Because chemicals are sprayed on our foods that damage our ability to detoxify and get rid of those very same chemicals – and other toxins. A downward spiral for certain.
One of most concerning of these chemicals is glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up herbicide. This best-selling herbicide is used on GMO crops in order to increase yields, and on non-GMO crops to ease the harvest process. But at what price?
There are many common myths about glyphosate, and it’s time we do some myth-busting.
- It’s readily biodegradable. No, it’s not and Monsanto lost a law suit over this one.
- It’s only lightly used and is washed off after application. No, in fact Monsanto recommends a final drenching of crops 3 days before harvest, and studies have shown concerning residues in common foods, like Cheerios.
- It’s only used on soy. No, glyphosate is recommended for wheat, oats, canola, flax, peas, lentils, soybeans, dry beans and sugar cane, which are some of the most common ingredients in processed and convenience foods.
- It’s much safer than all the hype implies. Not according to the World Health Organization which has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. It is known to be a potent endocrine dysruptor and is being questioned as a factor for gluten sensitivity through intestinal damage.
- We easily flush it out of our bodies. No, we don’t. As mentioned above, glyphosate impairs our ability to detoxify it.
I have written before about why avoiding pesticides is important, and this is a major factor in my position. Yet, even with a commitment to eating organic to avoid chemicals, living in the western world by default exposes us daily to a toxic “soup” of chemicals. This is why it is vital to adopt habits that support the body’s ability to detox. These would include:
- Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. These feature substances which increase phase 2 detoxification in the liver and enhance our body’s production of glutathione, our most potent antioxidant.
- Eating lots of allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions and leeks. The high sulfur content of these help escort toxins out of our bodies.
- Drinking plenty of clean water daily, to filter and flush toxins from the body.
- Taking a quality methylated B-complex supplement to provide critical cofactors of all phases of liver detoxification.
- Eliminating on a daily basis! Once toxins have been modified and gathered for excretion, they must be removed. Constipation promotes reabsorption of toxins through the colon wall, risking damage to the colon as well as persistent toxicity.
- Commit to an annual detoxification “cleanse” to support the liver and gut, and to reduce the burden of stored toxins.
Don’t wait until you “get sick” to take charge of your wellness and reduce your toxicity. The best defense is a good offense. Incorporate these new habits to help clean house and keep toxins moving out.
Not sure how to get started? I will be offering a group cleanse in March to walk you through the process of supporting your liver by doing what I have outlined above, with guidance on foods to eat and interpreting your body’s messages.
Together, we can discover what it feels like to be in a body that is set free from the toxic burden. Clearer thinking, renewed energy, a wonderful lighter feeling is just around the corner.
You, and your body will be so glad you said ‘yes’ to wellness and goodbye to toxins!