Detox: 5 Simple Ways to Reduce Exposure to Toxins

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It’s important for people to realize there are things you can do to lower your exposure to toxic chemicals. (Image: lifestylehack via Pixabay)

Detox has been a hot topic, and it’s not just for the super-health-conscious folks or the crunchy people who eat only quinoa and kale anymore. Toxins affect all of us, and just by changing a few things to clean up your life, you can see a dramatic difference in your health, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

The question is no longer IF we are toxic. The real question is HOW toxic we are.

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Everybody in this world has a detectable level of toxins in their bodies. Studies have shown that every organism on the planet has a detectable level of Teflon in its body. Our babies are born with toxic substances in their bodies, even before being exposed to the toxins.

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Studies have shown that every organism on the planet has a detectable level of Teflon in its body. (Image: Markus Spiske via Unsplash)

A benchmark investigation of industrial chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides in umbilical cord blood by the Environmental Working Group (an American watchdog group) back in 2005 showed that 287 chemicals were detected in the umbilical cord blood of newborns. They included pesticides, consumer product ingredients, waste materials from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.

Reducing your toxic exposure can lead to a lot of health benefits

The following are some of these benefits:

  • Weight loss
  • More energy
  • Improved mental acuity
  • Better digestion
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced cravings
  • Improved immune function
  • Clear skin
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Dry brushing encourages the elimination of toxins through the skin, your largest organ for elimination. (Image: weinstock via Pixabay)

Here are 5 tips to detox and reduce your toxic load:

  1. Use specific herbs that support your detox organs — These include your liver, kidneys, and colon. E.g., take milk thistle and dandelion.
  2. Encourage elimination through your skin — This is your largest organ for elimination. E.g., through sweating and dry brushing.
  3. Buy and eat organic food as much as possible — learn about the “Dirty Dozen” list, and try to shop organic for this produce.
  4. Reduce processed and packaged foods, which are often loaded with chemicals.
  5. Replace household and personal products that contain a lot of chemicals with those made with natural ingredients.

Sheridan Genrich CGP is a naturopath and nutritionist who received her health science degree from Charles Sturt University, and also received the Dean’s Award for academic excellence. Sheridan mainly works with over-stretched professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives who struggle to be in their best health.

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