There are a lot of things in our lifestyle that we can control to live healthier and help our bodies function well. We could: eat organically, utilize natural modalities in healthcare (such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and others) to help the body work well and prevent health issues, take high-quality nutrients, get plenty of rest, drink water to hydrate our cells, keep a low stress level, and choose good household products/toiletries to reduce toxicity.
It’s important to do those things! But there are things that we are unable to control. Even if we do optimize our lifestyle – it’s that hidden load (sewage, air, cosmetics, food toxins, smoke and so forth) on the body that’s challenging us. What’s invisible will hurt us.
Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for something on your skin to get into our bloodstream to travel the body systemically?
Did you know that many cosmetics (especially lipstick) contain not only chemicals but gluten? Did you know that jewelry from retail stores contain lead? Nail polish contains formaldehyde. Fish has high levels of mercury. And…. coffee has the highest amount of pesticides of any beverage in the U.S. (gasp)!
The United States is only 4.4% of the world’s population but we use 30% of the world’s pesticides. We like to count calories, but shouldn’t we consider counting chemicals?
The liver is responsible for detoxifying our body and it’s like taking out the trash. Throughout the day, you put waste into the trash can in the kitchen. At the end of the night, you take the trash bag out to the can in the garage. And every week we take the large trash can out to the curb for the sanitation engineers to pick up. But what would happen if we forgot one of those steps? Things would start to get rotten…. And stinky. Just like the trash, the liver gets rotten and stinky if it has forgotten garbage lying around.
The picture becomes further complicated when we recall that the liver actually has 20+ other functions in addition to detoxification. If it doesn’t work well and is clogged down with stinky trash then it will also be unable to process cholesterol correctly, control our hormones, or any of its other roles in the body.
A more specific example is that when the body can’t clear the hormone estrogen it causes PMS symptoms and irregularities in the menstrual cycle. For men, this could cause visceral fat, low testosterone and insulin resistance…. what Time Magazine dubbed “manopause” on a recent cover.
When the body has too many toxins it decreases mitochondrial efficiency and these are some common signs you’ll see:
cravings for caffeine / carbs / sugar
bags under the eyes
difficulty losing weight
Toxins are fat soluble so they are not able to leave the body easily. The liver has a 3-phase system (with many sub-steps to each phase) to help these toxins leave the body. A real detoxification program is a program that utilizes:
A specific whole food nutritional plan that doesn’t include dairy, artificial sweeteners, acidic foods, or sugars that work against this process
Physician-grade nutrients to correctly stimulate the extensive steps of the 3 phase process
A multi-dimensional 21st century approach that is capable of telomere repair, membrane fluidity, enhancing cellular processes, mitigating free radicals, and more
Advanced nutrients to jump-start what I term a “body composition transformation” because the liver clears fat cells.
A real detoxification program is NOT:
Calorie restrictions or fasting (because detoxification uses up a lot of energy!)
a juice fast (because the detox process requires protein!)
a “cleanse” from a retail store (see the results of the NY Attorney General's investigation into supplements and products sold at retail stores here)
Please begin by taking this Detox Questionnaire. If your score is above 30, you likely need detoxification. If you score is under 30 you may still benefit from detoxification as a periodic re-boot strategy for the body.
Medical Disclaimer: If you’re reading this article and interested in a true detoxification program, please work with your local healthcare provider - there are contraindications to detox and preparatory steps.
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