Detoxification – The First Step to Wellness
In the last 100 years, humans have managed to drastically change the basic chemistry of our planet. Billion pounds of chemicals have been released into the ground, affecting the soil in which we grow our food and getting our water supply. Unfortunately, that’s not all. Millions of pounds of chemicals being discharged into our lakes and rivers and several billion pounds of chemical emissions were released into the air we breathe. The total volume of pollutants is staggering.
However, that is only one part of the problem. The food we eat grown in depleted soil with artificial chemicals lacks nutritional value. That’s not being enough; we further have to refine and contaminate these already compromised foods and add artificial colorings, flavors, preservatives, and conditioners. Furthermore, we must also add hormones and antibiotics so they could contribute to the toxic load we already are carrying and cause endocrine and immune problems as well.
Welcome to the chemical feast!!!
Over the last several years, there has been a growing body of evidence suggesting a strong association between toxin exposure and chronic degenerative conditions. Environmental toxins have a physical and physiologically negative effect on the body even at low doses.
Virtually everyone is exposed to organic pollutants, specifically PCB -Polychlorinated biphenyl, which we get through our food. It suppresses our immune system, decreases thyroid function, and is classified as a “probable carcinogen”. Exposure to this toxin can also lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cognitive impairment
Pesticides are environmental toxins that we are consistently exposed to. Exposure to pesticides has been linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, depression, ADHD, leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Exposure to the heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, lead, arsenic, that are constantly present in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, has been linked to the DNA damage, decreased immune system function, anemia, hypertension, kidney damage, and tooth decay.
How about exposure to toxicants through food additives, preservatives, and drugs? Artificial food coloring has been associated with an increase in symptoms in children with ADHD. Growth hormone and anti-bacterial drugs given to cattle have been found in certain types of meat, further increasing the toxic load on our bodies.
You got the picture.
Once our systems are overloaded with toxins it becomes an ideal environment for a multitude of diseases, autoimmune conditions, parasites and Candida.
Our skin, liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and colon work hard to keep toxins and waste moving naturally. Unfortunately, excess buildup of toxins and the body’s constant effort to eliminate them burns up vital nutrients, drains energy, weakens the immune system and affects our health in a variety of ways.
Did you know that... our colon might hold the key to our overall health. When working well, the colon absorbs essential nutrients and passes waste and toxins out of the body. Many diseases are now being related directly or indirectly to a congested colon. Improperly digested food combined with the goodies of the chemical feast goes through the intestinal system, it turns to waste, attaches itself to the intestinal wall and becomes even more toxic. As 70% of our immune system is in our digestive tract, these toxins severely impair our immune system. This toxic waste is essentially slow-acting poison to the human body.
Detoxification means cleansing the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. However, when these systems are compromised, impurities aren't properly filtered and the body is adversely affected.
A detoxification program can help the body's natural cleansing process by:
Resting the organs through fasting
Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body
Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys, and skin
Improving blood circulation
Refueling the body with healthy nutrients
Below are a few tips on how to detoxify the body.