The goal of a detox and of our work in Nutrition Response Testing is to reduce our individual toxic load. We have to reduce both the exogenous and endogenous toxins to do so. What’s the difference, you ask?
Exogenous—> these are toxins we take in from the outside, such as the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we consume, and what we put on our skin.
Endogenous—> these are toxins we produce right within our own body due to the activity of the microorganisms in the intestinal tract.
THE TOXICITY TOWER
After 25 years in the holistic health industry, I’ve discovered emotional toxicity as a key problem to maintaining health. Our past traumas, whether personal and inherited, end up carried on our shoulders and in our subconscious. In this space they take up energy that could otherwise be used for healing and it keeps our physical health on the spin cycle.
With radioactive elements being such a critical problem with our drinking water (even “filtered”), and with the hydration habit that is imperative for survival, we unknowingly keep ourselves in this cycle, which holds up our healing.
With the high dose of daily chemicals we get from our food, water, air, and products we put into our bodies and on our skin, it is difficult to get outside the perpetual state of toxicity.
Metal toxicity creeps into our bodies via medications, air and water pollution, vaccines, food prep, dental work, body care products, and more.
Once our mitochondria (or energy) is depleted enough due to toxicity, the opportunistic bugs that live in our microbiome take advantage of this constant feeding tube. These toxins (or “foods”) become feeders, creating unhealthy levels of viruses, fungi, bacteria, and/or parasites (pathogens) in the body.
Last but not least, food — no matter what it is — can then become a problem. You never had food allergies, now you’re sensitive to everything you eat. Your body is under such levels of inflammation that leaky gut becomes the way of life.
Reduce Your Toxic Exposure in Daily Life
There are simple steps to reducing your toxic exposure. You can do so by managing these areas of your life. As always, reach out to us for details on how to make changes or for recommendations on what our team uses.
Purify your drinking water. There are many types of filters out there that have varying levels of filtration. Some filtration is better than none, but the closer we can get to pure water, the more effectively your body will detox and heal. Watch for a blog about why I switched to drinking distilled water — coming soon!
Breathe clean air. This means limiting the contaminants in our homes: air fresheners, candles, fireplaces, pesticides, radon, off-gassing from furniture (pressed wood products especially), and so much more. Plants can help, invest in an air purifier, and don’t forget to open the windows (even when it’s cold out) just to circulate in fresh air. And of course, spend more time in the outdoors (away from traffic and industrial areas)!
Personal Care Products
Begin using non-toxic make up and skincare products. If it goes on your body, you should be concerned about what’s in it — your skin is your largest organ after all.
Swap out your household cleaning products for natural products. Try DIY recipes, like this one for toilet cleaner. Most conventional cleaners can be replaced by simpler, less expensive products that are equally effective.
Become aware of the foods you eat. Choose organic whenever available and feasible. Reach for these:
- Red fruits & veggies: reduces risk of prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure, reduces tumor growth, manages cholesterol levels
- Orange & yellow veggies: reduces age-related macular degeneration and promotes collagen formation and healthy joints
- Green fruits & veggies: reduces cancer growth, lowers blood pressure, normalizes digestion time, and boosts immune activity
- Blue and purple fruits & veggies: improves calcium and mineral absorption, fights inflammation, limits activity of cancer cells
- White fruits & veggies: balances hormone levels, and reduces risk of hormone related cancers
Drainage is important because we need elimination pathways open to allow for the free flow of fluid and debris in our bodies.
The detoxing of chemicals and substances and the elimination of pathogens is a process. The more attention we give to the drainage pathways during this process, the more comfortable the experience. Keeping elimination pathways open and supported while you move through your Nutrition Response Testing program will not only speed up the process of healing, but will lessen any symptoms you may experience (because nobody wants to feel worse than they need to!).
Learn more about how to support drainage in this blog post. We also cover drainage extensively in our Full Moon Survival Guide — a comprehensive guide to a successful parasite cleanse.