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Living in a Toxic Environment – How Can You Protect Yourself?

We live in a toxic environment. Environmental toxins cause health issues.

  • We live in a TOXIC environment.
  • 150 common home chemicals have associated health effects.
  • 1 in 2 chemically sensitive individuals report symptoms at least once per month.
  • More than 9 million U.S. workers are exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals.
  • Each year more than 4 billion pounds of chemical compounds and pollutants from plastics, pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, medications, and other sources are released into the environment and eventually find their way into our air, soil, and food and water supplies.
  • Newborn babies umbilical cords have been shown to have over 280 different toxins present!

Environmental toxins have been implicated in numerous health problems including Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Allergies and Asthma, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and many others.

Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their Dirty Dozen list of foods that contain the highest level of toxins.

What is #1: APPLES! Followed by strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach and bell peppers. The EWG is quick to point out that this is not a reason to stop eating fruits and vegetables. So how do we reduce our exposure?

EWG found fruits and vegetables with the least amount of toxins: corn, onions, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, peas, asparagus, grapefruit and kiwi. Notice most of these foods come with their own natural “wrapper,” or have an outer skin you peel or cut off which eliminates the toxins.

How can you protect yourself?

1. Buy organic if your budget allows. Try to buy the traditionally “dirtiest” produce organic. “Cleaner” produce can be bought non-organic.

2. Don’t use any soap, detergent, bleach, or other toxic chemicals to clean your food. They will leave a residue of their own on the surface.

3. Consider cleaning your fruits and veggies with distilled water or a diluted vinegar solution of one part vinegar and three parts water. Keep it in a spray bottle for convenience.

4. If you’re just using the water from your kitchen faucet to clean produce, let it run for a few minutes beforehand and always use cold water.
Just like you clean your produce you also want to periodically “clean” your body or detoxify.

Here are some tips:

1. Avoid programs that increase your bowel movements. They are not effective at detoxifying.

2. Drink plenty of clean water. Try this formula: Take your weight divide by 2, then divide that number by 12. For example a 200 lb person = 200/2 = 100. 100/12 = 8.3. This number is the number of ounces of water to drink every hour for 12 hours a day.

3. Many nutrients are helpful in detoxifying, in addition to others we always start people on Vitamin D3.

4. Our Ultra Clear Renew program has over 20 years of clinical testing behind it, proving its effectiveness at decreasing your toxic load. Hundreds of patients have done the program, almost all of them feel an immediate improvement in their health.

5. Avoid plastic bottles (water, sports drinks) and canned foods, the toxins from the containers leach into the food and drink.

6. There are numerous ways to detoxify, including saunas, sweating, suppositories, starvation diets, foot baths, liquid diets, etc… Don’t try to do this alone, metabolic detoxification can improve the quality of your life when done correctly.