Impurities can be found in the foods you eat and the air you breathe; many of them can even wind up in your body. Fortunately, there are various detoxification methods you can try. Detox is the process of getting rid of toxins, and these days, it's probably more important than ever.
In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the urine and blood of a typical person contains 212 different chemicals. More worrying, researchers had never before measured 75 of those substances.
A World of Chemicals
The kidneys and especially the liver are detoxifying organs, and the liver conducts its detox process in two phases. First, it breaks down toxic particles, rendering them less dangerous. Then, it attaches each of those toxic pieces to a molecule. The resulting larger molecule is harmless and can be excreted.
However, given the sheer number of toxins we absorb in this industrialized age, our organs are often overworked and have difficulty keeping up.
Examples of Toxins
Let's look at a few of these undesirable substances.
When food is baked or fried at a high temperature, above 248 degrees Fahrenheit, acrylamide will form. This chemical, which may be a carcinogen, is used to treat water and manufacture a range of consumer goods, including plastics, adhesives and paper.
Arsenic, which in high doses can cause cancer, is an element that frequently seeps into the atmosphere from certain farming and industrial processes. Businesses use arsenic in many ways, including as a pesticide and preservative. In its natural and somewhat safer form, it's sometimes found in poultry, fish and other foods.
The term "phenol" refers to a large and diverse group of chemical compounds. Many of them are helpful to humans, since they fight cancer and slow some of the negative effects of aging. Others, however, are potentially harmful.
- Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in many food packages, plastics and epoxy resins. High concentrations of BPA might harm the prostate glands of boys and fetuses, and there's a chance BPA could negatively impact the brain.
- Triclosan, an antibacterial phenol in many hand soaps and toothpastes, makes bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. Long-term triclosan exposure may increase a person's risk of skin cancer, but more research is needed in this area.
Perfluorinated chemicals, often involved in the making of nonstick cookware, can likewise engender medical problems. For instance, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) can contaminate drinking water and perhaps lead to higher cholesterol levels and some forms of cancer.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are chemicals that reduce flammability, and manufacturers often include them in products that have foam or plastic, such as mattresses. Unfortunately, PBDEs can slip out of these goods and into consumers' lungs. Some of those chemicals might make their way onto breakfast, lunch and dinner plates. At this time, it's not exactly clear how PBDEs affect human health. In some lab rodents, though, they seem to cause liver tumors.
The Path to Detoxification
All of these materials can accumulate inside your body and need to be flushed out. Get about eight hours of sleep per night, exercise vigorously and often, drink plenty of filtered water throughout the day, and lower your negative stress levels with deep breathing and meditation.
Furthermore, don't snack frequently. When your body gets breaks from digesting, it can detoxify itself more effectively. Stick to natural and non-sugary foods, and steer clear products that contain gluten, an important ingredient to avoid.
You'll do yourself a world of good by choosing healthy products when you shop. Luckily, you can depend on True Club's rating system, which lets you instantly compare products. At a glance, you'll know which products are free of toxins such as those listed above.
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Detoxification is much more than merely a biological process. It is a way of life, one that True Club can help you adopt successfully and with great confidence.