Truth about Toxins
When I started my health journey, I thought it was all about the gym and eating a specific number of calories. When I became a personal trainer over 7 years ago, I thought I knew all I needed to know about fitness and nutrition to be “healthy”. But after years of grinding it out at the gym and tracking every bite of food that went into my mouth, I was left feeling run down, sore all the time, and frustrated with not making any progress despite ramping up workouts and reigning in my food. A feeling many of my clients experience today.
At times, I felt like giving up. I thought this is as good as it’s going to get!
Then I found out I was dealing with severe gut issues (leaky gut), lots of inflammation, and a rare autoimmune condition.
Instead of giving up, I funneled my frustration into finding the answer to what was stopping my clients and myself from having the body and energy we desired. Low and behold, I found that diet and exercise just aren’t enough sometimes.
The body is a complex system and I had been ignoring some really important pieces of the puzzle, one of which is cleansing the body of toxins that contribute to a sluggish liver!
In 2016, a study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) showed up to 420 toxins have been found in the human body across different populations.
In this modern day world, our bodies are facing the largest toxic burden ever known to humankind. Before now, there has never been a time in human existence when so many chemicals existed.
As chemical production and use has increased over the years, we have also seen a steady rise in chemical related health disorders such as:
- Hormone imbalances
- Autoimmune conditions
- Seasonal allergies, colds and flus
- Brain fog and dementia-like conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome and general digestive upset
Everywhere you turn, toxins and chemicals are lurking. In your water, food, air, furniture, personal care and cleaning products.
But you can’t live in a bubble, so what can you do to support your body during these burdensome times?
The liver plays a HUGE role in eliminating toxins, and when it’s overloaded with this work, it can’t convert hormones or regulate our metabolism like it’s supposed to in order for us to shed pounds and have energy.
You obviously can’t live in a bubble to avoid all of these toxins in the environment but there are actions you can take to minimize your exposure and to support the liver in doing its job so you can improve or maintain your health.
Let’s first explore exactly what toxic chemicals can do to your body using the pesticide Glyphosate as an example…
It can immobilize certain nutrients and alter the nutritional makeup of the treated crop, meaning you won’t really get any vitamins, minerals or other nutrients from food exposed to Glyphosate.
It decreases the availability of essential amino acids (aka protein building blocks) needed to maintain muscle mass and rebuild cells that the body can only get from food sources.
It contributes to imbalances with good and bad gut bacteria leading to leaky gut, various food allergies or sensitivities.
It increases inflammation, which overloads the immune system rendering it too weak to fight off the common allergies, cold and flu viruses.
It shuts down detoxifying enzymes in the body, and therefore enhances the damaging impacts of other food-borne chemical residues or environmental toxins, and burdens the liver.
It promotes the creation of ammonia in the body which can lead to brain inflammation which has been associated with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and other cognitive impairments.
And some studies have also shown how Glyphosate disrupts progesterone production, negatively impacts female egg availability and development, alters estrogen levels promoting breast cancer, and disturbs overall steroid hormone balance.
It seems overwhelmingly bad, I know, but there is hope. There’s a lot you can do to reduce the impacts that Glyphosate and other chemicals have on your body.
To offset exposures to pesticides (a main source of toxins) you can:
- Eat organic and non-GMO foods as much as possible
- Drink and cook with only filtered water
- Consume naturally detoxifying foods such as beets, lemons, grapefruit and dandelion greens
- Avoid food crops most commonly contaminated with pesticides (even if organic) such as corn, soybean, wheat, barley, rye and beans
- Boost your liver’s detox capacity by using a castor oil pack 3 times a week or more
- Swap out your personal care and cleaning products for safer, less toxic ones
Even small exposures to toxins and chemicals have a large impact on your overall health and can contribute to weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, digestive upset, autoimmune issues, hormone imbalances and much more.
Taking action to reduce toxic exposures as much as possible will result in long-lasting positive effects on your health and wellbeing.
If you’ve been eating healthy, exercising and “doing all of the right things” with little to no weight loss or health improvements, then toxins such as Glyphosate might be tripping you up, causing hormone imbalances, leaky gut and overwhelming the immune system, and keeping you from getting results.
If I did a webinar all about toxins and reducing your toxic burden, would you be interested? This webinar would cover topics like:
- How toxins are draining your energy by contributing to thyroid, adrenal, gut and overall health dysfunction
- Where toxins are hiding in your home and what you can do about it
- Why juicing doesn’t work for detoxing toxins and what you should be doing instead
- How to support your body’s daily detoxing abilities without expensive supplements and juices
You would definitely want to attend this webinar if…
- You suffer from a thyroid condition, adrenal and/or gut issues and possibly other unexplained health problems
- You need caffeine to make it through the day and constantly crave carbs or sweets
- You’re ready to get rid of stubborn and embarrassing belly bloat for good!
- You’ve put on a few pounds (or more!), don’t know why and no matter what you do for exercise and diet, they won’t budge
- You want to cleanse your body but fear giving up your favorite foods, investing in expensive juices or supplements
Plus, I think we all could go for a good reset after all of this shelter-in-place! Because let’s be honest, your eating and drinking habits have probably been less than ideal these last few weeks. Summer is here so it’s time to get back on track, detox the corona crap and get back to feeling like your best self.
Comment below if you would be interested in joining this webinar!