Toxins that Negatively Affect Your Heart Health

 

 

By Theresa Harding          This post contains affiliate links.

I always thought of toxins as something that only came from the environment and from a science lab.  I never knew toxins could be unhealthy for your heart either.

So that you are not ignorant of the dangers of toxins the way I was, I would like to inform you of the dangerous effects toxins can have on your heart health and where they come from.  They are not very far from you, as they are in many products you use daily.  Omega 3 fatty acids are great for cardiovascular health and are taken by others as a heart supplement.

A toxic substance is a substance that can be poisonous or cause health effects. People are generally concerned about chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxin which can be found at some hazardous waste sites.

Products that we use daily, such as household cleaners, prescription, and over-the-counter drugs, gasoline, alcohol, pesticides, fuel oil, and cosmetics, can also be toxic. Any chemical can be toxic or harmful under certain conditions.

Insecticides and Pesticides

Although the damage is sometimes reversible if caught in time, a serious brush with a heart toxin can also be fatal.
Here are toxins you should know about, in order to avoid them or limit your exposure:

They are a major contributor to Parkinson’s disease. Researchers have found that organic fruits and vegetables are much, much lower in pesticide residue, as well as substantially higher in natural antioxidants compared to non-organic produce.

Prescription drugs

They deplete the body of nutrients and energy. For example, statins deplete coenzyme Q10 and diuretics deplete precious potassium and magnesium. So, if you need to take medications you want to consider natural vitamins for heart health and vitamins for energy to supplement accordingly.

Alcohol

Liver destruction is but one of many possible consequences of heavy drinking. Excess alcohol causes nutritional deficiencies and oxidative damage. It breaks down into aldehyde, a substance that damages cell membranes and causes premature aging. 

Supplementing with natural vitamins such as a liver cleanse to remove the toxic buildup from your liver is one way to remove toxic buildup. Simply eliminating unhealthy processed foods and drinks from your diet for a period of time can also help remove the toxic waste from your body.  Doing this will give you more energy that you would also get if you took vitamins for energy.

High-fructose corn syrup

This sweetener is added to thousands of processed food items and is particularly prominent in soft drinks. It promotes inflammation, obesity, and liver dysfunction.  Along with liver dysfunction comes the lack of energy and the need for a healthier sweetener replacement like raw honey.  You could also maybe consider vitamins for energy to help with the effects of liver dysfunction like low energy.

Indoor and outdoor pollution

Air pollution can be harmful to heart health. Proficient use of an air purifier, at least in rooms where you spend the most time, helps to reduce dust and other particulate matter. Be aware of sensitivities to outdoor chemicals, pollen, and mold.

Mold

It grows in dark, damp places and can cause severe allergic reactions.

Cigarettes

Each puff carries a toxic payload of chemicals and carcinogens, things like nicotine (used as a natural pesticide for hundreds of years), carbon monoxide, ammonia, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and formaldehyde, just to name a few of the 600 ingredients. So to detoxify your body, you want to stop smoking.

One study showed that some levels of vitamin C are depleted with cigarette smoking, so subjects were given vitamin C by mouth increased the amount of vitamin C in their bloodstreams and improved blood flow.  So cigarette smokers can consider natural vitamins like vitamin C to supplement their possible loss of vitamin C if they find that they are deficient in this very important antioxidant.

Soft drinks

These drinks contain too much sugar or artificial sweeteners that cause inflammation, plus phosphoric acid that leaches calcium out of bones.

Trans fats

These unnatural fats have been removed from many foods, but you still need to be on the lookout for them. Because Tran’s fats promote inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, avoid consuming or cooking with, anything containing fats that are hydrogenated in order to detoxify your body.

Chlorine

Although this chemical is used to disinfect most public water supplies, it reacts with naturally occurring elements in water to form toxins called trihalomethanes. These have been linked to asthma, cancer, and heart disease.

Perfumes, Cosmetics, and Aluminum-Containing Deodorants

Perfumes and cosmetics contain all kinds of chemicals that are absorbed into the body. Use essential oils instead of perfumes, and make sure your cosmetics are made with natural and organic ingredients. The aluminum in deodorants may cause inflammation in the armpits and may contribute to breast cancer.

Processed Meats

They contain nitrites, which, in addition to being preservatives, are toxic to the GI tract and contribute to the formation of cancer. To detoxify your body, avoid these nitrite laden meats.

Heavy metals

Lead from dust, dirt, old house paints, batteries, new toys, and even water flowing through lead-lined pipes can increase the risk of a number of health issues. The nervous systems of young children and the unborn are most vulnerable. Cadmium is another toxic metal, and exposure can contribute to hypertension, among other things.

Radon

 This odorless, invisible gas seeps from the ground into houses through cracks in foundations, and it poses a real health danger. Radon toxicity is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

What is your favorite food or supplement of choice for better heart health?

 

Sources

https://www.everydayhealth.com/atrial-fibrillation/living-with/hidden-heart-toxins-how-to-avoid/

https://www.nccn.org/patients/resources/life_with_cancer/managing_symptoms/cardiac_toxicity.aspx

https://ephtracking.cdc.gov/showHeartExpRisk.action

https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/chemicals-clog-arteries/

https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/chemicals/toxic_substances.htm

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About the Author Theresa Harding

Healthy Living isn't difficult. It requires an ongoing lifestyle change with patience and an open mind. I teach this mindset all the time. After 11 years of transitioning from an unhealthy lifestyle to a pain-free one, I think it's important to share my knowledge and research with those who are ready to make that shift in their health and wellness.

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2 comments
Vera Thirus says March 21, 2018

Thank you for this information. I learned a lot, especially about the depletion of potassium and magnesium from medication.

    Theresa Harding says March 29, 2018

    You so welcome Vera! I’m always happy to share this information.

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