Why is reducing the amount of toxins both internally and in your environment essential to living a healthy life? The reason is twofold. We are living at a time in history where we are more exposed to toxic chemicals than ever before and our DNA has changed very little from the hunter/gatherer days. Therefore, our systems are being taxed so we need to make a conscious effort to both decrease the amount of toxic substances we are exposed to on a daily basis and support our bodies innate detoxification systems. The ramifications that this toxic load can have on our health can range from food allergies to autoimmune conditions. What happens physiologically when we are overly exposed and not detoxifying properly, the toxins are unable to be secreted and they are recycled through the system which creates an even greater amount of toxicity that can build up over time. When this waste builds up, it is stored in our fat cells and essentially makes us sick. The National Cancer Institute sites that the causes of cancer are largely diet and environmental exposure. Signs of toxicity include fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, gas, bloating, and headaches. The good news is that we can do something about it.
So where to start?
1 - Water: Aside from drinking lots of water in order to flush our system and be hydrated, the quality of the water is important. If you can, get a filter and never drink out of plastic with BPA’s.
2 - Clean up your cleaning products: use natural, chemical free products to clean your house. You can use things like white vinegar and baking soda, find super easy DIY homemade recipes online or use microfiber cloths.
3 - Treat your body like a temple: This is your ONLY vehicle in this life so treat it right! It is super important to eat foods that are organic when you can. Check out EWG.org to find the dirty dozen and clean fifteen list to know what you absolutely cannot buy conventionally. This changes every year so take a few minutes and get this information asap! Fuel with foods that support the detoxification process like leafy greens, berries, cruciferous vegetables and local eggs. Watch what you put on your skin. The Skin is the largest organ and is porous, like a sponge, so what we use topically is essentially what we use internally. The creams, soaps, masks, makeup , deodorants, and sunscreens are part of an industry that IS NOT regulated. If it says natural, it probably isn’t, so do your homework. Use sites like EWG.org, which is a third party to help you know what you’re spending your money on. You can also talk to your trusted healthcare professional to help point you in the right direction.
4 - Supplements: N-acetylcysteine, Vit. C and Milk Thistle are all wonderful supplements that help support the natural detoxification process.
5 - Support your gut health: imbalances in the microbiota of the GI tract play a role in the foundational pathways of elimination, thereby reducing the body’s ability to shed toxic substances. Avoiding inflammatory foods such as gluten and dairy or other food sensitivities, dramatically improves our ability to detoxify efficiently.
You’re worth it. Make changes and notice how much better you feel.
Dalite Sancic, DAOM, L.Ac., MS