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In our last segment, we talked about the extent to which we are exposed to environmental toxins, and how they are affecting our health. Now, I want to tell you what you can do to minimize the impact of environmental toxins on your health.
So today, we will jump right into some actionable steps you can take right away to reduce your toxic exposure and reduce your toxic load, without any complicated protocol, expensive programs, supplements or equipment.
I approach toxic load reduction from two perspectives – first, we reduce the toxins coming in, and then we increase our body’s ability to get rid of stored toxins. I use three main approaches:
To lower our toxic load, it’s best to start with reducing the amount of toxins that we are putting into our body – so that our detox organs can get some rest and free up bandwidth to deal with stored toxins.
Food and Drink
Food and Drink is the most common exposure route of a majority of toxins. 90% of our toxin exposure to certain chemicals such as PCBs and dioxins come from the food we eat. 35% of all the foods we purchase in the US supermarkets have measurable pesticide residues, which make their way into our body. Pesticides are designed to kill pests, and they are poison.
To reduce your exposure to pesticides and herbicides from your food, avoid eating fruits and vegetables grown conventionally on the Dirty Dozen List – the Dirty Dozen is a list of fruits and vegetables that, because of the way they are grown and the way we eat them, we ingest a relatively high dose of pesticides and herbicides. Choose organic for these produce. Get your 2015 Dirty Dozen pocket size list here.
Animal food can also be a significant source of toxins, especially from conventionally raised and high fat animal products. Conventionally raised meat and dairy products have consistently been tested and found to have the highest levels of “hormone disrupting” chemicals in them. An estimated 25 million pounds of antibiotics are fed to livestock a year. The animal feed is also highly sprayed with chemicals as well. Animal feed contains high quantities of fat, which allow for the storage of fat-soluble chemicals and toxins to get into the meat. The chemicals are then passed on into the human digestive system and our body when we eat the products.
LizBits: So here is what you can do to reduce toxin exposure from food and drink:
Plastics contain a number of chemicals that are potentially harmful. Avoid plastic containers and packaging as much as possible for food storage to prevent chemicals from leaching into your food – particularly for hot or acidic foods.
LizBits: Here are a few things that you can do:
Personal and Household Products
LizBits: Use Cleansing Foods and Herbs
Besides lowering your exposure, you also want to support your body’s natural cleansing systems so that stored toxins can be processed and eliminated. Our detox organs include liver, kidney, colon, lymphatic system, and skin.
Raw foods and leafy green vegetables are very cleansing. My favorite way to support liver function is to drink a cup of warm water with fresh juice of half a lemon first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Carrot and apple are great for supporting elimination through colon, while beet and beet juice support lymphatic detox.
Sweating through means such as exercise and sauna is a great way to facilitate elimination through the skin – the body’s largest elimination organ. Dry brushing also helps stimulate the skin and open up the pores.
There are herbs that you can use to support detox organs. A couple of examples are milk thistle to support liver, and dandelion to support kidney. I do not recommend long-term use of laxative herbs as a way to detox – those herbs generally have a very cooling constitution, a strong downward energy, and can be quite depleting if used over a prolonged period of them. Not to mention there is a concern of developing dependency.
Last but absolutely not least, is to make sure you are well hydrated. Water helps our body flush out toxins. Make sure you are drinking mostly clean, filtered water and non-caffeinated herbal tea. Sugary beverages are not recommended, and anything with caffeine, which is diuretic, actually defeats the purpose because it moves water out of the body.
If you are doing a cleanse program and suffer from detox symptoms such as flu-like symptoms, headaches, irritability, fatigue, cravings, bloating and skin rashes, drinking water can usually ease the discomfort because it helps flush the toxins out of the body more quickly.
Detox Regularly, and Safely
Doing what we just discussed is a great start to lowering your toxic load, and preparing your body for a more comprehensive protocol. If you are ready to take detox to the next level, you can do a detox program regularly, like my Rebalance Challenge – about once or twice a year. Also note that if you are looking to start a weight loss program, it’s best to go through a supervised detox program (Rebalance Challenge) so that fewer problems will arise when toxins are released as fat cells are burned off.
Detoxification is a process during which you normalize the body’s natural ability to process and excrete toxins that are stored in fat cells, while you temporarily reduce the amount of incoming toxins.
After a detox program, most people experience pretty dramatic results, and these can include:
I strongly encourage you do my Rebalance Challenge at least twice a year. I promise it is the foundation to Radiant, Sexy, lifelong Health.
Thank you for joining me on LizTV, and as always, I wish you a life of health, happiness & abundance...and feel sexy doing it.