Four Ways to Survive Living in a Toxic World
Reality check – even those of us trying to lead a healthy lifestyle are exposed to toxins, chemicals, and radiation that can make us sick. They’re in the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, and technology we use every day. While there is no escaping toxic pollutants completely, we can take measures to limit our exposure to harmful toxins. Here is a breakdown of how our environment can be toxic to our bodies, and what we can do to fight back:
Most municipalities add chlorine, chloramines (chlorine + ammonia), and other chemicals into our communal water supply to disinfect it and make it potable. However, many of these chemical additives create harmful by-products that can harm our bodies over time. Private well water that is not disinfected may carry waterborne cysts that can multiply into parasites in the human body. Without a UV light or other form of filtration, these cysts are pretty hard to get rid of and may not show up as symptoms in the human body for years to come.
You know that “plasticy” taste you get when you drink from disposable plastic bottles? It’s because the bottles leach plastic chemicals (namely BPA) into the water inside the bottle.
Survival Tip #1: Filter Your Water & Eliminate Plastic
You never know what lurks in your water supply – whether it is well-water, tap, or bottled. All water is contaminated and the only way to be sure you are getting the cleanest water possible is to invest in a good home water filter. And if you must use plastic, use BPA-free plastic. Remember to never heat up your food or beverages in plastic containers.
Radiation comes in two forms. Natural, and man-made. From cosmic radiation emitted by the sun to TVs, cell phones, and microwaves, the human body is exposed to both forms of radiation every day.
- Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) is an energy that travels in the form of waves. The intensity of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) determines how strong the signal on your mobile device will be. The lower your signal, the higher the intensity of the EMR emitted by your device will be in order to keep your device working properly.
- Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) measures the radiofrequency energy that the human tissue absorbs while using a mobile device. The amount of radiation absorbed by the human body depends on your biological tissue. For example, according to the National Cancer Institute, due to still-developing bodies, children are at higher risk for radiation poisoning than adults as radiation waves to travel farther into a child’s head and body than they would through a full grown adult.
Survival Tip #2: Eliminate Cell Phone Radiation
Pong cell phone cases are truly one-of-a-kind as they are the only technology in existence proven to reduce exposure to radiation without compromising a device’s ability to function properly. The Pong case contains a patented micro-thin, gold antenna that redirects cell phone radiation away from the user. Just snap the case on your phone, and the Pong antenna will pair automatically with the antenna inside your phone.
The first rule of eating clean and avoiding food contamination and chemicals is if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it. Many of the foods on your grocery store shelves are mass-produced using chemicals and unnatural ingredients that many of us have never even heard of. To make matters worse, the soil most produce is grown in is chock full of chemicals. Soil and sediment contain herbicides and pesticides, and these pesticides create agricultural runoff. When agricultural runoff comes in contact with the environment, toxins are introduced to our natural food and atmosphere. It’s a long-running and vicious cycle that starts with just one production plant. Take a minute to think about it, corporations inject these chemicals into food to keep natural predators away, yet it is still the same food they sell to consumers for consumption.
Survival Tip #3: Go Organic & Avoid Processed Foods
Support local farmers, or better yet, develop a new hobby and grow your own food using organic soils and mulch, as well as organic or homemade bug spray, plant growth remedies, and natural compost methods. When you go out to eat, ask questions! Ask if beef is grass-fed, or if artificial growth hormones were used in the production of your food. It takes a little bit of research, but it is a big step to a healthier life!
Asbestos is illegal in many different countries, but not in the United States. It is regulated – but any form of exposure to asbestos, especially breathing it in, can hurt your body.
Power plants release tons of toxins daily into the air. The burning and vapors of these toxins can sometimes be more harmful than the toxin itself in its natural form. Sometimes, accidents happen that harm our environment by mass producing toxins and releasing them into the air such as the Geismar explosion and fire incident.
Paint, especially freshly coated, releases VOCs. Highlighters, permanent markers, cleaning detergents, bug sprays, hair sprays, shampoos, body washes and many other everyday items contain toxins that make it into your body through direct skin contact and as vapors through the shower, your in-home air, and your outdoor environment.
Survival Tip #4: Purify Your Air
Invest in an air purifier, grow your own indoor plants to enhance oxygen production, and use organic or homemade cleaners and detergents for your cleaning purposes. Keep your shoes in a storage closet close to the door so those pesky herbicides don’t make it into your home via boot-bottoms. Dry-cleaning should be avoided like the plague. All of your clothes are cleaned with a serious blend of chemicals that you end up wearing and breathing in.
Living healthy is more expensive and more work. Every aspect of your daily routine is impacted by chemicals and toxins. But the alternative is a price that is simply too high pay.