“For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death. In the less than two decades of their use, the synthetic pesticides have been so thoroughly distributed throughout the animate and inanimate world that they occur virtually everywhere.”
Detoxification seems to be a buzz word these days. Just google detoxification. You will find everything from water detoxification to colon cleanses.
So what is detoxification? The official definition of detoxification is this: the chemical changes of a xenobiotic, a phytochemical, or an endogenous (one your own body makes) compound that renders it less toxic and ready to be excreted. In layman’s terms, detoxification is the way our body protects us from things that we take in that could damage our body.
The ideal situation is toxins in and toxins out, right? If the body is working as designed, then it should be toxins in and toxins out. And how does the body get toxins out? There are many organs that detoxify: the skin (through sweating), kidneys (through urination), and the liver – the most important detox organ. The liver detoxification mechanism involves 2 main processes: Phase I and Phase II detoxification.
Phase I detoxification involves the cytochrome P-450 system in the liver. This is the first line of defense against all toxins. Toxins are tagged and altered for further detoxification, which then occurs in Phase II. Any break down in this process will result in increased toxin load on the body.
We are what we eat, drink, breath, and touch. But did you ever think that we are what we don’t eliminate? Without elimination of the toxic chemicals we take in and produce every day, our bodies swim in a sludge pool of toxins.
This increased toxic load on the body leads to inflammation, the balance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory substances. The balance between Omega 6, a pro-inflammatory subtance, and Omega 3, an anti-inflammatory substance, is the perfect example.
It is the chronic imbalance of pro-inflammatory substances that then leads to disease.
Shouldn’t the aim of all health care be to prevent inflammation and, therefore, disease? It is in fact, one of the main focuses of the Seasons approach to health and wellness.
Ever wonder if you need to detoxify? My first recommendation is look at and listen to your body. The body will tell you if it is in trouble or imbalanced. How? Physical signs or symptoms are our body’s message that all is not right. Here’s how to know if you body’s signs and symptoms are saying that you might be suffering from toxic build up.
- Muscle aches and pains
- Skin disorders
- Chronic infections
- Altered mood
- Altered cognition
- Weight gain
- Altered stress tolerance
- Altered libido
Where do toxins in our bodies come from? Toxins are everywhere. The sources can range from toxins like Dioxins to prescription medication. Adverse reactions to prescription drugs have been ranked as the 4th to 6th leading cause of death in the US according to the Journal of American Medical Association. This amounts to over 100,000 deaths per year. The cause of adverse drug reactions is an overloaded pathway in Phase I of detoxification (CYP3A4), the pathway that detoxifies over 50% of all drugs in your system. The costs associated with adverse drug reactions has been estimated at up to $4 billion. With the rising costs of health care, treating the cause of these adverse drug reactions in addition to decreasing prescription drugs are two excellent ways to prevent complications and lower costs.
The most dangerous sources of toxins are environmental. Organochlorine pesticides, industrial chemicals, and unintended chemical byproducts surround us everyday and expose us to unwanted toxins. Widespread production of pesticides began less than 80 years ago. Recently, the EPA estimated that more than 4 billion pounds of chemicals were released into the grounds natural water sources in the year 2000.
In addition to pesticides and chemicals, the average American eats, unknowingly I might add, 124 pounds of additives per year. Frightening to think of it, isn’t it? And over 2.5 billion pounds of pesticides are used on crop lands, forests, lawns, and fields. The unfortunate fact is this: we live in a toxic world.
How can you decrease your daily exposure to toxins? Here are some great ways.
- Avoid processed foods
- Avoid fats
- Avoid tap water — use filtered water
- Avoid excess caffeine
- Avoid excess alcohol
- NO tobacco
- Limit chronic medicine, if possible
- Daily exercise
- Avoid exposure in your workplace
- Avoid living near industrial plants
- Avoid liver dysfunction
- Avoid kidney problems
- Avoid intestinal dysfunction
The first ten suggestions are steps you and I can take every day to decrease our toxin exposure. But the last three require a bigger step: detoxification. By detoxifying your body, the liver, kidney, and intestines can operate more efficiently and effectively.
