We live in the world over-burdened by toxins. Though some are naturally occurring (lead, mercury, radon, formaldehyde, benzene, cadmium), most are by-products of industrialization (BPA, phthalates; and pesticides). These environmental toxins permeate water, soil, air, household items, cosmetics, and our food supply. Worst of all, most of these toxins are used in excess every single day. Many of the products in the local grocery store are flooded with environmental toxins.
These toxins can act as endocrine disruptors, cause cancer, and lead to the development of chronic illnesses. They have also been linked to an increased prevalence of Autism, Alzheimer’s, and other serious neurological disorders.
For example, low-dose exposure to BPA may produce a wide variety of health problems, including:
early onset of puberty
hormone-dependent cancers such as prostate and breast cancer
lower testosterone levels and sperm production.
BPA exposure occurs when the chemical leaks out from the product into food and water, especially when plastic containers are washed or heated. Unfortunately, the highest estimated daily intakes of BPA occur in infants and children.
Toxins are stored in fat cells; and our brain is 60% fat. Therefore, an intoxicated brain may affect mood, clarity of mind, energy, and overall well-being. And vice versa, unresolved trauma, negative emotions, excessive stress can be stored in body tissues and cause adrenal fatigue, eventually resulting in ailments and diseases. To cope, people turn to pharmaceuticals or unhealthy habits (such as junk food, sugar, too much coffee, alcohol, drugs) which can only increase toxicity in the body and mind.
Detoxification today must become a lifestyle of being mindful about our environment, relationships, and how we nurture, protect, and cleanse our body, mind and spirit to eliminate and minimize the negative effects of exposure to toxins. Problems usually result from prolonged or excessive exposure; the occasional use of a plastic cup probably won’t hurt you.
While it is impossible to eliminate exposure, a few simple steps are a good starting point to protect you and your family:
Decrease use of plastic – transition to glass, stainless steel and porcelain containers, glasses, and mugs.
Wash all produce, and if possible, purchase organic and reduce plastic packaging.
Do not buy food with a long list of hard-to-read ingredients
Reduce junk food, sugar and alcohol.
Keep plenty of plants in the home.
Make changes slowly, one at a time, in a manageable way, and you will decrease your risk with minimal stress.
However, if you would like to become the healthiest version of you or you are in addiction recovery, education and preparation to detox is a key for its success. People must identify the toxins, the best and safest ways of detox, tailor them to their goals, beliefs, lifestyle, resources, and budget. Therefore, it is important to follow through and have reliable expert guidance.
Detox is a holistic process. Psycho-spiritual detox is as important as physical detox as body, mind and spirit are interconnected. Holistic detox should include bodywork and activities like yoga, massage, and sauna, as well as different ways of cleansing (different ways of fasting, drainage and cleanse of colon, liver & kidney, lymphatic and glymphatic systems), improving the diet.
If you need customised help in adopting healthy lifestyle changes in easy & effective ways, please contact AUROOM LIFE for a free consultation.