By now, we all know that your diet and lifestyle play a huge role in the complex world of diabetes. However, there are a ton of other factors beyond your control that can exacerbate diabetes symptoms and prompt disease progression. Some of these factors include toxins, which sneak their way into your water, air, food, and home products. In this way, they get into your body so secretly, you’ll never know where to look for them.

Over the past 10 years, diabetes diagnoses have skyrocketed along with the level of toxins we can find in our environmental exposures.

The poisons we’re exposed to don’t just stay in the environments; unfortunately, they make their way into our bodies.

Of course, while one tiny toxin isn’t going harm you drastically, the danger comes in the hoards of toxins that lodge themselves in your cells and won’t leave your body without causing damage. An overabundance of toxins increases your risk of obesity, developing diabetes, and contracting other chronic illnesses. It would be impossible to avoid every toxin the environment has to offer, but you should understand and be able to identify the most significant sources of exposure in order to lower your risk. Keep an eye out for these top five substances that are major offenders of toxic overload.

1. Arsenic

Arsenic can really damage your pancreatic activity, which means that you’ll have decreased levels of insulin. Arsenic exposure is actually pretty easy to come by, with the most prevalent exposure being through drinking water; however, seafood and rice have been found to have high levels as well.

Arsenic leads to a plethora of health issues, most notably diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and neurological damage.

You can avoid arsenic exposure by using a water filter or purifier. Make sure to check the list of targeted contaminants, though, because not all water filters remove arsenic. You can also combat exposure by taking supplements that are known to moderatearsenic exposure. These include resveratrol, B vitamins, and curcumin.

2. BPA

BPA is a chemical found in plastics and other tupperware like bottles, canned foods, and food containers. BPA wreaks havoc on your body because it blocks the insulin receptors on your cells, which you need in order to convert carbs to fuel. If you can no longer convert carbs to fuel, you will develop high blood sugar, obesity, and low energy. If you’d like to detox from BPA, you can do so by investing in probiotics Bifidobacterium breve and Lactobacillus casei and taking n-acetylcysteine and alpha lipoic acids, which are supplements that are known to bind to BPA.

3. Phthalates

Phthalates are also found in many plastics. They are used to make plastics flexible, transparent, and durable. While this may be a good thing for food conservation, it doesn’t do your body any favors. Phthalates interrupt the production of hormones such as insulin, estrogen, and testosterone. In fact, many countries in Europe have banned phthalates because there was overwhelming research showing the undeniable damage the chemical does to our bodies. Supplementing α-lipoic acid, resveratrol, and curcumin can help you combat your phthalate exposure.

4. Organochlorine Pesticides (OCPs)

If you’re not eating an organic diet, you can be sure that your OCP exposure is pretty high.

Pesticides are used on your food, and they make their way into your body pretty easily. Because of this, overexposure to these chemicals becomes a very high probability over an individual’s lifetime. OCPs are harmful because they damage your insulin receptors and give way to diabetes. That being said, to combat your exposure to these pesticides, it’s a great idea to start eating organically whenever you can. Supplements n-acetylcysteine and quercetin can help rid your body of these toxins.

5. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

The toxins are the widely recognized carcinogens that are known to be in cigarette smoke. However, you don’t need to smoke in order to be exposed to this toxin. PAHs are often found in grilled and smoked meats, urban air, and around fossil fuel burning sites. You can lessen your exposure to PAHs by limiting your intake of smoked meats. You can also use high-quality air filters in your home to take control of your environment. It is also very wise to supplement curcumin, vitamins C and E, and quercetin to help your body detox from these harmful chemicals.

It may seem like you can’t win when you see all of the ways toxins are impacting your health. But don’t get overwhelmed! This is a great time to regain control over your health. By buying organic, using water filters, and starting a supplement routine, the toxins won’t stand a chance, and you’ll be well on your way to optimal health.

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