Balancing Toxins Using Natural Detoxification Methods
Presented by Bahay Kalipay Detox & Yoga Retreat
More and more now, we hear about the impact to our planet caused by human pollution. As if on a perpendicular track to this global pollution, we hear more and more about the pollution that occurs within the human body. Without a doubt, the health of the planet determines the health of our bodies, and you can say that the health of our bodies, in some ways, will determine the health of the planet. A healthy mind, body and spirit, will naturally lean toward a healthier and cleaner environment. The state of our environment and our body, in other words, go hand in hand. We believe that a holistic approach to environmentalism, as well as body/mind/spirit detoxification is necessary for all human beings to experience.
Each year the U.S.A alone releases four billion pounds of toxins into our environment, further contaminating the global air supply, potable water sources, soil, plants, animals, and the bodies of countless human beings (Sellman, 2009). Our resources are diminishing and changing by the minute. As the world changes, our environment does too. Everything that used ours is now altered. Statistics show that the earth is producing more deprived resources than ever (Gonzales, 2009). Today, 80,000 toxins are in the airs that were not present in 1950 (Ketteler, 2011). The food we eat now is about ten times less nutritional than it was in the past (Trudeau, p. 147). The pollution of planet earth has a severe impact on our health (Sellman, 2009). We are exposed to toxins every day; we consume several hundreds of toxins in each breath (Trudeau, p. 56).
A toxin is defined as a poisonous substance that grows inside a cell and within an organism (Fitzpatrick, 2003). The presence of stored toxins causes immunity system deficiency that supports the growth of pathogens such bacteria, virus, fungi, and parasites (Sellman, 2009). A toxin is a non-synthetic substances such as a small molecule, peptide, or protein, all of which are capable of causing disease on contact with or absorption by body tissues. Toxins vary greatly in their severity, ranging from usually minor and acute (as in a bee sting) to almost immediately deadly (as in botulinum toxin) (Wikipedia).
Needless to say, our lives are surrounded by many such toxins. We all need to improve our body’s ability to metabolize these toxins, however, with the abundance of chemicals in the human body our organs may not be able to properly function (Trudeau, p. 278). In order to achieve a healthier lifestyle we must cleanse our bodies and partake in detoxification methods. Balancing a toxin-enriched lifestyle means that we have to cleanse out toxins that are introduced into our bodies.
Toxin buildup can occur in strange ways. Yeast buildup will produce little toxins called candida which clogs pores; making the outside organ (skin) to be very dry and irritable (Moore, 1998). The condition is known as candidiasis which is a fungal infection due to fungi or yeast. Candidiasis is the most common fungal infection in human because majority of Americans consume high amounts of yeast in their diets (Moore, 1998). In general, we can assume that sugars and junk food are a leading cause of diseases such as candidiasis. The use of antibiotics is also a great way to inhibit candidiasis in the human body, making matters worse (Moore, 1998).
The majority of people are ingesting and unconsciously dealing with a high amount of toxins. We are all toxic, in some sense. The rate of toxicity in our bodies can be somewhat unbelievable – every second we may have thousands a substances harming our body and its tissues and organs. The silent killers of the 21st century are toxic metals and chemicals; they over accumulate in our bodies (Embrett, 2008). External sources such as alcohol, cigarette smoke, pesticides, pollution, and poor diet all contribute to our toxicity (Ketteler, 2004). A nonprofit organization out of Tempe, Arizona tested a group of nine healthy individuals for 167 toxic compounds that are found in the human body. The average person carried 91 out those 162 toxic materials (Anonymous, 2012). Our environment is to blame.
Although air pollution is at it’s global peak, the air inside our homes is often worse than the air outside. The U.S. environmental protection agency (EPA) ranks indoor air quality as the nation top five environmental risks to public health (Gonzales, 2009). Americans spend 90% of their time indoors (Gonzales, 2009). Homes, cars, workplaces, and schools are all examples of poor indoor air quality. So, how many people use mechanical heating and cooling? Lots, heating and cooling mechanism release gases and particles into the air which are the primary cause of poor air quality (Gonzales, 2009). During winters the high temperatures and high humidly levels increase most pollutants. Indoor air is deprived as it is but many factors make it worse; candles, cleaning supplies, indoor smoking, and air fresheners. A study shown that 12 out of 14 air fresheners contain phthalates (Gonzales, 2009). Phthalates are dangerous toxins that are linked to improper hormone disruption, birth defects, and reproductive incapability’s (Gonzales, 2009).
The most dangerous indoor toxin is radon (Copes, 2007). Radon is a radioactive gas that contains uranium. Uranium is used to make nuclear bombs. Radon can surprisingly be found right under our feet, generally in the basement and ground floors of homes (Copes, 2007). Calling a specialist for radon checks is mandatory because the radioactive gas is colorless and odorless but can be highly dangerous (Copes, 2007). Radon has terrifying effects on all walks of life, especially human beings. The number two link to lung cancer is the exposure to radon, while smoking is number one.
A couple of simple techniques to reduce the risk of toxins associated with indoor air: open up windows for external air flow, improve homes ventilation systems (which exchange filtered outdoor air from poor indoor air), apply lively plants indoors, use all natural cleaners and fragrances, and never smoke indoors (Gonzales, 2009). Living healthier means applying changes to the air we breathe. If choose not to we will be smothered with toxins that are supporting illness and disease.
