Happy Spring! What a great time to think about spring cleaning and a detox protocol. Alan McGowan, president of the Scientists’ Institute for Public Information stated “Environmental pollution is one of the most serious problems facing humanity today.”
That being said, I will give you some examples of the pollution we are facing nationally and world wide. In 1989 the following was released into the environment:
- Over 500,000,000 pounds of industrial chemicals were dumped into the public sewage system.
- More than 1,000,000,000 pounds of chemicals were released into the ground, threatening our natural ground water.
- Over 188,000,000 pounds of chemicals were discharged into surface waters, ie. lakes and rivers.
- More than 2,400,000,000 pounds of air emissions were pumped into the atmosphere.
- The grand total of chemical pollutants released into the environment was 5,705,670,380 pounds.
That is enough chemicals to fill a line of semi-trailers parked bumper to bumper, with a cargo capacity of 45,000 each, stretching from Los Angeles to Des Moines, Iowa! Remember, that was in 1989….since then, we have had 24 years of accumulated toxins and numerous new chemicals to deal with. In addition to the problem of a toxic environment, we have refined out much of the nutritional value of our food and replaced it with artificial colorings, preservatives,and flavorings, to name just a few. The poor quality diet coupled with a toxic environment and extensive use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture has set the stage for an internal imbalance that creates internal pollution. The antibiotics and external chemicals destroys the beneficial bacteria and allows for harmful bacteria to grow, which leads to a toxic internal environment.
In the United States, we allow over 10,000 food and chemical additives into our food supply. The average American eats about 14 pounds of additives per year. In addition to colorings, preservatives, flavorings, and emulsifiers, we consume and average of 120 pounds of sugar and 8 pounds of salt. One thing I haven’t mentioned is that there are many chemicals in our environment that we don’t think about. The dyes, paint solvents, new carpet, glues, acids, cleaning agents, insecticides, etc. It would be prudent to go through your environment and evaluate your total toxic load and remove every thing you can. At least have the offending substances in the garage or an outdoor shed if possible. You may also want to think about some type of air purification system and a water purification system.
Now….let’s talk DETOX ! First and foremost, consuming a diet with plenty of fresh organic foods. Avoid refined sugar, foods with additives and preservatives and saturated fat. Eat high quality fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates to balance out your diet. I would suggest consuming as many vegetables as you can and salads on a daily basis and drinking an ample amount of pure water. The formula for water consumption is to divide your weight in half and that is the amount of water in ounces you should consume on a daily basis.
In the past, it was believed that a water or juice fast was adequate for a detox program. The idea was that the body could eliminate the
toxins when the stress of digestion was removed. It is now known that the detoxification process is a nutrient dependent process and just water or juice isn’t enough. There are medical foods that will aid in the detoxification process and the needed nutrients are contained within those products. Detoxification primarily involves the intestines, liver/gallbladder and kidneys but every tissue and cell becomes involved. Nutrients that support the intestines will include the probiotics, L-Glutamine, Zinc and some of the B vitamins.
The liver will require not only the B vitamins but A, E, C, L-Glutamine, N-acetylcysteine and possibly some additional nutrients
to support and protect the liver as it detoxifies. The kidney will need A,C, some B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and potassium for support. Remember that everyone is different and each individual may need additional nutrients to support their process of detoxification and may need more than one detox program to reach the level of health they desire.
As always, if you need any additional information, the staff at Fresh and Natural will be more than happy to assist you with your questions regarding your health needs. If you require more information you can always contact me at my office.
Yours in Health,
Paul Westby DC, DACBN