Natural chemicals, such as an excess of certain minerals, and synthetic (man-made) chemicals including pesticides, food additives, and prescription drugs, are all damaging to the body. Harmful chemicals include ALL chemicals that can hurt one’s body. There are three primary ways to rid the body of harmful chemicals.
I highly suggest that each person do all three of these approaches to be as free as is realistically possible of many toxic chemicals.
We are all exposed to a variety of toxins each day! Some types of toxins come from inside our bodies, and other types come from outside our bodies. Toxins come from within our own bodies as a natural result of the chemical reactions our bodies must perform each day in order to keep us alive (such as creating energy, or killing harmful bacteria and viruses). A healthy body then detoxifies these poisons by changing them into safer chemicals, and/or by getting them out of the body through the urine, lungs, or various other ways.
Our bodies also absorb various environmental toxins that we are exposed to each day. In other words, there are plenty of toxins that are absorbed into our bodies from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the water we drink, bathe in, or shower in, and various other ways as well.
Having a lot of toxins from within our bodies and from outside our bodies can sometimes overwhelm our bodies when these toxins are collecting inside our bodies quicker than our bodies can convert them into nontoxins or remove the toxins from our bodies. When peoples’ bodies start accumulating toxins, the result is a variety of health imbalances. The symptoms from these health imbalances are a combined result of the damaging effects upon the body by the toxins, and the body’s attempt to convert the toxins into nontoxins or remove the toxins from the body. When the body can do neither of these effectively, the body will often store many of these toxins in body tissue (especially fat cells).
One way this is often seen is when people gain excess body fat. Often they are gaining body fat, not because they are eating too much food, but rather because the body is increasing the size of the person’s fat cells, in order to store various toxins there. The body will store them there until such time that the body can convert them into nontoxins, or remove the stored toxins from the body. Many people who are overweight will naturally lose most or all of their excess weight without even having to go on a low-calorie diet when they detoxify properly. When people are healthy their weight naturally balances out to a weight that is more ideal for them.
Other ways that toxins may take their toll on the body is by weakening important body organs, such as the liver, kidneys, or pancreas. And when one body organ weakens, the body gets more out of balance, and more body organs weaken as a result.
One of the more obvious sources of toxins that we are all exposed to is air. We all must breathe, and there are some toxins that are present in our air that realistically we probably can’t avoid.
However, there are some airborne toxins that people can often easily avoid. For example, the toxins in cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke can often be avoided by quitting smoking (if you are a smoker) and by avoiding the smoke from others who are smoking whenever it’s reasonably possible.
There are other toxins that people can often easily avoid, such as car exhaust, industrial pollutants, paint fumes, glue fumes, pesticides, and even certain cosmetics (such as various hair sprays). We can’t avoid all airborne toxins, but we can certainly avoid many of them. I suggest simply using common sense and use a filter mask.
Get a good quality air filter and use it in your home. Get rid of older carpets and carpet underlay that is deteriorating and releases a lot of toxins and mould into the air. If you have pets, bathe them regularly with a natural organic soap and wash their bedding without chemicals or detergents.
Many water treatment facilities put toxins in drinking water to try to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Sometimes pesticides and other toxins, find their way into water supplies as well. With this in mind, I encourage people to find a good source of drinking water if possible. Consider using an Aquasana water filter.
It’s wise to avoid eating plant foods that were grown using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and animal foods in which the animals were raised by being given hormones, antibiotics, and inorganic/GMO food. It’s also important to avoid foods that contain artificial food additives like artificial food colors, artificial food flavourings, and synthetic preservatives. Food is the building block of good health. Poor quality food=poor health.
Many toiletries and cosmetics are made with toxic chemicals. As a result, people’s bodies are often being poisoned when they use these toiletries and cosmetics, since many poisons can easily be absorbed right through the skin into people’s bodies. Check out the Immaculee Skin Care line that we carry in the Calgary clinic or online. Chemical free, natural products made by hand in small batches. Quality guaranteed. These can be made by special request for you if you have specific issues to avoid.
