In the world that we live, it is very difficult to avoid toxins. Toxins can be in our water, food, personal care products, home, and work. According to the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), there are over 85,000 chemicals that are registered under the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act. These chemicals have not been tested or there is very little data on their safety. Our bodies have not caught up with the ability to detox all of these toxins which is why decreasing your toxic burden and detoxing is so much more important that ever. The greater our toxin exposure is, the greater chance we have to get sick. There have been some conditions associated with toxic exposure such as infertility, diabetes, leaky gut, obesity, metabolic syndrome, asthma, allergies, Parkinson’s, cancer, autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular disease, poor caffeine tolerance, Alzheimer’s, and fibromyalgia. In a 2015 Carcinogenesis article, researchers found that worldwide lifestyle factors have a considerable impact on cancer and that 7 to 19 percent of all cancers are due to environmental toxin exposures. Additionally, they found that 59 percent of the 85 chemicals exerted effects at low doses.
What does toxic burden mean?
Toxic burden is the overall total of toxin stressors in your body at one time. Sometimes when I am talking with patients, I use the term “toxic bucket.” Over time, the toxins build up in your bucket such as stress, infections, medications, environmental toxins, processed food, and trauma which causes chronic inflammation and leads to health complications. Common signs and symptoms of an overfilled toxic bucket:
Where do the toxins come from?
What can I do to decrease my toxic burden?
I tell my patients when it comes to working on decreasing their toxic bucket by changing to nontoxic products is to do one at a time. It can become very costly and overwhelming to do it all at once. For example, when you start to run out of toothpaste get a non-toxic version. It’s the small changes that you make every day that start to add up to a healthier lifestyle.
With the way our environment is so toxic these days, we need detoxification support more than ever. Never before in history have, we had to live with so many toxins. Of course, at Be Whole Wellness Center, we suggest working with us to help you properly detox or work with a professional that is trained in detox. We are excited to be helping people nationwide detox, lose weight, better eating, and create a healthier overall lifestyle. Other ways that you can help to decrease your toxic burden include:
Tiffany and I will be talking more about this in our Q&A Friday, February 18, 2022 at 1pm CST in the Prayer Tower at the Global Spheres Center. We hope that you will tune in to watch it or come to visit us live. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with us, call us at 940-783-5761 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org