Cancer In Your Food – Toxins to Avoid

Cancer In Your Food - Toxins to Avoid

While some of your risk of cancer has to do with genetics and lifestyle choices, there are also some toxins you may not be aware of that you are exposed to.  Make sure you avoid these potential cancer toxins.

Pesticides

The first type of toxin that can potentially lead to cancer is pesticides. Pesticides are most often found in your food from the sprays that may have been used to ward of pests and insects during the growth of the fruit or vegetable.

Organic produce is highly recommended, but if that is not an option by making smart choices and rinsing what you can, you have a better chance of reducing how much pesticides you ingest. Typically, may be just a small amount of residue, but any amount you can wash off, the better you will be.

The pesticides that may cause cancer are herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. They not only lead to potential cancer, but pose other serious health risks as well. The biggest culprits for these toxins are produce and meat products.

Arsenic

Believe it or not, you might also be ingesting some arsenic into your body, which is another known cancer toxin. Unfortunately, arsenic is a naturally occurring substance, even found in the Earth’s crust. So it’s difficult to completely avoid. Trace amounts of it can be found in water, air and soil.

Arsenic is of course a deadly toxin to be avoided, but it is also found in common foods and drinks you wouldn’t think of. This can be anything as simple as apple seeds, to something like wine. Many red and white wines contain a small amount of arsenic, and the World Health Organization is looking at how even small trace amounts might increase your risk for cancer.

Lessen your chances of ingesting arsenic by eating organic, drinking filtered water, and making sure the air you breath is as clean as possible.

Chloroform

Chloroform is a chemical that is a little less common, but can be found in oxygen, food, and even your water. This is most often a concern when you live somewhere that doesn’t have clean drinking water, or if you eat a lot of processed foods. This is yet another reason to try and stick to whole, fresh foods, and go organic whenever possible.

In addition, when cleaning around the home, never mix bleach and ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, as this will create chloroform, among other toxic chemicals. That is why it is never recommended to mix different cleaning solutions together.

As you can see, even simple foods you eat every day could possibly have dangerous toxins that lead to cancer and other serious diseases.  By sticking to fresh foods, cooking at home, and making sure everything is rinsed thoroughly, you are going far to  reducing how many of these toxins you ingest in your body.

You can also talk to your doctor about other potential cancer risks. In particular certain cancers that are a higher risk for women, like breast cancer and ovarian cancer, should be discussed in detail

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