Chemicals, It’s time to break up with them!! For the sake of our future, especially that of our children! They’re everywhere and they are really harmful to the body! Definitely a huge part in the rise of cancer we’re seeing! Also, many chemicals are hormone disruptors and we’re seeing problems with the thyroid, early puberty and infertility to name a few.
There are millions of chemicals out there which is actually pretty scary. If you read an ingredient label and can’t pronounce the word, put it back on the shelf, it’s probably not food but a food-like product! Chemicals exist in our food, every day items like clothes, our beauty products; shampoos, soaps, conditioners, make-up, perfumes, our household products like shower curtains and cleaning products, etc. Remember that skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything it touches, these chemicals easily get into our bodies through this pathway. Children especially are learning through their senses, they see something, they touch it, they taste it, so they are particularly vulnerable to chemical toxicity.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
As much as possible, avoid chemicals, and detox monthly. Over the years many companies have started to create clean products, look for those, and read the ingredients on the labels. Become an informed consumer, research what you’re putting on your body and what you’re eating! Over time toxins build up into our bodies. This is a result of the air we breathe, the many chemicals found in our foods and those found in the water we drink, as well as other environmental means. The body is very good at doing a self-cleaning, and releases the toxins from the organs, where these enter the bloodstream. In these times we can experience headaches, diarrhea, depression or other symptoms. This is a cue for you to realize that your body needs to be cleaned. Our world today is so polluted that our normal cleansing mechanisms struggle to keep up. Fasting, for a healthy person, is a very safe and effective method to help the body detoxify. Fasting helps the body take a break, specifically the digestive tract which often works on overload. Fasting 3 days a month is recommended and a longer fast of approximately 10 days is recommended two times a year.
For children, fasting is not recommended so make sure to feed them organic foods since they are vulnerable to issues with their nervous and immune systems. Those foods with no pesticides, no herbicides, no GMOs, nothing done to them, but truly from nature as was originally intended is best for their little bodies. Look up the Environmental Working Groups clean 15 and dirty dozen lists to help you make good choices. Also, buy locally, seasonally and wash and soak non-organic produce in a vinegar/water solution. Give your children probiotics to protect and strengthen their intestinal flora, and make fermented foods!
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