Are You Toxic?

how to detox from toxins

"Detox"​ ​is a trendy word​ ​in​ ​the​ ​wellness​ ​space​ ​and ​is often​ ​times​​ ​misused when ​marketing​ ​programs,​ ​products​ ​and​ ​supplements.​ ​However,​ ​detoxification​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very​ ​important, natural​ ​process​ ​that​ ​our​ ​bodies​ ​work on​ ​24​ ​hours​ ​a​ ​day,​ ​7​ ​days​ ​a​ ​week.​ ​The​ ​liver,​ ​skin and​ ​digestive​ ​tracts​ ​are​ ​powerhouse​ ​detoxifiers​ ​that​ ​need​ ​to function​ ​at​ ​top​ ​capacity​ ​to protect​ ​our​ ​bodies​ ​from the​ ​toxins​ ​we’re​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​on​ ​a​ ​regular​ ​basis.​ ​Let’s​ ​explore​ ​why​ ​detoxing is​ ​so​ ​important,​ ​how​ ​to​ ​know​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​toxic​ ​and​ ​ways​ ​you​ ​can​ ​decrease​ ​your​ ​exposure​ ​to toxins.

Why​ ​is​ ​detoxing​ ​so​ ​important?

There​ ​are​ ​over​ ​85,000​ ​synthetic​ ​chemicals​ ​registered​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United States,​ ​and​ ​this​ ​number​ ​increases annually.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​chemicals​ ​have​ ​been​ ​tested​ ​for​ ​safety​ ​while​ ​others​ ​have​ ​not.​ ​Many chemicals​ ​can​ ​cross​ ​the​ ​blood-brain​ ​barrier, causing​ ​neurotoxic​ ​effects​ ​and​ ​impacting​ ​our ​health​ in ways we​ ​have yet to identify.​ ​There’s​ ​even​ ​a​ ​theory​ ​that​ ​environmental contaminants​ ​may​ ​contribute to the​ ​epidemic​ ​of​ ​obesity in what’s ​​called​ ​the​ ​​obesogen hypothesis.​ ​Decreasing​ ​your​ ​exposure​ ​and​ ​making​ ​sure​ ​your​ ​body​ ​can​ ​process​ ​and​ ​eliminate toxins​ ​are​ ​crucial.

How​ ​can​ ​you​ ​tell​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​toxic?

Ensuring​ ​your​ ​detox​ ​pathways​ ​are​ ​optimal​ ​is​ ​important​ ​for​ ​overall​ ​health​ ​and​ ​wellness.​ ​To​ ​get a​ ​better​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​how​ ​your​ ​body​ ​is​ ​working,​ ​ask​ ​yourself​ ​these​ ​questions: Do​ ​you​ ​commonly​ ​experience​ ​brain​ ​fog,​ ​fatigue,​ ​drowsiness? Are​ ​you​ ​sensitive​ ​to​ ​fragrances,​ ​perfumes​ ​and​ ​other​ ​smells? Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​food​ ​sensitivities​ ​and​ ​allergies? Do​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​ill​ ​after ​consuming caffeine​ ​or​ ​alcohol? Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​problems​ ​losing​ ​weight? Are​ ​you​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​herbicides,​ ​insecticides​ ​or pesticides?

If​ ​you​ ​answered​ ​yes​ ​to​ ​these​ ​questions,​ ​it​ ​may​ ​be​ ​time​ ​to​ ​look​ ​at​ ​your​ ​environment​ ​and​ ​lifestyle ​more​ ​closely.

How​ ​can​ ​you​ ​decrease​ ​your​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​toxins?

The​ ​average​ ​person​ ​is​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​100​ ​chemicals​ ​before​ ​they​ ​even​ ​leave​ ​the​ ​house​ ​in​ ​the morning.​ ​Finding ​simple​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​minimize​ ​your​ ​contact​ ​with​ ​toxins​ ​can have​ ​a​ ​big​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​your​ ​health.​ ​Check​ ​out​ ​the following​ ​tips​ ​for​ ​minimizing​ ​your​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​toxins:

  • Eat​ ​real​ ​locally​ ​grown​ ​organic​ ​food.
  • Choose​ ​grass-pastured,​ ​sustainably-raised​ ​meat​ ​and​ ​dairy.
  • Replace​ ​plastic​ ​products​ ​with​ ​glass​ ​when​ ​you​ ​can.
  • Switch​ ​to​ ​organic​ ​toiletries ​–​ ​shampoo,​ ​toothpaste,​ ​deodorant,​ ​skin​care, etc.
  • Replace​ ​non-stick​ ​pots​ ​and​ ​pans​ ​with​ ​ceramic​ ​or​ ​glass​ ​cookware.
  • Eat​ ​low​ ​mercury​ ​fish.
    • Ex. sardines,​ ​wild​ ​salmon,​ ​Alaskan​ ​salmon,​ ​shrimp,​ ​anchovies,​ and tilapia.
  • Filter​ ​tap​ ​water​ ​for​ ​drinking​ ​and​ ​bathing.
  • Use​ ​natural​ ​cleaning​ ​products.
  • When​ ​buying​ ​new​ ​furniture,​ ​try​ ​buying​ ​flame​ ​retardant​-free​ ​and​ ​​natural​ ​fibers​ ​like wool,​ ​cotton,​ ​leather.
  • Take​ ​off​ ​shoes​ ​before​ ​you​ ​enter​ ​house​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​tracking​ ​in​ ​chemicals.
  • Look​ ​for​ ​fragrance​-​free​ ​products.
  • Avoid​ ​fabric​ ​softeners and​ ​dryer​ ​sheets​ ​as​ ​these​ ​contain​ ​tons​ ​of​ ​chemicals.

Decreasing​ ​your​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​toxins​ ​supports​ ​the​ ​overall​ ​health​ ​of​ ​your​ ​body.​ ​If​ ​the​ ​body​ ​isn’t taxed​ ​by​ ​removing​ ​toxins,​ ​it​ ​can​ ​focus​ more ​on​ ​other​ ​essential​ ​metabolic​ ​processes​ and make​ ​sure​ ​you’re feeling​ ​your​ ​best.​ ​Cleaning​ ​up​ ​your​ ​environment​ ​is​ ​not​ ​only​ ​beneficial​ ​to​ ​your​ ​health​ ​but​ ​to​ ​the health​ ​of​ ​our​ ​planet​ ​as​ ​well!

Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

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