With more than 2000 new chemicals being produced every year, infiltrating our soil, air, water and food supply; exposure to toxicity is an unfortunate yet unavoidable fact of modern life.
A “toxin” refers to any substance that has the potential to interfere with cellular function and both our short term and long term health.
Our bodies are designed to be able to process and remove toxins via key elimination channels including our digestive system, liver and kidneys, however individuals may vary in how toxins affect their health.
Toxic burden – represents your level of exposure to various toxin, and may include dietary allergens such as gluten, food additives and preservatives; as well as occupational, environmental or lifestyle related toxins such as cigarette smoking, or exposure to chemicals such as pesticides, cleaning agents or chemicals used in cosmetics. Toxins can also be created internally as a part of normal, healthy metabolic processes, or by bacteria in the digestive tract, or recirculation of waste from the bowel.
Toxic resistance – Describes your ability to process and eliminate toxins effectively and refers to the impact they may be having on your health. It is less common for health issues to arise due to exposure to a single toxin, but more as a result of the additive effects of low-level exposure to a broad range of dietary and environmental toxins.
A natural detox program can be one of the most effective strategies to improve the state of your health, as it will help clear toxins out and leave you feeling healthy and energetic.
Detoxifying is a serious business however, and your safety and comfort during detoxification is important. You should not attempt to do a detox without guidance and support from a trained Healthcare Practitioner.
Simone Davis, Naturopath