Body Cleansing? Are you Toxic?

“Reducing the entire toxic burden on our bodies is key to health. Find out how food can help you reduce your toxic burden.”

        -Dr. Patrick

Should you be concerned about toxicity if you don’t spray pesticides or work in a chemical factory? Yes! Regardless of your occupation, vocation, hobbies or interests, there are many reasons for concern about toxicity in our environment. This article aims to bring you some tips on how you can reduce your toxic burden.

About 15 million chemicals are in use throught the world, and fewer than 10 percent of these chemicals have been tested for toxicity or safety to humans! We live in a virtual sea of toxins that makes exposure to them unavoidable.

Lowering your toxic levels involves limiting exposure to environmental toxins and reducing natural toxins. Here are a few practical suggestions to help lower your toxic exposure

Toxins come from two main sources: external sources such as environmental toxins, and internal sources within our own bodies.

You’re probably familiar with a number of external toxins: Pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals (such as mercury) organic solvents (such as dry cleaning fluid) and medications all fall into the category of external toxins.

The concept of internal toxins may be less familiar. Internal toxins are the natural byproducts of digestion and cellular functioning. In the process of digesting and utilizing our food, the body produces many different types of waste that our cells and our liver detoxify. Bacteria and yeast in our digestion system also produce toxic chemicals that require processing and detoxifying.

The major detoxification center of the body is the liver. Various types of specialized cells and enzymes work to make dangerous chemicals water-soluble so they can be excreted in your urine and stool.

Food sensitivities and intolerances stress the liver by allowing partially digested food, bacteria and digestive waste to enter the blood stream. When your digestion is compromised and your bowel elimination slows, incompletely digested food will be fermented by bacteria and yeast in the bowel. The natural byproducts of bacteria and yeast acting on undigested foods are toxic ammonia compounds and toxic alcohols. This process results in a variety of cancer-producing substances. Just the names of a few of these substances paint the picture: skatol, putrescine and cadaverine.

REDUCING YOUR TOXIC BURDEN

Lowering your toxic levels involves limiting exposure to environmental toxins and reducing natural toxins. Here are a few practical suggestions to help lower your toxic exposure:

  • Eat organically and locally raised food and animal products.
  • Drink filtered water (either reverse osmosis or carbon block-filtered).
  • Use HEPA filters in the home to reduce dust, molds and organic chemical fumes.
  • Use houseplants to improve indoor air quality.
  • Avoid toxic cosmetics, soaps and deodorants with aluminum.
  • Avoid eating from or cooking in plastic containers, which often allow toxic compounds to leach into our food and water.
  • Follow dosage directions on over-the-counter medications, some can be fatal to your liver.
  • Minimize eating species of fish with heavy metal content.
  • Use natural household cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda whenever possible.

IMPROVING ELIMINATION

Reducing your internal toxic load is just as important as reducing exposure to external toxins. Here are some natural things you can do to support detoxification.

  • Have one or two good bowel movements per day.
  • Drink eight glasses of filtered water daily.
  • Eliminate toxins by sweating: exercise, sauna or steam bath.
  • Improve lymphatic fluid flow by exercising and massage to help flush toxins out of the body.
  • Eat more whole foods that are high in fiber to stimulate elimination.
  • Use a good probiotic with lactobacillus and bifidobacter to maintain a healthy balance of good and harmful gut bacteria.
  • Lose excess weight gradually. Fat is the storage tank for many toxins. Fat also increases systemic inflammation associated with a number of degenerative diseases.

USE PHYTO-NUTRIENT RICH FOODS TO BOOST NATURAL DETOXIFICATION

  • Eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage frequently.
  • Eat garlic and onions regularly.
  • Drink green tea: it’s rich in antioxidants.
  • Juice vegetables such as carrots, celery, cilantro, beets and parsley.
  • Eat sulfur-rich foods such as eggs.
  • Spice it up with antioxidant-rich herbs such as dill, basil or oregano.
  • Flavor with rosemary, which stimulates the liver’s detoxification enzymes.
  • Use cilantro, which aids in heavy metal removal.
  • Use turmeric and curry, which are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Eat dark leafy greens.

As mentioned earlier, we live in a toxic sea. Reducing toxic exposure and internal toxic load is the key to reducing the risk of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Reducing the toxic load on your liver will enhance liver function. A healthy liver makes for a long “liver”.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center, in Chico California, specializes in effective, natural relief for IBS, food sensitivities and digestive problems. Learn more at www.digestionreliefcenter.com.

Published in the Inside Out Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 8, 2009.

2009, © Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC. All Rights Reserved.

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