Exposure to toxins in your daily life is pretty unavoidable. Though not always immediately harmful, these substances can be found in a variety of places, from food to soaps to the environment. When toxins build up in your body, it can affect you in ways you may not realize.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory list currently contains 595 chemicals that are known to cause significant adverse health affects in humans. As Nasimeh Yazdani, M.D., founder of Seaside Medical Technologies tells Bustle, toxins are harmful substances that can mess with your DNA and damage cellular function. For example, formaldehyde, which is a commonly used substance in cosmetic products, has been found to cause birth defects. That's why it's recommended for pregnant women to avoid exposure as much as possible.
Toxins are harmful in nature, so feeling a little down or sick is pretty typical of a toxin overload. As Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. author of The Cancer Revolution, tells Bustle, too many toxins in the body can possibly lead to disease. "They may come from the chemicals in the air, electromagnetic field radiation from your cell phones, processed food that you eat and so on," she says. "Autoimmune diseases can contribute to those precursors as well. Stress is also a big part of what leads to disease and even cancer."
Since toxins are everywhere, you may be exposed to more than you probably think. So here are some subtle signs of a toxin overload in your body to look out for, according to doctors.