Did you know that…
•2100 chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers,
PCBs, medications such as antidepressants and recreational drugs are in our water supply.
•80,000 metric tons of carcinogens are released into the air annually in North
•Over 80% of foods have genetically modified ingredients.
•The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that the average U.S. citizen has
residues from over 400 toxic compounds in their body.
•82,000 chemicals are in use today in the Unites States, but only a fourth have ever tested for toxicity.
Each and every day our bodies are exposed to chemicals from environmental pollutants, medications, contaminants in our water supply, pesticides and hormones in our food supply, and more. While our body’s natural detoxification system is quite spectacular, the rate at which we are absorbing these toxins is much to fast for our body to handle. Moreover, our detoxification system can become impaired by factors like:
- -Inadequate nutrients, vitamins, or minerals.
- -Certain medications
- -Poor liver health
- -Poor kidney health
-Insufficient detoxifying enzymes
Toxic Exposure: The Harsh Reality
Between the early 1970s and mid 1990s the rate of leukemia patients went up by 62%, male birth defects doubled, childhood brain cancer went up by 40%, and autism increased 10 fold. Multiple studies have indicated that an increase of toxicity levels since WWII is to blame for this steady increase of illness.
Did you know that exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides begins shortly after conception? In a recent study, the umbilical cords of ten newborn babies were tested for chemicals and other toxins. On average, 200 chemicals and pollutants were detected in each umbilical cord. Mercury, Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (pollutants from burning gasoline and waste), and Organchlorine pesticides, were just some of the toxins found. Of the 287 chemicals detected, 180 are known to cause cancer, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
The increase of chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides since WWII has made it difficult for our bodies to detoxify these toxins on its own. The liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, and lymphatic systems are no longer able to expel all of the toxins absorbed without the assistance of detox supplements or programs.
Children and adults with a toxic overload can experience a variety of symptoms and illnesses, including:
- -Muscle & Joint Pain
- -Mental Confusion
- -Gastrointestinal Tract Irregularities
- -Cardiovascular Irregularities
-Flu Like Symptoms
- -Allergic Reactions
- -Fibromyalgia Like Symptoms
- -Premature Aging
The Detoxification Process
According to the Medical Dictionary, the term Detoxification (detox for short) refers to “the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from…the human body.” The graph below demonstrates our bodies’ natural detoxification process:
To put it simply, the goal of Phase I is to take a compound and break it down, add a chemical group to it to neutralize it in order to prepare it for Phase II. While the goal of Phase II is to bind the substance in order to make it water soluble and ready for elimination (through feces or urine).
If either of these phases is inhibited the toxins will remain in our systems. Phase I inhibitors can include: drugs, hydrogenated fats, iron overload, grapefruit, curcumin, capsacin, quercetin, and clove oil. While Phase II inhibitors can include: low protein diets, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and yellow food dyes. There must be a balance between Phase I and Phase II in order to effectively remove toxins from our bodies.
Detoxifying Your Body
There are several programs and diets that have been created in order to rid your body of toxins. One of my personal favourites is Douglas Laboratories’ 28-Day Metabolic Rejuvenation. Through supplementation and diet, the program functions as following:
While taking the supplements individuals are asked to:
- - avoid caffeine, alcohol, and soda pop
- - avoid sugars and processed foods of any kind
- - avoid dairy
- - avoid gluten
- - avoid citrus fruits
- - avoid soy, yeast, peanuts, eggs and corn
- - consume nuts and seeds
- - consume non-whey protein
- - consume more than 8cups of filtered water daily
- - consume several daily servings of fresh organic vegetables
- - consume organic turkey, chicken, or fresh wild caught fish
It is also suggested to refrain from using chemical household products.
Completing a program like Metabolic Rejuvenation will rid your body of its toxic load, allowing your body’s natural detoxification process to function optimally. I suggest doing a detox atleast once per year, and find the begining of Spring the perfect time to do it! Many of us spring clean our houses, so why not spring clean our bodies too? You will feel absoutely wonderful afterwards, I promise!
Have you ever tried doing a detox? What kind was it? What were the results?
Goldman. “A Special Report on Toxic Chemicals and Children’s Health n North America. 2004.” 2004.
Conacher. Washington D.C. Center of Study for Responsive Law. 1998.