by By Karen Becker, LMT, NCTMB
(Orlando, Florida)

People are surrounded by toxins every day and it is impossible to avoid them all. Pesticides, herbicides, additives, and preservatives are in the food supply and pollution is in the air. People are exposed to chemicals in perfume, cologne, air fresheners and disinfectants which, create free radicals and oxidative stress in the body. Heavy metals such as mercury is in the fish and dental fillings. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are in nearly every processed food in the United States. Toxins are everywhere and they are affecting people both physically and mentally. Most people's toxic load is high so, by increasing the population's awareness of free radicals, oxidation, pesticides, herbicides and GMOs, we will be able to decrease the load in the future.

Individuals tend to literally stay in a state of stress unless something is done to counteract the toxins in the body. Exposure to toxins and the body when stressed, reacts in the following physiological and psychological ways: early puberty, infertility, cancer, addiction, alcoholism, depression, obesity, blood pressure and heart rate increase, digestion shuts down, metabolism is impaired, circulation is impaired, blood sugar rises, hormones are disrupted, neurotransmitters are drained, detoxification is impaired, sleep is disturbed, immune function weakens, and there are high levels of anxiety/fear. Simply put, physical and emotional health deteriorates. Fortunately, there are five everyday things that can be done to reduce toxic load:
1. Supplement vitamin C daily to protect the body from toxic minerals.
2. Use herbs to support the detoxification organs such as milk thistle and dandelion.
3. Eliminate or reduce processed and packaged foods.
4. Drink half the body weight in ounces of water per day. Water flushes toxins out of the body so, this is very important.
5. Take a multivitamin with antioxidants to neutralize free radical damage and for general good health and support of body systems.
So make sure to get in the vitamin C, drink some dandelion tea, eat organic and unprocessed foods, drink plenty of water, and take a good multivitamin to combat this increasingly toxic world.

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