Chemicals are everywhere and not just in the food you eat. Consider the your body is trying to recover and adapt from the training stress you are putting it under. Giving it more to do, in this case removing toxins from the body, might just slow your ability to recover and improve. The following mentioned factors might not affect everyone and I could write a whole, rather boring, book on everything that contains chemicals that you really don’t want in your body, but here are the main ones, hopefully it’ll also get you thinking about all the chemicals you might be exposing your body too.

The damage your toothpaste is doing

Toothpaste. Yes, seriously. This actually might be the one that is doing you the most damage. It will depend on what the manufacturers are allowed to add to their paste in your part of the world, but there are a lot of very damaging ingredients in common versions. Again, this might depend on whether a warning is mandatory where you live, rather than if it is a consideration.

Go check your toothpaste right now, does it have a warning on there that states to not ingest? Unless you’re using a natural paste, it probably does or probably should. Now consider that, although you might not swallow your toothpaste, it still goes into your mouth. Some might get digested; some might get absorbed into the mouth and the rest might change the acidity of your mouth and stomach. Did you know that your toothpaste frothing up is irrelevant to the cleaning process and actually only present for marketing? 

Is your tap water safe?

Again, this might depend a lot on where you live, but do not drink tap water! While most places in the world class their water as ‘safe’ this doesn’t mean they are chemical free. Here are some chemicals that might typically be found in your water supply[i]:

  • Chlorine.
  • Fluorine compounds.
  • Trihalomethanes (THMs).
  • Salts of arsenic, radium, aluminium, copper, lead, mercury, cadmium and/or barium.
  • Hormones.
  • Nitrates.
  • Pesticides.

The pipes transporting your water might not be that safe either; there might be up to 8% lead in ‘lead free’ pipes. While you might not actually get sick from drinking your tap water, you might consider giving your body a hand by filtering it. Please do not buy bottled water, it is an incredible drain on the environment. Either filter it in your home or purchase it from a store in a large reusable container, some areas you can get it delivered.

Not that I’m trying to scare you, but, if you’re going to filter your tap water, you might want to filter your bathing water too. You might actually absorb more chlorine by having a long shower or bath than you do through drinking tap water. If you have any skin issues, dry or itchy skin, eczema or anything similar, a shower filter is easy and convenient and might relieve some of the symptoms.

What other chemicals slow recovery?

Finally consider your cosmetics such as your shampoo, body wash and laundry detergent. Much like toothpaste, these have added ingredients which are cheap to manufacture. While you might smell great, you are still exposing your body to unnecessary toxins. Go organic, shop around and find something plant based. It does the job the same and you might feel better for it.

[i] For more information on the chemicals in your water supply please visit:

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