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TOXICITY IS A MAJOR PROBLEM
Did you know that in the year 2001 alone, more than 6 billion pounds of chemical pollutants were released into the environment? Over the course of a lifetime, you will be exposed to thousands of foreign compounds that can enter your body through the food you eat, the air you breathe, and directly through your skin. To make matters worse, many of you have substituted healthy meals with a poor diet that significantly lacks nutritional value to fuel your body’s detoxifying capacity. All of these factors can contribute to an accumulation of toxins, or toxicity.
WHERE DO TOXINS COME FROM?
Toxins can derive from chemical pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides, drugs, alcohol, active/passive cigarette smoking, and food additives. However, toxins can also come from normal metabolism and intestinal build-up of unhealthy bacteria within your own body.
HOW TOXICITY CAN AFFECT YOUR HEALTH
A number of symptoms and conditions have been associated with possible toxic exposures and toxicity, including:
Chronic fatique syndrome
To minimize toxins in your diet:
Avoid foods high in fat, additive, and preservatives
Eat organically grown vegetables, fruits and grains
Drink plenty of water
To minimize toxins in the environment:
Use an effective air purification system
Wear protective clothing and/or apparatus when working with toxic materials
Replace furnace and air conditioning filters regularly
The term detoxification refers to your body’s natural ability to transfer and eliminate toxins.
DETOXIFICATION OF STORED TOXINS INVOLVES 3 STAGES
Only substances that are easily dissolved in water, or water-soluble, can be effectively excreted from your body. Toxic compounds, however, are typically stored as fatty molecules and, therefore, do not mix well with water. The detoxification process transforms these toxic, fat-soluble substances into harmless, water-soluble molecules which can then be excreted out of your body.
Detoxification systems in your body can be summarized in 3 phases:
Liver Function Phase I: Fat-soluble toxins are transformed into intermediate compounds, which can be more reactive, but bind more easily to non-toxic, water-soluble molecules in Phase II.
Liver Function Phase II: Formation between the reactive intermediates and water-soluble molecules make the entire compound harmless and ready for excretion out of the body.
Without enough supportive Phase II substances, the reactive intermediates can attack healthy tissues and may cause damage.
Phase 3..Excretion: Neutralized toxins, now made water-soluble, are removed from your body in urine via the kidneys or in bile/feces through your intestines.
- In your healthy intestine fewer internal poisons are formed and most of the toxins are excreted with only a small amount naturally transported to your liver
- In your health liver the toxins are transformed to an intermediate substance and harmful free radicals are transformed to harmless water by antioxidant nutrients
- Here in phase 3 the transformed water soluble substances are released to your kidney and then excreted via your urine.
- Toxins and poisons which are formed internally leak through your unhealthy intestine and flow to your liver
- The toxins are not detoxified in your unhealthy liver and leave your liver and are stored in tissues such as fat.
- The stored toxins recirculate in your blood and may contribute to long-term poor health.
PROLONGED FASTING MAY DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD
Because the detoxification process needs a lot of energy, fasting with water or juice has been shown to be both ineffective and even dangerous. In fact, prolonged fasting may weaken muscles and other organs, eliminating the essential nutrients required for healthy detoxification rather than toxins.
THERE IS NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR DETOXIFICATION (click here)
Studies have shown that the overall detoxification process is heavily nutrient-dependent, whereby key steps are fueled by vitamins, minerals, and other major food components.
Here are a few nutrients that may help maintain and improve detoxification.
Zinc, pantothenic acid, and beneficial probiotics
Vitamins A, B3, B6, B12, C, E, beta-carotene, and folates
Amino acids, L-cysteine, L-glutamine, and taurine
N-acetylcysteine, sodium sulfate, and L-glutathione
Green tea catechins
HEALTHY DETOXIFICATION REQUIRES HEALTHY NUTRIENTS
Without optimal detoxification, your body will not efficiently remove harmful toxins. Your kidneys play a major role during the final step of detoxification by excreting transformed toxic compounds in urine. An alkaline pH level may be an important consideration for proper kidney function. Therefore, a focused, high-impact, low-allergy potential nutritional support program to promote an alkaline pH level and improve detoxification capacity may be helpful.
8 simple ways to detox your body
Cut your sugar intake
Cutting back on your sugar and drinking more water are smart strategies for a healthier spring. A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear your body of toxins, which will also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health. Start by decreasing the amount of sugar you consume, and that includes honey, molasses and artificial sweeteners. If you eat more sugar, you ask your body for more insulin, straining your pancreas and wearing yourself out. In the long term, this kind of habit can cause you to become chronically fatigued, diabetic, develop cancer and pack on excess weight.
Start with water
You should drink a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning. Lemon helps re-hydrate your system and promotes digestion, which will help the flow of waste out of your body.
Move your body
Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system. Doing this will also enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate your joints and strengthen your body. It’s a proven fact, people who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems.
Drink a lot of tea
Tea is full of antioxidants, it hydrates you (especially if it’s herbal) and fills you up. This means you will be less likely to overeat or eat the wrong things! Keep in mind, the caffeine in tea is different than the caffeine in coffee. It’s gentler on your system. It will also give you a pick-me-up minus the jitters
A colorful variety of fruits and veggies should be the main focus of your diet, along with whole grains, beans and legumes, and small amounts of nuts and seeds. You should eat whole plant foods because processed foods lack the nutrients your body needs. Dark green vegetables, for instance, are full of micronutrients and are very low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them.
Combat environmental pollutions
Don’t forget that pollution and allergens are all around you. They’re in the air and can trigger allergy symptoms such as yucky, puffy, red eyes. Check with your doctor to see if he will advise using a nasal flush like Nasonex or something else. Doing so can eliminate the side effects of air pollutants and lead to better breathing naturally and may even enhance your sleep.
Sweat it out
If you have access to a sauna, use it regularly. There’s nothing more detoxing than sweating it out.
Skin brushing and oil massages will help exfoliate the toxins from your skin and refresh circulation. If you email me at [email protected] I’ll send you a great self exfoliating foot bath you can make in the comfort of your home.
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