The world we live in today is toxic. Chemicals are in the foods we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the products we put on our skin and hair. We don’t stop to think of the cumulative effect these are having on our health.
The skin is the largest organ of our body and whatever we place on it, is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. The meats and poultry we eat are laced with steroids and antibiotics. The water we drink and bathe in contains chlorine and fluoride (both poisons). The air we breathe is contaminated by a multitude of pollutants. The fruits and vegetables we eat are planted in soil that is, at best, denatured and, at worst, chemically polluted. Are you starting to get the picture?
The body is a wonderful machine which works constantly to maintain and purify itself but the tremendous amount of stressors that modern life places on us causes or contributes to many illnesses. This is one of the reasons why detoxifying the body is so important.
Some simple, safe ways to begin detoxifying the body are:
- Eating Healthy, Whole, Unprocessed Foods
- Drinking Clean Water
- Moving More and Exercising
- Avoiding Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) as much as possible
These are the basics of living a healthy lifestyle. They will allow the liver, one of the main detoxifying organs of the body, to do it’s job properly. Toxins are naturally eliminated from the body through the liver. It converts many (but not all) of the harmful chemicals we ingest or absorb into water-soluble molecules that are flushed out in our urine or feces. If we fail to maintain a healthy lifestyle we can easily overwhelm the liver’s ability to process the toxic substances that are being eliminated during detoxification and we can become sick, wishing we had never done the detox in the first place.
According to Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, “the old idea for detoxing was to fast, but your body needs nutrients to perform optimally under any condition, and that includes performing the tasks of detoxification. Your environment has profound impact on your health. Everything from the quality of the air you breathe to what you put into, and onto your body makes a difference. Mercury alone can mimic or cause any illness currently known, or at least contribute to it. Detoxing and cleansing your body of toxins periodically can definitely help counteract some of this onslaught of damage.”
One important reason for maintaining a diet that is full of whole, unprocessed foods, rich in vitamins and minerals is that when the body is deficient in the essentials metals it requires for health it will use toxic heavy metals as a “replacement”.
- A lack of Calcium is replaced by lead, which deposits primarily in bone, and disrupts the formation of red blood cells. Lead contributes to poor bone health such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.
- A lack of Zinc is replaced by cadmium, which tends to accumulate heavily in your kidneys. Cadmium overload is associated with peripheral neuropathy.
- A lack of Magnesium is replaced by aluminum, which, among other things, induces neurochemical changes and has been identified as a contributing factor to developing Alzheimer’s.
- A lack of Manganese is replaced by nickel, which is carcinogenic.
So not only do we need to make sure we’re getting vital nutrients in order to avoid this toxic metal replacement process, we also need nutrients to aid the body’s natural detoxification process.
The skin is another major organ of elimination through the process of sweating. Wearing synthetic or tight clothing that does not allow the skin to breathe can inactivate the skin’s elimination process. Saunas, steam baths, exercise and hot tubs all help the skin to eliminate toxins.
Things to include in your diet to help you detoxify naturally include:
- Water with Lemon Juice
- Seeds and Nuts
- Green Tea
Dr. Tanya Edwards, Director Cleveland Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Weston A. Price, D.D.S., Medical Researcher
Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O., Medical Author