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Detoxification Starts With The Skin

When we talk about detoxification, we are not talking about prescribing any of the array of dubious “cleanser cocktails” although there are times when these may be necessary. Actually starting on detoxification is much simpler than that. Instead of looking at what you can do to eliminate the toxins already residing in you, or trying to cover up the odours with more toxins or ignore the fact that there may be toxins around you, why not ‘turn off the toxic tap’ before they get to your home!

Stop these products by leaving them in the isles in the supermarket! The approach the Savvy Team utilize in the area of detoxification is to first of all become aware of the many ways you can ‘turn off your home’s toxic tap’, and to shop with safety in mind.

When you realise that your skin is your largest detox organ and you understand the importance of keeping it functioning well in it’s process of detoxification, you hopefully will take the simple steps that go a long way towards improving your overall health and prolonging your life.  

We can show you how to reduce toxicity in your body, your home and your home environment on a continual basis, and this is especially crucial because excess exposure in the home is now proven to be the leading cause of ill health today, according to WHO reports. The truth is we are surrounded by toxins everywhere we go.  There are not only toxins found in our foods but there are toxins found in the everyday products that we use around the home.

Our research spans everything from potentially poisonous household products to dust mites and second-hand smoke, from air pollution to mercury dental fillings, and we offer ways to not only reduce your exposure, but to spark the body’s natural detox organs by both improving the detox pathways and balancing acid- and alkaline systems in the body.

Awareness Is The First Step

However if you are aware of the five key sources of toxins you can greatly limit your exposure to toxins, and thus increase your immunity and strengthen all your body systems.  It’s impossible to study all the sources of toxins but in there is much research to indicate that the top five areas are as follows:

  1. exposure via everyday personal care products and ordinary household cleaners
  2. medical drugs and their myriad of interactions
  3. food and water contaminants
  4. environmental exposure
  5. negative thinking and attitudes

By becoming aware of the issues impacting your health and address them using simple solutions for minimizing your risk, by simply changing brands to safer alternatives – you can positively impact your health, benefit your immune system and reduce your chemical overload.

Household Products
Some dirt actually strengthens the immune system, but today we are removing dirt with products that replace it with toxic chemicals that we breathe in the air and absorb into our skin.  One of the biggest sources of indoor air pollution is cleaning products.  And often indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air.

For instance many household products contain solvents, which are chemicals used to dissolve materials not soluble in water. Particleboard, pressed wood, carpet padding, carpet glues, upholstered furniture, curtains and bedding can emit formaldehyde which may cause fatigue, headaches and even cancer.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, phenol and cresol found in disinfectants are corrosive, cause diarrhea, fainting, dizziness and kidney and liver damage. The EPA states that nitrobenzene found in furniture and floor polishes can cause skin discoloration, shallow breathing, vomiting, cancer and birth defects.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, perchloroethylene (Perc), commonly used in dry cleaning is a carcinogen, and has caused liver and kidney tumors in laboratory animals.  To avoid the damages of perc air out your dry cleaned clothes for a few days before wearing them.

Benzene which is considered a Class A carcinogen by the EPA is found in carpet cleaners, cleaning fluids, conditioners, detergents, furniture, nail polish, paint, plastics, solvents, vinyl floorings, wood finishes and even in some soft drinks.  Even some sodas contain Benzene.  And if they do not, then if they contain sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate AND vitamin C, this combination can form into benzene when it is exposed to heat or light. Perfumes, nail polish, Shampoos, Hair Dyes, Teflon and synthetic air fresheners are all toxic.

