It is not a secret that we live in a toxic world. There are toxins in the food we eat the water we drink the air we breathe. One of the secrets to anti-aging and good health is the knowledge of how to detoxify our bodies and protect it from our toxic environment. Why? The more toxins you are exposed to, the more your immune system is compromised. You feel bad and age fast.
Cleansing and detoxification have been around for centuries. A full body cellular cleanse is essential but the main organs involved in cleansing the body are the bowels, kidneys, lungs, liver and blood.
Toxins and Impurities
A toxin or impurity is anything that can harm the cells or the function of the cells in your body. They can cause disease or irreversible damage. The body is a natural healer and cleanser, but once our system becomes overloaded our bodies cannot keep up and toxins begin to accumulate. Our bodies wreak havoc on our normal processes causing allergies, sensitivity and addictions.
Toxins can be anything from pesticides, herbicides, food additives, drugs, medications and even secondary smoke. About 30,000 synthetic substances are produced on a commercial scale and hardly any are ever tested for toxicity.
The molecular structures of toxins are very carcinogenic and can affect new cell growth and our immune systems. The World Health Organization has said that in over 60 to 80 percent of cancer cases, long term exposure to environmental toxic chemicals are the cause.
Types of Toxins & Impurities
There are several different types of toxins. Heavy metal toxins can be lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel and aluminum. These metals like to accumulate in the brain, kidneys and impair the immune system. The most common heavy metal poisoning is from lead, mercury and aluminum, released into our atmosphere and deposited on our crops and soil and into our water supply.
Heavy metal toxicity has been linked to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and severe neurological disorders.
Other sources can be lead in pesticides, aluminum in cooking utensils, cookware, deodorants, soda cans and even antacids. Mercury in contaminated fish and dental fillings are also toxic.
It is no secret that severe toxicity can lead to death, so be vigilant because the early signs of heavy metal poisoning can easily be attributed to other diseases. Such symptoms can be headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, indigestion, tremors, impaired memory and distorted thinking.
The liver is the major detoxification center of the body. It is the body’s filter and removes foreign substances and wastes from the blood. It reduces toxins into compounds that the body can safely remove through the kidneys, skin, bowels and lungs. Some of the toxins that are filtered by the liver include alcohol, herbicides, and pesticides. The symptoms of liver toxicity can include psychological and neurological illnesses such as depression, headache, mental confusion, mental illness, abnormal nerve reflexes and tingling in the hands.
Optimal liver function and health is the key for good health.
Toxins can also be produced by unwanted bacteria and yeast in the stomach. Once absorbed these toxins can cause a complete breakdown of bodily functions. These toxins have been linked to many diseases including, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, liver disease, pancreatitis, allergies, asthma and immune disorders.
In addition, antibodies formed against microbial molecules can react with the body’s own cellular structures. This can cause many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and psoriasis just to name a few.
Is it necessary to Detox or Cleanse?
It would be wonderful if there was a place on our planet free from toxins and pollutants. But the sad fact is there is not. Our air is polluted our water is full of chemicals mainly chorine, our clothes are made up of artificial fabrics full of chemicals, our lotions and shampoos contain chemicals. We can never fully eliminate these chemicals unless we undergo a detoxification process. It is one of the best ways to remain healthy in a polluted and toxic environment.
Our bodies are miracles they are a natural cleansing and self healing machine. But in todays over toxic and nutritional deficient world, our bodies need all the help it can get. Cleansing and flooding the body with nutrients is the key to maintain our health.
A good detoxification program can make all the difference in keeping the body functioning. It may even keep many diseases at bay. Cleansing along with a healthy diet is an essential to anti-aging and allowing the body to be the miracle it was meant to be.
Symptoms of toxic overload
- Headaches or back pain
- Joint pain or arthritis
- Memory loss
- Depression or lack of energy
- Brittle nails and hair
- Coated tongue or bad breath
- Unexplained weight gain
- Crave sweets or alcohol
- Hormone imbalance
Benefits of Cleansing and Detoxification
- Clean digestive tract, clear of accumulated waste and fermenting bacteria
- Liver, kidney and blood purification
- Mental clarity is enhanced
- Reduced dependency on sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and drugs
- Hormonal system is balanced
- Immune system is stimulated
As you can see most everyone needs to detox and cleanse their bodies. Especially those who have poor eating habits, excessive stress, and are exposed to an excess of environmental toxins such as flight crews.
Help your body be the miracle it was meant to be.
*Joanne Calvacca is a Certified Nutritional Wellness Consultant and “NJ Isagenix Associate” located in Montvill/Towaco and Morris County