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Is Your Home Making Your Family Sick? Detox 101

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Perhaps one of the most important things medAge does for patients is teach them about the dangers of environmental toxins—especially in their own homes. Avoiding these often hidden toxins will drastically improve health, reduce risks of cancer, arthritis, infertility, hormone imbalances, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, Parkinson’s Disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and the list goes on.

The human internal toxin load keeps going up in modern life overburdening our built-in detox systems. A multitude of toxins are found these days even in cord blood of newborns. It starts even before birth!

Here are three important things you can do today to reduce your toxic load and become healthier.

  1. Detox your gut– the gut is the front line barrier to entry of toxins into your body. First, remove food sensitivities the most common of which are gluten, dairy, corn and sugar. Pharmaceutical grade detox plans are prescribed to cleanse and chelate toxins from the tissue. The process of detoxification leads to the formation of free radicals and creates intense inflammation so you must have support through the process. Support includes antioxidant supplements and other forms of medical support.
  1. Green your home–Synthetic fragrances in home cleaning and laundry products are often endocrine disruptors causing estrogen dominance like effects and can cause headaches, insulin resistance, obesity, thyroid disease and even arthritis. Many of these products are known to contain ingredients, such as phthalates, that have been shown to increase the growth of breast cancer. Toxic chemicals in other commonly used cleaning, food storage and home renovation products have been linked to a variety of illnesses, infertility and miscarriages—and manufacturers are not even required to specifically list these ingredients (you can find them on the label as “artificial fragrance” or “perfume”). Never heat food or drinks in plastic containers. Even BPA free plastics are not entirely safe. Home electronics “off-gas” chemicals that are neurotoxic and have been shown to lead to ADHD and other neurologic conditions. One study showed that the polluted outdoor air in Times Square was 16 times cleaner than that of the average American home. Avoid products with fragrances, parabens and phthalates. Avoid particle board furniture, new carpets and non low VOC paints. Open your windows at least every other day to exchange the air in your home—all year long.
  1. Hydrate your body— Drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. This may sound like a lot but trust me, if you do it you will feel better. And, you will loose weight faster, have fewer headaches, think more clearly and have fewer mood swings. Avoid tap water, which contains heavy metals, fluoride and chlorine, (that compete with iodine and can cause hypothyroidism), medicines like antibiotics and antidepressants and hundreds of chemicals, many of which are not even measured or regulated. Fluoride causes many, many side effects, weakening bones and increasing your chance of developing osteoporosis and cancer, yet it’s added to almost every municipal water supply in the country.

Summary:

  1. Detox under medical supervision
  2. Go fragrance free or use essential oils if you’d like to add a sweet touch to your home. Open your windows.
  3. Hydrate with purified water.

Great resource for more information: The Environmental Working Group.  Their mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. EWG.org

To Your Optimal Health!  Dr. Laura

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