Toxin And Toxicant Exposure

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Balanced Health Today Call Now 1(888)277-4980 Toxins are poisonous compounds produced by living organis...
Balanced Health Today Call Now 1(888)277-4980 Toxins are poisonous compounds produced by living organisms; sometimes the term “biotoxin” is used to emphasize the biological origin of these compounds. Man-made chemical compounds with toxic potential are more properly called toxicants. Toxins and toxicants can exert their detrimental effects on health in a number of ways. Some broadly act as mutagens or carcinogens (causing DNA damage or mutations, which can lead to cancer), others can disrupt specific metabolic pathways which can lead to dysfunction of particular biological systems such as the nervous system, liver, or kidneys. The diet is a major source of toxin exposure. Toxins can find their way into the diet by several routes, notably contamination by microorganisms, man-made toxicants including pesticides, residues from food processing, prescription drugs and industrial wastes) or less frequently, contamination by toxins from other “non-food” plant sources. Some of the toxic heavy metals lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, while not “man-made,” have been released/redistributed into the environment at potentially dangerous levels by man, and can find their way into the diet as well. Microbial toxins, secreted by bacteria and fungi, can be ingested along with contaminated or improperly prepared food. Even the method of food preparation has the potential for converting naturally-occurring food constituents into toxins. For instance, high temperatures can convert nitrogen-containing compounds in meats and cereal products into the potent mutagens benzopyrene and acrylamide, respectively. Smoked fish and cheeses contain precursors to toxins called N-nitroso compounds NOCs, which become mutagenic when metabolized by colonic bacteria. Outside of the diet, respiratory exposure to volatile organic compounds VOCs is a common risk which has been associated with several adverse health effects, including kidney damage, immunological problems, hormonal imbalances,