Updated: Jul 19
We are exposed to environmental toxins all the time. Our daily routine exposes us to several common pollutants in our water, food, and air. While our liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system play a major role in removing biologically harmful compounds, our bodies have not evolved to deal with the growing number of toxins we unknowingly interact with every day.
Detoxification systems can easily become overwhelmed, causing toxin overload.
This happens when your body has taken in more toxins than it can process. When this happens, the real damage is imminent. Toxins are not only from food and air. emotions from others can also be toxic, causing physical manifestations that many may not connect the dots to emotions. However, at Your Healing Place, every aspect of health is seen through the lens of spirit, mind & body interconnections. Read From Panic to Empowerment: How to stop pain & disease from taking over your life by connecting spirit, mind & body.
Where Do Toxins Come From?
Toxins can come from lots of different places. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report tracking air pollution levels and found that they had risen 8% between 2011 and 2016. Dr. David Bellinger wrote a report for the National Institutes of Health exposing the impact of pesticide exposure on children. This report skipped information about at-risk groups, like farmers, and focused on the
general population. As a result of everyday pesticide exposure, he estimated that Americans had lost 16.9 million IQ points in total. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that school-age children are eating pesticide-laden school meals.
The WHO monitors the food and water supply for toxins, and has found that a large percentage of food consumed by Americans is deemed unsafe. The highest concentration of this is derived from glyphosates (found in the pesticide Roundup). We use Roundup to kill weeds on our farms, highways, parks, and playgrounds in the U.S. The highest concentration of Roup spraying is in the states with the greatest amount of agricultural land: Florida, California, and Washington, followed by the Midwest, New, York, and New Jersey. The food produced in these states is then shipped throughout the country and becomes a staple of the American diet.
All animals and fish are heavily contaminated with glyphosate because of the contaminated water supply and grass. Farm-raised animals are also given heavily refined foods such as corn and soy which cannot be naturally digested. They are also often fed the brains of other animals and hence, develop high levels of prions which then trigger normal proteins in the brain to work abnormally. The WHO has discovered that all animals and fish now carry the largest burden ever recorded in history. So, when a person consumes animal protein (i.e., meats, dairy products, eggs, fish), they are highly susceptible to extremely high exposure to many heavy metals (i.e., mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, prions, and glyphosate) which they cannot safely tolerate. Glyphosate and other dangerous pesticides are also found in non-organic produce, processed foods, condiments, and items rich in non-organic corn, soy, and wheat.
Glyphosate is an antibiotic that kills a person’s healthy microbiome. It binds to critical minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins and prevents their absorption. Learn more here. Some toxins can be absorbed through your skin. Personal care products, like shampoos, make-up, perfumes, and lotions often contain parabens, formaldehyde, and phenoxyethanol (a stabilizer in many perfumes that’s very dangerous to infants and children.)
As these products are absorbed, those toxins come into the body too. Some toxins come in through your supplements, toothpaste, and medications since many of them contain gelatin. Gelatin is often contaminated with prions. For additional information read this article Disturbing’: weedkiller ingredient tied to cancer found in 80% of US urine samples
Symptoms of Toxic Overload
Toxic overload can cause several changes in your body. Your body will do everything it can to expel those toxins in the early stages. You may experience diarrhea, sneezing or coughing fits, excessive urination, sore throat, heartburn, nasal congestion or a runny nose (from mucus overproduction), or vomiting. Many people notice changes to their body odor or excessively oily skin, as well, since their bodies are acting to purge those toxins through their pores.
Some of your faculties may be impaired as the toxins accumulate in your system. Most people experience fatigue, memory difficulties, sleep impairment, eczema (and other inflammatory conditions like gout), depression, or “brain fog”.
Identifying Toxic Overload
Identifying toxic overload is more than just looking at symptoms since so many different conditions and diseases can cause similar problems. Sensitivity to a chemical or food you’re routinely exposed to; even substance abuse can cause similar symptoms.
A diagnosis of toxin overload starts with a general overview of your habits and lifestyle, your symptoms, and a comprehensive physical exam. A Hair Tissue Analysis test is frequently done to better understand what is happening inside the body. An HTA can identify exposure to toxic metals as well as malabsorption of nutritional elements that can cause dis-ease. The results offer a personalized diet and mineral protocol to rebalance your system. The process removes toxins and re-establishes biochemical balance for better health.
Treatment for Toxic Overload
The good news about toxic overload is that your body is capable of cleansing itself once you stop consuming toxins. In most cases, you can avoid invasive procedures by simply providing support through diet and lifestyle changes. Doing the Opening Channels detox program once per year is a staple wellness practice that should not be dismissed!
Your detox can start today by just restricting your intake of toxic foods (dairy products, eggs, fish, red meat, poultry, processed food, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, inorganic produce, and crops (i.e., wheat, corn, soy). At the same time add lots of organic green vegetables, fresh herbs, ancient whole grains like quinoa & amaranth; and small beans like mung beans and red lentils into your diet. Make sure to soak the grains and beans overnight before cooking so they are easily digested. Also, you would do yourself good to become a food investigator.
Monitor how foods make you feel! If your cells feel like they're bumping together after you eat, chances are you ate something nourishing. If you feel sluggish after eating that may be a sign that your body is using its reserve to deal with a toxin. The key is you have control. Just pay attention.
Many organic plant-based foods support the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract so that the body is detoxified. Herbs like dandelion, parsley, cilantro, turmeric, and milk thistle all help to support the liver: the most vital organ for detoxification. You’ll also want to drink lots of warm water throughout the day since water is critical for flushing out your organs.
Electromagnetic frequencies from electronics are a form of energetic toxin. You should avoid using electronics for the first hour after waking up and the last two hours before bed. The lights emitted from electronics prevent the production of the critical hormone Melatonin. Melatonin deficiency (come after age 45 or even earlier) leads to difficulty with detoxification, and a compromised immune system.
Avoid repeated exposure to toxins, by restricting your intake of all processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, foods especially high in saturated and trans fats (i.e., animal protein, too many nuts), and nicotine. When it comes to skincare and hygiene, use only natural, fragrance-free care products which are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, lead, and other potentially toxic compounds.
Regularly practice deep breathing. Many toxins are released through the lungs. Yoga is a healthy way to get your exercise in while learning to be more mindful of your breathing.
Get as much fresh air as possible, since so many toxins are airborne. Taking a walk through the park, instead of eating lunch at your desk, can make all the difference.
Toxic Overload, Detoxing, and Advanced Health
At Your Healing Place, our innovative approach to wellness is built on the understanding that wellness comes from the balance of spirit, mind & body. Avoiding toxins, supporting your body’s natural systems, and taking regular exercise can work hand in hand with natural remedies and coaching. This will help detox your mind, as well as your body. The Opening Channels Detox program, Hair tissue analysis, and Zyto Scan help cleanse the spirit, mind, and body at Your Healing Place, where all services are both comprehensive & virtual.
Dr. Stephanie specializes in helping clients redefine their wellness goals by incorporating a spirit, mind, and body approach to wellness using the RESULT method. For more information, book your Zoom Wellness Consult and get access to the From Panic to Empowerment Audiobook today!