There is no doubt that we live in a toxic world. Did you know that there are over 83,000 chemicals in our environment and an estimated 2,000 more introduced each year? Our bodies are constantly under pressure to eliminate toxins that we have ingested in our food and water, breathed in our air, and absorbed through out skin. When our detoxification pathways are overwhelmed our lacking the right nutrients to function efficiently, those toxins don't get eliminated, but end up stored in our tissues.
Think about fish, some of which we know are high in mercury. Health authorities, despite the incredible benefits of Omega-3's, recommend a limit when eating seafood due to mercury contamination. With low grade mercury toxicity, people may experience irritability, depression, numbness and physical tremors. At higher levels, people can experience long-term and sometimes permanent neurological changes and impaired motor skills. Scary, I know!
We know that fish are a potential source of mercury, so we can be careful with the amount and types of fish that we eat. The bigger fish, such as bluefin tuna, are the ones that we have to be careful when eating and the smaller fish (such as sardines and anchovies), are a safer choice since they bioaccumulate less mercury in their tissues. And unfortunately, our fish are contaminated with other chemicals as well, such as PCBs, PBDEs, and dioxins. Seafood Watch has a great guide, that can help you when selecting which fish to eat.
But what about all of the other toxic chemicals in our environment? Like we see in fish, chemicals can also accumulate in our tissues over time, leading to tissue damage and in some cases, disease. That is why it is so important that we support our detox pathways and minimize our toxic load.
Some symptoms of toxicity include:
-Gas, bloating, digestive problems
-Headaches or migraines
-Nausea or vomiting
-Bitter, metallic taste
-Joint and muscle aches
-Acne or skin rashes
-Ringing in the ears
-Circles under the eyes
-Strong body odor
Health Issues Related to Toxicity:
-Multiple chemical sensitivity
Clearly, toxic exposures impact us all differently and how they impact us depends on a number of factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and personal environment. What is universal though, is that all of our bodies are constantly busy, eliminating toxins that we have inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through our skin.
It would benefit anyone's health to do a detox regularly. What I love about the program that I run, Detox 360, is that you are not required to fast, or do anything extreme. You eat
delicious, nourishing foods, eliminate toxic food triggers, follow lifestyle practices, and take high quality supplements and homeopathic drainage formulas to promote both removal of toxins from the tissues and elimination from the body.
It's a comprehensive system, and very doable.
The next group program is starting on March 14th, with a sign-up deadline of March 7th. If you would like to reserve a spot, please let me know! Once the spots are full, I will be closing registration.