People are often not aware of it, but when people wash their clothes, some of the laundry detergent remains on the clothing. This is one reason why freshly washed clothes often smell so “nice”. One way to see this for your self is to wash an item of clothing, and fully dry it. Then fill a sink or container with water, and slosh the item of clothing in the water. You may notice that soap suds appear in the water. This is the laundry detergent that remained on your clothing after it had been washed and dried. The situation can be more intense when people sweat. The sweat can get the clothes wet, and speed up the amount of detergent that is absorbed through the person’s skin and into the person’s body. With this in mind, I suggest using only laundry detergents that are made from non-toxic, natural ingredients or using the magnetic washing balls.
The fabrics that clothing is made of also have an effect on the human body. Some people’s skin even gets irritated when they wear clothing made from synthetic fabrics. Synthetic fabrics (that you may wish to avoid) include acrylic, nylon, polyester, and rayon. Some types of natural fabrics that you might wish to wear include cotton (non-GMO), flax (also called “linen”), ramie, and wool.
Clothes made from natural fibres are often bleached of their natural colors, so you may wish to purchase clothes that are made from natural unbleached fibres. They often have soft earth tones, such as cream white and light beige.
Many clothing manufacturers dye their clothes using synthetic dyes. As you might have guessed, many of those dyes can be absorbed into people’s skin.
Most recreational drugs are toxic and hurt the body. For example, tobacco, marijuana, LSD, cocaine, heroin, and the drug known as “ecstasy”, will all harm a person’s body, and someone using them for years will likely develop serious health problems. Even drinking too many alcoholic drinks can cause serious liver damage over time.
When a person takes a recreational drug, sometimes the person’s body will store some of the drug in fat cells and other cells in the person’s body. This is important to know, because with a recreational drug like LSD, it’s possible that a person who has done LSD in the past, can have flashbacks (experience being “high” on LSD again) in the future, even though the person didn’t take any LSD recently. What happens is that the body will sometimes release some of the drugs that were stored in the person’s cells, into the person’s blood and lymphatic fluid. The drug will stay in the person’s body until the person’s body can detoxify it, or release it out of the body (through urine, sweating, or various other ways).
The liver is the body’s chemical factory. A healthy liver can create thousands of nutrients for our bodies, and it can also convert thousands of different types of toxic chemicals into nontoxins. This is provided that it is a “healthy” liver.
The kidneys take certain toxins out of the blood and the lymphatic fluid and then remove these toxins from the body through urine. When the person urinates, out go the toxins. The kidneys can only do this effectively if they are “healthy” kidneys.
When a person has a weak liver and/or weak kidneys various kinds of toxins begin collecting in the person’s body. The body will then respond by trying to get rid of the toxins, in a variety of ways. Some ways that the body tries to get rid of toxins are sending them out of the body through the skin (rashes, pimples), in mucous (runny nose), in sweat (sweating throughout the day), in urine (dark smelly urine), and through the lungs (bad breath, and sometimes asthma). The body trying to get rid of toxins these ways (due to a weak liver) is often what people call an “allergy”.
The body may also try to store some of these toxins in cells in the body. For example, it’s fairly common for the body to store toxins in fat cells. This is a common reason why some people gain weight so easily (in the form of fat), and they can’t seem to lose that extra weight, even when they eat just a small amount of food each day. Again, this is something a person’s body generally does when the person’s liver and kidneys are unhealthy.
When a person’s liver and kidneys are healthy, they work together, as an effective team, to rid the body of many toxins that we encounter in our daily living.
A healthy liver can help rid the body of toxins in three main ways:
1) It can change some toxins into nontoxins.
2) It can put some toxins into the bile that it sends to the gall bladder, which eventually ends up in the intestines. While in the intestines, many of these toxins are digested (into nontoxins), or come out of the body when the person passes some stool.
3) It can change some toxins into chemicals that the kidneys can recognize as chemicals that should be put in the urine.
