Toxins, toxins, toxin…

by | May 4, 2011 | Health

When you think about it our bodies being hit by a barrage of toxins every single moment of our lives, one must wonder how we manage to keep ourselves going. Sorry, did you say, toxins? what toxins? I eat healthy, my house is clean, I live in nice clean suburb, my work is clean with a good air conditioner – so what toxins? what are you talking about?

OK, let’s start from the very basics.  To start, our bodies naturally create toxins as a by-product of metabolizing the food that we eat, which is a perfectly normal part of being.  But if you start to add the toxins created by the effects of overeating, the sluggishness of our systems due to poor exercise habits, our continued exposure to environmental pollutants such as cleaning products, pollution, medications, smoking, drinking, etc. – now you can start to see the barrage our bodies deal with on a daily basis.  However, it gets worse daily; we are exposed to any of 14,000 food chemicals within processed foods – the very same food that suppose to nourish us and has the ”healthy” label attached.

If this equation is not bad enough, scientists are also finding the concept of an “acceptable level of toxicity” in the body continues to change. What scientists are now reviewing is that previous levels of toxicity that were considered safe or too small to be harmful are no longer safe. Why? because previous studies often just focused on the individual chemical or toxin and did not take into account other toxins in either the environment or your body. What scientists are now looking at is the compound effect of all these toxins and how do our bodies cope with this combination – clear? Let’s look at this another way, imagine a toxin to be the equivalent of a single blue marble; in typical studies, scientists looked to see how many of these blue marbles we could hold in our hand – let us say 10. However, if your body is already holding 5 other coloured marbles of the same size, then it is obvious that we can’t hold all of the blue marbles as we know that 10 marbles are our limit. So what was considered safe is no longer safe – which is why we don’t really know if we are really as healthy as we think.

The good news is that the body is very smart and does naturally detox itself, but given the overexposure to toxins, it does need help and, in some cases, lots more help. So how can we help ourselves and our bodies – well, a regular, conscious detox is a great start. The concept of detoxing (detox) is not new and is a way of giving your body a break from anything (overtly) toxic; this way, your body can focus on eliminating existing toxins from your system.

It is worth noting that the latest research is demonstrating that your gut play’s a major role in both your physical and mental health more than we all realized – more on this another time. Just remember that as your body becomes more acidic, i.e. due to the metabolism of food, your internal environment becomes inviting for harmful bacteria to grow and proliferate. Cleansing your body of these microforms and their toxic waste is vital to regaining a healthy balance within your system, both physically and mentally.

So what do we do? Where do we go from here? There are so many detox programs out there that it is almost paralyzing as to where to start with such things as liver detox, the one-week cleanse, etc. Add to that the number of supplements that promise to detox your body and you could spend a small fortune. One product that we tried is Nutronix NuCleanse with 20 natural herbs we found it more effective than other supplements.

Both my partner and I have started to focus on two main areas of our bodies, the liver and the stomach. Why? well, the liver is responsible for detoxing your body and any help you can give it will allow your body to remove toxins more effectively from your body. The stomach because your body needs to be nourished so it can effectively remove toxins and regenerate. Providing your body with the right microform, it helps you to absorb the right types of food that your body and brain needs. Note that in your body, you also have harmful bacteria, they will need to be eliminated, and the only way to effectively do this is by modifying the types of food you eat.

So what sort of food you should be eating or avoiding:

  1. Eat more foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, plums, red beans, black beans, acai berries, barley grass, wheat grass, walnuts, almonds, Kefir, sprouts, garlic, onion, leeks, chives,  green tea, etc.
  2. Have a good quality pro-biotic; this will help to increase the right type of bacteria that your gut needs to process the foods and nourish your body. A great pro-biotic that we found in a trade show is Progurt which helps to regulate the digestive system and encourages the immune system to perform at its optimum. We use their product, and I felt so much better just by taking the yoghurt and on the bonus side, the yoghurt made is very, very good.
  3. Cut sugar and wheat out of your daily diet. Excessive sugar consumption is the leading cause of diabetes and also feeds the nasty bacteria that live in your gut. Wheat is gluten that has a disruptive effect on the digestive system, producing toxins, gas and bloating; one of the key reasons why people that eat too much wheat would suffer from excessive tiredness.

You know, we can go on with lots of other ways you can help yourself to detox but you need to be real with yourself and start simple. This is about changing your life to restore your health, and if you just can start with these 3 simple steps, you will go a long way to helping your body recover and feel so much better. Good health should not be hard work; it should be a pleasure and a joy. I can honestly say that after starting this simple plan, the whole family has felt so much better, and I for one have become a convert.

Give it a try you won’t regret it – To your health! ,

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