Everyday exposure to toxins, including environmental toxins from air, water and soil, airborne chemicals, endocrine-disrupting chemicals from cash register and ATM machine receipts, conventional cleaning products, personal-care products, home furnishings, including the spill proof coating, artificial scents from candles, perfumes, deodorants, and more, disrupts the body’s thyroid function, immunity, digestion and overall health sabotaging all other healthy choices we make pertaining to nutrition and movement.

While we cannot shield ourselves from all toxic exposure, steps can be made to reduce its impact giving us better chances for a healthier life. Here are some of them:

• Replace canned tuna with sockeye or pink Alaskan salmon, which is low in contaminants, including mercury, and high in heart-healthy omega-3s.

• Avoid mercury-contaminated fish, especially king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish, ahi tuna, and bigeye tuna.

• Use HEPA filters able to trap very small particles of pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco lessening the impact of these pollutants on our body.

• Use water filters not only in the kitchen but bath and shower to not only eliminate microscopic organisms and bacteria that can cause serious illness but also contaminants, pesticides and industrial run-off, fluoride and disinfecting residue of potential carcinogens like chlorine, ammonia and or chloramines.

• Aim at buying local, organic produce and pasture raised, organic meats whenever possible to reduce your exposure to arsenic and herbicides like glyphosate, pesticide residues and toxic metal cadmium found in conventional crops amongst others. Though organic farming does not guarantee crops ideal purity, it helps to reduce the exposure, often significantly.

• Use clean cosmetics and body care products without parabens, silicones, talc, petroleum derived products and chemicals disrupting the endocrine system.

• Remove the silver amalgam fillings with the help of a specially trained dentist.

• Replace conventional household cleaning products with effective, more naturally derived cleaners.

• Eat an anti-inflammatory, non-processed diet, low in sugar, moderate in meat if you chose so, with plenty of cooked and raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains and good fats to take good care of the liver – your main filtration organ, and colon – your main elimination channel.

• Move, stretch and exercise daily to support detoxification pathways and lymphatic drainage.

• Take the right vitamins and use IV therapies to support detoxification pathways and make fat soluble toxins (heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, food additives, pollutants, plastics and other environmental chemicals) water soluble so they can be excreted with urine.

• Sweat by using far-Infrared sauna to help move toxins through the skin more efficiently from traditional saunas because in a far infrared sauna only 80 to 85% of the sweat is water with the rest being cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins; heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.** Detoxification Through the Skin by Mark Sircus Ac., OMD March 6th, 2005

“No person is without some level of toxic metals in their bodies, circulating and accumulating with acute and chronic lifetime exposures. An individual may take numerous measures to minimize exposures and to optimize metabolism and excretion of toxic elements in the stool and urine with diet, supplements, and chelation therapy; however, an often overlooked route of excretion of toxicants is via the process of sweating. J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 184745.B

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