Functional Medicine & Wellness

Detox: What Is Your Body Getting Rid Of?

At Omnia Health, we like to cut to the chase. So here it goes — whether you know it or not, your body is exposed to harmful chemicals on a daily basis. Your liver, kidneys, large intestine, lymphatic system, and sweat glands work in collaboration to prevent these toxins from building up in your body. This process is called detoxification and the liver plays the largest and most important role.

As the all-star detox organ, the liver is necessary for processing nutrients and hormones. At the same time, it is responsible for removing waste products that result from normal bodily functions. The liver also aids in breaking down and removing naturally occurring external toxins and man-made toxicants such as: 

  • Farm chemicals
  • Air pollutants, and chemicals from personal care products 
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications 
  • Food additives, colorings, flavor enhancers, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners 
  • Alcohols 
  • Volatile organic compounds such as those found in fragrances and air fresheners 
  • Metals like mercury, lead and arsenic

 

This list is just the beginning. There are many items in our environment and households that expose our bodies to toxins. Some of which we are aware of and some of which we are not. They say that knowledge is power and we agree. But more important, putting that knowledge to good use is what actually makes it powerful.

Unexpected Sources Of Toxins

After conducting more research, scientists are realizing that chemicals found in a wide array of household goods are more toxic than previously thought. This makes it all the more important to do your research, build awareness, and take action to eliminate toxin exposure to the best of your abilities. 

Since 2009, 595 cosmetics manufacturers have reported using 88 chemicals in more than 73,000 products that have been linked to cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm.

Source: The Environmental Working Group

Check out this article that calls out 20 toxic everyday items. The list includes things like plastic food containers, cosmetics, baby care products, shower curtains, and more. Unfortunately, toxins are not always where we expect them to be. Our homes are filled with items we assume to be safe, which unfortunately is not always the case. Not cool. What is cool, however, is that once you identify these harmful products, you can control what you are exposed to and what goes into your body. 

The Importance Of Proper Detoxification

Human beings naturally create toxins in our bodies that have to be processed and excreted – like hormones. We are also exposed to external toxins. When we don’t do our part to help the liver detox more efficiently, the toxins can build up within our systems and cause us to become very sick.

Research has shown there are many symptoms related to the buildup of toxins, including: 

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss resistance
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Allergies
  • Behavior and mood disorders
  • Neurological conditions
  • Cancer
  • Several other diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia

 

This long list of health issues are likely to be alleviated when properly implementing a detox food plan. There’s no denying that detoxification has a track record for allowing our patients to experience an improved sense of overall wellbeing

When you’re ready to rid yourself of harmful, unwanted toxins, Omnia Health is ready to help you experience the detox difference. Let’s get started!

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