Welcome to Liz TV, I’m Liz and I’m here to inspire you to live a life of health, happiness & abundance and feel sexy doing it. Today I want to talk about Cleansing or Detoxing, which you’ll hear me use these words interchangeably.
There are a lot of hypes, myths and misconception around detox these days. Cleansing, when done without proper supervision and instruction, can be at best ineffective, and at worst downright harmful to our health. There are also many supplements and expensive programs and equipment out there aiming at folks who have the awareness, want to do something, but don’t have the right kind of information to make an informed decision. I have personally had to discovery healthy living through trial and error & I want you to learn from my mistakes so you can skip that process & go right to safe, effective & long-lasting changes in your life
So, today, I am going to share with you a few things to help you demystify detox, so that you can make informed choices that are safe and appropriate for your circumstances.
Certainly in my life, cleansing became a huge part of my new found health path. I was riddled in toxins, I had 5x the normal amount of Mercury in my body! I knew I had to make conscious changes to my life, and I'm here to help you do the same.
The first step to making changes is to cultivate awareness. Since toxins affect different people in different ways, it is very important to cultivate the awareness so that you can understand the effects of different types of foods and chemicals on your body. When you make a change to your diet or lifestyle, pay special attention to how your body feels – in terms of energy, mental clarity, how your skin reacts, and how your digestive system responds.
Before we go too far, I want to make sure we all understand what Environmental Toxins are. They are poisonous substances that come from outside of the body and can be lumped into two categories:
♣ Chemicals – plastics, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning supplies – substances that should not be in your body.
♣ Metals – heavy metals e.g. mercury, lead
How Toxic Are You?
You may think, ok, I don’t work with pesticides or cleaning supplies, I don’t have lead paint at home, I don’t have mercury fillings and I buy organic at least some of the times – I can’t be that toxic, right?
Sadly, the question is no longer IF we are toxic. The real question is HOW toxic we are.
Everybody in this world has detectable level of toxins in the body.
♣ Study has shown that every organism on the planet has detectable level of Teflon in the body.
♣ 287 chemicals were detected in umbilical cord blood of newborns. They include pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and waste materials from burning coal, gasoline, or garbage.
o 180 of the 287 chemicals found are known to cause cancer in human or animals.
o 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system.
o 208 of those are shown to cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
♣ Our babies are born with toxic substances in their bodies, even before being exposed to the toxins. A benchmark investigation of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in umbilical cord blood by the Environmental Working Group (an American watch dog group) back in 2005 showed that 287 chemicals were detected in umbilical cord blood of newborns. They include pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and waste materials from burning coal, gasoline, or garbage.
Sources of Environmental Toxins
Now you may think, where did all these toxins come from? Turns out, toxins are lurking everywhere in our everyday environment. CDC’s Fourth’s National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals showed that of the 212 chemicals tested, ALL are found in blood and urine of most Americans!
Six chemicals in particular, are found in virtually every person, and they have been identified by the CDC as probable health hazards!
I am going to go through them briefly so that you can have an understanding on how they impact our health and where you will find them.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDEs)
It is used as flame retardant in all building construction. It is found in EVERY building.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
It is found in plastic products, can linings. Until recently, it was considered safe.
Perfluoro octanoic acid (PFOA)
Better known as Teflon, it is used in many applications.
It is a chemical carcinogen formed when carbohydrates foods are cooked at high temperatures. Perpetual exposure is linked to cancer and neurological dysfunction.
♣ It is found in charred food, French fries, fried chicken, coffee, as well as plastics, cosmetics, and water treatment products.
♣ To minimize exposure, reduce the amount of charred and fried foods that you consume on a regular basis.
Most common exposure route to mercury is through seafood.
♣ Mercury may cause permanent brain damage.
♣ It is associated with many neurological problems.
♣ Fish that are big and high in the food chain store more mercury in their tissues. Minimize your consumption of king mackerel, shark, swordfish, and tilefish – the four fish FDA found to have the highest mercury content in their meat.
♣ Some fish that are low in mercury include salmon, catfish, trout, whitefish and tilapia.
♣ Mercury in dental filling is a controversial topic, but more and more dentists are switching out mercury containing filling to ones that don’t contain mercury. I would recommend requesting for non-mercury filling if you plan to have fillings done in the future.
