how toxic are you?

Toxins, such a vague overused word. How about we call them by their everyday names.

Let’s start with the external ones that get into your body like car exhaust fumes, 1st or 2nd hand cigarette smoke, heavy metals from food and or water contamination, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, pesticides, chemical preservatives and additives in processed foods and chemicals in our cosmetics and cleaning products, you get the idea.

Then there’s the internal ones that are produced by our bodies metabolic function everyday like carbon dioxide, lactic acid, urine, faeces and dead cells to name a few.

These are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. There are so many toxins that we are both aware and unaware of that are affecting the balance of our inner and outer health.

So many toxins get into or are produced by our body everyday and we have an amazing internal cleansing system that works to clear these away and keep our body clean. Our liver, kidneys, digestive system, lungs and skin are just some of the organs and systems that remove and expel toxins from our body and they are very efficient however, they can get overloaded.

What happens to our body then?

Our body has a fantastic mechanism for protecting us. It stores the toxins (I’ll use this word because the list is too long to repeat…) in our fat cells1.

Some toxins cause inflammation while others trigger bodily reactions like insulin response. These reactions can be recognised by the body’s response for example, the development of diabetes and arthritis.

Other body responses to long-term toxicity include all your delightful ‘lifestyle’ diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, dementia and the list goes on . . .

So, how toxic are you?

When the body is in overload of toxins, it tries to do it’s best with eliminating what it can and storing what it can’t. Unfortunately there is only so much storage space in the body and eventually your body is going to let you know it is in toxic over load.

Your toxicity may present in ways such as chronic skin conditions like eczema, irritable bowl syndrome, chronic fatigue or even depression. Maybe you have cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

You could be like me and have a ‘strong constitution’ and at 40+ just have a vague overall feeling of lethargy and exhaustion. My quasi-healthy lifestyle successfully masked years of toxic living that I only truly felt after cleansing. The feeling of energy and vitality that I had been missing for so long was back. It wasn’t until my body had returned to a healthy state that I realized just how toxic my body actually was.

It’s all comes back to and starts from what goes into your body and what doesn’t come out.

I have heard many amazing stories of diseases being cured through cleansing. There is also well-researched evidence that shows removing toxins from your body reverses minor and chronic diseases and restores the body back to health.

Try watching ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead‘ for an interesting and well-documented cure from an autoimmune disease through juice cleansing. Another one is ‘May I Be Frank’. This is an awesome doco of a man’s journey to recovery through raw foods.

So, what are you going to do?

Are you planning on being another one of the current horrific stats on sudden early deaths from heart disease or some other disease? Don’t bother with the ‘I could be hit by a car tomorrow’ argument. Heard that one before too.

Statistically, you are much more likely to die (quickly if you are lucky) from a lifestyle disease than from any other cause.In my opinion, the worst thing about this type of death is the loss of quality of life that precedes it. Your Doctor ‘treats’ the lifestyle diseases with more toxins in the form of tablets that have side affects worse than the disease and you never get better, you get kept alive to pay exorbitant amounts of money on prescription drugs. That is not living.

Lifestyle diseases need to be treated with a change in your ‘life-style’! Then, amazingly you go from being another statistic to being cured. It really is that simple.

No tablets. No doctor’s bills.

In return for changing your life-style you gain quality of life, energy, vitality, self-confidence, a healthy sex drive. What a trade off! More like trading up!

Ok, so how do I change my life-style?

Start off slow. Diving headfirst into massive change can be overwhelming which can then lead to failure. Also, years of toxins stored in fat suddenly released into your body as you lose weight can make you feel quite ill which once again can lead to giving up.

If you do have some stumbles and lapse back into a toxic lifestyle once you are on your journey to health, don’t just give up! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and jump back on the horse.

These are just some of the ways you can start to change your life-style and remain on track.

  • Get started. Download my free ‘Five day prep to cleanse guide’ and follow this guide for as long as you need. This guide will clean up your diet significantly and will prepare you for your juice cleanse
  • Ramp it up. When you are ready, do a 3 day cleanse
  • Ready for more? Give yourself a couple of weeks a then move into doing a 5 or 7 day cleanse. This cleanse will go deeper and get more toxins out of your system.
  • Remaining on track. After this cleanse, continue to follow the ‘Healthy Living Checklist’ until living like this becomes a habit. It won’t take long and you will be wondering how you ever used to live like you did.
  • Moving forward to a permanent life-style change. Regularly re-cleanse your body with 1, 3 or 5 day cleanses. I like to do mine every month because I still enjoy some toxins in my diet like caffeine and alcohol (in much reduced quantities to before). This keeps your body on track to optimal health.

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