The REAL Truth About Toxins

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Toxins, toxins everywhere
"A toxin is anything that could cause damage to the body in one way or another," says Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND. So, technically speaking, everything is ... more 
Photo by: Refinery29
Toxins, toxins everywhere
"A toxin is anything that could cause damage to the body in one way or another," says Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND. So, technically speaking, everything is toxic, even water if you overdo it. However, our bodies are beautifully intelligent, says Maxim, designed to protect us against these toxins by detoxing 24/7 through our sweat, breath and, of course, #1 and #2.

In theory, we shouldn't have to do anything special, but "We do not live in the garden of Eden," says Kim Schuette, CN, CGP. In fact, over 3.6 billion pounds of chemicals were released into the environment in 2012 alone. Safe to say, Eden this is not. And, according to Dr. Andrea Gore Ph.D, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Texas, the rising number of environmental chemicals has directly paralleled increases in many diseases - and that's no coincidence.

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Fri, Feb 21, 2014 10:35 AM EST
By Grace McCalmon, Refinery29

Raise your hand if you've heard or uttered the words "I'm on a detox" this year. Everyone? Okay. Well, have you ever taken a moment to ponder what, exactly, are these dastardly toxins we're desperately trying to purge? Are they a legitimate threat? Should everyone indeed be doing a detox, or is it all a ridiculous sham concocted by a consortium of very wealthy juice makers? Behold, we bring you: The truth about toxins.

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