♣ If you decide to remove your current mercury filling, make sure you are well-prepared before the procedure by supporting your detox organs and after the procedure by doing the proper chelation therapy. If you are planning to get pregnant, leave at least 6 – 12 months after the procedure before trying. If you are pregnant, definitely hold off the procedure.
Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE)
It is a gasoline additive – although not currently used in the US, it is detected in most Americans’ bodies and our water supply.
♣ Additional exposure from second hand cigarette smoke.
♣ It causes neurological and reproductive problems.
So, these are just the six most commonly found environmental toxins that we potentially come into contact every day! Imagine where the other 200+ can be lurking, or what they are doing to our body!
Symptoms of Toxicity
Now you may wonder, how can I tell if my body is suffering from health issues related to toxic exposure?
We are all different genetically, so we react to toxins differently and can tolerate different dosage. Toxic exposure can manifest itself very differently in different people.
Common symptoms of excessive toxic burden can include:
♣ Cognitive problems: brain fog, memory problems
♣ Neurological issues: balance problems, tremors
On top of the symptoms above, some conditions and diseases are associated with excessive toxic burden. Toxins probably do not cause these conditions, but they affect the expression and symptoms of these diseases.
♣ Allergy and asthma
♣ Chemical sensitivity (any adverse physical, mental, or emotional reaction to the presence of a chemical smell)
♣ Fertility problems and birth defects
♣ Parkinson’s disease
♣ Bone marrow cancers – lymphomas, leukemia, multiple myeloma
♣ Auto-immune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hasimotos thyroiditis, etc.
If someone were suffering from the conditions above, it would be helpful to evaluate toxin exposure, see how to reduce toxic load and go through a detox process, if the condition allows, to relieve symptoms.
Besides exacerbating symptoms of some health conditions, some studies have shown a relationship between toxins and certain diseases:
Dioxin has been associated with type 2 diabetes.
♣ In a study done in 2006, and published in the Environmental Health Perspectives, it showed the link between exposure to dioxins – which is a common toxin – and type II diabetes.
♣ There is a direct correlation – the higher the exposure level, the higher the chances of having diabetes. Dioxin is found to promote type 2 diabetes in human.
♣ Dioxins are present in farm-raised fish, dairy products, and beef.
BPA has been linked to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
♣ In a study published in 2008, a strong relationship is found between urine concentrations of BPA and the incidence of CVD, type 2 diabetes, and liver-enzyme abnormalities in a representative sample of the adult US population.
♣ BPA is found in a lot of packaging plastics for food.
Heavy metal, of course, has a very close connection to neurological disorders.
On the EPA website, it is stated that patients are routinely exposed to heavy metal toxins through food, ground water, industrial waste, and exposure to industrial environment. Lead has been found in our water supply, and mercury in fish.
It is also hypothesized that toxin exposure is linked to the following increase in disease rates. Here are some of those conditions:
♣ Autism – 10x increase from early 80’s to 1996
♣ Male birth defects – 2x increase from 1970 to 1993
♣ Childhood asthma – 2x increase from 1982 to 1993
♣ Acute lymphocytic leukemia – 62% increase in children from 1973 – 1999
♣ Childhood brain cancer – 40% increase from 1973 – 1994
♣ Preterm birth – 23% increase from mid 80s to 2002
♣ Infertility – 5 to 10% of all couples studied
♣ Birth defects – 3 to 5% of all babies
♣ Sperm count – 1% decrease yearly from 1934 to 1996
So here we conclude the first segment of this three part series in which my intention is to arm you with facts and knowledge so that you have the awareness to avoid sources of environmental toxins and understand their impact on our health.
I do not mean to alarm or overwhelm you with all the numbers and research findings, but I do hope that you can cultivate a higher level of awareness and may be able to share this knowledge with those around you so that more people are educated on how our health is being affected by chemicals around us.
To sum up what we have discussed in this segment:
We talked about what toxins are and the extent to which all of us are exposed to environmental toxins. Then we discussed six most common toxins, what they are and the routes of exposure. Lastly, we saw some examples of symptoms of toxicity, and how some toxins were found to exacerbate certain conditions.
To wrap up this segment, I want you to write down three ways that you can reduce your exposure to environmental toxins, based on the sources that we discussed today.
Here are three things you can do right away to change your relationship to toxins.
1. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins
2. Use food and herbs to support the body's natural detoxification process
3. Cleanse regularly to reduce toxin storage
See you next week to continue this important topic.