By Marie Be
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
The body is designed to constantly gather up and remove toxins from its cells. But in our highly toxic world, unprecedented levels of toxins are present in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and cosmetics, body lotions and skin-care products we use every day – so detoxing has to happen as a daily way of life instead of being just the occasional cleansing diet.
The first step in maintaining a clean body is to minimize exposure to chemical toxins. By decreasing the stress of chemical overload, the body naturally returns to a state of equilibrium, and will detox naturally.
Importantly, some foods actually increase the retention of toxic compounds within the body. By simply reducing your exposure to these foods over the long term, you will give your body the ability to rid itself of some of these toxins through its natural elimination processes.
Foods to Avoid for a Clean Body
Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. Excess sugar consumption has been linked to health issue from hypoglycemia and high blood pressure to acne, diabetes and depression. Sugar also feeds candida, and food cravings – both symptoms of a high toxicity level in the body. Replace sugar with natural sweeteners such as stevia and honey.
Avoid wheat and grains containing gluten. Gluten reduces nutrient absorption within the digestive track and enhances toxic buildup. Studies have found wheat to disrupt the body’s endocrine system, and has also been linked to diabetes and obesity, and even depression and schizophrenia.
Gluten can be found in pastas, bread, crackers, cereals, and other products made from grains such as wheat, oats, rye, spelt, kamut, bulgur, couscous, and barley. Replace by gluten-free whole grains such as brown rice, wild rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat.
Products made from cow’s milk contribute to mucus formation and enhance toxin retention. While infants typically have high concentrations of lactase, the chemical required for the intestinal absorption of lactose, adults typically do not. Dairy products today also contains hormones, pesticides and herbicides.
Dairy products include milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream. Replace dairy in your diet with seed or coconut milk, coconut yogurt or organic goats cheese.
Alcohol and Caffeine
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages are toxic to the body, including coffee, tea and sodas. Alcohol and caffeine, plus the sugars that generally accompany them, bind to toxins and ease their absorption deep into the body.
Avoid fried foods, hydrogenated oils, margarines, etc. Hydrogenated fats’ melting point is around 42 °C while the body’s temperature is at 37.5 °C. This means that these fats can only be eliminated from the body by creating fever, putting undue strain on the body. These undigested fats then block arteries and accumulate toxins in the body.
Avoid processed, packaged and genetically modified foods. They often hide chemical ingredients, iodized salt, unhealthy fats and sugars – and in the case of GMOs, dangerous BT toxins. Eat fresh organic foods and cook from scratch, so you know what you’re eating.
Detoxing is a Way of Life
To avoid toxic build up, supporting your body with a clean diet, free of foods that create toxicity, is a great way to start.
But remember – Just as there is not one surefire way to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, the miracle detox diet or supplement doesn’t exist either. Detoxing is a way of life. Although you may not be able to eliminate all environmental exposures, making positive changes in factors you can control – such as your eating and skin care habits – are important to maintaining optimum health.
Previous articles by Marie:
- BURN: Health Impacts of Sunscreen Found to be Worse Than UV Damage!
- Natural Detox : Flush Your Toxins Down the Drain
- Easy Home Recipe: Skin and Body Detox Cream
- Skin Science – Debunking Cosmetic Industry Propaganda
- 3 Years After Fukushima: Behind the Skewed Data and Vested Interests
- Support Your Cellular Health and Slow the Aging Process
- Transdermal Detox – Taking Your Health Supplements Through Your SKIN!
About the author:
Marie Be’s inspiration comes from her mom who always challenged common assumptions and sought to understand for herself the major issues concerning her family and the choices she made on their behalf. She raised Marie and her brother in a rural environment, feeding them the best organic foods, and focused on building strong immune systems in her children through the use of natural plants, herbs and minerals.
As a fiery teenager, Marie travelled the world in search of purpose and dreamed of positively influencing our society. While earning her first two degrees, in architecture and sustainable development, she worked for Greenpeace and many other organizations of change. Her experience taught her that change cannot be imposed; she now aims at inspiring individuals through education and awareness.
Marie moved to Vancouver to undertake a Masters in Regenerative Sustainability under the supervision of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Teaching workshops on well-being, she started observing a widespread desire in our society for both physical and environmental health and sustainability. Feeling the winds of change, Marie founded EarthSun. By tuning into nature as our source of life, and acquiring knowledge of ancient herbal traditions as well as new technologies, Marie believes it is possible to use nature’s intelligence to create simple and effective health products.