Top Tips For Staying Healthy In A Toxic World – How To Detox Chemicals From The Body

No matter how careful you are, your body is ingesting and absorbing man-made chemicals. How can you and your family detox and stay healthy in a toxic world? There are over 50,000 synthetic chemicals in common use around the world. Food chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, solvents, drugs, gases and heavy metals are part of our global environment. Our bodies are not separate; they are part of the open ecosystem of our beautiful plant. Our bodies are adaptable and skilled at eliminate toxins. But bodies are dealing with more unnatural nasties than ever. How can we give our bodies what they need to do the best job and stay healthy?

Our ancestors also had to deal with toxins. Plants produce specific compounds for their own protection. For humans some of these compounds are mildly irritating, others are dangerous poisons. Of course we’ve learned to avoid these natural toxins, or we neutralise them through various cooking methods. However we have always ingested a certain amount with our food. Through evolution we have developed various mechanisms for eliminating natural toxins. These same mechanisms are also capable of dealing with most modern chemicals – in moderate amounts.

What helps our bodies to detox?

The liver is a lifeguard. The liver is the body’s main Detox Centre. Drugs, alcohol, caffeine and natural plant toxins and other chemicals are usually quickly dealt with by the liver. However when exposed to large doses it can become overloaded. Some toxins may be stored in fatty tissues if not dealt with. When given the opportunity and support, the liver can release, neutralise and excrete them.

Antioxidant protection from food

Modern chemicals are a source of free radical cellular damage in our bodies. They occur naturally but are also created by pollutants, rancid fats, drugs, radiation, heavy metals and other toxins. Antioxidants are our main line of defence against free radicals, converting them into less dangerous compounds. Some antioxidants come directly from our diet, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and flavonoids.

Three ways to stay healthy and detox in a toxic environment

1) Minimise exposure

Learn about what chemicals may be in your environment and avoid them where possible. Consider household cleaners, personal care products and your workplace. Choose eco/people friendly options.

Of course we want to avoid eating chemicals with our food. Organic, whole foods are the best option, where possible.

When this is not available consider these points:

  • Fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruit will have the least chemicals
  • Wash produce well. Peel fruit and cucumbers.
  • Some preservatives and other food additives are harmless, but study labels carefully and learn about the possible effects of any additives.
  • When buying processed foods support companies that are actively aware of quality and health issues.

    2)Enhance the body’s natural ability to deal with toxins.

    Build a strong immune system and ensure you have a good supply of antioxidant nutrients:

  • Eat plenty of fresh and some raw vegetables and fruit
  • Eat quality protein regularly. Sulphur-containing amino acids are essential for producing antioxidant enzymes. Eggs are a good source.
  • Obtain Vitamin E from high quality vegetable oils, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
  • Selenium, zinc, manganese and copper are vital minerals for detoxifying; best obtained from whole foods.
  • Fibre-rich foods help ensure that toxins are regularly cleared through the bowels.
  • High quality wholefood supplements can provide valuable antioxidants and nutrients to support the immune system.
  • Minimise food and drinks that burden the liver, such as alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar.3)Detoxify gently

    A properly managed fast may have huge benefits; however I suggest you fast only under professional supervision. Here are other more gentle ways to help your body detox:
  • Avoid over-eating
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and green leafy vegetables support the detox capabilities of the liver.
  • Stimulate the lymphatic system with light exercise.
  • Minerals compete with each other for binding sites in the body. Increasing dietary minerals such as zinc can help the release of toxic heavy metals.

    Copyright Roger Wild and Wild Health

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