Where do toxins come from?

We often hear about toxins, but what exactly are the names of these toxins and where specifically do they come from?
Below are 12 of the most dangerous toxins that are worryingly consumed on a regular basis by most people, and how you can avoid them.


Pesticides are sprayed onto produce to kill insects or other organisms. The problem with this is that often a residue from the Pesticides is left behind and is therefore consumed by us via the food we eat. Overtime Pesticide exposure can cause a range of neurological health effects.

pesticide spraying

SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body and buy organic foods as they are required to be synthetic pesticide free.

2. Processed food preservatives - BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) & BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)

These dangerous processed food preservatives are commonly found in butter, meats, chewing gum, snack foods, dehydrated potatoes and even beer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared these processed food preservatives as carcinogens, which means they are a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue. Many also claim that they affect male fertility and disrupting hormones.

processed foods

SOLUTION: Take steps the detox the body and check ingredients list to avoid.

3. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH/rBST)

This is given to cows to increase milk production, and in turn increase the profits of the farmer. Unfortunately it is also increasing your risk of disease. rGBH produces elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in dairy products. IGF-1 is a significant factor in cancers in the breast, prostate and colon.

toxins in milk.

SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body. Ideally switch to a plant based milk such as almond, hazelnut or coconut milk. If you wish to continue drinking cows milk then choose organic or rBGH-free dairy products.

4. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

This toxic checmical is a patented flame retardant for plastics that has been banned in foods throughout Europe and in Japan. However, it can still be found in around 10% of  fruit flavored drinks and sodas in America. BVO has resulted in some soda-drinkers requiring medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve problems related to bromine overexposure.

bvo brominated vegetable oil toxin

SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body and check the label for this ingredient.

5. Artificial Food Coloring/Dyes 

These chemicals can be found in many foods and have been linked to neurological disorders like ADHD.

toxins in sweets
SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body and check ingredient list.

6.Sodium Aluminum Sulphate and Potassium Aluminum Sulphate

These toxins are often used in baked goods, processed cheese products, and packaged goods such as microwave popcorn. These toxins are linked to adverse reproductive, neurological, behavioral, and developmental effects.

microwave popcorn toxins

SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body and check ingredient list.

7. Bisphenol-A (BPA)

This toxin can be found in food and beverage containers, cans and bottle linings. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. This hormone-mimicker is believed to promote breast and prostate cancer, obesity, diabetes and reproductive and behavioral problems.
bpa bottle toxins
SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body. Buy BPA free bottles. Avoid canned foods. Choose fresh, dried, or frozen instead.

8. Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate

These preservatives are commonly used in deli foods such as processed meats and are linked to many types of cancer. Sodium nitrites can cause irritation to your digestive system, including your mouth, esophagus and stomach.
processed deli meats toxins
SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body and check ingredients list.

9. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Heterocyclic Amines

These are both considered carcinogens, which means they are a  substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are created when fat is burned—by flames or very high heat. Heterocyclic Amines form when natural substances found in meats and fish react together in high temperatures like those found during grilling.

grilling meat toxins

SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body. Pre-cook grillables and finish over low flame.

10. Acrylamide

Acrylaminde is also a carinogen (substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.) This is formed by cooking or frying starchy foods like potatoes and grains at high temperatures.
frying foods toxins
SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body. Avoid fried foods, crackers, toasted cereals, cookies, and bread crusts.


Dioxins are highly toxic environmental pollutants. They cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, disrupt hormones and cause cancer. Around 95 percent of human exposure to dioxins comes from the diet, dioxins tend to accumulate in the fatty tissue of animal products.

dioxin toxin

SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body. Choose low- or no-fat animal products.

12. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) 

Last but not least are GMOs. If you’ve eaten anything today, chances are you’ve snacked on GMOs. They are found in about 70 percent of processed foods with corn-, soy-, cottonseed-, canola-, and sugar beet- based ingredients. GMOs are claimed to cause organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility.
gmo toxin
SOLUTION: Take steps to detox the body. Buy organic produce where possible, GMOs are not allowed in certified organic foods.