By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Living in today’s world, detoxification has never been so important. Whether we like it or not, we are continually exposed to an array of ever increasing chemicals. Your liver is supposed to handle the job of detoxification and keep you healthy, but the human body is simply not accustomed to having to deal with so many chemicals at once.
The major detoxification systems of the body comprise the liver, kidneys, bowels, lymphatic system, spleen, lungs and skin. In an ideal world, these systems work together to rid our bodies of the toxins produced within, as a by-product of metabolism, and the toxins that have entered our body from the outside world.
However, pollution, toxins, stress and a less than perfect diet, leading to nutritional deficiencies, place a greater load on our body’s detoxification abilities. Over time, our body’s ability to rid itself of toxins becomes poorer, and the toxins start to accumulate in our tissues. This places an enormous stress on our immune system. Immune disorders are one of the fastest growing group of diseases. Allergies, food intolerances, autoimmune diseases and chronic infections are on a steep climb. They are also occurring in younger and younger people. Children are now developing diseases that were previously only seen in adulthood.
To assist your body in being a better detoxifier, your day to day diet and lifestyle are the most important factors. There is little benefit to following a strict diet for a week and then going back to eating poorly for months on end. Prevention is better than cure, and it is best to minimise your exposure to toxins and chemicals as much as you can. Many of the chemicals we are exposed to these days, whether they are in food or the environment are newly created molecules that take very many years to break down. This means our body really hasn’t developed a strategy to deal with these chemicals. Preventing exposure to them is really your best option, because once they have entered your body it may be too late.