So, the question is not who needs detoxification, but who does NOT need detoxification? The answer? EVERYONE will benefit from a periodic detoxification program. For more information on how to detoxify, contact our office at 865-675-WELL(9355).
Will eating healthier make it easier to achieve superior skin health? If you’ve had a nutritional consultation at Seasons, then you already know the answer. Yes! The food you put into your body has a direct effect on how you feel and look.
Being diligent about applying SPF and regularly visiting your skin care specialist for rejuvenation treatments are two great ways to keep your appearance in tip-top shape, but consuming the right foods is also important to the health of your skin. After all, you are what you eat!
The following fruits are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that can help you live longer, look better, and even prevent disease. Here are our picks to keep your skin looking beautiful, healthy, and hydrated this summer!
- Cantaloupe. Consider cantaloupe your secret weapon for smooth, younger-looking skin. You can thank the Vitamin A and its derivatives for boosting cell reproduction. Cantaloupe also increases antioxidants in your body which increases your ability to absorb free radicals and decreases your risk of skin problems.
- Oranges. Like Cantaloupes, oranges are chock-full of antioxidants. Oranges and other citrus fruits are said to be among the best foods for your skin’s health because they are rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help protect your skin against sun damage which reduces your risk of skin cancer.
- Peaches. Not only are peaches great for reviving your skin, but they have benefits that include aiding weight loss, preventing heart disease and high blood pressure, and they contain an abundance of antioxidants.
- Blueberries. Ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, blueberries can protect your skin from premature signs of aging.
- Apples. An apple a day may keep more than just the doctor away. Apples are rich in pectin – the starch essential in driving away acne! And don’t throw the skin in the trash! Apple skin contains phenols which provide important UV-B protection.
Fighting acne? Food choices are a huge factor contributing to this dreaded skin problem. Like the rest of your body, what you eat directly and indirectly affects your acne. This is one factor that we can easily control by being mindful of what goes into our bodies. So, here are five things to remember:
- Take your vitamins. Whole food multi-vitamins taken daily are a good choice to fight acne. Acidophilus B and garlic are also great acne fighters.
- An apple a day. Eat red or golden delicious apples daily.
- Drink water, water, water.
- Clear is better. You shouldn’t drink sodas for a whole slew of other reasons; but if you must drink a soda, remember that clear is better. The ingredients that make sodas dark can make acne worse.
- Go natural with your sweets. Too much refined sugar can aggravate acne. This means stay away from candy, sodas, cakes and pies! Try to use natural sweeteners, like honey or stevia!
Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem, “The Raven,” contains a great line: “Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” While the character in the poem was surrounded by salt water and faced sure dehydration, that’s not the case for us. We are surrounded by readily available purified drinking water, yet dehydration is still an issue.
So why is water so good for our body? And what effect does dehydration have on our body? The answers to those questions will inspire you to drink, drink, drink!
Why is water so good for our body?
- Drinking water improves heart health. Researchers at Loma Linda University looked at water intake in a group of more than 20,000 men and women in their Adventist Health Study. In this study, it was shown that adults drinking five or more glasses of water each day were about 50% less likely to die from a heart attack. They made some other comparisons involving water and health, and the researchers concluded from the results that increased water drinking equals very close to smoking cessation in terms of heart health! Other research has shown that water drinking helps regulate blood pressure, improve mental performance, increase athletic performance, and regulate digestion, regulate elimination, and promote weight control.
- Water acts as a lubricant. We can break down the health perks of water in three basic groups. First is the fluid characteristic of water. Water is an excellent lubricant. It provides the means to move and flow. While it lubricates, water also protects our body parts from injury by surrounding them in a shock-absorbing fluid. This help our joints and our skin.
- Water is a solvent. Did you know that water dissolves more substances than any other liquid? Wherever it travels, water carries chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it. Most nutrients dissolve in water. Within our bodies, some of the most vital dissolved nutrients are called “electrolytes”. The electrolyte minerals such as sodium and potassium stay dissolved in water enabling our bodies to conduct electricity! Water also allows for proper elimination of wastes which helps prevent fluid retention and constipation.
