Reducing the intake of toxins

Our liver is an incredible mechanism.

It processes all toxins that enter our body whether they are absorbed through our skin or ingested by food or drink.

The liver changes the toxins so that it can be eliminated safely from our body through sweat, urine or feces. If the toxins aren’t processed properly, they can have an impact on our health and make us very unwell.

This can happen when the liver is overloaded with needing to process many toxins. The liver can only process so much at a time and therefore whatever toxins are backed up, they are released into our system without being processed properly to make them safe.

Having toxins in our system can cause a variety of health issues.

These include –

  • Skin rashes
  • Poor sleep
  • Abnormal feeling of extreme anger and
  • Overheating easily

Many more issues can arise and if they do, it is an indication that your liver needs support and lifestyle changes may be necessary.

Having a liver that is overloaded with toxins can impact your quality of life and your ability to relax as your body is under stress in trying to look after you against the toxins that could be threatening your life.

A way to support your liver and reduce the amount of elements that it needs to process is to be mindful of the substances you ingest or use as part of your lifestyle.

For instance, substances that your liver must process include –

  • Refined sugars
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Pesticides
  • Skincare products
  • Infections and
  • Medications

Most are aware that refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol can have a negative impact on our health if they are overconsumed.

However, substances, like pesticides, can be unknowingly ingested when eating healthy foods such as vegetables and fruit.

To reduce the consumption of pesticides, choose to eat organic vegetables and fruit as often as possible. It is also worth noting that some fruit and vegetables have more pesticide residue than others.

Therefore, if you find that buying organic fruit and vegetables is expensive, then at least try to purchase the organic fruit and vegetables that are normally sprayed the most. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), who tested a variety of produce, created a list of 12 fruit and vegetables that had a high amount of pesticide residue. At the top of the list were strawberries and spinach.

The USDA referred to the list as the most toxic and is known as the ‘Dirty Dozen’. They include –

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes

Furthermore, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), they noted the Clean 15 list, based on USDA testing, did not have as much pesticide residue and therefore are suggested to be ok to buy as non-organic.

Clean 15

  1. Avocadoes
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Frozen sweet peas
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbage
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushroom
  15. Honeydew melons

Which ever list you buy from, always give your produce a thorough wash with water or apple cider vinegar, which will help clear any toxins.

The other substances to be mindful of, include skin care and household products. Many products have chemicals that are easily absorbed into our system especially if we are putting them onto our skin or breathing in the vapours if using them to clean our homes. The best option is to use products that are natural.

There are many products now available, even at most local supermarkets that offer house cleaning and skincare products that are naturally derived or without any harmful chemicals.

In using natural products, you may start to notice issues such as headaches or skin rashes disappear.

It is so important to be aware of the products you use and the food you eat as these things are part of our everyday life, which can have a huge impact on our health and on the way we feel. For instance, you may find it much easier to be in a better mood or to relax when your body is not dealing with an overload of toxins.