Should detox be considered as part of a “spring cleaning” in your health plan? Let’s learn more about toxins to find out! The Environmental Working Group (Ewg.org) which is an independent research firm estimates that we have over 700 pollutants in our bodies at any given time. Food for thought: they found over 200 pollutants in infants – scary. It’s the world we live in. We can’t change everything, so we must constantly adapt. Being healthy means that we’re trying to do things better than we did yesterday!
What is a toxin? Simply, it is any type of barrier to our health. It could be chemicals, our thoughts, relationships, and so forth.
As you can see by EWG’s findings, anyone can have a high toxic burden in the body. But the types of people or conditions who are most at risk include:
The purpose of this article is to bring an awareness (not fear) to toxicity, to answer some of the most commonly asked questions by patients, and to share options for decreasing toxic load on the body ranging from easy to dedicated.
Question: “Well, I don’t work with chemicals, so how could I be exposed to so many toxins?
Answer: The top three sources of toxins in the US today are: air, food, and water.
Food: new reports indicate that non-organic produce has higher pesticide levels. We can find toxins in our meat as well and higher mercury levels in larger fish. We also have BPA (which is an endocrine disrupter, very similar to BPS or BPAF) in our canned food/beverages. We have significant exposure to “pops” (which are Persistent Organic Pollutants) between artificial sweeteners and our cookware/utensils.
Now that we’ve established the what and how of toxicity, when would you know if you have too many?
After you’ve read this article, please visit this link to take a questionnaire to rate your level of potential toxicity:
I’d like to see your score on “part 1” be between 0 - 14! The last section of the questionnaire elaborates on scoring.
Next I’d like to outline suggestions for you (in order of what I thought to be easier up to the most dedicated) to assist with detoxification.
Seafood Guide: http://www.EWG.org/Research/EWGS-Good-Seafood-Guide or
Seafood Shipments to the Midwest through Vital Choice.
Don’t do a “liver cleanse,” “colon cleanse,” “juice fast,” or “master cleanse.” Why? Briefly, because you MUST consume plenty of calories during a program (because detoxing is hard work to the body!) and protein is the very first thing that “turns on” the switch for the liver to begin. Nutrients (vitamins and minerals) are key for a complete two-phase liver detoxification too. Without those elements - these are not detoxes and are not resets.
L) Emotional Detox. We all have stress – but how do we deal with that particular toxin? Do we allow it to have power over us and slowly poison us? Here are some resources about mindfulness and emotional wellness:
I hope this article brought awareness (not fear) of toxins in our modern lifestyles and helped you brainstorm a few simple yet impactful things you might try! What was something you read that was new or you felt excited to try? And what one thing can you try today?
Dr. Kristen Halland is a chiropractor with specialty certifications in acupuncture and functional medicine nutrition. She has enjoyed serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago since 2010 from our Hoffman Estates, IL location alongside her Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, massage therapist, chiropractic colleague, and a great support team! Dr. Halland enjoys blogging about natural treatments, staying modern and accessible with virtual appointment access for her patients, and her podcast, The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review.
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