Detox Diets For Dummies

Detox Diets For Dummies

Author: Gerald Don Wootan and Matthew Brittain Phillips

Publisher: For Dummies


Publish Date: March 8, 2010

ISBN-10: 0470525126

Pages: 368

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Few things in the world are as pristine as a newborn baby, right? For thousands of years, a brand new bundle of joy represented all that was pure. But just in the last century or so, the world has changed quite a lot, and so have our babies. A recent study showed that an average newborn has detectable levels of more than 200 toxic or cancer-causing chemicals on the day of birth. That’s a shocking but very real indication that you are constantly exposed to an enormous amount of chemicals that are toxic to humans. (Is it any wonder that 1 in every 6 children has a neuropsychological disorder? Or that autism, which is associated with exposure to toxins, now affects 1 in every 91 children?)

Quite a lot of damage is done to the environment in the name of progress, and at the top of the list is the spread of toxins into the air, water, and soil. Many people have long had faith that the commercial interests driving the progress would be strict with their pollution policies and work to ensure that toxic substances aren’t released into the environment. Beyond that, government entities at all levels have assured us that they are monitoring these developments and keeping us safe from toxic influences. Unfortunately, the facts prove otherwise.

The development of industry has expanded much more rapidly than the resources available to monitor it. As a result, today more than 80,000 manmade chemicals are released into the environment each year, and fewer than 3,000 of them have been tested to determine their toxic effects on humans. Some of the most toxic materials have been banned, but often those bans don’t cross borders. That means, for example, that a pesticide may be banned in the United States but used extensively in a neighboring country that ships crops directly to U.S. food providers. Air pollutants travel even easier, and they end up settling on water sources and open land if they don’t invade our lungs.

The fact is that the world is more toxic now than it has been since the dawn of mankind, and it’s not likely to get considerably less toxic anytime soon. That’s the bad news. The good news is that your body is a marvelous machine that does a really good job of taking care of itself. It’s able to flush out quite a bit of the toxic material that ends up inside you. But even the strongest body can’t win the fight alone. You have to work hard to limit the amount of toxins entering your system, and you have to take a proactive approach to detoxifying the harmful substances already in your body. If you suffer from chronic illness or autoimmune disease, you simply must look at toxic triggers for these illnesses. The process starts with your diet, but several other useful options for detoxification exist. In this book, I include plenty of information on a range of these considerations — from diet to saunas to supplements and more.

About This Book

My goal in this book is to show you how you can cut down on your intake of toxins and detoxify your life so that you can enjoy the best possible health for as long as you’re on the top side of the grass. Your diet is the most important factor when it comes to determining how toxic you are. (You are what you eat, after all.) I spend quite a bit of time providing you with details on how you can shape your diet and eating habits so that you’re getting the maximum detox effect. But I don’t stop with diet, and you shouldn’t either. Given the toxic threats all around us, you’ll be wise to consider any and all options for flushing toxins out of your body and out of your life. The truth is that everyone is exposed to toxins on a daily basis, and you need to do everything you can to reduce the damage those toxins are doing on your body and mind.

Embracing the ideas and practices behind detoxification isn’t always easy because traditional medicine doesn’t usually focus on the presence and influence of toxins. Many doctors and most pharmaceutical companies are lukewarm at best to the idea that toxins are causing a lot of the ailments that are becoming more and more prevalent every year.

That means you need to be your own advocate and take the time to familiarize yourself with all the various threats and how they can affect you. You need to invest time, but by doing so you’re investing in your future health — your most important asset. You have to take charge of your own health and assume responsibility for the outcome. Doctors can offer some good information, but in the end the decisions are yours. I challenge you to look at the facts about toxicity and use common sense to determine what remedies you need to incorporate into your life and the lives of your loved ones.

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