- Water helps regulate our body temperature like a thermostat. When we are overheated, water is involved by releasing heat (energy) through sweating, thus cooling off the body. Water also helps us retain heat when we need to stay warm.
What effect does dehydration have on our body?
Dehydration is a real issue and actually a common medical concern. Mild dehydration starts with a loss of fluids, as little as two percent, affecting change in the human body. Dehydration decreases the body’s performance, and sets the body up for weight gain, joint and muscle pain, poor concentration, disease, and fatigue. Dehydration can also potentially increase your risk for heartburn, migraines, angina, joint and back pain, fibromyalgic pain, constipation, and more.
Dehydration is a major cause of infant illness and death as well as hospitalization for the aging. Also, it will take longer for nutrients to be delivered to and from muscles and other parts of your body with inadequate fluid. In fact, when you are exercising or in a hot environment, the body can potentially lose two quarts per hour.
How much water should I drink?
The amount of water we drink greatly impacts the nutrient requirements for the body. Why? Our bodies are approximately 60% water by weight, 50% for women, and most nutrients move through the body in water. Water makes up about 85 percent of our brain, 80 percent of our blood, and close to 70 percent of our lean muscle. Water is also very important in the elimination of toxins by urine and perspiration. There isn’t a single bodily function – seeing, hearing, thinking, exercising, singing, and even laughing – that does not rely on water.
The answer to the “How much water?” question varies by weight, temperature, age, health, and activity. Furthermore, not everything we drink can truly count as fluid intake.
The average person loses approximately 10 cups of fluid per day through excretion of wastes, perspiration, and exhaled air. To avoid dehydration, we need to replace the lost fluids, amounting to 8 – 10 cups per day. Tea, coffee, and alcohol are actually diuretics. Drinking these fluids can strip our bodies of water rather than satisfying our fluid requirements. This is why health professionals recommend water as the main source of hydration. Water doesn’t add extra calories and contains no sugar or caffeine as most soft drinks, mixed drinks, and other sweetened beverages do.
For children, water should be the primary source of hydration. A national survey conducted by Cornell Medical Center found that children who drank more than 12 fluid ounces of sweetened fruit juices a day are more prone to obesity and diminished growth.
Carolyn Burris, MS, Nutrition Counselor at Seasons of Farragut generally recommends drinking half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 120 lbs. then you should drink 60 ounces of filtered water. You should increase water consumption as you increase your activity. So do your body some good every day with plenty of water, especially as the temperature rises!
For those suffering from wakefulness, restlessness, emotional stress, and anxiety, we are pleased to offer homeopathic resources, the most natural approach possible.
Homeopathy, a trusted form of medicine which preceded osteopathic medicine, provides natural solutions for our clients. Homeopathy gives us, at Seasons, the ability to work with the body not against the body. Working with the body allows us to limit side effects and maximize benefits. Sprayology products help us to achieve a customizable balance for all of our clients in the safest way possible.
SleepEase. SleepEase contains herbs such as Valerian and Chamomile for a restful nights sleep. It treats symptoms of wakefulness, restlessness, emotional stress, anxiety, and caffeine sensitivity. SleepEase does not leave you with the groggy feeling of prescription sleep aids.
How to use it:
Sprayology homeopathic products provide therapeutic benefits – symptom relief, metabolic support, immune system maintenance, and detoxification- through a spray. A spray? Yes, a spray! To use, spray 2 times under the tongue before bedtime and if sleep is interrupted. At a lower dosage, SleepEase is great for children ages two and older!
How it works:
Sprayology is an all natural, homeopathic oral spray full of vitamins and essential nutrients. The key to a supplement’s effectiveness is its ability to transport an appropriate amount of active ingredients to the body and in a timely manner. Spraying the vitamins under the tongue allows absorption directly into the body.
Additionally, the delivery of vitamins and minerals by a sublingual spray is convenient and tastes good. All of Sprayology’s products are FDA regulated, gluten-free and won’t interfere with other medications. It is safe for adults and children ages 2 and up and is recommended for those who want a natural option for better sleep with no morning grogginess.
SleepEase by Sprayology is available at Seasons. For more information about our full line of Sprayology products, contact our office (865)675-9355.