by Greer McGuinness MS, RD, CDN, CLT, Dt. Sp, CMH
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that roughly 84,000 chemical substances are in use in the US —many of which have limited testing for their effects on humans and the environment. Americans are exposed to many of these toxins daily, from everyday personal care items like cosmetics and shampoos to air and water pollution.
Toxins can be challenging to avoid altogether, and rather than breaking down upon exposure, they bioaccumulate or build up in the body and can last for decades. And they don’t just accumulate in humans. Toxins can also build up in our environment and food systems—via soil used for crops and animals raised for food—increasing our toxic build-up over time.