Every year, Americans are exposed to 2.5 billion pounds of toxic chemicals, and 6 million pounds of mercury. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, 80,000 toxic chemicals have been released into the environment. Most of them have not been evaluated in terms of their impact on human health, and for the ones that have, the results are disturbing. The Environmental Working Group says the average newborn baby arrives in the world with 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord – so imagine how many chemicals may be in your body as an adult.
Your body is designed to release waste, not just what is left over from food you ingest, but also from toxins. When waste builds up in your bodies, you get sick and hold extra weight. The way to get well is to improve your body’s ability to detoxify and remove waste while minimizing your exposure to new toxins.
How do yo know whether you are toxic? Here are some common signs:
Excessive sinus problems
Trouble losing weight
Puffy, dark circles under your eyes
Other menstrual disorders
When you are healthy, detoxification happens smoothly. When you are toxic, however, your liver gets sluggish and some toxins can remain in your body longer than your system can handle. When this happens, your metabolism slows down and you retain fluid, causing bloating and puffiness. If you are overweight, then your body is toxic by definition, because most environmental chemicals like the ones in pesticides and plastics, are stored in fat. As you lose weight, you also lower your toxic load. Beyond weight gain, natural health experts believe toxins are implicated in most diseases, from dementia to heart disease, autoimmune disease to food allergies and digestive disorders.
Your toxic load may include things like:
Heavy metals, mercury and lead, petrochemicals, residues, pesticides, and fertilizers
Food allergies, environmental allergies, molds and toxins from molds.
Our standard American diet (SAD)
Stress — the mental, emotional and spiritual toxins that affect you; isolation, loneliness, anger, jealousy, and hostility, which all translate into toxins in your body.
Bacteria, fungus, and yeast that live inside your gut
Your ability to manage this huge load of toxins depends upon your personal genetic and biochemical profile.
There are steps you can take to detoxify and protect your body. Here are six:
1. Eat and Drink Clean
Build your diet around high-quality protein, fats, and non-starchy vegetables. These foster detoxification, jump start your metabolism, calm inflammation, and stop cravings. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
2. Support healthy elimination
You need a complete bowel movement daily; if you have difficulty with elimination, supplement with magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber.
3. Add Nutrients
The detoxification pathways of the body require assistance from vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and phytonutrients. Some of these include glutathione, zinc, selenium, along with vitamin C, a multivitamin and fish oil.
4. Identify and get rid of toxin substances.
Be mindful of the toxic substances listed above, and remove them from your environment.
5. Get moving.
Cardiovascular exercise helps your blood and lymph circulation, and both are important in detoxification.
6. Let go of toxic emotions.
Release painful emotions, and practice forgiveness of yourself and others.