Written by: Melissa Deally, Executive Contributor
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I mean the ones inside your body, your liver and kidneys!
Think of your liver and kidneys as the trash cans in your body. Every minute of every day they are working hard to help remove toxins from your body.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, we are bombarded with toxins, of which the top 10 sources are:
Pesticides & DDT
"Electrosmog": from EMFs (electromagnetic fields) all around us
Home Sick (sick buildings and sick homes, built so well and airtight, that trap toxins inside
Skin Care Products
The WHO has published that since World War II we’ve had 144,000 chemical toxins introduced into our world! Over a lifetime of eating and drinking and breathing in toxins, plus adding other toxins to our skin with the use of personal care products, our body gets bogged down and its ability to process these toxins is hampered. When we put toxins directly onto our skin in the form of personal care products, it takes only 26 seconds for these toxins to get directly into our bloodstream. Yes, you read that correctly, 26 seconds and without even the benefit of the liver to try and filter it. The average woman ends up applying over 200 toxins to her skin as she gets ready for her day. We live in a time, where companies get approval for these products to be sold, and then consumer groups must take up the fight after the fact to prove them to be toxic. You cannot rely on everything available in your local supermarket or drugstore as being “safe” for your body and health. In Europe, the rules are more stringent and so they only have 8000 toxins having been introduced, however, we all live in one atmosphere, and the winds and oceans carry the toxins far and wide. We only have to look at what happened after Fukushima in March 2011, it wasn’t long before toxic waste from that nuclear disaster was showing up on the US West Coast.
Your liver is responsible for detoxing your blood every 6 minutes, but if it is burdened with too many toxins, it can’t get that done. It will then store toxins in our adipose tissue (body fat) to keep them out of our bloodstream. Over time, this leads to several factors, such as weight gain, inflammation, hormone imbalances (as your liver is also responsible for detoxing excess estrogen in your body) and other early symptoms of a weakened immune system and body that is out of balance.
In addition to your liver being overburdened, it is also undernourished. This is because of our nutrient deplete soil systems in our world today. Our liver detoxes in 2 phases, and it is in phase II of the detoxification process that the toxins become water-soluble so we can excrete them through our urine, bowels or sweat. The problem is that this phase of detoxification needs very specific nutrients, and those nutrients are no longer in our soil, which means they aren’t in our food and therefore our body doesn’t have enough to complete the job well. Our liver deserves more respect for the hard work it does in our body than we are currently giving it!
A few readers might be having “A-ha” moments right now, about why you might not be able to lose the weight you’ve been trying to lose – it is never as simple as just calories in and calories out, which is why so many struggle to lose weight. We must go deeper and look at the interconnectedness of the body – hormone imbalances can cause you to gain weight, retain water, feel puffy and so can gut imbalances. Guess what! Both can be triggered by your toxic load. Your toxic load is simply a measure of how toxic your body is and what your body is struggling to cope with as a result.
Many of the symptoms that we are quick to “write off” as aging, or seasonal allergies, or genetics, are in fact caused by our toxic load. In our do-do-do, go-go-go world, we’ve stopped listening to our bodies, and ignore our symptoms and push through. Yet our symptoms are our body’s way of talking to us and asking us to do something differently.
Your body talks to you but are you paying attention? It first whispers like a feather, but if you don’t listen it thumps you with a brick and if you still don’t listen, it might whack you with a wrecking ball!
But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom!
The good news is that we can lower your toxic load with a good functional medicine detox. Buying a detox at your local grocery store, or drinking detox teas, will help, but it will still be lacking those key nutrients. It might remove the garbage that is ‘overflowing’, but still leave a full garbage can inside your body. What is really needed in today’s world is a full detox program, that has you literally empty those garbage cans fully, clearing your pathways, and having you enjoy all the benefits of this, such as:
Crystal clear thinking
Deep rejuvenating sleep
Revitalized / youthful energy
Improved memory recall
Weight loss that happens naturally & effortlessly
Repaired digestion and bloating is eliminated
Lower inflammation levels
If none of those reasons motivates you into showing your liver more respect and supporting your body in detoxing this might! Hippocrates said over 2000 years ago that “All disease starts in the gut”, which modern science has only just proven true recently!! Newly understood epigenetics tells us that it isn’t just our genes that dictate our health outcomes but our genes plus the environment we create inside our body, through our lifestyle that dictates our health outcomes and whether we end up with a disease or not. The really important thing here is that the environment we create inside our body is 90 – 95% of that equation and the genes is only 5 – 10%!
