The 7 Toxins Harming Your Brain

Your brain interacts with every aspect of your body, giving directions to cells and the nervous system. Its important for supporting your mood as well as clear thinking. It can overall improve your overall quality of life. So, try and avoid these toxins to the best of your ability. 

Lead

Lead poisoning is a problem today — a huge problem. The biggest issue is that lead affects so many parts of the body in such harmful ways. Not only can it affect organs and tissues, but it can affect whole systems of the body like the digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. 

BPA

A known endocrine disrupter that interferes with how your body regulates hormones; the substitutes used for BPA (Bisphenol F and S or “BPF” and “BPS”) have been linked to behavioral issues, as well. It affects reproductive health, but it can also affect brain function, learning abilities, and how your memory works. And it’s not just plastic that contains BPA; items that are BPA free aren’t always much better. 

Mercury

It has been linked to kidney problems, respiratory failure, and other neuromuscular complications; however, the elemental form of mercury is the most toxic. Many people have switched off from thermometers and other products containing mercury.

 Benzene

Benzene is found in fuel and motor vehicle exhaust, but can also be found in detergents and pharmaceuticals. Why is something so problematic used so frequently? Benzene is even classified as carcinogen, it’s highly flammable, and benzene poisoning can pass from mother to fetus. The best way to reduce your exposure to benzene is to distance yourself from gasoline or waste plants and to avoid cigarette smoke. As quoted by the CDC, “Average smokers take in about 10 times more benzene than nonsmokers each day.” 

Flame Retardants

A researcher from Texas discovered that flame retardants were found in the breast milk of American women. How could this happen? It turns out that flame retardants can be found virtually anywhere in food, furniture, and building materials. We’re around these items every day and breathe in the toxins that emanate throughout the day.

 It’s unbelievable just how widespread traces of flame retardant chemicals are. Not even bald eagles are safe. Out of 33 dead eagles tested from 2009 to 2011, every one but two had all four flame retardant components for which scientists were testing. It’s important to educate yourself about flame retardant compounds and make sure they’re not abundant in your home. 

Phthalates

Similarly to BPA, phthalates are found in many products that contain plastic and things like household cleaners, cosmetics, personal hygiene products, and even food. There is a wide variety of phthalates, but the most notable versions are BBzP (butyl benzyl phthalate), DnBP (dibutyl phthalate), and DEHB (di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate).

Phthalates have been linked to ADHD, asthma, diabetes, neurodevelopmental problems, and more. California is spearheading the move against phthalates by asking that four specific types must be listed on labels (many do not have to be listed at all). Target and WalMart have promised to reduce the amount of or even eradicate the use of harmful toxins like phthalates in products they stock.

Pesticides

Mostly everyone is familiar with the negative effects of pesticides, but new developments further strengthen the argument against using pesticides on foods we consume. Pesticide exposure is now linked to Parkinson’s disease. The best way to avoid undue exposure to pesticides is to choose organic food!

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