Since 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]
Author: Linda Illingworth, RDN CSSD
Linda Illingworth is a widely recognized nutrition expert, Board Certified Sports Dietitian, specializing in weight loss, diets for heart disease and cancer prevention, gastrointestinal disorders, and diabetes. Utilizing her belief that “food is your best medicine”, Linda is masterful at designing personal nutrition plans that can prevent many health problems and increase longevity. Linda is the founder of Nutrition Muse, providing nutrition programs to individuals and corporations, works as the Registered Dietitian at Lifewellness Institute, and is the past Nutrition Director at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa. She maintains memberships with Dietitians in Functional Medicine of the American Academy of Nutrition, the American Society for Nutrition, and the California Dietetic Association. In addition, she is a featured expert at National University’s Integrative Medicine Health Review, works in partnership with the USDA as part of the Nutrition Communicators Network, represents Kids Eat Right with the American Dietetic Association, and provides peer review for Natural Standard, an international integrative medicine database. She attended California State University, Long Beach graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and then completed an internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, a world-renowned pioneer in cardiac and cancer care. Linda has been seen on Los Angeles ABC news and in print media, such as the Los Angeles Times, Time, Inc., Well+Good NYC, Fitness, Spa, Malibu, Elite Traveler, C and Angeleno Magazines.