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Limit Your Toxic Burden

A guide to decreasing your toxic load.

Our bodies are meant to be auto-regulating and self-healing and able to adapt. Due to our exposure to toxicity and the inability of our systems to process this toxicity, we must first limit the exposure to toxicity, as well as assist the body’s elimination systems.

STEPS TO LIMITING TOXICITY:

1. Avoid microwaved food. Microwaved food lowers WBC (white blood cells) and has no vital energy. US researcher William Kopp found heating meats in a microwave created d-Nitrosodiethanolamine (a well-known cancer-causing agent). Those ingesting micro-waved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers. Microwaved foods had a decreased bioavailability of Vitamins B, C, and E, essential minerals and lipotrophics.

2. Avoid tap water. Tap water is filled with toxic chemicals, hormones, drug residues, viruses, and parasites. Drink filtered or reverse osmosis water.

3. Avoid fluoride. Fluoride lowers immune function by interfering with pineal function, based on the research of Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey, England. Fluoride was associated with an accelerated onset of sexual maturation in animals.

4. Avoid sugars and ‘white foods” with a high glycemic index. Sugar lowers immune function by 80% for 2-5 hours after ingestion.

5. Avoid GMO (genetically modified) foods. GMO food lowers WBC function and interferes with digestive mucosa. Canola oil is a GMO food.

6. In viral infections AVOID corn, rice, wheat, nuts & seeds, and cocoa. These foods stimulate viral growth.

7. Avoid commercial fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticides. Eat organic, especially celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, kale/collard greens, potatoes, imported grapes. (See ewg.org). Avoid commercial tea and coffee since are the most heavily sprayed food crop; drink organic.

8. Avoid commercial meats filled that have been medicated and raised in feed lots. Choose non-medicated meats, preferably organic. Choose free range eggs.

9. Eat adequate protein. Protein deficiency depresses the immune system.

10. Avoid high fat diet, no more than 30% fat. High fat diets depress the immune system.

11. Avoid excessive alcohol intake. Alcohol impairs cellular immunity.

12. Avoid mercury, by avoiding fish with high to moderate mercury contamination. Mercury is a neurotoxin and damages the kidneys. (See www.NRC.org) for a list. Highest in mercury are king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish, and Ahi tuna. Avoid getting mercury fillings.

13. Avoid hand sanitizers and other anti-microbial soaps and fibers. They disrupt the normal flora of the skin and cause a shift in the balance of WBCs to create more allergies. Simple soap and water is best.

14. Avoid exposure to other toxic and volatile chemicals where possible. These include but are not limited to: scented air fresheners especially the plug-ins, nonstick pans, toluene containing nail polish, paint thinners, dry cleaning solvents, DEET, etc.

15. Avoid xeno estrogens. Avoid keeping or heating food or drinks in plastic wrap or flexible plastic containers. Plastics to avoid are the ones marked with the recycling symbol #3 (vinyl or PVC), #6 (polystyrene) and #7 (polycarbonates), especially when heated. (Not all #7 plastics are polycarbonates, the only way to know is to call the manufacturer). Choose plastic containers marked “BPA free”. Limit canned food that is usually lined with BPA by choosing fresh or frozen vegetables (except for Eden organics, whose cans are not lined with BPA). BPA has effects on the developing brain, breast and prostate cancer. Phthalates, such as DEHP are used in plastic food wrap, and has been shown to affect male reproductive development, sperm quality, and male hormone levels. Choose unlined stainless steel or glass containers.

16. Avoid body care products and cosmetics with parabens and petroleum based products (mineral oil). Other products to avoid are aluminum based deodorants, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), TEA, and propylene glycol. Evaluate your cosmetics and body care products at cosmeticsdatabase.com, or look for safe alternative products and more information at lesstoxicguide.ca.