What are toxins?

Toxins are naturally occurring poisons that can make you sick.  They can be found in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.  They are often found in the fabrics of our clothes, furniture and carpets.  Toxins are found in high numbers among our cleaning supplies, hygiene products, cookware and plastics.  We are exposed to toxins everyday and our exposure has increased a thousand times over since the early 20th century.  For instance, chemical runoff from factory farms and large industrial plants gets into our soil and water, and subsequently into the foods we eat.

How do toxins affect our health?

Toxins affect the body the same way bacteria and viruses do.  They are recognized by our immune system as a dangerous invader and every system is activated to eliminate this toxin from our bodies.  When we are chronically exposed to toxins in our food, water and environment, our bodies are constantly working hard to eliminate them which often puts our organs in overdrive.  The longer our organs have to work harder, the more they struggle to perform.  It’s like refilling gas in your car but the fuel tank is full of holes.  

How do we limit our exposure to toxins?

There are safe alternatives to the things we can control. Options like choosing safe cleaning products to buy, or safer light bulbs to use, or organic foods.  We can’t always avoid toxins because they are everywhere, but we can make changes to the exposure in our control.  

See below for an extensive, itemized list of how you can identify and remove these toxins from your environment.  You may not check off every single one, but that’s okay, because any removal or limitation makes a huge difference to your health and well being.


For more information on safe and natural alternatives, as well as getting a toxicity score on items you already use, you may visit ewg.org and search their database.


Debra Lynn Dadd, (1992). Non-Toxic Home and Office. Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.