Thursday, May 30, 2013

Toxic Overload

Since the Industrial Revolution—which alone added about 80,000 toxic chemicals—and post-World War II
petrochemical revolution, toxins have accumulated in the human system faster than they can be eliminated. Hence, toxic overload—from our soil, atmosphere, water, food and more.

The fact is that our bodies carry around various industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals and anesthetics plus the residues of pharmaceuticals—to name a few. It’s no wonder, either. We’re exposed to chemicals in far greater concentrations than previous generations were.

For example, over 5.1 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the U.S. each year, while over 69 million Americans live in areas that exceed smog standards; most drinking water contains over 700 chemicals, including excessive levels of lead; some 3,000 chemicals are added to the food supply, and as many as 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing and storage.

All of these can remain in the body for years.

Fortunately, our bodies have a built-in system for detoxifying through the lungs, skin, kidneys, liver and the colon. The lungs take in pounds of pollutants and eliminate toxic gases each minute. The skin is our largest eliminative organ, and every skin pore of the body is an escape route for waste material.

Likewise, the kidneys eliminate fluid wastes from the body and purify the bloodstream. The liver is probably the most important detoxifier of all the organs because it takes poisons, neutralizes them, and what it cannot render harmless, it stores—protecting the body from harm. Finally, the colon eliminates solid wastes and absorbs water from foods.

This built-in detoxifying system can get bogged down, however, with the overwhelming amounts of toxins the body’s exposed to. When this happens, key detoxification organs such as the intestines and liver are unable to fully detoxify themselves or the body.

When the body can’t keep up with toxic overload, these toxins quickly move from the bloodstream and get stored in fat, the brain and other tissues—causing systemic problems.

Realistically, it’s not possible to fully avoid toxins, but you can take some steps to fight against them such as:

Eat Organic: Avoid conventional and processed foods. Organic foods are free of contaminants, synthetic pesticides and herbicides, hormones, preservatives, dyes, artificial colorings, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Drink Clean Water: Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of the purest water available each day—which is definitely not tap water, since it’s a major source of the toxic chemicals that the liver is required to process.  

Live Clean: Remove chemical contaminants via personal care products and household cleaners from your home or work environment. Use non-toxic personal products and cleaners instead.

Bulk Up Your Diet: Eat 8 to 10 servings of organic raw veggies and fruits each day—especially those that are detoxifiers such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and spinach.  They can also keep things moving along the digestive system. 

Exercise Regularly: Exercise at least five days a week for about an hour—and work up a sweat, since sweating helps to detoxify the body.


So, don’t become a victim of toxic overload. If you haven’t already made these changes, then start today.