (adults) had detectable levels of disinfectants and deodorizers in their bodies.
We have all probably heard of lead paint and asbestos shingles, but even new homes have what’s called ‘off-gassing’, or the release of toxins into the environment. Carpet is particularly offensive.
In a study of 400 carpet samples, 90% were found to release neurotoxins, some strong enough to kill a mouse.
“Ironically, shortly after the TEAM report, seventy-one ill employees evacuated the new EPA headquarters in Washington DC complaining about health problems, which were eventually attributed to the 27,000 sq. feet of new carpet.”
And don’t think that because you can’t see it, it can’t harm you. Carpets trap toxins. In a “Non-Occupational Pesticide Exposure Study” of carpet samples, an average of 12 pesticide residues, including—DDT, aldrin, atrazine, and carbaryl—were found. The study concluded that infants and toddlers receive “nearly all of their non-dietary exposure” these notorious pesticides.
We are getting smarter when it comes to toxins, but it’s time to get in the habit of studying your environment for the hidden toxins, and taking action to eliminate them.