Q: Mr. Norris, after a month of eating holiday sweets immersed in sugars and saturated fats, I'm ready to flush my body's system for a new year. Any advice on how to detoxify? — The Florida Filter
A: Detoxify? That is a big word that basically means "get rid of the toxins in your body." And there are solid reasons for detoxifying as we enter the new year that go far beyond holiday binging.
For starters, Mike Adams aka "Health Ranger," an outspoken consumer health advocate and award-winning investigative journalist, reported, "Today, more than 95 percent of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise."
According to Dr. Don Colbert, who is the author of many health books, we all have toxins in our bodies. Believe it or not, there are about 80,000 chemicals registered in the United States, with 2,000 being added each year. They are used for everything from food additives to prescriptions drugs, supplements, personal products — such as makeup and lotions — cleaning supplies and lawn care.
Most people are aware that our food supply is polluted by herbicides, pesticides and chemicals, but not everyone knows that up to 2,100 chemicals are present in most municipal water supplies.
And it is nothing short of criminal that an American Red Cross sample study of babies' umbilical cords discovered an average of 287 contaminants, of which 180 are carcinogenic.
Some ailments caused or exacerbated by these toxins include chronic fatigue, heart disease, memory loss, premature aging, skin disorders, arthritis, hormone imbalances, anxiety, headaches, emotional disorders, cancers and autoimmune diseases.
The first thing we must realize about detoxifying is that our bodies are continuously filtering out contaminates and corruptible elements. Some of the major filters in our bodies include our kidneys, liver, lungs, intestines, urinary tract, skin and sweat glands.
Chris Kilham, Fox News integrative alternative medicine hunter and global researcher promoting plant-based medicines, explained last week: "Our bodies (naturally) detox all the time. If we didn't, we'd die."
Though we cannot completely avoid toxins, we can reduce the number of contaminants we put into our bodies and ensure optimal health and operation of our filtering organs.
Here is some expert advice from Kilham, Colbert and others on how to detox your body:
—Drink adequate amounts of water for flushing and filtering your body's systems, especially because we're made up of 70 percent water.
—Eat green foods and take specific nutritional supplements to keep your liver (the body's main detoxifying organ) healthy.
—Eat organic foods.
—Eat plenty of fiber — 25 to 30 grams per day — from foods such as 100 percent bran cereal, brown rice and organic fruits and vegetables. Particularly good are apples, broccoli, beets, cabbage, radishes, artichokes, spirulina and chlorella. Kilham noted that apples "have powerful antioxidants and pectin — and that cleanses the digestive system. Who doesn't like apples? Eat one or two a day; that's a good way to cleanse."
—Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion root and burdock and by drinking green or black tea.
—Quit smoking or exposing yourself to environments of secondhand smoke. Any way you slice it, one of the worst habits for your health is smoking, with its extensive risks for cancer and other associated debilitating diseases and conditions. Every year, more than 750,000 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases, and 550,000 die from cancer. About 450,000 die because they smoked.
—Exercise in clean-air areas (gyms, beaches, hills, etc.). There's a Danish proverb that says, "Fresh air impoverishes the doctor."
—Sweat, and brush your skin — and use sauna therapy.
—Use natural products (and gloves when you don't).
—Clean the air in your home with air purifiers and live plants.
—Fast using the juice of fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
—Cut back on sugar. Prevention magazine reported: "Refined sugar causes a process called glycation, which can damage the collagen and elastin that keep skin firm and youthful, according to pharmacist and homeopath Margo Marrone, owner of the Organic Pharmacy. Try all-natural stevia, an easily digested herbal sweetener that doesn't trigger glycation, according to board-certified dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, an adjunct professor of medicine at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine."
God created an awesome filtering and waste management system in our bodies, but our organs are being tapped out and damaged by the extensive use of chemicals and contaminates throughout our society.
If we want to preserve these amazing human machines, there's no getting around it; we must better guard the entry points in our bodies from toxins and other adversaries and then optimize our organs to filter out the bad that infiltrates our bodies' systems.
In short, if we plan to be around to see and enjoy future New Year's celebrations, we must reset our bodies and detoxify!
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