As we begin the second quarter of 2020, the world is still racing to find answers amidst the Corona Virus pandemic. During this time, finding ways to bolster your body’s defenses and better protect yourself from harmful germs is more important than ever.
In order to give yourself more protection, reducing your body’s toxins, both environmentally and internally is key.
Let’s take a look at exactly what your total toxic burden could be, and then show you ways you can reduce and even eliminate those toxins to give your immune system a major boost. Who wouldn’t want to have added immune protection right now and going forward?
What is Your Total Toxic Burden?
Our bodies are bombarded with countless toxic compounds on a daily basis. Every day we wake to both environmental and internal toxins that attack us. Whether it comes from the food and water we consume, the air we breathe, or the products we come into contact with, our daily exposure is enormous. From the moment we put our feet on the floor to begin the day we come into contact with toxins.
We are designed to deal with small amounts of toxins and process them out through our natural detoxification systems. Problems arise when our bodies can no longer keep up with the amount of toxins building up inside us.
Your total toxic burden is the accumulation of all the different toxins in your body at any given time. Think of your total toxic burden like a bucket. Your body is equipped to handle enough toxins that can be contained in this “toxin bucket”. But when toxin exposure exceeds your body’s detox abilities, that bucket spills over.
What Contributes to Your Total Toxic Burden?
Toxins that contribute to your total toxic burden are everywhere. They fall into two categories: exotoxins and endotoxins.
Exotoxins are toxins that you’re exposed to externally. This can be from polluted air, contaminated food or water, or from contact with the various chemicals in day-to-day materials. Some of the most commonly occurring exotoxins are:
Heavy Metals: Materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and others can be found in tap water, cookware, personal care products, and beauty products.
VOC’s: Volatile Organic Compounds are toxic gasses that are emitted from many household materials like carpet, paint, furniture, or cleaning products.
Pesticides: This is an umbrella term that refers to NUMEROUS chemicals that are used to kill insects, rodents, weeds, and other microorganisms in the agricultural industry. The widespread use of pesticides has left our soil, groundwater, and food contaminated and making exposure inevitable.
Mold: Exposure to toxic mold is quite common. The most common routes of exposure are through contaminated food or from mold in homes or office buildings.
EMF Radiation: EMFs or electromagnetic fields are emitted from electronics like cell phones, computers, and wifi routers. They cause oxidative stress and act as harmful toxins in the body.
Phthalates & Parabens: These harmful chemicals are widely used in cosmetic products, personal care products, and cleaning supplies.
PCB’s: PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls are a class of highly toxic chemicals that were banned in the 1970s. Unfortunately, because they’re highly resistant to breakdown, PCB’s are still showing up everywhere thanks to prevalent environmental contamination.
It’s impossible to completely avoid toxins because they’re everywhere in the environment, but there are measures you can take to decrease your body’s toxic burden.
Endotoxins are toxins that you’re exposed to internally. Here are some examples of endotoxins:
Yeast Overgrowth: Yeast or candida overgrowth can not only disrupt your healthy gut flora, but it also produces the toxin acetaldehyde.
Intestinal Bacteria: Your intestines contain trillions of microorganisms that are supposed to work in conjunction with your body. But when the balance of your gut flora gets out of whack and “bad” organisms begin to outnumber beneficial bacteria, it creates a toxic environment.
Hidden Infections: Hidden underlying infections like Lyme disease or Epstein Barr can wreak havoc on your body, are often difficult to pinpoint and diagnose, and can totally exhaust and deplete your immune system.
Stress: Stress of any kind is often an overlooked toxin. Chronic, daily stress is one of the most toxic and detrimental influences on overall health. It overworks the adrenal glands to the point of the “adrenal gas tank” running on empty.
Medications: While some medications are necessary, in general, they contribute to your toxic burden due to the numerous chemicals, fillers, and binders found in them.
So, not only are you exposed to toxins from the environment, but also from within your own body – and sometimes it’s unavoidable.
Signs Your Toxic Burden is High:
The problem with having a high total toxic burden is that most times, it’s difficult to pinpoint. It’s easier to diagnose and understand cases of acute toxicity. But the slow and steady accumulation of toxins in the body typically presents in a much sneakier, and unclear way. It’s this steady build-up that slowly overloads your body’s detoxification mechanisms and interrupts normal processes.
Because of this gradual accumulation, symptoms often show up in vague ways like:
Memory loss and difficulty concentrating
Muscle aches and joint pain
Digestive: gas, bloating, diarrhea, foul-smelling stools, heartburn
Skin problems: rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne
Food cravings and trouble losing weight
Sinus congestion and post-nasal drip
If these stressors are not addressed, your total toxic accumulation continues to climb, throwing your body more out of whack and will contribute to more serious conditions like:
Progressive immune dysfunction
Endocrine disorders: thyroid, adrenal, male/female hormones
Allergies or asthma
What’s even more alarming, is that a high total toxic burden can put a serious damper on your immune system, making you more susceptible to infectious diseases and chronic illnesses.
