Our bodies absorb toxins in every arena of life. We apply chemicals to our skin or absorb them from the air around us. This can cause inflammation. It also increases the body’s production of free radicals, thus increasing our likelihood of developing chronic health problems.
There are two classes of toxins. The first is exogenous, which are toxins originating from our surrounding environment. The second is endogenous, and we make these in our body.
Today we are going to share a few tips to help you reduce the exogenous toxins which you absorb through your daily food and water consumption.
We will also outline how filtered water plays a role in cleaning toxins in the body.
Tips to Reduce Toxins in Your Food and Water
You can reduce your body’s exposure to pesticides by switching to organic food products. This includes dairy products, as well as free-range meats and eggs.
Refer to the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to educate yourself before your next trip to the grocery store. Although there are various fruits and vegetables which may be more important to eat organic, strawberries and apples tend to be bad culprits for pesticide residue.
It is also important to note that water can have many toxins in it. Consuming unfiltered water can increase the toxic load on your body. Water quality will vary from city to city, but in general, it is better to filter your tap water with a multi-stage carbon filter or reverse osmosis filter.
Try to avoid bottled water in soft plastic containers, or plastic water bottles which have been in a hot car. In both cases, the plastic can leach into the water and contribute to your body’s toxic load.
Instead, replace your plastic water bottles with glass when possible. Do not store or microwave your food in plastic containers. While it is easy to use (and reuse) plastics without conscious thought, they can also disrupt hormones in your body.
Cleansing and Water
Cleansing increases the mobilization of toxins in our bodies. It’s important that we do everything possible to support the elimination of these toxins. Otherwise they remain in our system.
Normal detoxification and elimination pathways include our skin, kidneys, urinary tract, liver, bowel, and lungs.
There are a few ways that you can ensure that your detoxification and elimination pathways are working well. Drinking plenty of filtered water, sweating often through exercise and in a sauna, and regular physical movement help to keep our kidneys functioning well and helps to flush the toxins out of our lymphatic system.
We are so excited to be hosting the 10th Annual KW Cleanse kick-off event on Tuesday April 24th. Consider joining us to learn more about cleansing and reducing your toxic burden!