Wellness and Prevention Part II Chapter 8

Environmental Toxins & Free Radicals

Environmental Toxins & Free Radicals : Environmental pollutants and toxins are all around us, and they have been convincingly linked to a wide variety of diseases and defects. While it's impossible to completely eliminate pollutants from your life, it is possible to limit your exposure:

Drink filtered tap water.
Eat organic foods when possible, especially strawberries and tomatoes.
Use nontoxic household cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
Minimize exposure of foods to plastics. Store foods in glass or ceramic containers. Don't microwave foods in plastic containers or with plastic wrap covering them.
Limit your use of paper products that have been chlorine bleached to make them white.
Keep windows open, even just a crack, to provide ventilation and protect against indoor pollutants.
Women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.

You can help make the environment cleaner and safer by evaluating your purchases based on their environmental impact, encouraging the use of reusable products, and taking personal responsibility for creating a sustainable community.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are highly reactive atoms formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. They try to "steal" electrons from atoms in body tissues, and in doing so can damage cellular components such as cell membranes and DNA, and lead to heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

Free radicals are formed in the normal processes of energy metabolism, but they are also created by environmental pollution, cigarette smoke, and toxic chemicals. To prevent free radical damage, your body has several enzyme systems that scavenge free radicals. Problems start when the body is inundated by so many free radicals that it can't cope with them all. Micronutrients, such as vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, in addition to the thousands of phytochemicals now being discovered in many fruits and vegetables, can aid the body in eliminating damaging free radicals.

More on this topic

Wake-Up Call (VIDEO)

Control Blood Pressure

Manage Diabetes

Medical Checkups

Manage Stress

Get Enough Sleep

Social & Spiritual Support

Environmental Toxins & Free Radicals

Keep It Clean

Avoid Addictions

Prevention Begins in Childhood

The Cardiovascular Continuum

Related Health Centers:

The 9 Visual Rules of Wellness, Wellness and Prevention Part I, Wellness and Prevention Part II, Reverse Aging

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