your genes + environment inside your body = your health outcomes
(5%-10%) (90%- 95%)
This means YOU have the control to change your health outcomes, by taking action today! You can CHOOSE to create a body that is inhospitable to disease! When the body gets inflamed it triggers cells to turn on those genes that have you predisposed to cancer or diabetes or heart disease or Alzheimer’s/Dementia that your parents or grandparents had. BUT if you choose to create an environment that is inhospitable to disease and have healthy levels of inflammation rather than chronic levels, those cells will never get turned on! Powerful right? You have the power; you just need to know this information and then work with someone who can show you how to create a body that is inhospitable to disease.
This is what I teach my clients every day! I guide them through functional medicine detoxes to ensure their success (I have a 100% success rate, because of the high level of support I offer my clients) which they love! They love how they feel after about the first week of the detox even more! I’m not going to lie, the first few days can be really tough, but it all comes down to your WHY? Why do you want to create a body that is inhospitable to disease – it’s different for everyone, but when you start with an understanding that, you have a powerful motivation to keep you on track during the program.
Have you ever looked around and wondered why with all our medical advancements in the world today, we have a near epidemic number of people suffering from chronic illness? The reality is that all chronic illnesses, are lifestyle diseases, but our medical system and education system do not teach you this. Meanwhile, Big Pharma optimizes shareholder profit over human health and has far more interest in getting you to take a pill every day for the rest of your life, than actually teaching you how to regain your health. It’s sad but true. The most recent stat in the US is that 98% of all doctors’ visits result in a prescription. They don’t have time to teach you anything, they simply write a prescription, send you on your way and say “Next”.
The doctors in Ancient China and India were not paid if their villagers got sick! I love this!! They were highly motivated to teach their villagers how to take proactive action in their health! They still practice prevention today. Ayuverdic Medicine, which is 6000 years old, Latin American cultures, Asian cultures still detox to this day. It is only in the Western World, that we’ve been taught that taking a shower daily is important for good hygiene and good health. It isn’t enough, we’ve completely forgotten about looking after the cleanliness of our inner body, our gut, that part of us that is so integral to our health outcomes as Hippocrates said all those years ago.
Now that you know you are empowered in your health journey; you can choose to take proactive action and create a body that is inhospitable to disease. It all starts with understanding the importance and power of detoxing. The amazing thing about the human body is that when we create the environment for it to heal, it will heal quickly, and it is NEVER too late to start. The best time to start was yesterday, but the perfect time is to make the decision to take the first step in getting started NOW!
If you’d like to know your toxic load level, I invite you to take my “Discover Your Toxic Load” Quiz here: https://bit.ly/mytoxicload and get started today with this small step in your health journey.
“Health isn’t everything, but without it everything else is nothing”
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Melissa Deally, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Melissa Deally is an Integrative Health Practitioner & Registered Health Coach, dedicated to helping her clients get to the root cause of their health issues and truly heal. Melissa’s business is 100% virtual, and she works with the entire English speaking world. Melissa uses a 2 prong approach:
Discover your toxic load and lower it
Discover your body’s imbalances and support them with natural supplements and herbs so the body can come back into balance, at which point it will heal itself. This is done through the use of Functional Medicine lab tests, mailed to your home!
Melissa offers a very high level of support, to ensure her clients’ success, as we navigate the path bringing the body back into balance, while creating new lifestyle habits to ensure lasting results.
Melissa is the winner of the 2021 Quality Care Award by Businesses From The Heart, and has been featured in Pursuit 365, and Fresh Magazine, featuring 365 Canadian Women who lead by example in the everyday pursuit of success, happiness, and achievement. Melissa is also the host of the “Don’t Wait For Your Wake Up Call!” podcast, a podcast offering practical education around health, which ranked in the top 5% of Global podcasts by Listen Notes in the first 3 months of launching.