Detoxification

Detoxification is a hot buzzword today, appropriate given that most of us live in toxic environments. Even our rainwater is less safe than you might think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), most of our rainwater is generally unsafe to drink because of all the chemicals, bacteria, and other contaminants it contains.

Dr. Blatman is a clinical toxicologist with Board Certification in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has years of experience helping people affected by environmental and dietary toxins. He’s developed effective and safe protocols for clearing our bodies of destructive chemicals and heavy metals.

Toxins in the Food Supply

You already have natural ways to clean out your bodies. But it’s important to prevent those toxins from entering your system in the first place. For instance, you can learn which foods and chemicals to avoid. You might also check the ingredients on food labels for the following chemicals and additives:

  • Azodicarbonamide (ADA), a bleaching agent and dough conditioner in breads and pastries, can increase cancer risk and damage the kidneys, liver, and nervous and respiratory systems.
  • Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) stabilizes citrus flavors in soda and other drinks but can cause neurological harm.
  • Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a preservative in cereals and other packaged foods. It’s a potential carcinogen, a substance that increases the risk of cancer.
  • Propyl gallate is a preservative in chewing gum, meat products, and vegetable oil that increases the risk of asthma and disrupts hormonal function.
  • Sodium benzoate, a preservative found in salad dressings, sodas, and fruit juices, has been linked to cancer when combined with vitamin C, citric acid, and ascorbic acid.
  • Tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative in processed foods, can weaken the immune system.
  • Titanium dioxide is a color additive that can damage DNA.

Natural Ways the Body Detoxifies

Whenever we ingest food, beverages, or other substances that compromise our health, our bodies have ways to combat the toxins we consume or breathe in.

First, the liver is the primary detoxification organ. To keep from overworking the liver, herbal medicines and liver cleanses can help improve liver function.

The colon, a part of the large intestine, is another detoxifying organ. A well-functioning colon is essential for health. You can help it along with colon cleanses, which vary widely but have similar goals.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and serves a detoxification function. The emergence of pimples is associated with natural cleansing. Far-infrared and full-spectrum infrared saunas can enhance skin detoxification.

Finally, there’s your mouth. It is thought that the mouth bacteria and toxicity contribute to the early development of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and dementia. If you see us at Blatman Health and Wellness Center for a breast or prostate issue, we’ll likely collect scum from your mouth and look at it under a dark-field microscope to look for signs of cancer and other conditions.

Lastly, consider mitochondria, the thousands of tiny powerhouses in our cells that create chemical energy. As we age, these mitochondria become less efficient with toxicity and abuse by various environmental stressors. To illustrate, you might be 50 but working with 70-year-old functioning mitochondria. Fortunately, we offer intravenous treatments that boost and restore mitochondrial function. If, for example, your liver cells can make the energy they need to do their job better, your liver will detoxify you more effectively.

Learn to Detoxify

You can do things at home to protect yourself against toxins that can enter your body. For example, consider installing water filters in your shower and for drinking. Safe water is very important, and filters are less costly and more effective than getting treated for illness.

Another significant step is to incorporate more natural foods in your diet that aren’t processed or filled with chemicals and preservatives. If you’re unsure how to establish a whole-food diet, our local integrative nutrition counselors can offer guidance and recommend supplements for added support.

At Blatman Health and Wellness Center, we want to support your efforts to promote natural detoxification. We also offer supplementation, whole-person nutrition guidance close to home, and natural treatments to rid your body of environmental toxins and bring it back to equilibrium. Dr. Blatman and our team of clinicians will work to understand your health concerns, get at the root causes of your pain or ailments, and help you biohack your biology for better healing.

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