There are thousands of chemicals, toxins, and pollutants in existence, and most of them have not been tested for their effects on human health. There are chemicals in the air due to pollution, chemicals in our food, chemicals in our water, and chemicals in our homes. These toxins and pollutants might not be direct causes of our health conditions, but they can greatly contribute to them or make the pre-existing conditions worse. Luckily, there are many natural and effective ways to help the body decrease their chemical burden.
Nutrient Injection/Supplementation Recommendations:
- Injections and IVs are great ways to get detoxification nutrients into the body. Some of these nutrients include glutathione, selenium, B12, B-complex, taurine, vitamin C, and magnesium. Shots and IVs are quick and effective ways for the body to absorb all of the nutrients since it bypasses the digestive system and it goes straight into the bloodstream.
- There are many vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are taken orally, and can support the detoxification processes of the body. Some of these nutrients include n-acetyl-cysteine, glutathione, curcumin, alpha lipoic acid, dandelion root, artichoke, and milk thistle.
- Water can have many toxins, and water quality can vary depending on city of residence. Try to avoid bottled water in soft plastic containers since plastic can leach into the water. Try to filter the water with a multi-stage carbon filter or reverse osmosis filter. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but more if you are exercising or sweating, since water is a great way to rid the body of toxins.
- Fiber can help with increasing bowel movements, and therefore decrease the toxins in the body. Excellent source of fiber include freshly ground flax seeds, chia seeds, and psyllium husks.
- Foods such as beets, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage, artichoke, brussel sprouts, ginger, onions, garlic, green tea, and herbs like turmeric and dandelion root are excellent ways to support the liver’s detoxification processes.
- Eat as many fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants, such as organic blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, acai berries.
- Eat organic fruits and vegetables when possible. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to grow your own vegetables as well, such as having a Tower Garden right in your yard.
- There are many excellent teas that can increase the body’s ability to get rid of toxins including dandelion root, burdock, fennel, and peppermint. These teas support digestion as well as the liver, which is one of the main organs of detoxification.
- If you eat dairy and meat, try to eat organic dairy and meat. Free range, grass fed, and grass finished meats are ideal since they have fewer hormones, less antibiotics, and more healthy fats compared with their non-organic counterparts.
- If you eat fish, try to avoid the larger fish, such as tuna and swordfish. These fish contain higher levels of heavy metals. The best fish to eat is wild caught Alaskan salmon, because of the lower levels of heavy metals and the higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Epsom salt baths can help relax and detoxify the muscles. Pour 1 cup of Epsom salt into a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. If you don’t like baths, doing a foot soak for 15 minutes is a great alternative.
- Skin brushing will increase blood and lymphatic circulation, which can help with detoxification. Start brushing from the extremities (hands and feet) and brush inward toward the heart.
- Sweating is one of the best ways to detoxify the body, through exercising, using steam rooms, and saunas.
- Use natural cleaning products instead of using ones with chemicals.
- Personal products such as hair care and facial care products can have many chemicals. Try to find products without alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and other petrochemicals. Avoid using hair sprays and perfumes that uses synthetic fragrances. Natural grocery stores tend to have more natural products.
- Deodorants and antiperspirants can have many chemicals in them, including aluminum, which has been linked to many health conditions. There are many natural alternatives that work very well and are completely natural.
- Plastics can disrupt many hormones in the body, which can lead to more serious health conditions. Avoid using plastic with the numbers 3, 6, and 7 on the bottom. If possible, purchase bottles that are glass. Do not cook, microwave, or expose the plastic containers to heat. Try to avoid cling wraps and plastic bags, and replace them with paper or glass containers.
- Air filters are a great way to clean the air in the home. HEPA filters with a charcoal filter are best. The ideal place to put an air filter is in the bedroom, since we spend a large amount of time there.
- To prevent dragging in dirt and toxins from the outside, remove shoes when entering the house, or at least the bedroom.
- Keep dry cleaning in the car, in the garage, or outside for at least 12 hours to keep the chemicals from entering the house. There are many natural and green dry cleaners that are good alternatives.
- If you live in a house with an attached garage, keep the door closed as much as possible to keep the exhaust fumes out of the house.
- Sleep – without rest, your body will not be able to detoxify effectively so it is important to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.
- Stress relief – make some time each day to do something fun for yourself, whether it be listening to music, drinking some tea, taking a walk, reading a book, making a meal, meeting with friends and family, etc.
The above recommendations are just some basics. There are many more natural and integrative approaches including vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to find the best supplements and herbs to fit your individual health concerns.
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