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Anyone who is active in their health, likes to read and do research, those who have become familiar with health food, health stores, health books and various health articles, etc., should be familiar with the terminology ‘toxins.’  The subject of toxins is on the table more frequently these days.

There’s been much chatter going on about toxins in our body and how we must all detox in order to become healthier. It’s way of resetting our body and ridding it of disease and symptoms.

Of course, in our lifetime, our body absorbs a number of toxins. Those in trace amounts we don’t really worry about as much, but overall, we do need to avoid as many toxins in our diet and the environment as possible.

The following are the ten most common toxins which can be found in our blood and cells:

  • Free RadicalsThe toxic waste products of the process of oxidation within our bodies. Oxidation – compare to rust on iron, is what causes the deterioration of cells – much like a bruised apple when it turns brown &mushy. This goes on at a cellular level in our body and accelerates the aging process. We can reduce the effects of free radicals by increasing our consumption of antioxidant rich foods: red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, along with eating less crap. Hmm…this has me thinking!
  • Mercury  – The most common sources of Mercury are amalgam fillings (OMG…I need some dental work done to remove some very old fillings I have!) and the eating of large marine fish such as tuna. Thank goodness I don’t eat fish anymore. Mercury is implicated in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, heart failure, irregular heartbeat and even some cancers. So much to consider here!
  • Sugar I say sugar is crack! It is also known as “the white death.” We all know it’s bad for us and that it contains calories without nutrients. Too much of it can cause insulin resistance, diabetes. The answer is simple; eat less white sugar – who would have thunk?
  • CaffeinePeople all over the world love coffee and use it to wake up – some drink it all day long. I’m not sure if most realize what a powerful drug it actually is. Have you ever tried to quit caffeine (any and all forms)? If not, and you are thinking about it, prepare yourself! I quit cold turkey, and I experienced some severe withdrawal symptoms for at least 10 days. But then, I was so happy when I made it out alive! Some people are allergic to caffeine and don’t even realize it. I know so many people who drink coffee in the morning to make their bowels move. Hello? Why do you think coffee does this? It’s irritating your bowels! Why would you want to put this stress on your body? It can also cause irrational mood swings and exacerbation of PMS, even heartbeat irregularities – who needs this crap? I don’t. I do drink decaf now, and it doesn’t bother me. It’s also tasty and allows me to still enjoy my morning cup of coffee – plus I love the aroma.
  • C-Reactive Protein  – I’ve read that it might be wrong to consider this a toxin in itself, but its presence in the blood is an indicator of inflammation in the body. A high reading of C-Reactive Protein in the blood can indicate a propensity to heart attack. It is elevated by infections, inflammatory conditions, insulin resistance, and certain hormones such as those in the contraceptive pill or HRT. I would say this is a red flag for sure!
  • Cholesterol – No new news here – we know that a buildup of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or “bad” cholesterol in the blood is implicated in heart disease via hardening of the arteries. Avoid high cholesterol by eating less saturated fats, exercising regularly, consuming foods rich in plant sterols. Hmm, I have just the lifestyle needed here!
  • Cortisol This is commonly called the stress hormone, as it is produced and released by the body during times of stress and worry – oh my! I should have named my first born Cortisola! It would make sense then that by removing stress from our lives, such as exercising, laughing, relaxing, enjoying a hobby and not allowing your own personal stress to fester and thrive within you, will eliminate the cortisol. Like the ME-gan Lifestyle emphasizes… out with the negative and in with the positive!
  • PesticidesWe encounter these in our own gardens (unless we garden organic) and on most store-bought fruits and vegetables. You can be sure that trace amounts are probably found in most people’s bodies. Solution? Buy organic or make sure you thoroughly wash any fruit and veggies you buy.
  • DioxinsThese are unwanted byproducts of heating processes and can increase cancer risks. They are suspected as contributory factors in diabetes, low sperm counts and behavioral problems. This certainly explains a lot doesn’t it? They are everywhere, so it is hard to avoid them on an individual level. Buying organic produce and avoiding saturated animal fats (which tend to harbor dioxins) help.

  • HomocysteineHomocysteine is an amino acid. It can contribute to the risks of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, furring of the arteries, toxicity in pregnancy, or even birth defects. Its build-up can be caused by kidney disease, genetics or vitamin deficiencies. Supplementation of Vitamins B12, B6 and Folic Acid may be wise. These vitamins enable the conversion of homocysteine into less dangerous amino-acids in the body.

The way I see it is that there is so much in this world that we need to fight for and/or deal with on a daily basis to stay as healthy as we can; for instance – fresh water, clean air, food we can trust, ridding ourselves of chemicals & toxins (not only in food, but in the air that we breathe, lotions, shampoo, clothing, dry cleaning agents, etc., basically everything that touches us!), stress, and MORE, that we must do what we can to win the fight! There is tons of info available out there on toxins, read up! Let knowledge be your amor!

We are all exposed to these horrors over our lifetime. Some are easy to avoid, others less so. A change in lifestyle; clean living – eating a whole, organic (whenever and as much as possible), plant-based diet, keeping a positive outlook day-to-day, and with no doubt keeping the faith are what I have found to be the best ways to overcome an unhealthy mind & body, and to avoid further damage.

The bad news is that there is ‘bad stuff’ all around us. The good news is that we have the power, for the most part, to keep it out of our life – certainly to deal with it! Get active in your own life. Start caring and being concerned with what you are putting into your body, and what is going on around you. It’s never too late to change the way you live. Start NOW! And when you achieve success, go help others!

Embrace The ME-gan Lifestyle! Love,