by Michele Menzel, ND
We don’t have to tell our bodies to detoxify. They are designed with a miraculous system of elimination. However, our bodies need proper care so that this natural function can happen the way it was intended. In our toxic world, our bodies have to work very hard to function naturally. The good news is that the body responds beautifully when we give it what it needs to thrive.
Studies have shown that toxins reside in the fat cells of the human body, even in newborn infants. A study by the Environmental Working Group shows that nearly 300 chemicals have been reported in umbilical cord studies of pregnant women. Environmental toxins affect all bodily systems and have been linked to endocrine, immune, reproductive, metabolic, cardiovascular, cognitive and behavioral disorders.
Because most environmental toxins are lipid-soluble (dissolving easily in lipids) and brain tissue is primarily made up of lipids, the nervous system is especially vulnerable to toxic exposure.
Harsh detoxification diets and cleanses are not always the answer, because if the channels of elimination are not open, then toxins can be displaced to other parts of the body and can cause more discomfort or even extreme symptoms. Also, returning to the same lifestyle and diet after the cleanse could actually cause a person to end up right back where he or she started.
Since the body has a natural design to eliminate, our responsibility is to give the body what it needs on a regular basis so that it can do so naturally. Here are a few ways to reduce the impact of food and environmental toxins on health:
- Minimize exposure to toxins.
- Eat organic food and drink pure water. By eliminating all processed food from the diet and eating high-quality pure, whole foods, the body can begin to clean house naturally.
- Use nontoxic, environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- Use organic fertilizers and natural pesticides. Do not spray lawns and gardens with toxic chemicals.
- If a substance can’t be eaten, do not put it on the body. Skin is the largest organ and will absorb any substance applied to it within 15 to 20 minutes. This includes personal care products.
- Minimize exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) sources, such as computers, cell phones and cell phone towers. EMRs shut down our cell receptor sites so that nutrients cannot get in or out of our cells.
Develop a routine to naturally detoxify the body on a regular basis:
- Use whole-food antioxidant supplements.
- Daily exercise encourages the body to produce sweat, which increases circulation, movement of the lymph and assists the organs in elimination.
- Exercise the lungs through deep-breathing techniques. They can be done at any time during the day, especially first thing in the morning and at bedtime.
- Drink mineral-rich water each day.
- Have a regular bowel movement every day before noon. Twice a day is even better. This helps to decrease the reabsorption of toxins.
- Give the body a break through periodic fasts.
- Natural detoxification therapies assist in natural detoxification and include the following: far infrared sauna (to be used frequently), body balance foot bath, magnesium crystal baths and dry skin brushing.
When trying to lose weight, include these practices listed above. As fat is shed, toxins stored in adipose tissue (fat cells) are released. It is essential to cleanse those toxins from the body, rather than reabsorb them.
One will see remarkable results when applying the principles outlined here for natural detoxification. One will feel amazing, and the body will be very happy. Natural living is fun and very beneficial.
Michele Menzel is a naturopathic doctor and owner of Energetic Wellness, located at 2851 W. Edmond Rd., in Edmond. For more information, call 405-359-1245 or visit EnergeticWellnessOK.com.