Check out the website www.foodnews.com for food assistance. The food we eat now can be considered much less nutritional than what it was in the 1950’s (Trudeau, 2009). Today, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), hormones, pesticides, and herbicides are added to our foods (Trudeau, p. 155). The way in which many of our food products are created is unnaturally wrong. The average American is said to consume seven pounds of pesticides, preservatives, and other toxins annually (Flare, 1996). Toxin levels are so high because we do not eat the way we should and due to that our bodies will not function properly (LePatourel, 2002). The food companies are chemically altering our food which is transforming humans away from our original bodies (Trudeau, p. 163).
America is considered to be the fattest country in the world. 20 percent of the American population is obese and 75 percent is overweight (Trudeau, p. 223). Do Americans eat too much or is food not metabolizing? Many experts agree that both factors play into this dilemma. The additives and preservatives that are used to ‘enhance’ our food can increase our food’s lifespan (as well as our appetite, causing a larger intake of these types of foods). Additives and preservatives may be accumulated as toxins and can potentially strain or harm our digestive system. Global use of artificial ingredients for flavor and texture enhancement has become a global taste buds to enjoy; we become addicted. They fill our food with chemicals. The toxic chemicals make us buy more and become fat. In the process we keep consuming and the food companies make more money. So honestly, food companies are not looking out for our health. All they want is a higher stock so they can make the bigger dollar.
Junk food is the worst, the state of California banned all junk food form their schools. The unnatural substances found in junk food will reduce longevity (Flare, 1996). To help eliminate these toxins from our food we must become conscious consumers. A simple way to improve a healthier lifestyle is to purchase organic foods (you consume up to 80 percent fewer pesticides), read labels, buy meat that does not use growth hormones, and most importantly drink water (Gonzales, 2009). A healthy life should start young. Nourishing our children is a foundational way to improve their life down the road. Our children are most affected by the toxic environment because they are so small in stature and have developing organs and body systems (Gonzales, 2009). The small stature of a child increases their toxic intake because they stand closer to the ground. Children are more susceptible to toxins into grass, dirt, carpet, and floors. The grass is contained with pesticides. The toxins around carpet, wood, and soil can be very poisonous as well (Gonzales, 2009). The development of certain organs can be suppressed due to the exposure of toxins and the circulating toxins in the organs and bloodstream (Sellman, 2009). Believe it or not the schools are very toxic and we send our children there every day. First of all, children are usually filled with germs through the constant touching of things. The only way to eliminate these germs is by using cleaning supplies and disinfectants but most cleaners contain bleach and ammonia because they are the most powerful, however, they irritate kids’ lungs (Gonzales, 2009). Lung disease is a primary concern in the world. Lung cancer is the deadliest from of cancer. When our children leave schools their lungs are being congested with toxins and they are put at more risk. All school systems have not assessed no-idle zones yet. No idles zones by law state that transportation buses and cars must turn off their engines while waiting for children (Gonzales, 2009). Many parents and bus drivers will sit 30 minutes before the bell with their engines on, letting out many harmful gases and diesel fuel for our children to breathe (Gonzales, 2009). The toxicity in our environment is horrifying but there can be a solution. We need to sit down and apply changes towards improving our community. The Lego Company has done it. The system of making of plastic toys has accounted for many cancer related deaths. The Lego company was unaware that their plastics contained plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is considered as one of the most toxic chemicals (Gonzales, 2009). PVC is so dangerous; it releases cancer causing chemicals like phthalates, lead, and cadmium. Lego and Brio Knew are the only two companies that changed their protocol (Gonzales, 2009).
We should not be a product of our environment. It is utterly important that we make conscious decisions and start to detoxify our bodies. Detoxing is a well worth practice considering today’s toxin-rich domain (Anonymous, 2012). Detox methods are not new they have been around. A holistic coordination known as Ayurveda medicine practiced internal cleansing more than 5,000 years ago in India. 5,000 years ago the human body did not have more than 10,000 chemicals and poisons floating around in our bodies and clogging our colon and other body system (Flare, 2008). Today, detoxing is most important. We can support the body through detoxification processes in many ways, through herbal and nutritional supplements, saunas, sweat lodges, hot baths, and through dietary means. “A detox diet helps lighten the body’s toxic load so it can do a better job” (Halushak, 2006). The ultimate goal is to detox diets are to stimulate the organs and remove toxins from the human body (Anonymous, 2012). Detoxing diets will inhibit the process of moving toxins out of the body through urination and bowel movement by opening up various elimination channels such as the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin (Flare, 1996). We need to remove lots of toxins and when it comes to detoxification; the liver is the workhouse (Anonymous, 2012). The liver is one of vital organs and plays a significant role in its ability to breakdown toxins. The implication towards the liver is very important because the liver holds much of the toxic load as well as blood volume (Anonymous, 2012). The liver also panels much movement such as blood and bile. If the liver is not functioning properly it becomes clogged, putting a strain on our other organs (Trudeau, pg. 178). When toxins enter the body’s circulation system they create numerous health problems, from general fatigue to headaches to cancer and diabetes (Flare, 1996). There is no a cure for arthritis, caner, and diabetes; they are immovable. 95 percent of cancer is caused by poor diet and environmental toxicity (Sellman, 2008). Preventing diseases can be resolved by simply detoxing our environment and bodies.
Continue to part 2 of this essay: Detox Naturally: Colon Cleanse, Liver Flush & Juice Fast