Green your life at home, work & play

What is the body burden? March 16, 2007

Filed under: Green home,Green living,Health — Anca Novacovici, Eco-Coach Inc. @ 10:32 pm

You might have heard this term before and wondered what it means. ‘Body burden’ refers to chemicals that we have collected in our body from various sources throughout our life up to the present moment. Some of these may have been passed on from our mother, and many are from the chemicals in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Pleasant, huh?

According to some studies,
we can carry as many as 700 contaminants in our bodies. No wonder there is a rising incidence of cancer, reproductive disorders, and other issues. We bioaccumulate all the gook that’s around us. If you’re curious about your exposure, take this test to see how you fare (keep in mind, however, that this is a big approximation and you would need a lab test to get accurate results).

Of course, the logical question is, how can I stop this, reverse it, and protect myself? Well, the good news is that the body is naturally equipped to deal with many of these toxins and they get taken care of by the liver within 24 hours or so of taking up residence. However, there are some toxins that can linger in your fat cells for years. So, you should also focus on lessening your exposure to chemicals and thereby slowing down the accumulation of new ones in your body.

Any action that you take to make your home healthier and to decrease indoor air pollution will decrease the level of toxins that are stored in your body. Examples, which I’ve discussed before, include:

  • Eating organic food
  • Getting rid of pesticides and replace with non-toxic alternatives
  • Switching to natural household cleaners
  • Opening the windows and letting some fresh(er) air in

Check out these other actions you can take as well. Though some people suggest detox diets as an option, evidence is mixed as to whether these are effective, so choose carefully if that is something you are looking into ( i haven’t tried any myself, so I am loathe to recommend any).


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