How do environmental toxins impact heart health? 🫀
Environmental toxins are that are present in our air, water and food - Yup, they’re all around us and can have negative impacts on heart health. 😳
Here are a few ways these toxins can negatively impact the heart:
↪️ Air pollution
Exposure to air pollution, such as particulate matter and ozone, can increase the risk of heart disease by causing inflammation in the body and hardening of the arteries.
↪️ Lead exposure
Lead exposure can increase blood pressure and contribute to the development of heart disease.
↪️ Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure
BPA is an industrial chemical that is found in many consumer products including food containers, can linings and thermal paper. Studies have linked BPA exposure to an increased risk of heart disease.
Similarly to air pollution, long-term exposure to pesticides can increase the risk of heart disease by increasing inflammation in the body and hardening of the arteries.
↪️ Secondhand smoke
Secondhand smoke exposure can elevate the risk of heart disease by causing damage to the blood vessels and raising levels of inflammation in the body.
It's important to be aware of the potential sources of environmental toxins and take steps to reduce exposure where possible.
Here are 6 ways to reduce exposure to environmental toxins:
❇️ Natural cleaning products: Opt for natural alternatives such as vinegar and baking soda.
❇️ Choose organic foods: Organic foods are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides.
❇️ Filter your water: Use a filtration system that removes toxins from your tap water.
❇️ Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter: A HEPA filter can help reduce exposure to toxins in the air.
❇️ Avoid synthetic fragrances: Many personal care products contain harmful chemicals.
❇️ Use a low VOC paint: Low-VOC paints are an alternative that help lower toxin exposure.
It's important to note that while these steps can help reduce exposure to environmental toxins, they may not be able to eliminate exposure completely. It's also important to monitor your health and consult with a doctor if you have any concerns.