Hidden toxic stressors we don’t think about, Part 1

We hear more and more these days about the importance of “clean living,” but what does that mean to you? Are you aware of the many sources of toxins you are exposed to on a daily basis? Do you think something is safe just because it is on a store’s shelf, or because your doctor or dentist recommends or prescribes it?

We live in a toxic world. We are bombarded daily by toxic chemicals, metals, and microbes through our water, foods, cosmetics, cleaning products, medications, and medical treatments.

Our body is designed to eliminate the toxins that, along with metabolic byproducts, it can’t use. When the body is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of toxins it is exposed to, the system backs up and inflammation results. Persistent inflammation and the inability to detoxify are two signs of ensuing or entrenched chronic disease.

What are signs that your body is struggling with detoxification?

  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Food sensitivities
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Skin problems
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Bad breath
  • Aches and pains
  • Hormonal dysregulation
  • Frequent illness
  • Belly fat

How can toxicity in the body be addressed?

There are two ways to address toxicity. First, we can improve the body’s ability to detoxify through things that stimulate and promote detoxification, such as supplements, herbs, homeopathy, saunas, salt baths, and enemas. Second, we can remove as many toxins as possible from our diet and environment to limit exposure. The best choice is to do some of both. If someone is truly ill, they may have to use any method possible to get their body to function normally.

The benefits of detoxification

It is important to assist your body in the detoxification process to maintain and/or improve your health. There are many things you come across in your daily life that may be increasing the toxic burden on your body, and it is good to be aware of how you can make better and safer choices.  The more you control what you can, the less the stuff you can’t control, such as air pollution, will impact your health.​​​​​​​

The benefits of making less-toxic choices:

  • Decrease toxic load of the body, and improve liver function
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Aid weight loss
  • Promote skin health
  • Increase energy and mental function
I realize I may be opening a can of worms, but my hope in this newsletter and the next (May/June) is to offer food for thought so that individuals can make informed choices about what they allow their body to be exposed to. The May/June issue will offer ways to  analyze how toxic your diet and environment are and what you can do to mitigate the effects.
If you’re interested in finding out how to help your body detoxify, and what kinds of toxicity your body is struggling with, make an appointment for a Nutrition Response Testing session.