• Dr Felecia Sumner

8 Simple Detox Tips

Updated: Apr 5

Chemicals can wreak havoc on your body! Here a few simple ways to detox...


Bizarre and unexplained health symptoms can be extremely frustrating. If you’ve been trying to get to the bottom of a medical mystery, there’s a chance that exposure to everyday environmental pollutants might be at least partly to blame.


From the womb to old age, we are perpetually exposed to chemical pollutants. They hide in our air, water, soil, and food. We’ve known that everyday pollutants are damaging to human health, but new research out of Columbia University explains WHY.


The new study breaks down 8 different ways that chemicals in our environment harm the body. The researchers say these mechanisms also explain why complex mixtures of chemicals can create serious illness even at relatively low concentrations.



Here’s are the 8 ways chemical pollutants damage the body:



1. Oxidative stress and inflammation

2. Genetic mutations

3. Epigenetic modifications

4. Mitochondrial dysfunction

5. Endocrine disruption

6. Altered cellular signaling

7. Altered microbiome

8. Impaired nervous system function


Yikes. That’s a scary list when you put it all together and mix it up. It could certainly explain why more and more people are struggling to explain chronic pain, inflammation, headaches, insomnia, brain fog, anxiety, and more…


We have ways to test for environmental exposures and to help clear the body of harmful toxins. I also think that prevention is better than any medicine. That’s why I recommend a lifestyle to minimize your exposures and support your body in everyday detoxification. For example:


➡ Choose chemical-free cleaning supplies and personal care products

➡ Use glass or stainless steel instead of plastic

➡ Use air purifiers and household plants to clean the indoor air

➡ Drink plenty of water to help your body detoxify

➡ Eat fresh fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant and detoxifying properties

➡ Eat plenty of fiber to cleanse toxins from your system

➡ Take supplemental nutrients to support your liver and healthy detoxification

➡ Exercise and move your body to keep good lymphatic and blood circulation


Stay tuned for more detox tips to come!



Reference

Peters A, Nawrot TS, Baccarelli AA. Hallmarks of environmental insults. Cell. 2021.

https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(21)00086-6


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