Welcome to day 2! I hope you’re ready to dig in and begin with a very important aspect to accelerating your health. Now that you’ve reviewed your health history and beliefs and set your intention to improve your health- today we are going to focus on physical detoxification – how to help your body detoxify.
First, it is critical for you to understand that your level health, reflects the functioning within your 50 trillion cells. Your cells are designed to function with ease and produce health. Normal functioning creates health, while dysfunction and produces dis-ease.
Here’s a simple formula that is the foundation of everything I will share with you today and throughout my 7 day challenge:
Health = Nutrients–Toxins+ Movement*
That asterisk is there, because in a few days, I will share with you amazing information about the paradox of movement.
Everything you’re exposed to affects your internal environment and your health. Your cells fundamentally recognize and respond biochemically to everything you in your life, as either a nutrient or a toxin. It’s either good and healthy or harmful and unhealthy. It’s profoundly simple. A healthy environment creates health, while an unhealthy one creates disease.
It takes a lot of cellular dysfunctioning to create a dis-ease, because your cells are also designed to easily repair and regenerate what’s wrong.
How to Create a Healthy Internal Environment
The first thing you want to do is reduce your exposure to and remove toxins. You might wonder why I didn’t begin with nutrients, since that’s the first ingredient of my health formula. It’s important to focus first on removing what you don’t need, then add the good ones-the nutrients.
All ancient healing traditions and many contemporary ones begin with detoxifying your body. Your cells already do that, and certain organs, your liver and kidneys, specialize in removing toxins from your entire body. And you can help the process.
Stop Eating Processed Food! The vast majority of Americans consume over 70% processed food. It is a major contributor to the dramatic rise in chronic diseases. The truth is, it’s not healthy, and a lot of it, really stretches the definition of food. You must eliminate it from your diet. As much as you can (which quite honestly, should be all of it. Period. Our reliance on processed foods is one of the leading causes of our skyrocketing rates of obesity and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, asthma, and many, many more. Processed foods, especially fast foods are known to cause brain shrinkage, cognitive impairment and lower IQ scores.
Processed foods contain harmful toxins, food additives, flavor enhancers, chemicals in the manufacturing process, are all cellular decelerators that turn on unhealthy genes. There’s more info about this topic in our promotional materials.
Also, eliminate white flour, white sugar, and limit you grain consumption, because gluten is a significant disease causing toxin.
You want to avoid artificial ingredients, and GMOS. These genetically modified plants are found in most processed foods. A recent study found they even contain carcinogens such as formaldehyde. They also contain extremely toxic pesticides. Quite simply not healthy and do not provide any nutritional value. It’s best to eat as much organic vegetables and fruit as possible.
There are also toxins in our water, air, homes, and workplaces. We’re exposed to more toxins today than ever before. Since World War II more than 84,000 chemicals have been released into the environment, and ended up in our bodies. It’s important to use air and water filters.
Also, decrease your exposure to toxins that are contained in personal care and cleaning products. I use organic products and make them myself, including my cleaning products. I also use organic soaps, and make my own healthy lotions and creams that are free of all sorts of chemicals, including cancer causing parabens. Here’s a simple recipe you can for a great, toxin free all purpose cleaner: to 8 ounces of water add 1 tbsp of white vinegar, put it in a spray bottle. It cleans windows, mirrors, counter tops
You also want to limit and reduce your exposure to noise and EMF pollution from cell phones, computers, tablets and other devices. Both are linked to significant brain dysfunction, insomnia, heart disease and other illnesses. A recent study found using a 3 G cell phone for 15 minutes harmfully changes brain structure.
There are nutrient dense foods and herbs that help eliminate toxins. They include green foods-broccoli, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, asparagus, onions, garlic and cabbage. Their sprouts are even better. Especially broccoli sprouts. These sulfur-rich foods, in addition to being powerful detoxifiers, provide the body with a major mineral and most of us are deficient. Sulfur deficiencies are linked to several chronic diseases, including metabolic syndrome, hypertension, fatigue, anxiety.
Also, cilantro, milk thistle parsley, dandelion, root, sea weeds, spirulina, chlorella, Anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and green tea, are also powerful detoxifiers. These foods and nutrients help to safely eliminate heavy metals, radioactive particles from your body.
Here’s a fascinating example of the remarkable, detoxifying power of food. In 1945 in Nagasaki, Japan, the atomic bomb had just exploded. While thousands were dying all around him, Dr. Tatsuichiro Akizuki at the St. Francis hospital only a mile from ground zero, did something remarkable and extraordinary.
He gave his staff and patients a diet of sea vegetables, brown rice, miso, kombucha, and wakame, and eliminated all sugars.
This very simple diet prevented them from developing the radiation poisoning that was all around them. Thirty people at the hospital survived not only the atomic bomb blast and subsequent radiation. And many lived into the 21st century, never experiencing any radiation induced diseases. Amazing, right?
So our food can be a source of great harm – as in the processed foods – or a great benefit – food made by Mother Nature.
You can do this! You can create a healthier, detoxifying internal environment, just as powerful as Dr. Akizuki did to protect your body from exposure to life endangering toxins.
To your accelerating health,
Dr. Elaine & James