By Nicole Boisvert C.H.N.
We’ve all heard the rumors that toxins are building up in the bodies of our human population. Sadly, however, it is a very real truth. The good news is there are several things you can do for yourself and the health of your family to reduce and prevent toxin build up.
So what is toxic overload anyway? Research shows that we are the first generation exposed to an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis which has resulted in an unparallel increase in disease. Toxins are coming from the air, water, food, drugs and household and personal care products. From 1940 to 1982 the production of synthetic chemicals has increased by 350%. Though your body was designed to detoxify and rid itself of foreign substances, it is not equipped to handle the barrage of pollutants and toxic substances that exist in today's environment. In addition, processed foods have left our bodies deficient in nutrients that are essential to detoxification. Nature and our human bodies need balance.
So what does it mean to be overly toxic? Toxins lodge in your cells, soft tissues, and muscles, and overwhelm your entire system. The nerve related symptoms associated with a toxic load may include such things as tingling hands and feet, anxiety, aggression, and depression. The immune system symptoms associated with toxic load may include frequent or unreasonably severe infections and severe allergic reactions. Hormonal symptoms associated with toxicity can include poor digestion and poor blood sugar regulation, PMS and premature menopause, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, fatigue, and sleeping long hours only to wake un-rested. Virtually everyone has at least one of these symptoms.
So how do food choices affect toxic overload? Foods that cause a build-up in our bodies are the ones that are the most processed. Food coloring, preservatives, and chemically altered ingredients are indigestible by humans and all animals in general. The further you get from pure, fresh ingredients the more toxic build-up you’re going to have. Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides have become a staple for the modern day conventional farmer. They are continually sprayed onto our land and subsequently make it into our food and water supply.
So what can I do? All of this sounds so ominous, however there are steps you can take to manage toxic burden and detoxify including: Managing a toxic burden takes three main steps: 1.) limit exposures
2.) support the processing of toxic substances in the body
3.) support the removal of toxic substances from the body
Step one of detoxification is to limit exposure. Following these dietary steps will help you to eliminate some of your daily exposure to toxins.
- Choose your produce wisely. Locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables are the best way to ensure you're not consuming pesticides and chemicals.
- Choose the right meats, poultry and fish. Look for organic, pasture-fed antibiotic and hormone free organic and natural sources of meat and poultry. Fish should be wild, not farm raised.
- Eliminate processed foods. Foods that are processed and packaged in boxes, bags or cans often contain preservatives and artificial flavorings can have toxic effects in your body. If you choose prepared foods, read the ingredients or nutrition labels to be sure you are getting the highest quality foods.
Step two of detoxification of toxins is to support your body in processing the substances that entered your system by adding nutritional supplements that support detoxification of the liver. The liver is the key organ responsible for detoxification. It is your filter. If it is functioning properly it will protect you from both environmental and metabolic build up. Some of these supplements may include milk thistle, N-Acetyl Cysteine, astaxanthin, and various antioxidants such as vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C and selenium. There are several products found in health food stores formulated to liver support.
The third area to assist in detoxification is to support elimination. Again there are several detoxification type kits found in health foods stores that support this third crucial area. Drinking plenty of filtered water will also help your body eliminate unwanted toxins. Discuss your options with a health and body care associate at your local health food store or health care provider.
Learning effective ways to cope with stress is crucial to any health plan. It's not possible to completely eliminate stress; it's a part of life. But you can learn to manage it. Whether you go running, do yoga, or practice deep breathing exercises. Find what works for you and make it a part of your daily life. In addition consider the tips below.
- Breathe clean air. Deep breathing helps move our lymph and our blood flow.
- Sleep. Restful sleep supports specifically a healthy immune and endocrine system.
- Exercise regularly. Helps the lymphatic system remove cellular waste. Aerobic exercise can increase lymphatic flow threefold, which means the body can release three times the amount of toxins. Increased perspiration this helps the release of additional toxins. Regular exercise helps to reduce body fat which tends to be the storage house for toxins.
- Use Safe Cookware. Avoid Teflon as it is made out of toxic chemicals. The safest is glass, stainless steel or enameled cast-iron.
- Use your skin for regular detoxification. Your skin is your largest organ so consider skin brushing, detoxification baths or infrared sauna to assist elimination of toxins through your skin.
- Switch to organic, natural, and environmentally friendly personal care and household products. As more people are becoming aware of the dangerous toxins that these products put into our bodies, air, and water, natural alternatives are becoming available.
*This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of you health care practitioner. For any health related concerns, please consult your health care practitioner. Community Natural Foods and all of its associates shall not be held accountable for how this information is perceived or utilized.