So we covered the physical stressors that happen to us and start us down the road of degeneration and accelerated aging. Now we need to cover the next type of stressor that will veer us off of our path to health and wellness. The second type of stressor we have to deal with are Chemical Stressors. Chemical stresses are stresses that deal with our diet and nutrition. Anything going into the body either nourishes us or tears us down. The old adage, “Garbage in Garbage Out” is never more true than when talking about our chemical physiology and it’s effect on our entire body. Again, just like Physical Stressors, there’s only 2 options: toxicity, and deficiency. So here we go….
1. Toxic Chemical Stressors: Detoxification and cleansing has been a hot topic and become more popular over the past 3-5 years. You never used to hear anyone talking about doing a “liver cleanse” or wanting to “flush their gallbladder” but most people nowadays have done some kind of cleanse or are aware that they are a necessary part of your health routine. But where do you get toxins from??? EVERYWHERE!! Someone accused me the other day on a post I put on FB about fluoride of trying to scare everyone. If that’s how you feel too, I sincerely apologize because that’s not my heart and that’s not my intention. My goal with this website and blog and the posts I put on FB is to educate you and give you information for your family you can use to keep them as healthy as possible. Having education and information allows you to be able to make decisions for your family NOT based on fear, but on knowledge. So with that being said, toxins come from a variety of places in our culuture today: The air we breathe, tap water, cosmetics, air fresheners, fast food, packaged food, candy, soft drinks, smoking, alcohol, cooking in plastics, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and on and on and on. With cosmetics and other products, one site says you can expose yourself to over 515 chemicals per day!! Suffice to say, if it has a label, chances are it’s not as healthy for you as it could be. We need to be more deliberate about trying to avoid toxic substances so that are body isn’t overloaded with this burden it needs to take care of. I have a toxicity post written on this subject I’ll post for you soon to show you common sense ways to prevent and avoid toxicity. The number one thing you can do though is to learn to read a label so you can catch many of the harmful substances before you end up putting them into your body or the body of your family. Children are especially susceptible to environmental toxins because their little systems are developing and growing so fast.
Enough already!! What do we do about it?!?
Solution: DETOX!! It has never been as important as it is right now to do a detoxification program at the very least once a year. Cindy and I try to do the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program at least 3 times a year. This is no different than changing the oil in your car or getting the air filter cleaned out every 3,000 miles. It’s just a maintenance thing you should do for yourself. I’ll do a more specific blog post on different detox cleanses later, but know that there are many different detoxes out there. Specific organ detoxes like gallbladder/liver flushes, kidney cleanses, whole body cleanses and many others. Not all are healthy or good for you so stay tuned for a review of the most popular cleanses.
What if I’m squeaky clean?? How can I have stress then??
2. Deficiency Chemical Stressors: So even if you never ingest, breathe in, or come in contact with a toxic chemical substance (not possible), you can still have chemical stress because you are deficient in a particular nutrient or mineral. The scary thing is, many of the things people have in their diet on a daily basis that they think are “just fine” (i.e. soft drinks) actually create a deficiency because they leach minerals out of the body. Taking soft drinks for example, the phosphoric acid in the coke needs to bind with something in the body to make it stable….so what does it pick??? The calcium in your bones!! So every time you’re drinking that soft drink, your body has to leach calcium out of your bones to help neutralize the phosphorous. When you drink or eat packages foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils, it robs your body of essential omega 3 fats that your body desperately needs for healing and for optimal neurological function. So you’ll be in a constant state of deficiency leading to malfunction and symptoms later on.
Solution: Cut out the food causing deficiency and replace nutrients you’ve lost…creating sufficiency!!! Choose to eat high quality, organic produce in your diet. Supplementation shouldn’t be necessary, but these days it is almost a have to. Even if you’re eating 100% organic for every single meal and cooking everything yourself at home, you can’t get all the nutrients you need for optimal function. So getting a really good multivitamin is really important. One that we carry in the office we really really like is called “Organic Sufficiency” from Innate Choice. This product is concentrated nutrients from total organic sources to help replenish the nutrients you have lost. Another way to get what you need is to find a greens drink that you like. The one I like the best for the contents and the taste is “Greens First“. But other companies like Garden of Life, Natures Sunshine, and Designs for Health all carry a green powder. Standard Process also makes one we carry called “SP Greenfood” in a capsule form that is a really good product. These products are designed to get you the most nutrition in the least amount of space.
Not taking care of the chemical make-up of your body is like putting diesel into a gasoline engine. The car can be brand new, and be the prettiest car on the road, but with the wrong “fuel” it won’t even get out of the driveway! So we have to be diligent daily to try and prevent as many toxins from getting into our systems as we can, while at the same time periodically cleaning out what does happen to get in. Then we have the responsibility to take in plenty of nutrients to help prevent our bodies from becoming deficient.
In our next stress post, we’ll talk about one of the hardest stressors to help, mental/emotional stress.
Until then, what cleanses have you tried to help you detoxify your body??