The truth about toxins…[important]
When I started as a personal trainer over a decade ago, I thought I knew all there was to know about getting people the body they wanted and improving their health. However, after years of counting calories, trying diet after diet and excessive exercising, I was left feeling fatigued and frustrated all the time like so many of my personal training clients.
At times, I felt like giving up. I loathed my thighs, hated wearing short dresses, and when skinny jeans came on the scene, I thought there was no way in hell I would ever fit into a pair!
To top it all off, I found out I was suffering from hormone imbalances, digestive issues, and was eventually diagnosed with a thyroid autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto’s.
Instead of giving up, I funneled my frustration into finding the answer to what was stopping my clients and myself from having the body and energy we desired. Lo and behold, I found that diet and exercise just aren’t enough sometimes.
The body is a complex system and I had been ignoring some really important pieces of the puzzle, one of which is cleansing the body of toxins that contribute to a sluggish liver!
In 2016, a study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) showed that up to 420 toxins have been found in the human body across different populations.
In this modern-day world, our bodies are facing the largest toxic burden ever known to humankind. Before now, there has never been a time in human existence when so many chemicals existed.
As chemical production and use has increased over the years, we have also seen a steady rise in chemical-related health disorders such as:
- Hormone imbalances
- Autoimmune conditions
- Seasonal allergies, colds, and the flu
- Brain fog and dementia-like conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome and general digestive upset
Everywhere you turn, toxins and chemicals are lurking in your water, food, air, furniture, personal care, and cleaning products.
But you can’t live in a bubble, so what can you do to support your body during these burdensome times?
In this week’s video and blog, I break down exactly what toxins are doing to your body and how you can offset your exposure to them to feel your best.
The liver plays a HUGE role in eliminating toxins. When it’s overloaded with this work, it can’t convert hormones or regulate our metabolism like it’s supposed to in order for us to shed pounds and have energy.
You obviously can’t live in a bubble to avoid all of these toxins in the environment but there are actions you can take to minimize your exposure and to support the liver in doing its job so you can improve or maintain your health.
Let’s first explore exactly what toxic chemicals can do to your body using the pesticide Glyphosate as an example…
It can immobilize certain nutrients and alter the nutritional makeup of the treated crop. This means you won’t really get any vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients from food exposed to Glyphosate.
It decreases the availability of essential amino acids (aka protein building blocks) needed to maintain muscle mass and rebuild cells that the body can only get from food sources.
It contributes to imbalances with good and bad gut bacteria, which leads to digestive issues, various food allergies, or sensitivities.
It increases inflammation, which overloads the immune system, rendering it too weak to fight off the common allergies, cold, and flu viruses.
It shuts down detoxifying enzymes in the body, and therefore enhances the damaging impacts of other food-borne chemical residues or environmental toxins, and burdens the liver.
It promotes the creation of ammonia in the body which can lead to brain inflammation. This has been associated with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and other cognitive impairments.
Some studies have also shown how Glyphosate disrupts progesterone production, negatively impacts female egg availability and development, alters estrogen levels promoting breast cancer, and disturbs overall steroid hormone balance.
Ugh. It seems overwhelmingly bad, I know, but there is hope. There’s a lot you can do to reduce the impacts that Glyphosate and other chemicals have on your body.
To offset exposures to pesticides (a main source of toxins) you can:
- Eat organic and non-GMO foods as much as possible
- Drink and cook with only filtered water
- Consume naturally detoxifying foods such as beets, lemons, grapefruit, and dandelion
- Avoid food crops most commonly contaminated with pesticides (even if organic)
- Boost your liver’s detox capacity by using a castor oil pack 3 times a week or more
Even small exposures to toxins and chemicals have a large impact on your overall health and can contribute to weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, digestive upset, autoimmune issues, hormone imbalances, and much more.
Taking action to reduce toxic exposures as much as possible will result in long-lasting positive effects on your health and wellbeing.
If you’ve been eating healthy, exercising, and “doing all of the right things” with little to no weight loss or health improvements, toxins such as Glyphosate might be tripping you up, causing hormone imbalances, leaky gut, and overwhelming the immune system, and keeping you from getting results.
To help you tackle this piece of the puzzle, I’m hosting a FREE Online Workshop – The Daily Detox: No Juices, Gimmicks, or Supplements Required!
Date: Thursday, April 29th
Time: 5pm PST / 8pm EST
Location: REGISTER HERE
During this webinar, I’ll be going into even more detail about how you can detox your body daily and naturally so you can unburden your body, boost your energy, shed some pounds, and get back to feeling like your less toxic self again!
Plus, when you register for the webinar you’ll get my Toxins Checklist instantly!
In this workshop, we’ll cover:
- How toxins are draining your energy by contributing to thyroid, adrenal, gut, and overall health dysfunction
- Where toxins are hiding in your home and what you can do about it
- Why juicing doesn’t work for detoxing toxins and what you should be doing instead
- How to support your body’s daily detoxing abilities without expensive supplements and juices
You’ll definitely want to attend this webinar if…
- You suffer from a thyroid condition, adrenal and/or gut issues, and possibly other unexplained health problems
- You need caffeine to make it through the day and constantly crave carbs or sweets
- You’re ready to get rid of stubborn and embarrassing belly bloat for good!
- You’ve put on a few pounds (or more!), don’t know why and no matter what you do for exercise and diet, they won’t budge
- You want to cleanse your body but fear giving up your favorite foods or investing in expensive juices or supplements
Plus, we could all use a serious toxin cleanse after being cooped up for so long during the pandemic.
Let’s be honest, your eating and drinking habits have probably been less than ideal this past year. Summer is right around the corner so it’s time to get back on track, detox the corona crap, and get back to feeling like your best self.
If you can’t make it live, no worries! A recording will be made available to everyone who registers.