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Cleanse and Recleanse, Detox for Toxic Overload
Toxins come in many forms and from many sources. They’re everywhere. It’s hard to avoid them. From the PVC-laden “rubber ducky” floating in the bathtub to the mercury-laced tuna noodle casserole on the dinner table, toxins have infiltrated our homes and all aspects of our daily lives.
Toxic Overload Creates Health Problems
Simply put, toxins are poisons. We would never think of drinking a cup of coffee laced with rat poison, yet every day we eat, drink, breathe, and touch the cumulative toxic equivalent of some of the most poisonous chemicals. Scientific evidence indicates that this total load of toxic exposure reduces our body’s natural ability to detoxify and eliminate toxins. This leads to toxic overload – a steady build-up of accumulated toxins and complex chemical mixtures we are not adequately eliminating.
A collaborative study conducted by researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, The Environmental Working Group of Oakland, California, and Commonweal Environmental Health and Research Institute in Marin County, California, revealed shocking results. Each person was tested for 210 chemicals commonly found in consumer products and industrial pollution. On average, the test results showed each person tested positive for 50 or more chemicals linked to cancer in humans and lab animals, considered toxic to the brain and nervous system, or known to interfere with our hormone and reproductive systems.
The range of serious health problems linked by scientific research to toxic chemical compounds includes cancer, neurological disorders, hormone and endocrine disorders, birth defects and abnormal development, reproductive problems, and immune system disorders. Other possible effects of toxic load on human health are poor memory and concentration, connective tissue and joint disorders, chronic fatigue, allergies, obesity, depression, skin disorders, metabolic disorders, and liver malfunction.
Minimize Exposure to Everyday Toxins
To decrease the body’s burden of toxins, we must first reduce exposure. With more than 100,000 chemicals in common use in North America, it is a constant challenge to limit our exposure. The first step to minimizing exposure is to raise your toxin awareness level by learning to identify the hidden sources of toxins in food, common household products, and our environment. Read labels closely before buying any consumer goods and, when in doubt, err on the side of caution.
It is advisable to choose food sources that are locally and organically grown whenever possible. This will help to greatly reduce exposure to toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Purchasing unsprayed, naturally fertilized fruits and vegetables supports sustainable and non-toxic agricultural practices.
Don’t overlook the obvious. Sometimes eliminating common sources of toxins can be as simple as taking off your street shoes when you enter your home. Take your street shoes off at the door and leave them there, suggests the world-renowned Suzuki Foundation, a Vancouver-based environmental health organization. According to the foundation, pesticides and herbicides are commonly tracked into the house on the soles of our shoes.
Cleanse and ReCleanse
Most cultures and religions around the world have practised cleansing, fasting, and detoxification rituals for centuries. In today’s busy world, many people, especially first-time cleansers benefit greatly from using a 7-day herbal detox kit that is simple to use, gentle on the body and includes a healthy-eating meal plan designed to maximize the natural toxin-eliminating properties of unrefined, whole foods. The concept and practice of regular internal cleansing is not new but it has become more essential than ever for reducing the body’s toxic load and for getting back to the basics of healthy living and eating.
Detoxify While You Eat!
Eating these foods regularly helps reduce your body’s toxic load:
• Fresh fruits – apples, lemons, blueberries, figs
• Fresh vegetables – broccoli, onions, kale, all dark leafy greens, red peppers, carrots
• Nuts and seeds – flax seeds, chia seeds sunflower seeds,
• Whole grains – quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat
• Culinary herbs and spices – garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, parsley, oregano
• Beverage teas – green tea, mint teas, black tea, white tea
• Condiments – miso, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
• Medicinal teas – red clover blossoms, dandelion root, burdock root, ginger root
Lucretia Schanfarber is a health writer and editor living on Quadra Island, BC. Learn more about Recleanse™ at www.prairienaturals.ca.