Your body is very much like a sponge, soaking up bits and pieces of just about everything it is exposed to and in our modern world, our bodies are exposed to a lot. From air pollution and food additives to pollutants in our drinking water, homes and even personal care products, the truth is that your body is literally bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. No matter how “clean” a life you lead, healthy eating, exercise, regular stress relief, your body is likely to show evidence of accumulated toxicity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals and found that on the average 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine. Seventy-five of which had never been measured in the U.S. population previously. To name a few, acrylamide – which is formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, arsenic, environmental phenols which are found in things like plastic or food packaging,
Triclosan which is found in antibacterial agents, in toothpaste and hand soap, or volatile organic compounds – found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, and much more. Environmental chemicals and pollutants are now virtually everywhere. For example, the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies contains an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants. Together, these chemicals represent the “human body burden” which is a toxic cocktail of chemicals and pollutants that accumulate in your body over a lifetime and, in time, can take a serious toll on your health.
Why is Detoxing Regularly Important?
Many people now eat a diet of largely processed foods, high in sugar and unhealthy fats. Alcohol, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners add to the toxic burden. A detox can help your body to rid itself of some of these toxins, naturally, while also giving your body a chance to rest, repair and regroup. Detoxification has been practiced for centuries, used to improve skin problems, ease digestion and pain, and boost energy levels while promoting the body’s own inherent healing potential. Both your liver and your kidneys (along with your blood, bowel, lymphatic system and skin) help your body process and eliminate chemicals in your sweat, urine and feces.
Detoxing can help to support and enhance this natural process. Your liver has an incredibly important job, especially when it comes to detoxification. You can help your liver by making sure your diet includes foods and nutrients such as B-vitamins, flavonoids – found in organic fruits and vegetables, foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, or phospholipids which are found in eggs, lean meats and fish. Lastly, eating a high quality, whole foods diet that includes a healthy source of protein, fruits and veggies and antioxidants will be beneficial for your liver.
Naturopathic treatment for detoxification can be incredibly effective and rewarding. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about detoxing the natural way we can help, call The Lifestyle Clinic today to schedule your free phone consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors! If you’re looking for a natural and holistic clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, you’ve found the right place!