Body Detox and the Reproductive System
It has been estimated that, every year, around 100,000 different types of chemicals are produced for a wide range of uses around the world. Estimates for the European Union range from 30,000 to 70,000. Many of these chemicals eventually find their way into our environment. Other chemicals that have been banned from manufacture and used for many years still leak from old products or are long-lived and linger in the environment, while new chemicals are synthesized and brought to the market every month.
As the result, we are now being exposed to tens of thousands of chemicals which simply didn’t exist on this planet until a few decades ago. Studies have shown that many such chemicals can be found in the body tissues of wildlife and humans.
We are exposed to these chemicals through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink and bathe in. Chemicals often coat the surface of dust particles, which we handle or inhale. We are also exposed to hundreds of chemicals in everyday products we use. Paints and varnishes, gasoline, glues, cosmetics, clothes dry-cleaned with solvents, plastic food containers, and home and garden pesticides are just a few examples.
Several recent studies, including that conducted in the USA and by WWF and Greenpeace in Europe, have reported the presence of a wide array of man-made chemicals in our blood. None of the volunteers in the studies were known to receive regular exposure to chemicals as part of their jobs and yet their blood was still contaminated,
illustrating just how ubiquitous our daily exposure to chemicals really is. The chemicals may have originated in a local medical waste incinerator or it may have been created by a distant, chlorine-based, paper manufacturing plant located thousands of miles from your home.
“It shows we are all unwittingly the subjects of an uncontrolled global experiment” says Karl Wagner, Director of WWF’s Detox Campaign.
Sperm counts have fallen by 50% in 50 years, infertility among couples has more than doubled in industrialized countries since the 1960s, while testicular cancer has become increasingly common. Prescription birth control such as Yaz and Mirena have been suspected of causing side effects ranging from additional cramping and mood swings to a possible increase in the risk of cervical cancer.
Alkylphenols and related chemicals used in textile and leather processing, personal care products and pesticide production; brominated flame retardants commonly used as flame retardants in industrial and electrical appliances, vehicles, lighting, wiring as well as textiles, furnishing, and insulating materials; bisphenol-A and its derivatives in production of polycarbonate plastic e.g. baby bottles, CDs, motorcycle windshields and in production of epoxy resin; as well as artificial musk used as fragrance mixtures for detergents, fabric, conditioners, cleaning agents, air fresheners and cosmetic products such as soaps, shampoos and perfumes are all chemicals that may affect the reproductive health and fertility. Removing toxins from the body with a body detox would ensure optimum health of your reproductive system.
Toxic chemicals are also linked to some cancers, birth defects and low birth weight, autism, and learning and behavioral disabilities. Many parts of the world today are seeing escalating health problems and more and more countries are linking this to the chemical legacy. Though our bodies are detoxifying naturally every single day, they cannot cleanse effectively without aid. Extra detoxification assistance is needed as the result of the onslaught of chemicals and toxins that we face on a daily basis. Body detoxification is one excellent way you can reduce your body’s toxin load and jump-start your body for a healthier life.