Each new year usually starts with people searching for a fresh start, whether it’s a new diet or exercise regimen, a new way of thinking or striving to achieve New Year’s resolutions! Some people work on decluttering their house or reorganizing their office and home. At the beginning of the year, I think it’s a good time to engage in a detoxification program to cleanse your body.
Our organs are supposed to cleanse themselves automatically. Our liver neutralizes environmental pollutants, the kidney filters waste from the blood, the skin sweats out toxins, and our digestive system transports waste out of our bodies through bowel movements. Our systems are flooded with toxins throughout the year so doing a detox 1-2 times a year can help regulate our organs for optimal functioning.
So what is a toxin? Toxins are defined as substances that can harm your body.
Some examples of toxins include:
• Industrial chemicals and pollutants such as halogenated hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). These can be found in plastics, inks, adhesives, paints and contaminated fish.
• Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides.
• Endocrine disruptors- phthalates found in plastic, PCB’s, bisphenol A, steroids in meat and DDT.
• Food additives, preservatives and drugs-our greatest toxin exposure is through oral intake of food, drugs, and water.
• Toxic metals – lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic are some examples.
We are in constant contact with harmful organisms and pollutants. They are found in our water, food, and the air we breathe. Most toxins are fat soluble and can sequester in tissues and remain there for years. Here are some suggestions for avoiding exposure.
There is research to suggest an association between toxins and exposure in the development of chronic conditions. Some of these conditions and symptoms include:
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Joint pain
• Memory loss
• Panic attacks
• Parkinson’s disease
• Ringing in the ears
Our body has a complex integrated system designed to convert fat soluble toxins to water soluble molecules so they can be excreted. This system is dependent on key enzymes and nutrients for the process to be successful. There are three phases of detoxification that are influenced by over 20 different nutrients. Following a strict diet for detoxification isn’t enough. You must support your three phases of detoxification with the right vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for optimal results. Fiber is also important to help support the good bacteria in your gut and promote regular bowel movements that get rid of toxins. After detoxifying, patients report that losing weight is easier, they have more energy, clearer thinking, and an overall feeling of well-being!
The Metagenics Clear Change program includes targeted ingredients that are designed to enhance the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process while providing fuel for both cleansing and other daily activities. They offer a 10 day or 28 day program depending on your needs and it includes a low allergy potential menu plan, targeted nutritional support, moderate exercise recommendations and tips for stress management. Click HERE to order and learn more!
Consider adding foods to your diet on a daily basis which serves as natural detoxifier’s.
Examples of detoxifying foods include:
• Brussel sprouts
• Citrus fruit
• Flax seed
Check with your doctor before starting a detoxification program. Now is the time to start the New Year out right with developing healthy habits so you can enjoy a healthy year!