It’s a fact, we are like magnets for toxins like pesticides, herbicides (including carcinogens) preservatives and heavy metals. Just living in this century has made us vulnerable. The food we eat is contaminated. Fresh fish contains mercury and other heavy metals. Meat and poultry are grown with hormones. Even fresh fruit and vegetables have been subjected to pesticides and other toxins. Processed food is even worse, with chemical additives to preserve, color, anti-caking agents and who knows what else.
How about the air you breathe? Very few places have a good air quality these days. Look into the distance at your locality, is the air clear or smoggy? Think about the dirty, greasy coating which lands on your car, of course, you are breathing the same air which delivered that mess. We also absorb toxins through our skin.
Is it any wonder your body is overloaded, unable to properly rid itself of toxins and is crying out for help. Inflammation and irritation of your tissues, causing chronic illness, is the result.
So what are the top 6 things you are do to help the detoxification process.
Number 1 – Minimize exposure to toxins.
Avoid dry cleaning your clothes, make certain your normal washing is properly rinsed.
- Don’t microwave your food in plastics (even if it says microwave safe).
- Use glass containers to store food.
- Beware of lead-based paint in older properties.
- Use natural products and steam to clean your home.
- Of course, don’t smoke.
- Consider getting an air purifier to cleanse the air in your home, as it’s been proven that the air inside your home is often more polluted than the air outside.
Number 2 – Filter and purify your water.
This is an essential. We are made up of a large percentage of water. It is in every cell of our bodies. We are reliant on water to survive, and should consume 8-12 glasses daily to hydrate our cells and cleanse our system. However, it’s not just quantity, it’s also quality that counts. Most metropolitan water supplies are treated with chemicals to decontaminate the water. Rightly so, as untreated water would be a disaster. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean drinking the chemicals in the water is good for you. They add to your toxic load. A good water purifier should filter out the chemicals, add life and minerals to the water, energizing it to give it the structure of pure, natural water. Find out about Living Water HERE
Number 3 – Cleanse your digestive tract
The longer the transit time through your digestive system the more toxins are absorbed into your bloodstream. Therefore constipation is extremely bad for your health. Help your body rid itself of waste by drinking sufficient water to lubricate your system and eat enough fiber to “sweep” your colon clean.
Over time toxins build up in your colon, in a coating of plaque, preventing absorption of nutrients and “locking” toxins in, making colon cleansing a priority to extend your life. Click HERE for more information.
Number 4 – Eat organic food
Eating organic food not only reduces your toxic load, but also increases your nutrient intake. If you find it’s expensive or hard to find, try growing your own. Nature likes balance, so you will find, to a large degree, the good insects will take care of the annoying ones.
Number 5 – Detoxify with natural products
Chlorella – a single-celled dark green fresh water algae. It has a fibrous cell wall, which acts like a sponge to bind with all toxins (including heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides) and allow them to pass out of your body. More on Chlorella HERE
Chlorophyll – a natural cleanser of your blood and digestive system. Cleanses your blood, kidney, liver and digestive system. The best chlorophyll is obtained from the young leaves of the mulberry (morus alba l). More on Chlorophyll HERE
Spirulina – a blue-green algae with many benefits, including the ability to improve gastrointestinal and digestive health. More on Certified Organic Spirulina HERE.
Sorry to get personal here, but it’s important, you will have noticed that all these products are green, if your stools are not green, then you’re not taking enough.
Number 6 – Protect your skin
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Chemicals pass through your skin directly into your bloodstream. Avoid chemicals touching your skin. If you must dry-clean clothing, make certain you air it outside to reduce the chemicals. Avoid cleaning with chemical-based products, or at least wear gloves and use in well-ventilated areas. Install a water filter in your shower. Use organic skin care products.
Think about everything you eat, breathe, drink and touch. The secret is to minimize the input of toxins and maximize their output.
Oh dear, we’re back on the acids! Not dangerous ones or illegal ones. Essential ones. Essential Amino Acids, the building blocks of life itself. That’s essential! Proteins could not exist without the proper combination of amino acids.
