Toxins may be contributing to your weight gain.

You should be counting chemicals instead of calories.

The average US woman uses 12 personal care products and/or cosmetics a day, containing 168 different chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

That’s not including the toxins you get exposed to in drinking water and food.

There are nearly 80,000 synthetic chemicals being used in the U.S. yearly.

How do you get exposed to toxins?

We can be exposed to toxins in a number of different ways. Air pollution, drinking water, lotions, processed foods, plastic food containers,and pesticides all contribute to toxic buildup.  Even constipation can lead to toxic exposure because our bodies need to eliminate waste on a regular basis.

We are seeing a trend with girls starting puberty earlier than ever before.

According to the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group, the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood. (1)

Many chemicals can mimic estrogen in the body leading to excess weight gain and estrogen dominance.

Lipophilic chemicals are stored in fat cells so just losing weight will release the toxins into the bloodstream, not get rid of them.

When your body is full of toxins, it can present with a variety of symptoms. The list of symptoms below has all been linked to toxins in the body.

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Retaining Water
  • Brain Fog
  • Hormone Problems
  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Aches
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Mental Disorders
  • Gut Disorders
  • Weight Gain
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Early Menopause

Just eating Standard American food, processed foods, and fast food will do its part to add in toxins.

Overuse of prescriptions can build toxins. Exposure to heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals in lotions and makeup build toxins. Bacteria and fungus in the body can produce toxins.

The Environmental Working Group lists these toxins as the 12 worst endocrine disruptors…

  • Mercury (neurotoxin found in seafood, dental fillings, and vaccines)
  • Lead (neurotoxin commonly found in drinking water)
  • Fire Retardants
  • Arsenic
  • Perchlorate
  • Bisphenol-A (BPA)
  • Dioxin (alters fat metabolism and fat retention)
  • Perfluorinated Chemicals (disrupts thyroid function and metabolism)
  • Glycol Ethers
  • Atrazine (popular herbicide that is linked to insulin resistance and increased body weight)
  • Phthalates (used in plastics and linked to hormone disruption and abdominal obesity)
  • Organophosphates Pesticides

So how do we reduce the toxins in our environment?

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A water filter is a great start. The average tap water is filled with a number of toxins including chlorine and fluoride. The Berkey Water filter is a smart choice as it’s one of the strongest filters on the market. It can filter out chemicals and toxins from stagnant ponds, pesticides, herbicides and VOC’s all without using electricity. It’s truly an amazing filter.

Consider making a few common products at home such as deodorant. Most deodorants contain aluminum which is toxic for your lymph nodes located in your armpits. This is an easy product to make at home, here is a recipe to try.

Try white vinegar to clean with instead of store bought chemicals. Vinegar cleans very well, better than most cleaners I have used at the store anyway.

Using glass bottles and containers will help reduce BPA that is common in plastics.

Using organic cosmetics and lotions also helps reduce toxins.

Try to buy organic foods when you are able and always wash fruits and vegetables before eating.

So how do you get the toxins out of your insides?

Your body wants to cleanse itself. No matter what disease you’re trying to conquer, you have to address the basics of food. Many symptoms will disappear without any other special intervention. A detox plan that revolves around replacing processed foods with real foods is the most effective choice.

Skin brushing and tongue scraping are important additions to detoxing. These techniques help rid the body of toxins as you are eating clean.

Everyone’s body deserves to be clean. Everyone needs improved energy, a clear mind and a fresh start.

If you think it’s time to detox, I invite you to take a look at our Cleanse Program and get a jumpstart on your health. It’s a simple Cleanse involving real foods and daily breathing techniques, tongue scraping and dry brushing. Give your body the break it needs to repair.

This time next week, you will wish you would have started today. It only takes a few days to start seeing results of a Cleanse.  Be good to your body and let it release those toxins.