Even if you're not a fan, after reading the Center for Disease Control (CDC) statistics shared in Part I, you gotta admit that Britney Spears did hit the nail on the head when she melodically referred to the "poison paradise" in which we reside. The number of individuals with unsafe levels of heavy metals in their bodies is rising. In fact, the CDC estimates that nearly half a million young children have dangerously elevated levels of lead in their blood.
Toxicity is such a problem that even babies are now being born with toxins already present in their little bodies, due to the toxic load of their mothers. A 2004 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins. Sadly, we've all unknowingly drunken from a "devil's cup" that takes the forms of chemical residues in foods, toxins in personal care products, and air and water pollution, and we're "slipping under" the waves of toxicity that wash over us each and every day.
The connection between toxins and disease is now undisputed! Heavy metals, like mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium, and arsenic, are shown to lead to adverse health outcomes, associated with everything from impaired fertility to death (depending on the level of exposure). Mercury can be found in water and stored in the meat of fish; lead can be found in old pipes, making its way in to our water supply; and as shared in Part 1, even things like deodorant and cookware can be a source of toxin exposure.
In the first of this two-part blog series, I shared some tips and techniques that have helped me prevent exposure to the best of my ability. Now, let's focus on detoxifying after exposure.
Although it can be difficult to rid the body of heavy metals, there are certain steps that can be taken to remove them. Below are three methods that may help to support detoxification:
1. Food Flush
Put quite simply, eat your veggies! The best foods for removing heavy metals from your body are wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina, cilantro, and garlic. Once called the "poor man's chelation therapy", cilantro, in particular, may help release built up neurotoxins from the body. According to Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, its probably the only agent effective at removing mercury from intracellular spaces and the nuclei of cells.
Foods rich in Sulphur are also important. If you are deficient in Sulphur, your liver will have a harder time removing toxins from your body. Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are Sulphur-rich vegetables that also contain the fiber that is essential to remove heavy metals from the colon. The fiber binds up metals so you can excrete them.
2. Sanitize with Supplements
Minerals detox the body! Magnesium is the most important mineral for detoxification. It binds to toxic metals such as mercury, aluminum, and lead and excretes them from the body. An easy way to incorporate magnesium into your detox regime in with a supplemental spray.
Another favorite supplement is Milk Thistle Oil. Milk Thistle helps to protect the liver while ridding the body of toxins. It possesses antioxidant properties that help reverse the effects of metals, pesticides, and toxins in our air and water.
3. Sweat It Out
Infrared Saunas are the most effective protocol to detox metals and chemicals from your fat. Unlike regular saunas, infrared saunas raise your core temperature which enhances the metabolic process. By doing so, the sauna has the power to help support natural elimination systems to help releases toxins stored in the body. Saunas are not only great for detox, but they also kill infections like parasites, yeast, and mold. By sweating toxins through your skin, they bypass the need to be detoxed by the liver. Do a daily infrared sauna and your liver will thank you!
Given the toxic exposure that we all encounter daily, it's important to prevent and reduce your toxic load with a detox plan! I hope that the tips shared in this two-part series, will aid you in getting started!