8 Keys to Dealing with Toxicity

By Dr. Linda J. Dobberstein, DC, Board Certified in Clinical Nutrition

July 25, 2022

8 Keys to Dealing with Toxicity
Daily personal chemical exposures from the environment and food and water supply are prevalent. Even if you don’t consciously recognize them, your body still must deal with them. These chemicals are found in your blood, urine, fat tissues, and breast milk. Sources of chemicals and toxins include:

• Personal hygiene and toiletries: shampoos, conditioners, soaps, perfume/cologne, aftershave products, deodorants, teeth whitening, hair coloring, synthetic cosmetics, feminine hygiene products, diapers or adult incontinence products with BPA and other plasticizers and other toxins readily absorbed into sensitive tissues.

• Plastics and plasticizers found in food and beverage storage containers and packages.

• Non-organic foods are grown with herbicides, pesticides and/or are chemically ripened.

• Food additives, preservatives, and other synthetic food particles, etc.

• Clothing, bedding, and mattresses with pesticide residues or other chemicals that provide stain blocking, wrinkle free, mildew-resistant, waterproof materials. Also include flame retardants, synthetic fabrics (rayon, nylon, acrylic, and polyester), tanning chemicals for leather goods, textile coloring, and conventional cotton products, etc.

• Home and motor vehicle sources include new floors, wood preservatives, plastics, carpets and pads, windows, paints, and glues, cleaners, fuel and exhaust, etc.

• Plastics and heavy metals from electronic devices, etc.

The list is nearly endless and is concerning. Hopefully, it propels you into making small, but significant positive choices in your life. Even if you can’t do all these things below, making some changes are still helpful!

Healthy Choices

1. Choose organic, whole foods and filtered spring water as much as possible. Support your local small family farmers who choose to avoid use of glyphosate-based herbicides, other chemicals and/or Roundup ready seeds. They face mounting challenges against big-agribusiness and the economy.

2. Choose other methods of weed control when possible.

3. Change your personal care items to natural products.

4. Change your bedding and mattress to natural materials like organic cotton, wool, linen, or natural latex.

5. Consider a medical grade air purifier for your bedroom or whole house to help reduce indoor air pollution and total body burden from other toxin sources.

6. Support your body’s need for detoxification. Physical activity and saunas help you excrete toxins through your skin and breath.

7. Because your gut microbiome is disrupted from glyphosate-based exposure, you must support gut health every day. Increase your dietary fiber intake to at least 25-40 grams of fiber per day. Use pre-, pro-, and post-biotics to help beneficial gut flora thrive and detoxification. Ongoing support of healthy gut flora is critical!

Fiber Helper is a great tasty, cholesterol-lowering fiber that can be added to your diet. Super Dophilus provides pre- and probiotics with six beneficial strains of bacteria and FOS.

Garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, bananas, inulin, pectin, and starches are pre-biotics, which feed your beneficial flora. kefir, yogurt, fermented vegetables provide probiotics.

Post-biotics are the outcome of the fiber that you feed your beneficial flora and are also known as short-chain fatty acids like butyrate. Post-biotics are critical for bowel movements, removing waste, and managing inflammatory reactions.

Dietary fiber from unrefined grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, butter, ghee, apples, almonds, oats, under-ripe bananas, cooked then cooled potatoes and rice helped your gut make short chain fatty acids/post-biotics like butyrate.

8. Several nutrients have been shown helpful or are required in managing the metabolic and oxidative stress effects of glyphosate in various cell, animal, and human studies. These include glycine, manganese, quercetin, glutathione, ginger, selenium, along with fiber and microbiome support as discussed above.

Wellness Resources products such as Glutathione Ultra, Activator Plus, Daily Protector Eye & Immune, RelaxaMag, Muscle Mag, TriCal, Quercetin, Repair Plus, Digestive Helper, Joint All, and/or Thyroid Helper, etc. can be used to supplement these nutrients.

Daily Detoxify and Sulfur Plus may be used for general purpose detoxification and work synergistically with the above products.

Surviving AND thriving in today’s modern world of chemical soup takes a proactive approach to health and vitality. How well are you managing your total body burden?

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