It is protein that provides the cellular structure for all living things. Proteins are the most abundant cellular components, including enzymes, antibodies, hormones, transport molecules and muscle tissue and play a key role in nearly every biological system. In it’s various forms, protein participates in the vital chemical processes that support life.
Amino acids can be classified as:-
- Essential – required in the normal diet as your body can’t produce enough for normal bodily functions.
- Non-essential – meaning produced in the body, not required to be supplied in your diet.
Amino acids are involved in a variety of important roles in every part of your body. Every bodily system requires amino acids to function, your immune system, digestive system, metabolism, detoxification and glucose balance. Your central nervous system, for example, cannot function without amino acids which act as neurotransmitters, or precursors to neurotransmitters.
Amino acids play a vital role by allowing dietary nutrients to be assimilated by your body.
What the heck are EFAs? I thought fats were bad, and acids were downright dangerous! Well, they’re called essential because they are vital to the healthy function of every cell. Chances are that you have been unknowingly eliminating these from your diet.
If you are like most people you’ve probably spent the last decade cutting down on fat. Sure, studies linked a high-fat diet to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. However, in our attempts to eat the right foods we have reduced our consumption of the good fats, namely EFAs which are cruicial to good health.
EfAs are the main structural parts of every cell membrane in the body and is necessary for both healthy cell function and for the regulators that control your body’s well-being. They are needed to regulate the proper fluidity and flexibility of cell walls, which keeps beneficial substances within our cells and harmful substances out. There are 2 major series of EFAs – Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Your body uses EFAs to produce prostaglandin that is so vital to sustain life. Prostaglandin works like a localized tissue hormone-like system and works hand-in-hand with hormones to carry out regulatory activities. Prostaglandin imbalances can lead to the loss of your body’s ability to protect itself. For instance, certain prostaglandins control the secretion of a protective stomach coating, preventing your digestive acids from acting on the walls of your stomach.
EFAs and prostaglandins are crucial to proper functioning of the immune system. Anything hampering this regulatory system results in a weakened immune system, setting the stage for immune related disorders.
We take it for granted. We ignore it’s needs. We take antibiotics which wreak havoc with it’s flora. What am I taking about? Your colon, and it’s trillions of beneficial bacteria.
Our gastrointestinal tract is home to a thriving community of good, and bad bacteria. We couldn’t manage without them (particularly the good ones). Our intestinal flora perform countless health-enhancing tasks, like:-
- Producing organic acids to maintain the healthy pH in your colon
- Producing enzymes and B vitamins for digestive health and nutrient absorption.
- Creating a barrier to unfriendly organisms and crowding out bad bacteria.
- Protecting us from cancer by:-
- Having the ability to bind and deactivate cancer causing substances in our food (like pyrolysates and N-nitrosamines which result from cooking meat at high temperatures)
- Keeping the population of bad bacteria in check. An overgrowth of bad bacteria has a detrimental effect on hormones, causing an oversupply which causes excess hormones to absorbed into the bloodstream. Problems associated with excess hormones include, fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, prostate enlargement and breast, ovary, uterus and prostate cancer.
To avoid these potentially nasty problems we need to be kind to our colons and supplement our diets with friendly bacteria. These are called prebiotics.
Vitamins, minerals and trace minerals are the basic essentials for good health and peak energy.
With the exception of some Vitamin Bs and Vitamin D, they are not made in the body, and therefore must be obtained from our food and drinks. They are mutually dependent upon each other for proper utilization. Importantly, a lack of one of these vitamins can cause a lack of other vitamins as well. We are complicated!
These nutrients assist in the formation of hormones, blood cells, nervous system, chemical and genetic material. They are needed for all the chemical reactions in the body. Without these vital elements, many of these essential reactions would slow down or cease, and the body would fail to function.
Put simply, if our organs are not getting the nutrients they need, they simply go into a slow process of degeneration.