Thursday, February 24, 2011

Living A Detox Lifestyle


Detoxification is a continuous physiologic process that your body depends on for survival. There are complex cellular detoxification mechanisms that are constantly at work for you all day, every day. Natural and synthetic chemicals are processed by this complex system of cells, organs, and organ systems to keep you healthy in the face of a virtually constant barrage of toxic material. A great detoxification program is an excellent tool to improve your detoxification in the short term. The following suggestions will help you keep your body’s toxic burden low and your detox mechanisms working for the long haul.

• Shift your food purchases and consumption to organic when possible. It is most important to
use organic dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.). Free-range meats and eggs are
desirable to purchase as organic. Minimize the use of large fish (swordfish, tuna, etc.) as they are
higher in mercury.
• Purchase organic strawberries and apples, and refer to the Environmental Working Group or
Consumers Reports websites to stay current about which fruits and veggies are most important to
eat organic.
• Purchase the most natural cleaning and other household products you can find.
• Avoid spraying pesticides or herbicides in your home or property.
• For hair products (including shampoo and colors) look for products without alcohol, sodium
lauryl sulfate, paraben, phthalate or other petrochemicals. Check your local yellow pages and
magazines to see if there is an environmentally oriented hair salon in your area.
• Avoid using hair sprays.
• Avoid perfumes or other skin or hair care products that use synthetic fragrances.
• Use low-toxin make-up and skin creams (avoid products with: phthalates, parabens, propylene
glycol, alcohols and fragrances). In general, skin care products from health food stores without
the above ingredients are a safer bet.
• Consider using antioxidant creams on your skin: low solvent products with CoQ10, Vit. C
possibly DMAE and botanical squalene.
• Avoid aluminum-containing antiperspirants and antacids. Since virtually all antiperspirants
contain aluminum, it may be advisable to minimize or discontinue use.
• Water can have many toxins and thus regular consumption of unfiltered water can significantly
contribute to the toxic load of your body
• Water quality will vary from city to city but in general it is better to filter tap water with a
multi-stage carbon filter or reverse osmosis filter.
• Try to avoid bottles water in soft plastic containers as the plastics often leach into the water.
Minimize the use of plastic water bottles that have been in a hot car.
• Minimize the use of camel-back type plastic water containers.
• Mineral waters in glass bottles are generally safe unless there is a question of the quality of the
• Have approximately 6-8 glasses of water or healthy liquids each day. Use glass or ceramic when
• Filter shower water in order to limit your exposure to chlorinated hydrocarbons.
• Plastics can disrupt hormones in your body.
• Avoid plastic bottles and containers with the numbers 3, 6 and 7 on the bottom. These are most
likely to leach plastics into the food, juice or water that they contain.
• Buy juices and water in glass containers when possible.
• Avoid PVC’s.
• Do not microwave in plastic containers.
• Minimize washing plastic containers in the dishwasher under high heat.
• Minimize the use of cling wraps; try to use paper wraps.
• Avoid mercury amalgam fillings.
• Get second options on root canals.
• Avoid if possible having 2 different metals in adjacent teeth.
• Pick a dentist who is aware of healthy choices for the mouth-perhaps a more holistic or
biologically oriented dentist who does not place new mercury fillings.
• Use only green and low VOC products in a remodel or new home.
• Avoid furniture with particle board or buy used furniture that has had a chance to “off gas”.
• Let a new car off gas by keeping the windows open.
• Use an air filter such as a Hepa filter with a charcoal filter to clean the debris in the air.
• Minimize the amount of regular carpet in your home, or use natural carpets.
• Avoid using pesticides in your house.

Certain chemicals applied to your skin or in the air can be absorbed by your body and may cause harm
to your cells and organ systems. They can cause inflammation and increase the body’s production of
free radicals, thus increasing your likelihood of developing chronic health problems.

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