CAT | Toxins and Health
You’ve turned the clocks forward, so now what? Before you start stacking your “spring cleaning” to-do list with tasks like organizing the closets, repotting the plants and planning a garage sale to get rid of all the clutter, ask yourself this: What about the clutter on the inside?
We are constantly being bombarded by harmful toxins from our air, food, water, household cleansers and other products we use each day, and over time those toxins can build up in the body and cause our health to decline. The good news? Regular cleansing and detoxification can help reduce our toxic burden by helping the body more efficiently eliminate harmful toxins.† Here are three important reasons you should add “Spring Detox” to your to-do list!
- Jumpstart Weight Loss: One of the best ways to jumpstart your weight loss program is with cleansing.† Studies show toxins are commonly stored in fat cells in the body, so the more fat cells you have, the more toxins your body will retain. As you lose weight, however, those toxins are drawn out and released into the bloodstream. There, they can inhibit your weight loss efforts by slowing down metabolism and making it harder to burn fat, which is why regular internal cleansing is often recommended.†
- Better Digestion: A buildup of toxins in the body can overwhelm our natural cleansing organs, especially the bowel (or colon), causing the digestive process to become sluggish and contributing to problems such as occasional constipation, gas and bloating. Cleansing the colon helps purge unwanted toxins and waste, and clears the way for other organs to function properly.† Look for a total-body cleansing program with an added colon cleanse to stimulate healthy bowel function and promote at least one healthy bowel movement daily.†
- Support for Your Natural Detox Channels: Your body has seven key channels of elimination that help filter and remove harmful toxins and waste from the body: the blood, bowel (colon), kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, liver and skin. If any one of these channels is not functioning properly, overall health can suffer. For this reason, many natural health practitioners recommend a total-body cleanse at the beginning of each new season to help the body cope with its constant task of eradicating problematic toxins.†
Make it your goal to cleanse at least twice a year to flush out toxins and waste.† A spring total-body cleanse can help restore digestive regularity and overall health after a period of cold-weather stagnation†, but there are also cleanses formulated specifically to jumpstart weight loss and address particular issues such as liver health, exposure to heavy metals, , and microbial and yeast imbalance (particularly in women).†
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It was a small study, but the results are concerning nonetheless. Recently a team of researchers from the EPA’s National Exposure Research Library in Cincinnati collected nearly 300 samples from 68 water taps throughout the United States—including household sinks, drinking fountains and even a refrigerator water dispenser—and found nearly half of them tested positive for traces of Legionella pneumophila.
L. pneumophila is a bacterium that causes a severe form of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease, which, though relatively rare, can be fatal in some cases. It was one of the first studies to look for the presence of the bacterium in water taps, and key findings were published in the February 2014 edition of the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Specifically:
- 32 taps contained traces of L. pneumophila in at least one sample
- 11 of those 32 taps contained the bacterium in multiple samples
Though additional research is planned to determine how the bacterium got there in the first place, it should be noted that the disease is mainly contracted by breathing in mist from bacteria-infected water. According to the Mayo Clinic website:
Most people become infected when they inhale microscopic water droplets containing legionella bacteria. This might be the spray from a shower, faucet or whirlpool, or water dispersed through the ventilation system in a large building.i
In some less common cases, the disease is contracted through aspiration (when contaminated water enters the lungs as the result of coughing or choking) or through contact with contaminated soil.