In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report on the estimated toxic load of the average U.S. resident. They found 212 environmental chemicals and their metabolites (what the chemicals break down into.)
Of these 212 compounds, 75 were new additions to the previous report published in 2005. These include:
- Heavy metals
- Air pollution and secondhand smoke
- Flame retardants
- Cosmetics, including sun block and hand sanitizer
If your head isn’t spinning yet, add antibiotics to the list.
Recent research shows that veterinary and human antibiotics are environmental contaminants that add to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Lucky for you, your liver and kidneys naturally detoxify the massive chemical burden you ingest through the food you eat, the water you drink and the air you breathe.
Up to a point, that is.
You see, there’s a growing spectrum of environmental toxins you can’t help but absorb. They pollute your cells, disrupt your hormones and damage your liver. In addition to these chemicals, your liver and kidneys have the job of detoxifying the cellular waste you make on a regular basis.
Want Your Detox Diet to Work? Support Your Liver
With the onslaught of chemicals you're faced with every day, removing processed foods and giving your body “a break” does some good.
The reality is that a few dietary changes, even when consistent over several months, only target the chemicals you consume.
What about your tap water? That black non-stick stuff that lines your cookware? Your makeup and sunscreen? Your water-resistant parka? These also contain known toxins that your body absorbs.
Unfortunately, you live in an increasingly toxic environment. Detox diets only scrape the surface.
The liver is the number one organ that lessens your toxic burden by converting harmful compounds that can be eliminated through the large intestine and urinary system. The liver also is equipped to naturally buffer free radical stress.
Besides doing your best to avoid exposure to toxins, I suggest supplementing your diet with herbs that enhance your liver’s ability to detoxify and protect your body. Add other herbs—like burdock root, garlic, turmeric, and dandelion root—to your daily meals to really boost the detoxing process throughout your body.