Toxic Load can be defined as the accumulative amount of toxic chemicals affecting your body at a given time. Some refer to it as “Body Burden“. The source of these toxic chemicals that build up in our bodies are both internal and external (some toxins in our body are byproducts of natural chemical reactions and thus are unavoidable, while other toxins are man made and can be reduced but unfortunately very hard to completely eliminate in the modern world) the end result of toxic load on our body is both internal and external as well. Toxins affect our skin, hair, organs which in turn affect our energy levels, aging and overall health. As mentioned before, toxic load is a result of both natural reactions and man made chemicals. While we can a should reduce our exposure to man made chemicals (contained in cleaning, cosmetic, clothing, processed and non-organic foods etc.) we cannot in reality completely expect these to be eliminated from our modern lives in totality. So, given the reality of that, what can we do to reduce toxic damage (Toxic Load) once we already consumed the toxin?
You may find yourself wondering if you should be buying organic fruits and vegetables instead of conventional ones. The first thing is to understand the differences between organic and conventional produce – the amount of pesticides used.
Did you know that nearly 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. A cancer epidemic is at all time high, and evidence is growing ever stronger that pesticide exposure is a key contributor to this. In February 2009, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published a study that found that children who live in homes where their parents use pesticides are twice as likely to develop brain cancer versus those that live in residences in which no pesticides are used.
For years, physicians have been warning about the negative health effects of drinking coffee. You may have been told that coffee will raise your blood pressure, lead to heart disease, give you an ulcer or make you diabetic. But studies continue to roll in that caste doubt on this “common wisdom.”
Certainly, like anything, coffee should not be used in excess. However, study after study has failed to prove that moderate coffee consumption increases your risk for cardiovascular disease or any other serious illness.
Many people enjoy Geraniums for their colorful flowers. You can find Geraniums in gardens, on patios and balcony’s all over the world. In the wild you will find Geraniums in most of the Eastern half North America, extending from Canada to Alabama. Though beautiful to look at, the real value of this plant is not the colorful flowers, but the medicinal leafs, stems and roots.
Contrary to popular belief, fluoride is not a natural substance; it is the byproduct of the aluminum and nuclear industries’ use of fluorine gas. The Merck Index lists fluoride’s primary use as rat and cockroach poison and it is a known carcinogen. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the FDA was somehow convinced that the poison allegedly helped protect teeth.
You might think that clear purified bottles water you buy would be the best water for your body, however, the truth is that many bottled waters can cause a lot of health problems. They may be making you fat.
Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical component in water bottles has been found to reduce insulin sensitivity and accelerate the formation of fat cells in animal studies by 1,300%. Even in minute amounts, the animal subjects gained weight when exposed to BPA.
A new study from Harvard School of Public Health and published in the journal Environmental Health found that commonly-found toxins in plastics are linked to both general obesity and abdominal obesity. Known as Bisphenol A or BPA for short, these hormone disruptors have been primarily found in plastic, including plastic food and beverage packaging.
The practice of treating pain is assuredly as old as the human race itself. Anyone who has ever witnessed someone (especially a loved one) in pain, knows how much everyone wants to help them. And so human history is filled with some seemingly foolish and not so foolish methods of treating pain. Ancient cultures, believing pain was a punishment from the gods, offered religious offerings and sacrifices.
Probably the most effective natural treatment for headaches is combing lavender oil with peppermint oil. Recent research finds that lavender essential oil can help relieve migraine attacks as an alternative migraine treatment. A 2012 study performed by Iranian and German scientists and published in the medical journal European Neurology concluded that “inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.”
A widow with ten boys to feed was once asked how she does it? She replied, “I feed them what they don’t like and give them as much of it as they want”. Sound advice from a women in a impossible situation for most of us. But it highlights what should be a parents priority, to feed their kids and feed them well. This does not always include what they like… as far too may parents are focused on pleasing their kids, often attempting to get them to eat more. Unfortunately, this often means compromising health and nutrition for quantity and compliance.
Chia has been around for thousands of years. Chia seeds were a staple of the ancient Aztec diet, and they are now grown commercially in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Chia seeds are becoming increasingly common as a source of fiber, omega-3’s, and various other health benefits.