Have you ever considered that you may need to detox your body from toxic chemicals? Last week I wrote about the toxic metals lurking in your make up but did you know that women apply an average of 168 chemicals to their bodies every day. Isn’t that shocking?
Researchers have discovered that the average woman uses 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day while the average man uses 6 products a day with 85 unique ingredients. How many do you use?
What’s more these chemicals don’t have to be tested for safety before they are put into personal care and other products you use. Isn’t that crazy?
Who would have imagined that there could be so many unassessed chemicals in products such as cosmetics, perfumes, personal care products and feminine hygiene products?
You might say “so what?” but while some of these chemicals are completely harmless others are potentially toxic. Some of the chemicals used are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and neurotoxins.
They get absorbed into your body through your skin where they can upset your hormonal system, act as “obesogens” to make you gain weight, cause cancer and poison your nervous system. Do you want that?
What about your children? Sunscreen, diaper cream, shampoo and lotion are common kids’ products that contain the same toxic chemicals.
We’re not talking tiny amounts either. These toxic chemicals make up a significant part of the product. It’s now know that cocktails of chemicals have much more serious effects than chemicals in isolation.
According to the Environmental Working Group “There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.”
They have compiled a list of 12 of the worst hormone disrupters, how they cause problems, and some tips on how to avoid them right here.
Your toxic home
It’s not only products you apply to your skin that are toxic. The environment in your home is likely to be two to five times more toxic than your outdoor environment.
World Health Organization and The International Agency for Research on Cancer have concluded that 80% of all cancers can be attributed to environmental rather than genetic factors, including exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, many of which are found in household cleaning products.
According to Dr Axe the average home contains about 10 gallons of synthetic chemical products. Would you ever have thought that? This includes cleaning products, paints, varnishes, air fresheners (which I’ve written about before) and indoor pesticides. Check out this article on Home Riff for 22 ways you can improve the air quality in your home.
So unless you are already using non toxic make up and personal care product as well as non toxic cleaning products don’t you think you may need to detox your body from these harmful chemicals?
Is detox worthless?
Maybe you’ve read some of the numerous articles that are popping up all over the internet that say our bodies don’t need any help to detox because our livers and kidneys are doing that for us every day and are thinking that you don’t need to detoxify but Rick Smith and Bruce Laurie, two Canadian environmentalists don’t agree.
They say “We’re ingesting chemicals every day, we’re breathing them in every day, so how can our bodies be actively eliminating these every day? We really should all be living a detox lifestyle.”
Dr Harold Gaier, a UK naturopathic doctor, states that Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a fully accepted medical condition caused by toxic overload from the person’s environment.
Detox Your Body
Here are 7 simple things you can do to help detox your body from these very damaging chemicals.
1. Stop using toxic products
The first thing to do is to replace your chemical laden personal care and household cleaning products with non toxic ones.
2. Drink more clean water
Your body has a hard time functioning if you are dehydrated. Increase your intake of pure water (use a good water filter), juices, smoothies and vegetable soups to help rehydrate your body and dilute toxins. If you don’t like to drink plain water try some fruit flavored detox waters.
3. Eat foods that are natural, unprocessed, and organic
Organic produce is obviously better to avoid pesticide residues on conventionally grown produce. You will get more of the nutrients from unprocessed food that are needed by the detox system. If you have been eating a diet of mainly processed foods then you are likely to be deficient in the nutrients used for the detoxification process.
4. Increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, rutabaga (swede), turnips, kale, collards, Bok Choy and watercress contain substances that induce the detox enzymes.
5. Drink Green Smoothies
The chlorophyll in the greens is believed to help detox chemicals. Try adding cilantro (coriander) which can help to detox heavy metals and a handful of broccoli sprouts to help detox environmental pollutants.
6. Eat more health fats
You can detoxify your liver by eating healthy fats. Healthy fats include coconut oil, avocados, extra-virgin olive oil and sprouted flax, chia, hemp and pumpkin seeds.
Your liver eliminates toxins through bile which is concentrated in the gall bladder. Eating healthy fats causes the gall bladder to contract and empty the bile into your digestive system so helps with detox.
7. Get moving & sweat
Working up a sweat is even better as you can eliminate toxins through your skin. Another way to do this is through Epsom Salt baths. Better still, if you have access to one, is a far infrared sauna. Dr Myhill, a pioneering doctor in the UK, says “Getting hot may cause sweating but it is not necessary to sweat for saunaing to be effective. Heat alone is sufficient to “boil off” volatile compounds onto the lipid layer on the surface of the skin, which is then washed off.”
By decreasing the amount of toxins you put into your body while supporting your body’s detox and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly you can start to detox your body from harmful chemicals and improve your health but it does not happen overnight.
If you want to speed up the process then you can take some liquid zeolite which as well as removing heavy metals from the body can remove some other toxins. Dr. Gabriel Cousens of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona, says everyone should take liquid zeolite because of the toxicity to which we are all exposed.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to change to non toxic products or have you changed already? Do you need to detox your body from these toxic chemicals? Let me know in the comments.