When it comes to COVID-19, it’s not just your age and preexisting conditions you have to be concerned about anymore.
New research reveals what could be a terrifying risk factor for the most severe forms of coronavirus infection.
And it’s NOT something you can see in the mirror… know from the calendar… or even expect to learn from a medical test like the rest of the risks we’ve become so familiar with.
There’s a hidden class of toxins that ALL of us have been exposed to. And this invisible invader is one that doesn’t easily leave the body once it’s inside.
They’re called FOREVER chemicals as a result. And a preliminary new study finds that if you’ve had higher PFAS exposure over the years, you could be in trouble. Because it could mean you’re facing some of the biggest risks if you develop the coronavirus infection.
PFAS linked to severe coronavirus infection
The disturbing new report out of Europe links the chemical perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) not just to coronavirus infections but to WORSE cases of the disease.
Folks with higher blood levels of this chemical who develop COVID-19 have a higher risk of…
- ICU care
You may have never heard of PFBA. But it’s part of a class of chemicals called perfluorinated alkylate substances or PFAS. I’ve warned readers about these dangerous chemicals many times before here in Healthier Talk.
They’re used to make things nonstick, grease-resistant, stain-resistant, waterproof, and more. And they’re EVERYWHERE.
This one specifically, PFBA, seems to build up in the lungs after exposure. And that quirk of this creepy chemical may be why it could worsen the COVID-19 infection, according to the new study.
Keep in mind the new study is a pre-print. With things moving so fast around this disease, that’s not uncommon. But it does mean that it still needs to be peer-reviewed before it’s final publishing.
But the early word is alarming, especially when you consider that PFAS exposure has also been linked to:
- immune dysfunction
- thyroid damage
- kidney disease
- reproductive problems
… and MORE.
Kick “FOREVER” chemicals to the curb in 2 steps
In other words, it’s long past time to take detoxing from these chemicals seriously. And I’ve got two steps to get you started.
Ditch anything with PFAS that you possibly can.
PFBA specifically is used in stain-resistant fabrics, paper food packaging, and carpets. But really, look to avoid all PFAS chemicals by…
- avoiding buying fabrics treated with nonstick chemicals such as Scotchguard, Teflon, and Gore-Tex
- skipping optional stain-resistant treatments for new furniture or carpets
- tossing nonstick cookware and switching to stainless steel and cast-iron
- skipping the fast food and cutting back on packaged foods
- ditching the microwave popcorn
Of course, It’s almost impossible to eliminate ALL sources of exposure. But you certainly can significantly reduce yours with these simple changes.
Step one will reduce NEW exposure. But it won’t do anything about PFAS that might be in your system already.
Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to chase them all out. But you may be able to make a significant dent in them.
B vitamins, glutathione, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), and the sulforaphane found in cruciferous vegetables are all-natural detoxifiers. They can help arm your body against common toxins and help force them out over time.
Bonus step: Quit bottled water.
A Consumer Reports analysis last year found PFAS in 43 out of 47 bottled waters tested. It’s safer and cheaper to purify your own – and I don’t mean with a filter pitcher.
Use either a distiller or reverse osmosis for the safest, cleanest, freshest H2O around.