In America today we are exposed to an abundance of environmental toxins through the air, food, and water. These include heavy metals, pesticides, industrial compounds, endocrine disruptors (such as bisphenol A), and pharmaceutical drugs. In fact there is growing research that indicates a correlation between toxic exposure and the development of many of the chronic diseases we are seeing today.
Why wouldn’t our body just eliminate the toxins it’s exposed too? The body IS designed to eliminate toxins but not at the rate we are exposed. Studies show that over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the United States! This chemical barrage is so great that a study done on the cord blood of new born babies showed over 200 industrial chemicals. These were babies that hadn’t even taken their first breath! Although the human body was designed to naturally detoxify, it was never meant to deal with the onslaught of toxins and chemicals it has to deal with today.
Could you benefit from a detoxification program? Absolutely, especially if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of chemical and toxin exposure: fatigue, headaches, brain fog, balance problems, tremors, pain, and muscle weakness. A number of diseases and conditions that may be associated with an excessive toxic burden include: allergies, asthma, diabetes, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic infections, and autoimmune disorders such as Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Hashimotos thyroid.
A healthy detoxification program is not a starvation diet where you are ill with diarrhea for two weeks. This will only weaken and stress the body more. Since the body detoxifies using four different pathways (the liver, intestines, kidneys, and through the skin) it is important to eat foods and beverages that contain the vitamins and nutrients that allow the body to eliminate toxins using these pathways in a healthy way.
A healthy detoxification program should be high in fresh hypoallergenic foods and dark green vegetables while eliminating all processed foods, alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. Avoid foods with pesticide residues, synthetic dyes, and antibiotics. This can be done by consuming organic, whole food sources. Drinking large amounts of fresh pure water is also important to flush out toxins that have become mobilized. A detoxification program should last between 3 and 28 days.
Unfortunately, we can’t eliminate toxins from our lives. But doing a detoxification program can make you feel happier, healthier, and energetic. It can help you lose weight, look better, and feel stronger than you have in years. You’ll be thrilled you did!
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Rakel, David. Integrative Medicine 2nd ed.2007.