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The Lowdown On Toxins


There has been a great deal of discussion in the last few years regarding the presence of toxins in our lives. This is a concept that has been fuelled by effective marketing campaigns advising consumers that they must invest in certain products in order to help eliminate toxins from their bodies.

The idea of ‘going on a detox’ in order to reduce the harm felt from toxins is certainly a great way to sell products, such as pills, powders and juices, but is there really any benefit to the body of doing so?

Before we answer this question, let’s start from the beginning!

What Are Toxins

When people talk about toxins they are generally referring to an organism that is considered to be harmful to the body. There are several types of toxins in existence and many of them can be quite detrimental to our health in different ways.

Many toxins can be found inside of the human body and are actually produced there by the body itself. These internal toxins are by-products of essential human functions and can often be processed and eradicated by the body itself with no problem! It is only when something goes wrong and these toxins begin to build up that a health issue can start to arise.

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We are also regularly exposed to external toxins that can make their way into our bodies through ingestion or absorption. Across the media spectrum today there is much focus on the amount of toxins in our food, but it is important to remember that this is not the only source! The unfortunate reality is that there are actually toxins in almost everything, from the water that you drink to the everyday items that you come into contact with, such as tins, plastics and paints.

How to Beat Toxins

It may surprise you that avoiding stress is actually a great way to help combat toxins – both internal and external! When you are stressed out you become much more prone to anxiety and depression, and also more likely to eat unhealthy foods – which then invites toxins into the body.

Alcohol and cigarettes are two serious sources of toxins that it is possible to choose to avoid. The toxins in alcohol deplete your nutrient stores and make it harder for the body to hold onto the B vitamins it needs for both your metabolism and your memory*. When it comes to smoking, cigarette smoke contains incredibly harmful toxins that are now known to cause a wide range of illnesses and diseases.

There are other things that you can aim to avoid in order to limit your exposure to toxins. For example food that comes from cans, or anything that is processed is better off avoided. Consuming organic fruits and vegetables, as well as other organic produce, will help you to reduce the amount of toxins in your diet.

Clean Living

Although it simply isn’t possible to avoid toxins on every level, you can choose to steer clear of some of the worst offenders. This can help to improve your lifestyle and support how well your body responds to toxins.

Finding ways to shop that don’t involve harmful plastics or processed, packaged foods can be challenging – but it can also be fun! A great way to get started is to evaluate the products that you buy and the foods that you consume, and then to determine which of these things may contain harmful toxins. You can then slowly work to find substitutes for these things one by one as you work to reduce the toxins you have in your home!

This is a huge topic and one that we will delve further into soon, so visit us again to find out additional ways that you can combat toxins to enjoy better health!

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Thoughts About The Future


As more and more people become aware of the impact we are having on the environment, it is safe to assume that actions taken to protect the health of our planet will continue to increase!

There are many ways that people are already striving to reduce how their presence is felt by the earth, and these ideas are continuously being spread and embraced.

So, what does the future hold for planet earth?

The Population Problem

The booming population has to be taken into account when considering actions in the future. Just fifty years ago the entire population of the planet was counted below three billion. This figure has more than doubled during the last fifty years to currently exceed seven billion! Experts predict that this number could well reach nine billion by the year 2050.

The largest problem with a rapidly increasing population is maintaining an efficient level of food production for this many people. Food production at such an intense level will inevitably cause further harm to our already fragile environment, and will fuel climate change.

Climate Change Conundrum

As the population grows and contributes to the ever-divisive issue of climate change, more is going to have to be done to combat this. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels and erratic rainfall patterns create countless associated problems – both for human beings and the rest of the natural world.

It has been estimated by experts that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere will be twice what it was before the Industrial Revolution by 2050. And, the more CO2 in the air, the more the consequences of climate change will become apparent. Consequences which, in many respects, are irreversible!

Sustainable Growth

In order to support a continuation in the population increase, and to combat the impact of climate change, we must make strides towards embracing sustainable growth. But, what does this mean and how can we all get on board?

Sustainable growth involves finding realistic solutions to support all of the ways in which our planet will continue to develop. But this must be done without causing further harm to the environment. This can be achieved in a number of ways, and requires participation at all levels.

The idea of a carbon footprint is a great way to measure sustainable growth, and the carbon footprint of businesses and individuals must be lowered if we are to protect the planet.

Lowering Your Carbon Footprint

When it comes to big businesses, there are several changes that can be made in regards to the energy that they use and the waste that they create. This is something that will need to be adopted universally to have the greatest impact. However, there are also things that each and every person can do to contribute to positive change.

The following are great ways that you can lower your own carbon footprint:

  • Drive less – walk or cycle instead
  • Avoid flying where possible
  • Eat less meat
  • Insulate your home well to use less energy
  • Invest in renewable energy
  • Support environmentally friendly businesses
  • Buy local produce

These are simple small changes that we can adopt in order to become personally responsible for the future of our planet. Click here to read more from PAMA London on the problems our planet faces and how you can help!

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Follow Your Intentions

The first part of namaste comes from "namaha," a Sanskrit verb that originally meant "to bend." Bending is a sign of submission to authority or showing some respect to some superior entity." Over time, "namaha" went from meaning "to bend" to meaning "salutations" or "greetings." The "te" in namaste means "to you," Deshpande says. So all together, namaste literally means "greetings to you." In the Vedas, namaste mostly occurs as a salutation to a divinity.