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The earth is sadly becoming more polluted.  Recently I read about how China is televising sunrise on giant TV screens because Beijing is so clouded in smog. It’s extremely scary but we can all make a difference by changing the way we live. We should be supporting more of our local businesses, thinking about how much we consume and our impact on the earth. My health journey has really made me sit down and think more about these issues and my blog is way to get my voice heard and help all of you move towards a chemical free life. I might not be living in Beijing, but I do live in a major city and with that comes the accumulation of pollution and absorption of chemicals. I’m constantly detoxing my body so that in the long-term I’m healthy; it is also making me realise other aspects of my life that I need to change or let go of. Detoxing helps you become more self-aware not only of your life but also of the planet and I firmly believe everyone should be doing it!

CHEMICAL OVERLOAD SYMPTOMS

A little while back I did a post on how I detox heavy metals out of my system using Zeolite and it got me thinking about doing a series of detoxing tips and general information. I’ve teamed up with my favourite organic beauty company Green People to share some how to’s of detoxing, which you can follow in the coming weeks. I know many people only really think about detoxing as something you do at the beginning of each year and while that’s all well and good, I’m sure that any symptoms you may have had pre-detox you will still continue to have for the rest of the year.

  • Lack of energy
  • Weight problems
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Headaches
  • Pains in muscles and joints
  • Eczema/skin rashes
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Hayfever
  • Seems like you’re forever catching the flu

Do these sound familiar? That used to be me in my late twenties incase you think these complaints are exclusive to the elderly or unfit.  They are now frequently experienced by almost everybody – even children!

‘Detoxification is the biochemistry of handling potentially harmful chemicals that appear within the system and which must be neutralised before they pass from the body’.

~Dr Sidney Baker, specialist in environmental and biochemical aspects of disease.

WHY WE NEED TO DETOX

We are the first generation to be exposed to such a high number of man-made chemicals on a daily basis. Synthetic chemicals are everywhere – in the air we breathe, the food we eat, our drinking water, the floor we walk on, the walls of our home, even the furniture we sit on. We smoke, drink alcohol, eat junk food, take medicines and cover ourselves in man-chemicals using personal care products loaded with synthetic additives. No wonder our poor bodies are suffering and trying to keep up with the overload! Your body tries giving you signals; you just have to listen. There is no exact answer for a symptom of toxic build up as everyone is not affected equally due to differences in body chemistry. We not only look different from one another on the outside, we are also biochemically and genetically unique on the inside. Our bodies are amazing and each of us has the ability to metabolise (break down and get rid of) foreign chemicals, but if we push it too far it can’t cope, systems start failing as we don’t function as well as we potentially could.

Nearly every cell in our bodies have detoxification capabilities, those in the liver carry out a disproportionately large amount of this activity and the gastrointestinal tract plays a prominent part of the immune system, so we need to keep it happy and functioning well. The wrong intestinal organisms, as well as food additives, pesticides, preservatives and chemicals can jeopardise the integrity of these pathways in the gut. So we need to pay attention to our diet, how much exercise we get and the products we use to successfully detoxifying the body. Cleansing your body of its accumulated toxins is a great way to boost well-being. You will be surprised how good you can feel, how much easier it is to loose those pesky pounds, how much clearer you skin will look and overall how much more energy and drive you will have for life.

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