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We are all exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals on a daily basis at work, in the home, through the air we breathe, our food and water supply, and through the use of pharmaceutical drugs. A known fact about toxin exposure: 80 billion pounds of toxins are released world wide every year, and as little as one microgram of many of these can impact human health. Neurotoxins were found in 33% of a random sampling of drinking water (such as diazinon from insecticide)!
Toxins to be avoided include:
The liver utilizes a two-phase system in detoxifying the body of harmful substances:
The congested or sluggish liver is characterized by a diminished bile flow, while impaired liver (hepatic) detoxification refers to decreased phase I and/or phase II enzyme activity. Phase I detoxification rates that are in excess of phase II activity will also cause toxicity problems due to excessive accumulation of activated intermediates.
The liver has to metabolize the fatty acids delivered by the bloodstream after fats in the diet are broken down and absorbed in the small intestine, and the more energy the liver has to expend in this final process of the digestion of high-fat foods, the less it has available for other detoxification work.
Water is an integral part of a successful detoxification plan: eight or more glasses a day will flush toxins from your body and aid your natural detoxification system—but the water needs to be pure. Chlorine is toxic to humans, and fluoride has been found to inhibit enzymes crucial in the digestive process.
Foods like white flour, white sugar and refined foods rob your body on two levels: failing to provide real nutrition, or depleting nutrients used in their digestion- sugar weakens our tissues resistance to disease. Craving for foods high in sugar and carbohydrates is different than general hunger, and eating these foods creates a biochemical chain reaction that leads to a temporary increase in serotonin levels. Serotonin helps you feel relaxed, less anxious & stressed and improves your mood. If you are struggling with overwhelming cravings for certain trigger foods high in sugar and carbs you may be low in the important “feel good” brain chemical serotonin.
Problems associated with high sugar intake include:
Just because your doctor prescribes a drug doesn’t mean it’s not treated as a toxin by your body (like red wine, something can be both helpful and toxic). Work actively with your physician and your pharmacist to ensure that you are taking only pharmaceutical agents that are absolutely necessary. Even for necessary drugs, a lower dosage may still be effective. Ask your doctor whether you can safely experiment with taking a reduced amount.
Make sure you understand any risks and possible side effects associated with drugs especially if they are prescribed for long term use, or if you take multiple medications. Prescription Drugs also deplete nutrients Replacing those nutrients can reduce side effects that are caused by those medications. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs become part of your toxic load as well. Occasional use of an OTC remedy may have no ill effects, but be careful about long-term or repeated exposure to any chemical agents.
All substances, legal or illegal, prescribed or over-the-counter, need to be considered possible contributors to your toxic load, as well as monitored to avoid adverse drug reactions.
One of the most freely marketed addictive substances, coffee has become an overused stimulant. It is often consumed with other addictive substances including nicotine and sugar. Areas of concern with coffee include:
Unless you are drinking water-processed decaf, your decaf is treated with:
Other caffeine sources include cocoa, cola, energy drinks, tea, stimulant OTC (NoDoz, Vivarin, etc), weight control (Dexatrim, Dietac), pain relief (Excedrin, Anacin), PMS relief (Midol, Aqua-Ban, Premens), cold remedies (Dristan, Sinarest) What are the Negative Effects from Caffeine? Excess nervousness, headaches, heartburn, general anxiety, hyperactivity, increased HCL production, diarrhea, dizziness, insomnia, kidney stones, loss of minerals, depletion of B vitamins, reduced absorption of Iron, reduced absorption of calcium, osteoporosis, anemia, depletion of vitamin C, increased blood pressure, increased cholesterol, increased Norepinephrine secretion, heart rhythm disturbances, interrupted growth in children & adolescents.
Whether you smoke yourself or you have friends, family or colleagues who smoke in your presence, you are getting exposed to more environmental toxins. Smoking also harms the cilia, which the respiratory system uses as a transport mechanism to help detoxify your body.
If you do smoke and aren’t ready to quit, it is even more important that you balance out your toxic load in other areas, and take supplements to replace nutrients depleted by the tobacco and to support the organs damaged by smoking.
Though alcohol can never be called healthful, moderate amounts of alcohol (one or two glasses of wine or beer daily) may not be overly harmful. Nonetheless, it still places a toxic load on your liver. Immoderate drinking of alcohol can overstress the liver and its detoxification capacity.
Recently, medical studies have shown that some of the constituents of red wine can be helpful to the body, though the alcohol it contains still must be detoxified. Unless the wine is organic, it may also contain toxic pesticide residues. People who want the benefits of red wine without the toxins can drink (dark) grape juice or take Grape Seed Supreme which contains grape seed skin and seed.
Even if you limit damaged fats, many toxins come in the form of chemical additives in packaged foods and beverages. Immunologists advise individuals who are immuno-suppressed to eat only fresh whole organic food. It is recommended that you do the same through the detoxification process and beyond. Preservatives and chemicals that are used to ensure fresh color or appearance can be toxic. It is best to minimize or better yet eliminate the consumption of processed foods, especially desserts, snack foods and fast foods. Even “healthy” foods can be toxic if one has a food allergy to them. IgG food allergies affect millions and often go undiagnosed as the classic test for food allergies just looks for immediate IgE immune responses and this type of IgG response is delayed. This also means that the patient doesn’t clearly relate his symptoms back to the offending cause due to the lag time between ingestion and symptoms.
So-called “silver” fillings, which are really a mercury amalgam made of mercury, tin, copper and zinc, have actually been declared a hazardous waste by the Environmental Protection Agency. Yet, the American Dental Association still approves them for use in your mouth. The World Health Organization indicates that a single filling can release from 3 to 17 micrograms of mercury a day, and mercury toxicity has been associated with anorexia, depression, fatigue, insomnia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, irritability, memory loss and gum disease, among other disorders. Though it is costly and unpleasant, you may want to consider gradually replacing “silver” fillings with newer, less toxic materials. You can also be tested for allergic responses to dental materials prior to having significant dental work done to select the right composite for your new fillings. How do Damaged Fats Impact Your Health? The more energy the liver has to expend in this final process of the digestion of high-fat foods, the less it has available for other detoxification work. Any oils that have been processed and are stored in clear plastic containers exposed to light in the grocery stores are rancid. Think of these oils, margarine and hydrogenated fats as the “white bread” of fats.
Detoxification can be beneficial for those with one or more of the following conditions:
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