Detox Your Body to Better Health

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The process of a ‘Detox’ has been used by mankind since our early days.  Why?  Because we keep poisoning ourselves.  The Romans used lead to line water lines and tanks and today we use heavy metals in pipes, cheap paint, dental fillings and in many household products – even when it has been proven by research that too much lead, mercury and other heavy metals are toxic and carcinogenic.

Some toxins we can avoid, think of using a glass water bottle as opposed to a plastic water bottle where elements of the plastic can leach into the water and into your body.  Some toxins we can not avoid, think of air pollution, toxins inhaled inside the home like from paint, furniture and cleaners.  Since we can not avoid all toxins, it is important to conduct routine detox protocols to inhibit the effects of continual ingestion of many toxic chemicals.

There are two kinds of reactions to toxins in our bodies: acute and cumulative. Acute effects can be seen when heavy amounts of a toxin directly affect you all at once, such as spilling a pesticide onto your skin. The cumulative effect occurs when the toxin is constantly presented to your body in low levels, such as residue on your produce and the effects will hardly be noticed.

In recent years, experts are recognizing inflammatory illness as connected to toxin exposure. There are, of course, genetic tendencies for many illnesses, but it’s the epigenetic factors we’re considering with strategic detoxification.  The principle of epigenetics is that our genetic tendencies can be modified by external exposures and factors. So while you may have some predisposition to inflammatory disease, like fibromyalgia, you may also have some control over whether that predisposition is expressed sooner, later, or not at all.

An example of the problems with a slow and steady toxic exposure is found in a 2011 review on the cumulative exposure to lead. Elderly men with lead content in their blood were found to have lower cognitive function and memory ability, either from childhood exposure or from slow and steady exposures over time.

Metals aren’t the only risk, by any means. In an extensive study published in the Annals of Agri Bio Research in 2012, the effects of a long term buildup of pesticide exposure were listed as follows:

“…impaired memory and concentration, disorientation, severe depression, irritability, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, nightmares, sleepwalking, and drowsiness or insomnia.”

A leading cause of death and frightening proposition – the slow loss of memory and brain function – Alzheimer’s is a force to be reckoned with. And, yet again, while we often think of it as genetic, Alzheimer’s is another example of an illness triggered by environmental factors.

Chemicals are the main concern with Alzheimer’s disease, with a very recent study depicting the threat of “inhalation Alzheimer’s.” You won’t catch these illnesses like a virus spreading from a sneeze, but careless contact with the herbicides, pesticides, processing chemicals and other environmental pollutants build up in our bodies and brains over time, cutting our golden years painfully short.  Other conditions shown to have a large tie to toxic environmental factors like autoimmune disorders, cancer, diabetes, dementia disorders, obesity, leaky gut syndrome and much more.

Minimizing exposure to plastics, keeping indoor air clean, and buying organic are all simple but effective steps you can take to limit your family’s exposure to new and unproven substances.  How can we “detox” our bodies?  Here are a few examples:

  1. Clean Eating – eating the right foods doesn’t mean dieting; it means eating to support a healthy gut flora and a functioning detoxification pathway.  Eating anti-inflammatory meals like green leafy veggies, garlic, tumeric, Apple Cider Vinegar, cruciferous veggies, apples, green tea, milk thistle, cilantro, kimchi, almonds, coconut oil, wild-caught Alaskan fish and other grass-feed lean animal proteins are great sources.  Staying away from sugar, soda, juices, most dairy and most gluten-full breads will help cleanse the gut flora as well.
  2. Water – Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, it helps flush toxins out of the body as a catalyst when you sweat or go to the bathroom.  We are upwards of 70% water, so keep your levels up.
  3. Proper Fitness – Exercise is not simply to improve size and shape; it’s to keep the circulatory system moving and flushing away toxins and disease.  High Intensity Training workouts are a great way to increase oxygen to many tissues and cells of the body.  Studies show that up to 36 hours after these workouts the body is still burning fat.
  4. Deep Breathing – Taking deep breathes will allow your body to take in optimal levels of oxygen and breathe out cellular waste (carbon dioxide).
  5. Chiropractic Adjustments – Treatments help boost your immune response, maintain optimal biomechanical function, lymph flow, decrease inflammation and improve mobility.
  6. Raise your Glutathione levels – Highest in your liver and kidneys, which are your body’s primary detoxification organs. Glutathione is important to your overall immune system, protecting your cells and mitochondria from the damaging effects of oxidative stress and helping keep inflammation at bay.

If interested, we have an amazing Cellular Detox product that helps detox your body on a cellular level.  It is a whole food formula containing powerful probiotics, traditional organ system detoxifiers like chlorella, milk thistle, spirulina, alongside intra-cellular antioxidants like glutathione, catalase and superoxide dismutase to support the body’s defense against toxin-related free radicals (shown to cause a rapid aging process, chronic conditions, inflammtion and cancer).  Our product also boasts fiber from psyllium husk, flax seed meal and glucomannan plus whole body botanical detoxifers like peppermint leaf, fennel seed, ginger root and fenugreek seed with ativated charcoal that effectively binds to toxins helping your body naturally eliminating them.

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As we begin to detox our lives and our bodies, it’s important to remember that prevention is the best medicine. The best rule of thumb to create a lifestyle of minimal exposure is to stick as closely to nature as possible.

When in doubt, seek the guidance of a professional. Never attempt more dramatic detoxification measures without the oversight of a medical professional who is experienced and understands how to proceed.  If your concerns are simply lifestyle related, you can begin to work on the necessary diet, lifestyle, and supplement changes that can help your body get rid of the excess and overcome the exposure that remains.

 

Dr. Eisen will host a Toxicity Workshop in his clinics Enhanced Wellness of Roswell, GA on Tue Nov. 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm and Enhanced Wellness of Johns Creek on Mon Nov 28 at 8:00pm. Call 770-552-7500 to RSVP.

Take a few moments to read through our patient Success Stories and you will see that Dr. Matthew Eisen and the Enhanced Wellness team have experience in helping patients live life to the fullest. If you are ready to try a new approach today in maintaining your health and wellness, then contact us at (770) 552-7500 to make an appointment.

Dr_Matthew_Eisen“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

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