Toxins

Did you know that the body is a remarkable machine, but humans have become a pretty toxic bunch of folks. We serve as filters for toxins in our environment. The good news is that the body has a natural bulit-in system for dealing with this toxic assault. We may be exposed to more than ever before.

Within the last 20 years, reports have come out that support this theory. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that over 69 million Americans live in areas that exceed smog standards and that some cities’ drinking water contains over 700 chemicals, including excessive levels of lead.

Additionally, one source says that nearly 3,000 chemicals are added to the food supply and that as many as 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives are used in food processing and storage. Although used in trace amounts, they can remain in the body for years and do add up over time.

How about those innocent food wrappers? Yes those wrappers are treated with chemicals (perfluoroalkyis) to keep the grease from leakinf through the material (these chemicals are used in microwave popcorn bags, too) According to reseachers fro the University of Toronto, those chemicals pass from the wrapper into the food.

Once they’ve been eaten, the chemicals seem to stay in the body, showing up as contaminants in the blood. You probably don’t know that these chemicals are also used to treat carpet and cardboard packaging.

So what’s a body to do????

Our lungs, skin, kidneys, liver and colon function to detoxify our bodies. Here’s how.

The lungs are said to take in pounds of pollutants and eliminate toxin gasses each minute. Since our lungs are comprised of muscle tissue, they need to be exercised regularly to remain strong. Most of us do’t use our lungs to their cpacity, but exercise requires deep breating, which can help keep our lungs strong so they can do their work.

The skin is our largest eliminative organ; each skin pore serves as an exit route for waste. Some ways to keep skin healthy is to keep it clean, well-circulated and primed for getting it’s job done. (I will talk about the benifits of dry brush massage in another post, or look it up on line).

The kidneys, however, get rid of fluid wastes  and purify the bloodstream, so make sure you drink enough pure water.

The liver does the lion’s share of cleaning, through. It’s responsible for functions related to metabolism, filtration, bile production, detoxification and imunity. It takes toxins and neutralizes as many as it can; whatever it can’t neutralize, it stores to protect the body.

Intrestingly, the liver is also intricately involved in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism and in the storage of vitamins and minerals. It’s part of bodily mechanisms and physiological processes that control blood sugar and hormone levels, too. Additionally, it synthesizes proteins, lipids, lipoproteins and bile acids excreated in the detoxification process.

The colon gets rid of solid wastes, of course, so it’s importnat to keep things moving along in order to decrease contact time internally.

Read labels and be aware of your cleaning products, health and beauty supplies being used. Your body wooks hard and I think it is time you helped it out, don’t you?

Lets give thanks to our built-in detoxifying system.

Health and Blessings

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