Detoxification continued…

food matters quote copySince completing Dr. Andrew Weil’s Environmental Nutrition class, I am convinced more than ever that getting your greens on is a good start, but detoxification should include reducing your exposure to toxins so there is less for the liver to do. When you stop eating processed food, you dramatically reduce your exposure to a variety of chemicals that have no nutritional value and must be removed from the body. Supplements or medications can also increase the body burden of toxins that the liver then needs to make water soluble and the kidney needs to filter and put into your urine. Add to that, things we have less control over…environmental exposures. Air pollution, herbicide, pesticide, mercury, BPA, lotions, makeup, cleaning products, flame and water resistant coatings among others are inhaled or absorbed and your liver and kidneys can end up with a lot of work to do. When the detoxification system in the body is overloaded, toxins are circulating in the body for a longer period of time, increasing inflammation, free radicals, and raising your risk of disease. So while you are cleaning up your diet, consider evaluating your supplements, how they interact with your medication, and minimize other exposures. For help with your diet, supplements or other concerns about detoxification, you can contact me via the form below.  Another great place to start is by viewing Forks Over Knives a wonderful documentary about the power of food to change your health. Make it a great weekend and eat something green![contact-form] [contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”true” /] [contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”true” /] [contact-field label=”Website” type=”url” /] [contact-field label=”Comment” type=”textarea” required=”true” /] [/contact-form]