Like most people, I thought of detoxification as some sort of dietary restriction, usually involving self-deprivation, hunger and discomfort for a period of several days to several weeks. There are many different opinions as to whether extreme detox measures benefit or do more harm by shocking our system. While some of these detox cleanses can be beneficial – there are very sound and healthy reasons to detox on a daily basis to support our bodies.
Toxic substances are everywhere in our world – from chemical pollutants in our water, air and food to household products and materials, heavy metals and cosmetics, just to name a few. Click here for a more comprehensive list of common toxins from the Environmental Working Group: ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors. This site also has excellent, researched information about our food supply.
Our bodies do an excellent job of taking care of the many toxins and waste we build up inside of us. We get rid of toxins and waste every time we urinate, sweat, expel a breath, blow our nose, release tears, have bowel movements – even when we are sleeping! These toxins are targeted by the various systems in our body and are disposed of. We are exposed to these toxins on a daily basis and our bodies’ “waste disposal” can easily fall behind when these accumulate, leaving us feeling “not ourselves.”
Some of the symptoms you may experience when your body isn’t keeping up are: stress and fatigue, depression, insomnia, excess weight and water retention, weakened immune system, inflammation, digestion and elimination issues, less than vibrant skin, accelerated aging, lack of mental clarity, food cravings and much more.
“I began to identify one common link to many of the health concerns I witnessed in my patients: an inability to cope with their toxicity load. It was then that I realized that detoxification is an absolute necessity.” –Frank Lipman, MD
What Can I Do About These Toxins?
While all of this sounds less than ideal, and maybe a bit overwhelming, there are many things you can do to take care of yourself and support your body and the detoxification it does naturally. Here are some simple choices you can make:
- Get plenty of rejuvenating sleep. Your body processes toxins and restores energy to your organs while your sleep – crucial for efficient cleansing. One way to enhance this process at night is to take a natural supplement. Our Boulder Vitality Cleanse is a daily detox supplement, taken at bedtime, that works to rejuvenate your health by cleansing the liver, colon and blood – while you sleep!
- Drink plenty of filtered water – 8 to 10 glasses a day. This assists your body in being more efficient at flushing out undesirable toxins, waste and fats.
- Exercise vigorously enough to work up a sweat. Our largest organ, the skin, needs to sweat to remove toxins (and that’s also where drinking enough water comes in). When our body is in motion, it can stretch, breathe, circulate and sweat.
- Consume organic food whenever possible. Not only has research shown that organic food is higher in nutrition, it is free of neurotoxins (toxins that damage brain and nerve cells) and other unhealthy pesticides.
- Add more vegetables and fruits to your diet. Not only is this good for your health, but many fruits and veggies are rich in powerful antioxidants – lowering the risk for cell damage and certain diseases.
- Exclude processed foods, sugar artificial sweeteners and trans fats. Click here puristat.com/standardamericandiet/processedfoods for an in-depth look at what each of these “foods” contain and how they affect your body.
- Decrease your toxic load by not smoking and ingesting other toxins. Use this link ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors to see the numerous places toxins can originate from and what you can do to lighten your load.
“The food you eat today builds the body you live in tomorrow!” –Eloise Nelson, Nutritionist