In one year; the average person breathes in 2 grams of solid pollution, eats 12Ibs of food additives, and has a gallon of pesticides and herbicides sprayed on the fruits and vegetables they eat.
These and other pollutants add to the burden our bodies already have to cope with from self-inflicted harmful substances including alcohol, cigarettes, and recreational and medical drugs.
Although our bodies are equipped with clever mechanisms for detoxifying many harmful substances, these mechanisms can become increasingly overloaded. When the total burden exceeds our ability to detoxify, these substances are then stored in our body’s’ tissues including our bones, fat, brain and other tissue.
The effect of pollution in our bodies builds up over time. We each have a personal responsibility to protect ourselves from such pollution.
So how do you protect yourself from pollution and how do you protect the environment?
Pollutants in our Water:
Water is, without a doubt, our number one nutrient. The human body is made up of no less than 62% water. We need about 2.5 L of water a day, some of which comes from the food we eat.
In the last 50 years, our drinking water has become contaminated from many different sources. Water now contains nitrates pesticides and herbicides. Aluminum chlorine and fluorine are added to our water by the water authorities. This is compounded by lead and copper water pipes.
Drink filtered or bottled water.
Cook with filtered water.
If you use tap water; allow the tap to run for a few minutes before drinking.
Pollutants in our Air:
Air pollution is the discharge into the air of excessive amounts of unwanted substances. The problem of air pollution is greatest in our cities. The exhaust fumes from vehicles are a particular color as they contain carbon monoxide, lead, oxides of nitrogen.
Avoid buying unwrapped fruit and vegetables that do not require peeling that are sold close to busy streets.
Wash all fruit and vegetables preferably in a bowl of water with two tablespoons of vinegar added. Minimize the water and helps remove heavy metals.
Do not exercise near busy roads. In the city is the lead level is eyes during overcast days and lowest on a clear day after rain.
Avoid polluted areas on hot sunny days.
Avoid using aerosols.
Pollutants in our Earth:
When you buy pre-packaged food in the supermarket, it’s hard to make the connection that food comes from the soil. The condition of the soil is perhaps the most vital factor in determining how healthy the food will be. Pollutants such as herbicides and pesticides in the soil pass directly into plants, and from there into fish meat and eggs.
Pollutants in our Food:
However healthy our food is to start off with; there are many potentially polluting processes it can go through before reaching us.
A number of chemicals are added to our food to change its colour, preserve it longer, and to keep it stable.
Eat organic where possible.
Minimize your intake of fried foods.
Minimise your intake of pre-prepared foods.
Minimise foods packaged in aluminum and plastic.
Avoid using microwaves.
Don’t use aluminum and copper pans to cook your food.