Every single day we are exposed to environmental toxins that have a negative influence on our health.
There are toxic chemicals in our food, in the water we drink and bathe in, in the air we breathe, the materials we wear, the hygiene and beauty products we use, and much more. It can be a bit overwhelming to really acknowledge all of the sources of toxins that we are now exposed to.
As human beings living in the 21st century, we are exposed to a much greater diversity and concentration of toxic chemicals than our ancestors were, and these toxins can pose a great threat to our health.
Now more than ever it is important that we take into consideration the toxins that affect our health, and make intentional efforts to continually remove these toxins from our bodies, as well as strengthen our bodies so that we can be naturally more protected and armed from these toxins.
Detoxification is an important part of caring for our health, especially in 2021. However, detoxification is something that must be done properly and with care, or else we run the risk of harming our health instead of improving it.
What Is Detoxification?
Simply put, Detoxification, or detox, refers to the process of removing toxins from the body. When toxins accumulate in the body, it creates what is known as a toxic load, which simply defined is: “the accumulation of toxins and chemicals in our bodies that we ingest from a variety of sources.” Each person has a different toxic load based on the amount of toxins accumulated in their body. The goal of detoxification is to eliminate toxins from the body and to reduce our toxic load, improving our health in the process.
How to Lower Toxic Load
When considering how to lower the body’s toxic load, it is always important to start with focusing on lowering toxin intake through lifestyle techniques.
Here is a quick list of ways to lower the body’s toxic load using lifestyle practices:
- Pay close attention to the water you drink, invest in a reverse osmosis water filtration system
- Stay hydrated with quality H20
- Invest in HEPA air filters for your home
- Buy organic produce to lower pesticide exposure
- Rinse produce properly
- Exercise and sweat to cleanse the lymphatic system
If you are really considering taking your detoxification to the next level, consider using detoxification supplements from a reputable company. One company we have found to have very high-quality nutritional supplements and detox supplements is Zuma Nutrition.
Take a look at Zuma Nutrition’s targeted line of Detox Supplements (https://www.zumanutrition.com/collections/detox) that focus on cleansing and purifying the body using only natural ingredients. Their formulas are herbal or mineral based and use clinically studied nutrients that have been well researched for their safety and benefits.
Detoxification and the Liver
Detoxification is mainly carried out by the liver, as everything that we consume is first filtered through the liver. The liver performs over 500 tasks, with the neutralization and detoxification of toxic substances being one of its primary roles. Unfortunately, the liver may become overwhelmed if our toxic load is too high. This can lead to improper liver function, which can result in a number of negative health effects such as high blood pressure/high cholesterol, low energy, poor metabolism, and excess weight gain among other ailments.
For this reason, one of the greatest ways to support the body’s detoxification is to improve liver health. Many of the lifestyle practices recommended prior have a direct effect on improving liver health and gut health.
The most important factor for any form of detoxification is to avoid toxic substances in the first place. It is not possible to truly detox if we keep “re-toxing,” so do your best to educate yourself on what you consume, and avoid substances that are filled with toxic chemicals and preservatives or grown with pesticides and genetically modified ingredients.
The body has a natural tendency toward healing and repairing itself when it is no longer affected by harmful toxins and is given the proper nutrients to heal. For this reason, it is important that you nourish your body with the proper nutrients during or after a cleanse depending on the type of cleanse that you do.
There are many different types of detoxification cleanses and protocols:
- liver detoxes
- parasite detoxes
- heavy metal detoxes
- water fasts
- juice cleanses
- smoothie protocols
- kitchari cleanses
Each with different goals and results, and each with different levels of safety and effectiveness.
Always first focus on lifestyle practices that involve lowering toxins coming into the body before looking to these cleanses and fasts. There are a lot of different products on the market but it is always best to focus on supporting your body’s natural detox pathways first, then look to supplements or juice cleanses.
Always focus on gentle and proven methods of cleansing that do not put too much stress on the body and seek the guidance of a licensed healthcare physician for any questions you may have. While we may be exposed to many toxins, we don’t have to allow these toxins to create illness in us. We can protect ourselves and our health by being proactive about detoxification and nutrition and lowering the body’s toxic load over time.