Do you know where environmental exposures come from? We may think we are doing things to keep ourselves free from exposures, but we don’t always know when we are at risk. Please check out this link for the full story.
2 Scoops of Core Support Powder
1 Cup Rice Milk or Unsweetened Fruit Juice
1/2 Cup Ice Cubes
1/2 Cup Strawberries
1/2 Cup Blueberries
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy and picture the toxins leaving your body! Mmmm..
Why are we told that fat soluble toxins are so hard to get out of the body once they get in, and what are fat soluble toxins anyway?
There is a major study started by the government in 1972 to look at chemicals that get trapped in fat tissue in the human body. Tissue samples were taken from cadavers and elective surgery and analyzed to see which if any chemicals they contained. The results were quite surprising: 5 of the chemicals that are classified as the most toxic were found in 100% of the thousands of samples looked at, and 9 of the chemicals tested for were found in 91-98% of all tissue samples tested! Some of these chemicals include: OCDD or octachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, styrene, 1,4- dichlorobenzene, xylene, and ethylphenol—toxic chemicals from industrial pollution that damage the liver, nervous systen, lungs, and heart. All of these chemicals are fat soluble, meaning that they bind strongly to fat tissue, and are not easily excreted from the body in the urine or the stool, which are both able to rid the body of water soluble toxins, not fat soluble toxins. So how do these toxins get “stuck” in the body, and what can you do to get them out?
Our bodies are designed to recycle and keep fats in the body. We have all heard of a liver cleanse and a gallbladder cleanse. These are important because the liver and gallbladder use bile acids to digest the fats that we eat in our diet. Of these bile acids, 98% are recycled and reabsorbed by the body. Because these bile acids bind to fats, this is where fat soluble toxins get trapped, and they are reabsorbed by the body with the bile acids and therefore not excreted. These toxins then get tucked away in the fat tissues, organs, and bones in the body as the body tries to get them out of circulation to protect itself from the damage they cause when they are freely floating in the system. Thus, your body can store these toxins for years unless you take steps to get them out!
Many people report that when they do a gallbladder cleanse (a popular one being only drinking apple juice for a day or two and then drinking a somewhat large quantity of olive oil) they pass little green “stones” that they believe were sitting in their gallbladder. These little green balls are not stones at all but are in fact little clumps of bile acids. They take the shape of stones because they are fat that is now sitting in water. It is much the same thing that you see when you pour a small amount of olive oil in water- the oil sticks together and forms droplets since it does not dissolve in the water. So what does this mean for you?
On one hand it is good that the body releases these bile acids, and with them some of the toxins that are currently circulating in the system. However, this type of cleanse does not do anything to release the toxins that have accumulated over the years and are stored in the fat tissues, body organs, and bones. To release these toxins, you must consider doing a total body detox, also known as total body cleansing. This is a much deeper cleanse that often includes soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins and minerals that are needed to make these fat soluble toxins water soluble and thus able to leave the body through the urine and stool, and a botanical (herbal) combination that research shows is able to protect the detox organs such as the liver, gallbladder, and the kidneys from the toxins that are now being pulled out of storage and circulating in the system once again. True body cleansing also includes eating a clean diet high in fiber, vegetables, plenty of water to flush everything out, and avoiding sugar, simple carbs, and processed packaged foods. You have one resilient body, but sometimes a good spring cleaning can be just the thing to increase energy, improve digestion, decrease pain, calm allergies, clear up skin conditions, and help you think clearly once again. Consider freeing yourself of toxins. There is no doubt they are in there, waiting to come out!
Looking for ways to increase your body’s ability to cleanse itself with the right nutrients and maybe shed a few pounds in the process?
Stuffed Peppers (approx. 170 calories per pepper)
4 green peppers (or any color pepper of your choice)
2 cups long grain cooking rice
1 can organic stewed tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Cut peppers in half, remove seeds, and place cleaned peppers in an oven-safe dish. Mix together rice, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, basil and salt and pepper. Stuff the pepper halves with the rice mixture such that each pepper contains an even amount of the rice mixture. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until peppers are tender. Enjoy!
Think of your body as a complex machine made up of multiple systems. There is the digestive system, the respiratory system, the nervous system, etc. When you eat a food, that food must go through multiple systems before it can be used by the body. It first goes into the mouth, then the stomach, then the small intestine, then the large intestine, then the colon. The nutrients are absorbed to be used in the body and any remaining waste that can not be used is excreted.
Now, what if only one of the above listed organs was working? What if the stomach could digest the meal but the intestine was not able to function properly? The food would sit in the stomach and begin to cause all sorts of issues for your body. It is much the same with a cleanse program. If you only cleanse the liver or the colon without taking into account how the rest of the organ systems in the body are functioning, you have essentially gathered up the garbage and left it there in the body to start re-circulating and depositing in other areas. The liver has now shared its “garbage” with the kidneys, the skin, the lungs, the brain, etc. You are essentially as toxic as before, everything has just been redistributed. Thus, the net effect is zero.
Now let’s consider the other alternative. You decide to do a total body cleanse which supports all of the organs of detoxification, including the liver, the kidneys, the skin, the gall bladder, the lungs, the digestive system, and the colon. Now the liver clears out the trash and the other organs help to move it out of the body and excrete it. It is now gone from the body and no longer circulating in the system and depositing in other areas. The net effect is that you have now gathered up the trash and it has been taken away, leaving the body detoxified and cleansed.
To see how toxic you are, take the test to find out your score!
It is no secret that we live in a toxic world. Our bodies are constantly exposed to chemicals in the form of prescription medications, factory pollutants, cleaning products, pesticides, processed foods- the list is endless. Through the days, months, and years, our bodies hang on to these toxins, for various reasons, creating what is called our “total toxic load”.
Think of this total toxic load as a glass filled with water. The glass represents your body, the water represents all of the toxins we come in contact with as we go about our day. Each time we are exposed to something, the water level in our glass gets higher. Eventually the water level will reach the top of the glass and the water will begin to spill. Our body has no more room to store the toxins we encounter and now they are overflowing such that everything we are exposed to creates a symptom like those listed above. It only makes sense that if we begin to lower the water level in the glass, the water will stop overflowing. This is the idea behind detox – lowering our total toxic load so that our symptoms improve and we begin to feel rejuvenated again.
So what does a beneficial detox consist of? There are 3 primary components:
Reduce the Exposure. Avoid as many toxins as possible by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of clean water, switching to natural cleaning supplies, and avoiding as many exposures as possible.
Support the Elimination Process. Your body needs the proper vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to support the three phases of detox. It also needs specific natural substances, usually taken from plants, that help support the liver, kidneys, and intestines, as these are the major organs of detoxification within the body and will be doing a great deal of work.
Replenish Vital Vitamins and Nutrients. Since the body uses certain vitamins and minerals to rid itself of harmful chemicals, it only makes sense to replenish what is used so that upon completion of the detox, you are strong and revitalized and not lacking proper nutrients necessary for your body to stay healthy. Also important to consider is a high quality probiotic to support continued detoxification, digestive health, and a healthy immune system.
There is a great deal of information available concerning all of the toxins we are constantly exposed to and the benefits of supporting our body’s natural ability to rid itself of these substances. Though you may not be able to prevent being exposed, you are able to influence your total body burden and thus any symptoms you may be experiencing as a result. By reducing the exposure, supporting the elimination process, and replenishing vital nutrients, you can feel rejuvenated and revitalized once again!