Why do I feel toxic?... And what can I do about it?

In the past 50-70 years we have radically altered the environment in which we as humans live. Annually we dump 4-6 billion pounds of chemicals into the soils, rivers, oceans and air - from petrochemicals, to pesticides, to industrial waste products. All of which are toxic to living things, mostly by interfering with hormonal systems and the neurological system.

We have radically altered our diets to include high quantities of sugar, overly processed foods (high in calories but stripped of nutrient content), large quantities of hydrogenated fats, excess amounts of stimulants (i.e. caffeine and MSG) as well as chemical preservatives, artificial food colorings and additives. All chemicals our bodies were not evolved to readily detoxify.

The way we grow our crops and farm animals has radically changed. Industrial farming has depleted the soils' nutrient and mineral content. Petrochemical fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification are utilized to compensate. Chemically altered crops are then fed to farm animals given huge quantities of antibiotics and artificial growth hormones. Then, what we consume becomes us.

Additionally we take many antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, synthetic hormones, and pharmaceuticals which may damage our gastrointestinal systems and alter our body's normal balance of healthy bacteria. As a result, our self healing systems become overwhelmed, putting further stress on the body.

On top of all this, the frenetic pace of the information age has radically changed our work and family lifestyles. There seems to be hardly any downtime, and we are often relentlessly stressed psychologically. From TV to radio, faxes, emails, cell phones, and Blackberry's, we are bombarded with constant stimulation - particularly anxiety provoking images and information. All of these factors create toxic internal stress chemicals which affect our body's balance and health if we can't get rid of them. (see Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid)

We may be living longer, however, often the quality of our long lives is markedly affected. If our detoxification mechanisms are overwhelmed, we may be plagued with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, hormonal disturbances, allergies and the debilitating effects of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease, cancer and many autoimmune diseases.

So what can we do?

The good news is our bodies have great self healing powers! We come equipped with extensive and elegant detoxification mechanisms which can be supported at all levels. Our Nutritional Detoxification Program has been designed scientifically to support detoxification and repair our damaged metabolisms. It begins with utilizing well researched nutrients, enzymes and phytochemicals along with an elimination diet to decrease toxin exposure.

Just as important is looking at our lifestyles and how we can lower levels of toxic internal stress chemicals. Small changes in self care at emotional, psychological and spiritual levels can reap huge benefits! Please ask about an appointment with our nutritionist for more information.