How toxic you are?
“The question is no longer are you Toxic; it is how Toxic are you?” Everyone is exposed to toxins every day all day long!
So what are Toxins?
In a simplified definition, toxins can be small molecules that are capable of causing disease on contact with and/or absorption by body tissues, enzymes or cellular receptors.
These Toxins vary greatly in their severity, ranging from usually minor and acute (as in a bee sting) to almost immediately deadly (as in Botulinum toxin).
Without being consciously aware of it we spend every second of our lives absorbing, inhaling and ingesting allergens, pathogens, chemicals and other toxins. When these toxins build up inside the body, there are host of possible symptoms that may occur, including:
sinus congestion indigestion hives bloating
irritability fatigue headaches joint pain
weight gain insomnia fuzzy thinking
coughing sneezing constipation chest pain
In other words, through above symptoms or illnesses our body starts sending us signals that our toxin intake from various sources is exceeding the capacity of our body’s mechanism of detoxifying.
Yes, our body has an amazing system of detoxification that runs round the clock behind the scene without much conscious input or help from us. However, due to the increase in the amount of toxins we are exposed to in our daily environments, our natural detoxification system gets bogged down and needs assistance.
Address where toxins come from
Air, drinking water, food, makeup, lotions, sunscreen, etc.
How does the body remove toxins?
These are the primary toxin removal systems that MUST all be working in harmony with each other:
• The disposal of cellular waste products, especially lactic acid.
• The removal of larger waste products through lymph (smaller waste products go into veins and are exhaled or sent to the liver).
• The processing of toxins by liver, the most of which then go into bile and then into digestive tract for final clearance (some are water–soluble and go to kidneys to be extracted in urine).
• The final clearance of waste products by digestive tract.
These systems tend to flow from one to another. Any glitch in any of these major systems of detoxifications will back trash up in the body and cause problems, minor to eventually major.
This system is called the detoxification or biotransformation system.
Nutritional support for biotransformation
Provision of macronutrients is extremely important in a detoxification program.
Detoxification is an energy-requiring process that puts a metabolic burden on the body. Instead of decreasing nutrient support, a focused, high-impact source of nutrients is essential. However, this source of nutrients should have a low allergy potential in order to decrease the body’s burden of inflammation and potential allergen toxins.
Help your body eliminate harmful toxins in the following natural ways.
(from the book 15 Easy Ways to Detoxify Your Body Today by Michelle Schoffro Cook)
1. Eat pectin-rich organic apples. Pectin binds to toxins in the intestines to escort them out of the body.
2. Drink a freshly made organic veggie juice daily. This can be as easy as throwing a couple of handfuls of leafy greens into a blender with some frozen berries and water.
3. Drink a large glass of purified water with the juice of one fresh lemon in the morning. Lemons have over 20 proven anti-cancer compounds.
4. Eat Blueberries daily. They are rich in anthocyanin that reduce inflammation in the body and brain, as well as help reduce allergies and excess weight.
5. Remember to breathe. Oxygen kills bacteria, viruses, and helps us to feel more energized. Breathe deeply as much as possible.
6. Eat at least a half-cup of legumes daily. If they cause you gas, build up slowly and add a digestive enzyme with cellulose (breaks down the fiber in beans). Fiber in beans helps keep the bowels eliminating properly.
7. Find the positive in every day. Smile and laugh. A positive attitude reduces the number of stress chemicals in the body. And, as the adage says, “laughter is the best medicine.”
8. Eat more organic raw fruits and vegetables. They contain enzymes that aid digestion and improve nutrient absorption. Many nutrients are needed for efficient detoxification, including: beta carotene, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B12, pyridoxine, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, copper, germanium, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, sulphur, and zinc, among others.
9. Switch from chemical cleaning products to natural ones. Chemical cleaning products contain toxins like formaldehyde, chlorine, petroleum products, ammonia, perchloroethylene (“perc”), and many other harmful chemicals that research links to cancer, skin conditions, asthma, and other serious health conditions. Baking soda, vinegar, or orange oil work well. No chemical cleaner removes stains as well as orange oil.
10. Eat at least three of the best detoxifying foods daily: broccoli, garlic, spinach, cabbage, sprouts, blueberries, and ginger.
11. Drink plenty of pure water to help flush toxins from your body. Almost every process in your body depends on proper hydration to function smoothly. Can you combine this with #3? Seems repetitive.
12. Help remove toxins in your intestines by using Aloe Vera juice (about a quarter cup) or drinking a few cups of slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, or rhubarb root tea (about one teaspoon of the dried herb per cup of water). Maybe include something about where to buy these items like a local health food store.
13. Take a probiotic supplement with live cultures on an empty stomach daily (morning or evening works well). The beneficial bacteria kill harmful bacteria and yeasts and help to heal the lining of the intestines. OTC probiotics often don’t have live cultures.
14. Get at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily. Sweating is one of the best ways of removing harmful toxins, including heavy metals, from the body.
15. Take turmeric daily (a teaspoon in a small glass of water), added to soups or stews, or in capsule form. It contains the phytonutrient curcumin that is one of the most powerful liver protectors and healers. The liver is largely responsible for detoxification
IMPORTANT NOTE: Water Fasting and Detoxification
Water fasting (or lack of water intake)can be detrimental to the body’s ability to support detoxification. In addition, fasting results in catabolism of muscle over fat, which is not beneficial to health.
Oh, one more thing of very high importance, as Pam Grout explains:
The tragedy that occurs is when cells don’t get enough oxygen and they convert from fat-burning equilibrium to the fat-storing equilibrium. And that is hardly any good news for someone wanting to shed pounds. In a nutshell, our cells are very advanced time management specialists. When they’re not getting enough oxygen, it’s smart on their part to change from a metabolism that burns fat to a metabolism that doesn’t. It takes a lot of oxygen to burn up fat; and if the body isn’t getting enough oxygen, it’s only sound reasoning to form a fat cell because body is trying to conserve the oxygen that’s there. In absence of enough oxygen, the fat-burning mechanism stops and starts storing fat. So, get up and get oxygen… it is the lifeline and is absolutely free.
Healthy Living with Veena K. Gupta, MD
Diplomate of American Academy of Family Physicians
Fellow of American Academy of Family Practice
Fellow or Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine
Care First Medical Center
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Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
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