We ingest toxins with our food everyday, there's no way to avoid it completely. However, there is a way to lower the amount of toxins ingested - by switching to a vegetarian diet.
Sometime back, a study was conducted on 25 volunteers to find out the influence of dietary change on the levels of exposure to several environmental chemicals – in particular, antibiotics and phthalates. The volunteers were put in a 5-day temple stay in Korea (the temple serves only vegetarian food), and their urine samples were collected before and after study. The participants followed the daily routines of Buddhist monks and maintained a vegetarian diet.
It was found that the levels of 3 antibiotics and the metabolites, 4 major phthalates metabolites, and oxidative stress biomarker MDA decreased noticeably during the study.
Although the exposure to target compounds might be influenced by other behavioral patterns, these results suggest that even short-term changes in dietary behavior may significantly decrease inadvertent exposure to antibiotics and phthalates and hence may reduce oxidative stress levels.
Kyunghee Ji et. al. Influence of a five-day vegetarian diet on urinary levels of antibiotics and phthalate metabolites: A pilot study with “Temple Stay” participants. Environmental research, Volume 110, Issue 4, May 2010, Pages 375-382
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