What Types of Toxins do
we face in our daily life?

Where do they come from?


It would fill a whole book to list all the various types of toxins and poison substances that may end up in our bodies.

Some toxins do exist naturally in our bio-system like the Biotoxins. Even though your body is designed to “deal” with them, they can alter your well-being, but even more of a concern for human and animal health are the many man-made unnatural chemicals and their by-products.

Hundreds or even thousands of new artificial or synthetic substances are created every year and released into the world. They come in many forms and are virtually everywhere.


According to the world health organisation WHO, millions of people die every year because of air, water and food pollution.


We all know of the pollutants in the air, that come from industrial emissions and car exhaust fumes. But what about all the other types of toxins that have taken place in our lives?

Do we perceive them? No. Do we smell or taste them? No, or nearly never. They are silently hidden in the air, water, soil, plants, food, material and products etc. we use... every day... and they do not make any noise.... but..... they do interfere with our biological life.

The list below shows you the ones that we are mostly exposed to, that can weaken our health. Many of them belong to more then one category, which means they can cause problems in various way.

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP)

As the name says these agents usually do not easily degrade. It can take decades before their molekules are broken down. They are mainly fat-soluble and remain as deposits in the fatty tissue of our bodies (and animals). POP's are also kind of Bioaccumulative Toxins.

Some of these chemicals, like PCB have been banned for production decades ago because of their health concerns. Even so, they persist in the environment (air, groundwater, soil, ocean).

Examples: Dioxins (By-Product of Manufacture, Smoke), DDT (Synthetic Pesticid), Heavy Metals, PCB (Liquid used for transformers and cooling appliances).

Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDC)

Endocrine disruptors are substances that do disturb or interrupt the hormonal function in humans and animals alike. One of its kind is Xenoestrogen (Xenos = Foreign) which mimicks the natural estrogen hormone in the body. Many health issues are linked to EDC' s like Infertility and Obesity.

You will find some Endocrine Disrupting Substances that are also listed under the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP's).

Examples: Dioxins, Heavy Metals, PCB, Fluoride, Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Parabens, Food additives like Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Phytoestrogens, BPA (compound in plastics), Phthalates (in many Houshold Products and Vinyl Floor), Growth Hormones (in Dairy and Meat).

Xenobiotics

The word comes from Xenos = foreign, stranger and -bios = life, which means they do not occur naturally in the biological system. In other words, they are artificial compounds produced in the laboratory i.e. man-made.

Examples: Many medical drugs go under this category like Antibiothics. All Toxins that are listed above under POP and EDC are Xenobiotics too (except Phytoestrogens).


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