Healthy kidneys can be thought of as good decision makers. They constantly decide what chemicals should stay in the body, and which chemicals should be removed from the body. The chemicals that should be removed from the body get put in urine. The urine gets stored in the person’s bladder, until the person urinates. When the person urinates, the undesirable chemicals leave the body.
To help your liver and kidney, Health Kinesiology treatments will help your body identify and release toxins that are stuck in cells. Through muscle testing we can identify exactly which supplement is best for you and how much you need.
When a person’s liver and kidneys suddenly start working more effectively, the body generally starts releasing lots of stored toxins. Sometimes, while this is happening, a person can experience what is called a “cleansing reaction”. A cleansing reaction is simply one or more uncomfortable experiences that a person may go through as the person’s body releases toxins in a variety of ways.
For example, if a person’s body prefers to rid itself of certain toxins by sending them out through the skin, the person may develop a temporary rash on his or her body…or the person might have a number of small reddish bumps appear temporarily on various areas of the skin. Another possibility is that a person’s body might rid itself of various toxins by sending them out of the body, in mucous…so the person might have a runny nose for a number of days or a few weeks while this occurs. Another possibility is that a person might have darker coloured urine, and the person might have to urinate frequently. This person’s body would be quickly ridding itself of toxins through the urine. Some toxins can be converted into gases by the liver. They can be breathed out through a person’s lungs, so a person might temporarily have bad smelling breath. Other possible experiences might include having headaches or feeling tired, both due to many toxins temporarily being in the person’s blood and lymphatic fluid. A person’s body might also sweat a lot, to rid itself of heavy metals and other types of toxins.
If someone has done recreational drugs in the past, it’s possible that the person’s body might have stored some of these drugs in body cells (like fat cells). If this has occurred, it’s possible that when the person’s body detoxifies itself, these drugs will go into the person’s blood stream before they are passed out of the person’s body through the urine or some other way. If this occurs, the person may be “high” on the drug during this time. Someone who has done drugs like LSD in the past, might be wise to avoid driving a car or doing anything else that could be dangerous, if this should this happen.
While having a “cleansing reaction” a person may experience a variety of these uncomfortable experiences at once. A person having that experience might feel like he or she just got sick…even though the person doesn’t have an infection. Having one or more of these uncomfortable experiences is referred to as “having a cleansing reaction”. Drinking a lot of water will likely reduce any cleansing reactions, since the person’s body will then be better able to get toxins throughout the body to the liver and kidneys, where they can do their jobs to destroy toxins, and get them out of the body effectively (mainly through the urine).
There are many ways a person can help rid one’s body of different types of stored toxins. I encourage you to do as many of these techniques as you would like to do. In general, the more of these techniques you do, the greater variety of stored toxins your body will likely release.
Ridding one’s body of stored toxins can be very refreshing! I hope you enjoy this opportunity to purify your body in such a wide variety of ways!
One of the easiest ways to encourage our bodies to release stored toxins, is simply to drink plenty of water each day. Remember that our bodies tend to prefer to get rid of many chemical toxins, by sending the toxins out in the urine. If we drink very little water each day, then our kidneys can’t flush out very many toxins, because we aren’t urinating very much. But if we get plenty of water, we urinate fairly often, and our bodies have many opportunities to get rid of various toxins throughout each day. So perhaps the simplest way to help our bodies rid themselves of stored toxins is to drink plenty of water each day!
Taking a bath in a mixture of water and clay can help rid a person’s body of various excess metals that the person’s body might be storing (such as excess aluminum, copper, or nickel). Clay baths can also help to rid the body of certain pesticides as well. Clay molecules are mostly negatively charged, so they act like magnets. Clay molecules pull and hold many metals and pesticides (which are positively charged).
So, if someone takes a bath in water mixed with clay, many of the excess metals and pesticides that are in the person’s body will be pulled out of the person’s body, and they will “stick to” the clay molecules (that are in the bathwater). So taking a bath in water and clay is a very effective (and fast) way to rid a person’s body of many excess metals and harmful pesticides.