Detoxification is a popular process among those who have discovered how toxic some element of their lifestyle is and want to restore their health. A detox plan may include a wide variety of healthy, natural foods, exercise and spa treatments. When a detox is complete, a person’s body chemistry, pH levels and metabolism are functioning much better than they were prior to the detox. We do a great deal to keep toxins out of our systems, but many people do not even know where toxins come from. The fact is, they come from all over.
- Food. Food is our primary source of toxins as we have more frequent and close contact with food than any other substance, and because it has a lot of potential for toxicity. Poor diets are responsible for disease and malnutrition the world over. Obviously, we all need to eat frequently in order to survive, which means the potential for eating foods that contain toxins is high. Because of how massive earth’s population is and because of how incapable most people are at raising their own food, much of the world’s population depends on toxic processed food that is full of carcinogens, preservatives and chemicals.
- Recreational substances. High on the list of toxic items are recreational substances such as alcohol and drugs. Alcohol contains very minor health benefits, and becomes toxic to the body when it is consumed in any kind of excess.
- Medications. Prescribed medications may come from the doctor, but many of them contain toxins. Most medications are safe as long as they are used correctly, as prescribed. However, always research the drug for yourself. You may find that it contains things that you are not comfortable putting in your body.
- Natural elements. The natural elements around us, such as air, water and earth, contain toxins because of human influence. Nature is still our purest source of non-toxic matter, but toxins are found to exist within it, in some regions much more than others.
- Household items. Many of our most trusted household items, ones that we clean ourselves and our households with, as well as store our foods in, contain toxins that enter our bloodstreams. It is wise to research which household materials maybe polluting your personal space.