Friday, January 11, 2013

Detoxing is Essential to Healthier Living

Any discussion about detoxing begins with the understanding that our planet and bodies are loaded with toxins. Research has shown that, even in utero, humans test positive for a host of substances that don’t belong in the body. Since World War II, industrial nations have introduced more than 70,000 chemicals into the environment. Here’s a list of the usual ways in which most people currently expose themselves to toxins:
  • Consuming highly processed foods and beverages
  • Eating cooked foods, especially items microwaved in plastic containers
  • Living/working in urban areas that are full of air pollution
  • Drinking fluoridated and/or chlorinated water
  • Using non-organic household cleaning agents 
  • Using non-organic hair and skin care products
  • Having mercury amalgam tooth fillings 
A person who is laden with toxins lacks energy, feels sluggish, is prone to illness, has poor digestion and elimination and may even be depressed. Any healthy living plan should begin with detoxing to both decrease exposure to toxins and remove the toxins that are already there. Consider these recommendations to begin with:
  • Strive to eat organic foods with minimal processing and consume lots of raw produce
  • Eat fruits high in antioxidants, such as pomegranates and blueberries
  • Because of the widespread use of hormones in animals raised for food, avoid animal products when possible
  • Take high quality, whole food supplements to make up for nutrient deficiencies in today’s food
  • Drink plenty of pure water. The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces, which is the amount lost through urination, respiration, and perspiration. Ionized water is preferred over tap, bottled, well and filtered waters because it’s brimming with antioxidants and is highly alkaline. Drinking ionized water also supports the kidneys and bowels. 
  • Use an air purifier
  • Expel old air from your lungs with deep breathing exercises
  • Oxygenate your cells by exercising; a mini trampoline is a fun way to do this
  • Use a loofa to remove dead tissue from your skin, which is an organ of elimination; saunas, ionic foot baths and detoxifying foot pads are also helpful
  • Have regular bowel movements, since many toxins reside in any matter that’s retained in the bowel
Nancy Zare, Ph.D., is an international health and wellness consultant and an independent representative of Kangen Water Ionizers.This article appears in the January 2013 issue of MIDS

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