According to the 2010 US President’s Cancer Panel Report, 80,000 chemicals have been registered for use in the US. Only 2% of these have been assessed for safety. The report singled out radon, formaldehyde and benzene as major environmental toxins that are causing cancer and other health challenges.
According to the organization, Environmental Working Group (EWG), the average newborn has nearly 300 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood. Can you just image how many toxins we are exposed to in our lifetime?
Carrying Toxins in Our Bodies Can Hinder Our Weight Loss
Numerous aspects contribute to toxicity:
- The standard North American diet - high in processed foods
- Heavy metals, lead and mercury, petrochemicals,residues, pesticides, fertilizers and plastics
- Medications - many have toxic side effects
- Internal toxins - an imbalance of the microbes in the gut resulting in yeast, fungus and bacteria overgrowth
- High stress levels
Strategies to Reduce Toxic Load
Upgrade Your Water - Increase your water intake as drinking plenty of clean water is one of the best ways to cleanse your body. Aim for 8 - 10 glasses of water per day. Invest in a water filter for your tap and showers.
Avoid Plastic - avoid plastic water bottles and plastic food packaging that contain BPA’s. Store your food in glass containers and use a glass or stainless steel water bottle. Bishenol A (BPA) and phthalates found in plastics are linked to cancer, endocrine problems, hormone imbalance and reproductive issues.
Do a Beauty Detox - Did you know the average woman applies at least 12 personal care products to her body a day? Here are just a few of them: toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, deodorant, foundation, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, blush, foundation, perfume, hairspray, nail polish, hand lotion, etc! Most of these products contain hundreds of endocrine disruptors that interfere with our hormones. To help you make good choices for personal care products refer to Skin Deep, which rates cosmetics on toxicity and offers tips for safer options. Remember your skin is the largest organ in your body and everything you put on it gets absorbed into your body.
Heal Your Gut - Gut imbalances are a key source of toxins for many. Most see dramatic improvements once they eliminate foods they are sensitive to which are causing inflammation.
Get Moving - Physical activity helps your blood and lymphatic circulation to cleanse the body. Find activities you enjoy doing so you will be more likely to stick with them!
Incorporating these steps will help safely eliminate toxins stored in your body. It is so important to learn how to help your body detoxify as it is essential for losing excess fat and creating vibrant health.