Take a look at just some of the ailments that over exposure to, or accumulation of, toxins creates:
- Arthritis - Silica dust is strongly connected with autoimmune problems like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, while solvents and pesticide exposure is linked to their own arthritic conditions.
- Inflammation - More and more, experts are recognizing inflammatory illness, like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and lupus, as connected to toxin exposure.
- Depression and anxiety - In a survey of nearly 2,000 participants, exposures to lead even within the levels deemed “safe” were associated with higher instances of depression and mental health concerns.
- Cognitive Function - In the Annals of Agri-Bio Research in 2012, the effects of a long term buildup of pesticide exposure were listed as follows: “…impaired memory and concentration, disorientation, severe depression, irritability, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, nightmares, sleepwalking, and drowsiness or insomnia.”
- Alzheimer’s disease - According to a 2016 review in Aging, chemicals are the main concern with Alzheimer’s disease, with a very recent study depicting the threat of “inhalation Alzheimer’s” being the result of biotoxins like mycotoxins.
- Diabetes - Because hormone levels can be affected by certain toxins, in 2002 European researchers reported that arsenic could contribute to the onset of type II diabetes.
- Obesity - In The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2004, chemical toxins are a hypothesis to explain the global obesity epidemic.
- Cancer - Of course the predominant plague of today's time is that of cancers, which many experts believe are preventable through lifestyle changes. Tobacco use, diet, stress, and pollutants are all named as contributors to cases of cancer.
Now, if you knew it meant eliminating toxins and changing your lifestyle, would it change your answer? The reality is that we all have that choice – whether to change the way we live to minimize our risk of cancer and other diseases. Unfortunately, it takes a shift in habits to make an impact on our toxin exposure and a concerted effort to create a lifestyle of detoxification support. You have to be willing to do the work if you want to see the results.
Below is a list of my top 4 strategies for anyone seeking to reduce toxin exposure and accumulation, and who are seeking to improve their overall wellness and longevity:
- Minimize Your Exposure - Prevention will always be your first line of both offense and defense. Environmental toxins are found in household cleaners, beauty products, building materials, furniture and carpet, plastics, and poorly-sourced foods (just to name a few).
- Sweat - Exercise and sauna use is easily implemented and has been found to improve the symptoms that accumulate after constant toxin exposure. Exercise also keeps your lymphatic, circulatory and respiratory systems functioning, which will help your body move toxins out as well.
- Drink Plenty of Clean Water - We are mostly made of water. Staying fully hydrated keeps each body system functioning at their peak, right down to a cellular level. Of course, if your water source could be contaminated with chemicals or metals (don’t forget old metal pipes or untested well water), another source of water is preferable.
- Seek Professional Help - Let your Wellness Consultant (like myself) or Health Coach know that you are focusing on healthy aging and supporting your body’s detoxification pathways. We will be able to support you in your efforts.
My final thoughts for you are this: A Cleanse is not the same as a Detox. Cleanses like the Master Cleanse, gallbladder flush, liver cleanse, etc. are good and may be helpful, however they are not the same, nor do they have the long term lasting health effects as a true cellular Detox. If you truley want to get well and prevent chronic diseases and illnesses, then you must clean your cells to get well. At Stanly Wellness Center in Locust, we provide True Cellular Detox to help patients achieve their health goals.