Why do we need to detox?
It has been reported that we are exposed to more toxins in one day than our great grandparents were exposed in their whole life. Toxins can be a major driver of autoimmune disease. These diseases include lupus, Hashimoto’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc. Autoimmune disease is in on the rise in our current climate. Dr. Jeffery Bland has reported that autoimmune diseases have risen to the 3rd leading cause of death.
Environmental toxins are responsible for many cancers, neurological diseases, heart disease, strokes. Our bodies do have a built-in detox function to deal with these dangers, but those systems are constantly overloaded! Detoxing assists and improves what our bodies are trying to do naturally.
What is a “toxin”?
A toxin is something that harms the body such as heavy metals like lead, mercury, and cadmium, industrial chemicals and pollutants, and pesticides. But it can also include common products you may not think of as being toxic, such as home cleaning products, body products, and even makeup. As an example, the more “red” the lipstick, the more “lead” it contains.
How do these toxins get into our bodies?
Polluted Air: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health. We usually spend about 80 to 90 % of our time indoors.
Food: A conventional diet is full of pesticide-treated produce and animals who have been given artificial growth hormones and antibiotics. The National Research Council claims that, in children especially, dietary intake of pesticides accounts for most pesticide exposure.
Drinking Water Contaminants: Heavy metals, chemicals from plastic, and other pollutants can get into your body through your drinking water, or through your skin when you bathe. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) showed in a 3-year study that 85% of the population in the US consumes water with about 316 contaminants, most of which are completely unregulated.
Skin: Substances ranging from the beneficial to the bad come into contact with your skin and can be absorbed into your bloodstream. These include the chemicals in soap, makeup, lotions, and cleaning products, and even heavy metals and pollutants in water.
The average person uses 10-12 personal care products per day, each with 125 different ingredients, and many of these chemicals are approved for use by the FDA with little or no safety testing.
What is the Solution?
1- Pollution Prevention
Lightening your toxic burden is the best to prevent the toxins from getting into your system in the first place.
Here are 5 ways to make your home as toxin-free as possible:
HEPA Air Filters. These help the air be more clean inside your home or office.You may not be able to clean the air outside, but you can keep the air inside your home as toxin-free as possible.
Water Filters for Drinking Water. Filters on your sinks and shower taps help keep water clean and free of toxins. Full-house filtration system and avoiding drinking out of plastic bottles even the BPA free bottles can help.
Store and Heat Clean: Not storing or heating food in plastic can help. Instead, heat and store in glass containers.
Eat organic Food. Organic meat and veggies can lower your exposure to toxins. If you can only afford one, go for the organic meat.
Purchase Clean Care Products. Many personal care products are made with hormone-mimicking chemicals that are absorbed through your skin.Try to replace them a little at a time. Check out the EWG’s website for more info on how to do this. You can get an App on your phone that will scan your care products to determine if they are safe for use.
2- Enhanced Detoxification
Your liver is constantly working to excrete toxins on its own. So how do we help our liver?
Drink filtered water. This will help you excrete toxins in both the urine and the stool.
Sweat! Do some exercise that will help you sweat and infrared saunas are especially helpful.
Support your Liver. Taking 600 mg of N-Acetyl-Cysteine twice a day (which is a precursor to glutathione) will help you make more glutathione and will help your body to excrete toxins. Glutathione is the substance your liver produces to detoxify. Taking a product call Liver- GI Detox can help as well.
I recommend a detoxification program twice a year with a 7 or 10 day detox program. January is a great time to do this after the holidays are over. Health Rejuvenation Institute will being hosting a group detox starting on January 23rd, 2016. We will be using the 7 day kit or the 10 day kit. I hope you can join us for our detox meeting on January 22nd at our office. The meeting will be held at 6 pm. We will talk about the detox program and answer any questions you may have. Then the detox program will start the next day. Hope to see you there. Please call the office at 801-504-6117 or send us an email to sign up.
Dr. Randy Lundell, DO