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Toxins are everywhere these days. “We are exposed to 6 million pounds of mercury and the 2.5 billion pounds other toxic chemicals each year,” (1). You find them in the air we breathe, your household cleaners, your makeup, your food, and even in your thoughts. "Some symptoms related to toxicity are allergies, headaches, low energy, depression, bowel irregularities such as constipation and diarrhea, digestive problems and skin issues," (2). Over time, these toxins can prevent the liver, kidneys and intestines from functioning properly and toxins accumulate. When toxins in our tissues and cells build up faster than they can be eliminated, they continue circulating in our bodies and cause irritation and damage. 

Dr. Hyman says the two most important factors in our health and wellness today are the role of nutrition and the role of toxins and importance of detoxification.

Nutrition can heal your body while also limiting toxins. When you know what to look for, what to avoid and how to nourish your body, you can thrive. To deal with toxins, the key is to figure out how to enhance your body’s capacity to detoxify and get rid of waste while minimizing your exposure to toxins, which is vital because many diseases are related to toxicity.

Our bodies have a natural ability to detox. However, that system can be overloaded, causing illness and disease. If you suffer from any of the symptoms noted above, you should be evaluated by a professional to determine your toxic load.

In the meantime, some steps to take to enhance detoxification include the following:

  1. Drink Clean — Drink plenty of clean water, at least eight to ten glasses of filtered or alkaline water a day.
  2. Eat Clean — You should also eat organic produce and animal products to eliminate the toxins, hormones, and antibiotics in your food. Also, be sure to eat fresh, whole foods.
  3. Minimize Drugs — Avoid stimulants, sedatives, and drugs, such as caffeine and nicotine, and try to reduce alcohol intake.
  4. Get Moving — Exercise five days a week with focus on conditioning your cardiovascular system, strengthening exercises, and stretching exercises. Sweating vigorously at least 3 times a week also improves detoxification.
  5. Avoid gluten, soy, dairy, sugar and processed foods — This includes deli meat and breads.
  6. Supplement — Take a high-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement. Probiotics may also be beneficial.
  7. Relax — Relax deeply every day to get your nervous system in a state of calm. Meditation is a great aid to the mental and spiritual detoxification that we often neglect.

I am dedicated to guiding you to a vital body and life. Call today to schedule a consultation and build your health back. 310.396.3635 

Calliope Tsoukalas Nutrition Counselor/Health & Fitness Writer

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