Why It’s Important To Detox Your Body?
Toxins are any substances that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects. The word “toxin” refers to all the metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm.
Types of Toxins
According to reports by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the average person now has 212 environmental chemicals in their blood (things like mercury, lead, cadmium and industrial chemicals). The World Health Organization goes even further, with studies claiming over 700 chemicals in the average person.
There are generally four types of toxic entities: chemical, biological, physical and radiation. Chemical toxicants include inorganic substances such as lead, mercury, hydrofluoric acid, and chlorine gas, and organic compounds such as methyl alcohol, most medications, and poisons from living things.
It’s nearly impossible to avoid toxins; they are everywhere. They’re in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink.
“Unfortunately, many of the toxins that we’re exposed to are from our general environment, which we may have little or no control over. However, we can still make a positive impact on our health by avoiding some of the products that are infamously high in various toxins, and replacing them with healthier alternatives.” -Dr. Mercola
Here are a few chemicals in the air to be aware of: pesticides, chemicals in carpet, pressed wood products, inkjet printers releasing VOC’s, lead paint, air freshener, cleaning products, some baby bottles using BPA, flame retardants commonly used in mattresses, upholstery, electronic packing materials and cosmetic phthalates.
“You can’t reach for a fork these days without hearing about one toxic food trouble or another. To take a significant bite out of the potential dangers on our dinner plates and avoid toxins in food, try reading labels, understanding food sources, and keeping the kitchen clear of the following unsavory ingredients. This is especially important for kids’ plates; pound for pound they take in more than adults do.” -Healthy Child Healthy World
Here are a few toxins in our food to be aware of: pesticides and herbicides; common food preservatives such as BHA & BHT; growth hormones such as rBGH; heavy metals such as aluminum; BPA found in food and beverage can linings; sodium nitrates and nitrites found in deli meats; carcinogens found in meats, fish, potatoes and grains; processed and rancid vegetable oils; food colorings, additives and dyes; and GMOs (genetically modified foods).
“Tap water – High in disinfection byproducts (DBPs), chloroform, and fluoride. Chloroform and other DBPs are formed when chlorine is added to water. This is the most common form of water disinfection in the U.S. Unfortunately, chloroform can cause cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver, and kidney damage. Another byproduct of water chlorination is trihalomethanes (THMs), which are Cancer Group B carcinogens, meaning they’ve been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. They’ve also been linked to reproductive problems in both animals and humans. Fluoride is another serious danger silently lurking in most people’s tap water. Fluoride alters your endocrine function, especially in your thyroid, increases your risk of bone fractures, and can lower IQ. Filtering the water in your home (including the water in your shower) with a reverse osmosis filter is your best option here.” –Dr. Mercola
What Are Some Of The Symptoms Of Toxicity?
Even in small amounts, toxins can cause:
- Autoimmune problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Frequent headaches
- Difficulty losing weight
- Sleep problems
- Stubborn weight gain
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity to scents
- Muscle aches and pains
- Skin reactions
Ways To Remove Toxins
- Become a label detective. Read labels and understand what ingredients you are putting into the body, onto the body, and into the home. This includes kitchen and bathroom items.
- Use air purifying plants. “It’s possible to filter your indoor air with the right air purifying plants. The results are so proven that even NASA has concluded that the plants you choose for your home make a difference” says HealthWholeness.com Chief Editor Carly Dolan. For a list of some of the best purifying plants, read more here.
- Consume a diet rich in essential nutrients
- Support the digestive system
- Optimize Liver health
The world is full of toxins. They’re in many of the containers we eat and drink from and they are nearly unavoidable. Unfortunately, at this time, there’s no changing that. What we can change is adding in the good, which leaves little room for the not so good. We do this by adding in more leafy greens, superfoods, and optimal nutrition.
It’s important to detox our body daily and improve our communities at every level through education and personal example.
The most complex tasks can be made easy if we take them one step at a time. Be in the know for what to eat and when to eat it; focus on the power of emotional health; enhance your health with essentials like air, sunshine and water; and get the restorative sleep that our bodies require to maintain and sustain good health. And most importantly, get proper nutrition with whole foods, which can help protect you from these toxins and provide you with the natural energy, focus and good quality sleep you need so that you can go do what you love.