Detoxification has become a necessity of modern life
Our environment is full of toxic chemical compounds. If we could see the harmful chemicals we would probably freak out. It can be mind-numbing to consider the scope of the problem. Most of us are powerless to change our circumstances so that we could somehow escape exposure. The baby boomers are the first generation to grow up during the chemicalization of America. It has only gotten worse, much worse. The children being born today already have over 100 chemicals in their systems at birth. Exposure just continues to grow from there.
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce your exposure to the many chemicals in our lives. We can also support our natural detox systems in the body. So the big idea is to live cleaner as best you can, improve nutrition to support health, and help your body detox by regular and periodic cleansing.
In this interview Dr. Michael Murray will discuss the issues related to detox and cleansing. How does the body get rid of and/or neutralize harmful chemicals? Our bodies are amazing in the ways in which we deal with the many forms of assaults we face daily. What are the risks from a lifetime of exposure to hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals? It is bad enough to understand the risks of one chemical in the body, but what about the synergistic effect of many chemicals together? No one knows. How many of today’s health challenges are made worse by this exposure? Being naturally healthy requires that we consider how to avoid those toxins in the first place and how to get rid of the ones we have.
A toxin is defined as any compound that has a detrimental effect on cell function or structure.
- Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic
- Phthalates are found in plastics
- Acrylamide is a chemical in starchy fried foods such as french fries
- Industrial chemicals like dioxins, furans, PBDEs (fire retardants) and PCBs
- Chlorine in drinking water
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Pest repellents
- Volatile organic compounds (solvents)
- Tobacco smoke byproducts
We must face the fact that we are swimming in a sea of toxins. The best we can do is avoid what is possible for us to avoid and help our bodies to purify. Our body is always cleansing, detoxifying and purifying. Imagine your home if you did not get rid of waste in a timely and efficient manner? What if garbage and waste were allowed to accumulate? The result would not be a pleasant place to reside. If your body does not efficiently eliminate toxins, then your internal environment becomes more and more toxic and a risk to your health. This is why we detoxify on a regular basis.
Dr. Murray will discuss the Purify products from Enzymedica. When you are looking for cleansing products make sure your understand the distinctions between products and how they work. Like everything else in the supplement world, not all cleansing products are the same. So choose wisely. It is also critical to remember that the body has several ways to eliminate toxins and waste. Your liver is the primary organ for detoxify chemicals. Your kidneys filter our toxins. You release toxins through your breath, skin, kidneys and bowels. All of these avenues of elimination are important and you can support their functions independently.
Dr. Murray created the Purify program to offer a comprehensive programs that aids cleansing and detox throughout the year. There is the Complete Body Cleanse which is a 10 day program which is good to do several time a year. Purify Liver Detox will assist your liver with the heavy lifting of eliminating the toxins such as those in the above list. To truly support the body’s detoxification processes, you must support the health of your liver. This is more of a long-term lifestyle decision. This is particularly important because once the detox system becomes overloaded, toxic metabolites accumulate and we can become progressively more sensitive to other chemicals, even ones normally considered not toxic.
The Long-Term Approach to Detoxification
Stay away from:
- Bad oils such as corn, safflower, soy and anything hydrogenated
- Refined sugar foods and beverages
- Diet soda
- High mercury fish
- Excessive alcohol
- Reduce exposure to chemicals whenever possible.
Load up your diet with foods that are rich in components that help protect the liver from damage and improve liver function. These include:
- High sulfur-containing foods (garlic, legumes, onions, and eggs
- Good sources of water-soluble fibers (pears, oat bran, apples, and legumes)
- Cabbage family vegetables (especially broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage)
- Many herbs and spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger
Here is the payoff: Your ability to detoxify is closely tied to how you feel. So if you want to feel more energetic, have greater clarity of thought, more happiness, and a greater passion for living, then these are some of the potential benefits of detoxification. The potential for living longer and healthier if greater when you are well nourished and eliminate waste and toxins efficiently.
About Dr. Murray
Dr. Michael Murray has become the Chief Science Officer for Enzymedica. Here’s what Dr. Murray has to say about this:
“My mission in life is to not only increase the awareness of natural products, but also to act as a catalyst towards revolutionizing medicine. Over the past year there occurred a cascade of events that made it clear that Enzymedica was the best vehicle for me to achieve my personal mission in life. It is that simple.
Enzymedica now has a close, strategic relationship with the Roskamp Institute. This non-profit research organization is performing cutting edge research for organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD) and the European Union (EU) . Renowned for their team’s research on Alzheimer’s disease, Gulf War Illness, and other complex diseases, I will be working closely with the Roskamp Institute towards developing better answers for improving brain health, the human microbiome, and, of course, digestion.
The resources and expertise available to Enzymedica are now beyond that of any other company in the dietary supplement arena. Having access to these resources will be an incredible experience and allow me to create even better science-based solutions that will find their way to your shelves and in my writings.”
Dr. Michael Murray is the author of over 30 books, including “The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine,” and has been recently named “The Voice of Natural Medicine” by Nutrition Business Journal.