Detox From Environmental Chemicals

Our modern world is full of potentially dangerous toxins that are concealed in everyday items from hair care products to household cleaners. Even the food that we eat, particularly if it is highly processed or genetically altered, has the potential to harm our bodies. For this reason, it is vital to actively flush and detoxify our bodies on a regular basis. Here are some ways to support your body's efforts to remove environmental chemicals and toxins.

Why Detoxing is Important

Many people, especially Americans, now eat a diet consisting of largely processed foods high in sugar and unhealthy fats. These substances not only encourage our obesity epidemic, they can also wreak havoc on our bodies, even throwing off our delicate hormonal balances. A detox will help your body repair itself by removing toxins, giving it a chance to rest and rebalance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a recent study found that 212 chemicals are found in an average person's blood or urine. Of these harmful substances, 75 had never before been measured in the U.S. population. Some of the most prevalent chemicals found included:

    Environmental phenols: found in polycarbonate plastics and food packaging
    Perfluorinated chemicals: used in creating non-stick cookware
    Triclosan: often used in antibacterial soaps and toothpaste

How to Detoxify Your System

There are numerous detoxification products available on the market, but some involve using harsh laxatives. These products can be dangerous because they have the potential to cause dehydration or mineral imbalances. Here are some tips for an effective yet safe detox:

    Drink plenty of filtered water to help your cells eliminate waste products.
    Exercise regularly to help your body flush toxins through sweat.
    Switch to natural cleaning products for your home.
    Avoid alcohol, smoked meats, trans fats and salt during your detoxification period. Instead, eat a diet of organic and raw foods.
    Eat plenty of fiber to help move waste through your system. Good fiber choices are fruits and vegetables or whole grains.