The body is a complex system and one really important piece of the puzzle is cleansing the body of toxins that contribute to a sluggish liver!
In 2016, a study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) showed up to 420 toxins have been found in the human body across different populations.
In this modern day world, our bodies are facing the largest toxic burden ever known to humankind. Before now, there has never been a time in human existence when so many chemicals existed.
As chemical production and use has increased over the years, we have also seen a steady rise in chemical related health disorders such as:
- Hormone imbalances
- Autoimmune conditions
- Seasonal allergies, colds and flu
- Brain fog and dementia-like conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome and general digestive upset
Everywhere you turn, toxins and chemicals are lurking. In your water, food, air, furniture, personal care and cleaning products.
The liver plays a HUGE role in eliminating toxins, and when it’s overloaded with this work, it can’t convert hormones or regulate our metabolism like it’s supposed to in order for us to shed pounds and have energy.
You obviously can’t live in a bubble to avoid all of these toxins in the environment but there are actions you can take to minimize your exposure and to support the liver in doing its job so you can improve or maintain your health.
Let’s first explore exactly what toxic chemicals can do to your body using the pesticide Glyphosate as an example…
It can immobilize certain nutrients and alter the nutritional makeup of the treated crop, meaning you won’t really get any vitamins, minerals or other nutrients from food exposed to Glyphosate.
It decreases the availability of essential amino acids (aka protein building blocks) needed to maintain muscle mass and rebuild cells that the body can only get from food sources.
It contributes to imbalances with good and bad gut bacteria leading to leaky gut, various food allergies or sensitivities.
It increases inflammation, which overloads the immune system rendering it too weak to fight off the common allergies, cold and flu viruses.
It shuts down detoxifying enzymes in the body, and therefore enhances the damaging impacts of other food-borne chemical residues or environmental toxins, and burdens the liver.
It promotes the creation of ammonia in the body which can lead to brain inflammation which has been associated with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and other cognitive impairments.
And some studies have also shown how Glyphosate disrupts progesterone production, negatively impacts female egg availability and development, alters estrogen levels promoting breast cancer, and disturbs overall steroid hormone balance.
Ugh. It seems overwhelmingly bad, I know, but there is hope. There’s a lot you can do to reduce the impacts that Glyphosate and other chemicals have on your body.
To offset exposures to pesticides (a main source of toxins) you can:
- Eat organic and non-GMO foods as much as possible
- Drink and cook with only filtered water
- Consume naturally detoxifying foods such as beets, lemons, grapefruit and dandelion greens
- Avoid food crops most commonly contaminated with pesticides (even if organic) such as corn, soybean, wheat, barley, rye and beans
- Boost your liver’s detox capacity by using a castor oil pack 3 times a week or more
Even small exposures to toxins and chemicals have a large impact on your overall health and can contribute to weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, digestive upset, autoimmune issues, hormone imbalances and much more.
Taking action to reduce toxic exposures as much as possible will result in long-lasting positive effects on your health and well-being.
If you’ve been eating healthy, exercising and “doing all of the right things” with little to no weight loss or health improvements, then toxins such as Glyphosate might be tripping you up, causing hormone imbalances, leaky gut and overwhelming the immune system, and keeping you from getting results.