Do you ever feel like your life is out of balance with too many things out of order?
We have found that the perfect time of year to get back in balance and order is in the spring and the fall. If we look at nature it reminds us at these times of the year to clear out the old and get ready for the new during the spring and to pack things away and get ready for the winter during the fall.
This is a perfect time to refocus on our health and I have been seeing lots of people who are coming in complaining of feeling fatigued, frazzled and a bit frumpy. Their energy is way down and they can’t seem to figure it out alone. There are several causes for low energy but one that is often overlooked in the conventional and alternative health care worlds is the effect of…toxicity.
Why We Need to Detoxify
Our bodies have amazing inborn mechanisms that work day in and day out to rid our cells of both internal and external toxins. Unfortunately, as you can see from this blog post, we are all completely overburdening that system to the point that it can’t keep up with the demand.
According to researchers, our environment contains over 80,000 man-made chemicals and over 1,000 newly synthesized compounds are introduced each year. That amounts to 3 new chemicals created each day! The EPA estimates a grand total of over 5 Billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into our environment by industry each year. Organophosphate pesticides alone have been reported to cause 220,000 deaths worldwide. Pesticide-related illness in America is estimated to occur up to 300,000 times per year, causing life-long neurological damage.
Regardless of where you live, your body is being exposed to thousands of dangerous chemicals and environmental pollutants. One prominent expert, Dr. Walter Crinnion famously stated, “Today’s physicians are faced with a dilemma unlike any previously encountered: the challenge of patients non-responsive to regular therapies because of internal burdens of multiple toxic environmental compounds. This environmental poison is no longer confined to poorly protected workers in toxic industries; but affects all who breathe, eat and drink, as these are now potentially toxic activities.”
Although some pollutants are commercially synthesized, many are naturally occurring and on the rise, especially in metropolitan areas. Add this to the additives in our foods and water supplies, the over-use of antibiotics and other prescription drugs, and our over indulgence of food, alcohol and tobacco abuse and our increasing stress loads, and you have a recipe for a health disaster.
Our exposure to toxins can be both internal and external. Our bodies absorb and then excrete the water-soluble chemicals to which we are exposed. The fat-soluble chemicals are absorbed, but not easily excreted. They can accumulate in our tissues and cells and disrupt the delicate chemical reactions that we require for optimal health.
We now know that this increasing burden of internal toxicity, lies at the root of many debilitating health conditions that plague our society such as: headaches, muscle/joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, fibromyalgia, GI tract disorders, heart disease, weight problems, allergies, autoimmune diseases, cancers, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. As profoundly all-encompassing as this list seems, it is by no means complete.
When one understands just how these dangerous internal toxins impact our basic cellular health, it becomes obvious that we need to learn how to efficiently remove them from our bodies.
Safe and Effective Detoxification
If the idea of detoxifying or cleansing makes you nervous, it shouldn’t. When done correctly the process is simple, powerfully nutritious and easy on your body. Learning which things to avoid and which things to add into your diet and lifestyle is the key.
While our daily lifestyle needs to be shifted so that we have less toxic exposure, we should also take time at least twice per year to really support our body’s efforts to cleanse and detoxify.
We have created a super powerful 21-day program called the IdealBody CleanseTM that is perfect for this time of year.
Don’t worry. We’re not talking about crazy starvation programs, where you only drink lemon water and maple syrup. That isn’t real detox. We’re talking about really nourishing your body with amazing food and then providing targeted support for the liver and gut to improve the body’s ability to remove toxins from your cells.
You won’t feel like you got hit by a truck like some other dangerous detox programs out there either. We designed this process to be supportive all of the way through.