Why Detoxification is Important
Toxins come in many forms and from many sources. Because they are most everywhere, it is difficult to avoid them. They can be found in our food, water, soil, and air. Toxins are even in things that are supposed to be good for us, like medications, fruits and vegetables, and bottled drinking water.
If you remodel your home or buy a new car, you’ll be breathing toxic chemicals that outgas into the air. Research has determined that environmental toxins are an integral part of our culture and the products we use. From the PVC-laden toys our children play with to the mercury-laced fish on the dinner table, toxins have infiltrated our everyday lives.
Toxins have become such a common part of modern life that the great majority of the time we’re not even aware of our exposure to them. Scientific evidence indicates that this total load of toxic exposure reduces our body’s natural ability to detoxify and eliminate toxins. This leads to toxic overload; a steady build-up of accumulated toxins and complex chemical mixtures we are eliminating.
A 2002 study measured the blood and urine of 9 healthy participants for toxic chemicals and detected an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals. The study volunteers led average daily lives and did not work with chemicals on the job or live near an industrial factory.
The range of serious health problems linked by scientific research to toxic chemical compounds includes cancer, neurological disorders, birth defects, abnormal development, reproductive problems, immune system disorders, and hormone and endocrine disorders. Potential effects of toxic load on mental health include poor memory, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, schizophrenia, and autism.
A 2002 study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine discovered that people living within a three mile radius of a landfill had a 40% higher risk of congenital chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down’s Syndrome and cleft palates, than those who lived further away.
To decrease the body’s burden of toxins, exposure must be reduced. With an estimated 100,000 chemicals in common use, it is a constant challenge to limit exposure to these harmful substances. The first step is to identify the sources of toxins in food, the environment, and common household products. The next step is to engage in an ongoing practice of some type of detoxification.
The History of Detox Cleanses
Most cultures and religions around the world have practiced cleansing, fasting, and detoxification rituals for centuries. In these traditions, common aspects of cleansing practices include the elimination or restriction of certain food and drink for a designated period of time. Science has verified the health benefits of these practices.
Detoxification can reduce the toxic load we collect within our bodies. Because detoxification can be hard on the body, it’s important to have medical supervision while undergoing this type of therapy. The best way to partake in any type of detoxification method is with the help of a qualified health professional that can safely facilitate the process.