How Your Toxic Burden Impacts Your Immune System:
Your immune system’s job is to identify, neutralize, and eliminate foreign invaders from the body. When your body recognizes a toxin, it targets the toxin and gets to work on removing it. It’s designed to be like a well-oiled machine, constantly working to protect you from harmful compounds and organisms.
But when your total toxic burden gets too high, causing your “toxin bucket” to overflow, your immune system is forced into overdrive. This causes chronic low-level inflammation – meaning your immune system is chronically stuck working overtime just to keep up. But it can only keep up that pace for so long.
Eventually, your immune system becomes worn-out and gets weaker and less effective. As your immune system becomes suppressed, it compromises your body’s ability to detox from harmful substances. And as your body’s ability to detox is compromised, more and more toxins build up. This creates a vicious cycle that continually weakens your immune system.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to start reducing your toxic burden and healing your immune function right away.
What You Can Do to Reduce Your Total Toxic Burden:
When it comes to reducing your total toxic burden, I recommend a two-pronged approach:
Reducing your exposure at all cost
Enhancing your body’s ability to detox
By approaching your total toxic burden with these tactics, it addresses both sides of the equation and helps restore balance in your body as quickly as possible. Let’s look at some ways you can get started on reducing your total toxic burden.
Reduce Your Total Toxic Burden by Avoiding Exposure
It’s impossible to avoid exposure to toxins. But there are some simple ways you can minimize exposure to reduce the amount of toxins you come in contact with on a daily basis. Here are some changes that’ll give you the most bang for your buck and drastically reduce your toxic exposure levels.
Address Potential Mold:
Because exposure to mold and mycotoxins is so common and is often easily overlooked, investigating potential exposure sources is always a good idea.
Be Mindful of Household & Personal Products:
Most cleaning products and personal products are chock-full of harmful chemicals.
Natural products are just as effective without the toxic side effects. OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate and OnGuard laundry detergent by doTerra as well as good ‘ole distilled white vinegar are natural and chemical free detergents and cleaners that do amazing jobs WITHOUT adding to your toxic load!
Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet:
The food you eat either contributes to inflammation or helps combat inflammation. Focus on eating an anti-inflammatory diet high in fresh, organic, in season vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, and high-quality protein sources. That way you’ll reduce toxins that are found in processed foods. And at the same time, you’re helping your body retaliate against unavoidable toxins by giving it the vitamins and minerals it needs!
Clean Up Your Air & Water:
Indoor air is notoriously polluted – up to 10 times more polluted than outside air. I strongly suggest investing in a quality air filter since we spend most of our time indoors.
Water is essential for life and especially important when it comes to helping your body properly detox. Unfortunately, water can also be highly polluted with countless toxins and chemicals. A high-quality water filter can help remove harmful impurities – leaving you with the purest and highest quality water possible. I recommend the Zero Water Filter.
Minimize EMF Radiation:
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) may be invisible, but the damage they can cause is real. Constant exposure to EMFs in our ultra-connected world can contribute significantly to your overflowing bucket of toxins. While it’s impossible and unnecessary to avoid all EMF exposure, simply shutting off electronics and keeping them out of your bedroom can go a long way.
Reduce Your Total Toxic Burden by Enhancing Detoxification
Equally as important as minimizing exposure in the first place, is giving your body’s detoxing capacity a boost. Here are some of the most powerful detox-enhancing tips:
Focus on Gut Health:
Your digestive tract plays a crucial role in processing and excreting toxins:
Having regular bowel movements is crucial to reducing and eliminating toxins
Having a healthy and balanced gut flora keeps your immune system running on all cylinders
Maintaining the health and integrity of your intestinal lining ensures harmful compounds don’t accidentally make their way into your bloodstream
Alternative Detox Methods:
Some other effective methods you can use to help your body detox include:
Meditation and Yin Yoga (check out Aaron Pareigis’s FB Live yoga classes while still being quarantined! He’s an outstanding instructor.)
I suggest incorporating some or all of these into your detox routine for the best results.
Set Yourself up for Success:
I am a firm believer that you are your own best advocate in many areas, especially when it comes to your personal health issues. While it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, especially when in the midst of a pandemic, I am determined to remind my patients that, you do in fact, hold immense power over your own health.
Implementing the strategies outlined here to help reduce your toxic burden is a powerful way to strengthen your immune system and bolster your body’s defenses against potentially harmful toxins and germs.
Now, it’s time to hear from you:
Were you surprised to learn how everyday toxins and how many there are can be compromising your immune system?
What steps are you taking to minimize your toxic burdens?
Be & Stay Well,
Meditation and Yin Yoga (check out Aaron Pareigis’s FB Live yoga classes while still