I just spent the weekend in the city with my one and only. We had a great time – dinner, show and hanging out together but the best part of all was the coming home. We crossed the bridge which is our sign that we are nearly back to the little mountains house and we both sighed and smiled. It’s great to get away but even better when you are so happy to be back.
Those couple of days in the big smoke got me thinking. I always talk about the importance of eating well but I have neglected the effects of environmental toxins. My family takes for granted our clean air, rain water and healthy soil. We live at the end of a dead end road in a sleepy little haven so the issue of traffic pollution is a non starter for us.
After that short amount of time in the city I really started to feel the effects – not really wanting to take in a big breath of air, the noise and smell of trucks, cars, planes and trains were obvious and there were a few occasions when I noticed the colour of various exhaust emissions belching out of factories and workshops.
Admittedly not all of the city is like that and I know there are plenty of havens but I was in a very densely populated place and it got me thinking about the people who live there and how it may be effecting their health.
Unfortunately toxins are very common in our world.. Environmental toxins include things like heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives, drugs and pollutants, which are present in the air, water and food that we consume.
Most of you know that I am no fan of ‘Detox Diets” mostly because our bodies have incredible systems in place to help deal with these contaminants. Having said that, I think there is a great need to support these systems to function optimally and this is particularly important if you are exposed to toxins on a regular basis.
Some signs that you may need to consider a detoxifying program or at least, a system of support to deal with your toxic exposures include :
• Fatigue or lethargy
• Difficulty concentrating, poor memory or recurrent headaches
• Muscle aching and weakness
• Immune dysregulation – i.e., recurrent infections, autoimmune disease, allergies
• Sensitivity to environmental chemicals, odours and/or nutritional supplements
• Chronic fatigue and lethargy
• Depression, anxiety and/or mood swings
• Poor short term memory and concentration
• Inflammatory bowel diseases
• Reproductive disorders