What Do Toxins Do To Our Body?
• Toxins can’t be broken down so they are stored in our fatty tissue.  Solvents, like pesticides are fat soluble so they get deposited in the brain, breast and prostate.  One in seven women have breast cancer and one in six men have prostate cancer.  That is why it is also important to avoid eating fatty meats because there are many toxins stored in the fats.
• Toxins trigger inflammation which is the basis of diseases like arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, allergies, and many more.
• Toxins are essentially poisons that deterioate the body which can lead to diseases like chronic fatigue, heart disease, memory loss, premature aging, skin disorders, hormone imblances, anxiety, headaches, emotional disorders, cancers and autoimmune diseases.
• Many pesticides contain xenoestrogen which mimic estrogen.  This throws a woman’s hormones out of balance leading to symptoms of PMS, fibrocystic breast diseases, and potentially endometriosis and breast/endometrial cancer
• Body odor is usually a sign of toxic overload.

Heavy Metals Toxicity
Toxic exposure and heavy metals are linked to learning disabilities and adhd. Chemicals are absorbed through ingestion, inhalation and absorption. Toxic chemicals are attracted to and stored in fat. The brain is composed of 60% fat. Children are exposed to toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in their toothpaste, baby shampoo, mouthwash, laundry soap.

Leading brands such as Johnson & Johnson (No More Tears?), Sesame Street and Huggies contain chemicals that convert to formaldehyde when exposed to water. Q-15 is one of these ingredients. Propylene Glycol is the main ingredient in antifreeze. It is also used in many soaps and shampoos.

Silver amalgam dental fillings are 50% mercury.  Each filling containing 250,000 mcg and releasing 10 mcg a day.  According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, mercury is the third most toxic substance known to mankind.  Mercury when ingested enters the cell membrane and the immune system then recognizes the cell as an abnormal cell generating an autoimmune attack.  Mercury can also keep you from sweating which is one of the main ways your body releases toxins.

The dental community believes that mercury is tightly bonded to other metal components in fillings however research has proven that after chewing, mercury vapors in the mouth are 54 times higher in people with amalgam fillings than people without amalgam fillings. You can have them removed by a biological dentist but they need to be removed slowly over a period of time.

To see if you have heavy metal toxicity get a heavy metal urine/hair test.  If test results confirm toxicity try chelation therapy as it is very effective in removing heavy metals.

Vaccines may contain heavy metals, chemicals, microbes, animal and humany by-products and worst of all a mercury preservative called thimerosal.  Thimerosal was once used in every children’s vaccine for hepatitis B which was followed by 32 shots by the age of 2.

Major Source of Toxins
Personal care products also have many toxic chemicals. Whatever you are going to put on your body make sure it is free of potentially harmful chemicals.  The skin easily absorbs chemicals. Many personal care products contain any number of ingredients that are toxic or less than safe. The list of ingredients that have concerns surrounding them is extensive, and growing daily.

I personally use high qualify personal care products that are made with both safety and effectiveness in mind. Do you? If not, why are you supporting the companies that make potentially harmful ones, that are poluting our bodies, our homes and the environment? Is that what you want for your family? Your best option is to find a company committed to making safe, effective products and also to avoiding all known toxic ingredients. If you’d like to know what we recommend, ask one of our Wellness Guides. For your health’s sake you’ll surely want to support the companies working hard to support the environment and minimising our toxic exposure.

We have all heard about greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government spends billions of dollars to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas from cars. But, what about toxic outgassing from household cleaners? What about absorption of neurotoxins from baby shampoo and laundry soap? The federal government does not regulate the industry of personal care products. There are millions of toxic chemicals in personal care products that have never been tested for acute toxicity. 

We are poisoning ourselves and our children in our own homes and we wonder why we have a growing health care crisis. That is why it is important to make sure you drink good clean water and remove all chemicals from inside your house (i.e. under the sink, in the bathroom, in the laundry). You could also get an air filter if you have any heredity allergies or asthma, and make sure you protect yourself from EMF if you live within a kilometre of a mobile tower (ask if you want to know your best solution forEMF or water energising solutions).  Also, make sure you keep your windows open as much as possible to allow for cross air ventilation, especially if you have recently re-painted, re-carpeted or bought new furniture!

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