A must read: Toxic Environmental Exposures Could Cause Reproductive Harm Across Generations + I’m going to get personal here in hopes to inspire people to make very important changes to their lifestyle and minimize their exposure to toxins.
Epigenetic defects are more serious than just affecting a single individual – Kidney and prostate disease, breast cancer, obesity, and other health problems.
Previously it has been believed that ovarian disease, just like many diseases, are primarily thought to be due to genetic abnormalities, but research is showing that it is most likely more of an environmentally induced phenomenon.
What I found most concerning, is that even minute amounts of hormone-mimicking chemicals such as BPA (the chemical in plastics food containers, water bottles, and canned foods) appear to be more potent than larger quantities, and can scramble human hormones and cause a host of health problems. Multiple studies have shown that with plastics, the lower doses actually gives a more dramatic effect than the higher doses! Bottom line - Toxic exposures affect a fetus, and furthermore what YOU consume, put in your body and on your body, whether you are male or female, will affect not only you, but your future generations.
I’m going to get personal here in hopes to inspire people to make very important changes to their lifestyle and minimize their exposure to toxins. Recently, I’ve been visiting a doctor specializing in nutrition and digestive health to figure out the underlying cause of the digestive issues I’ve struggled with all my life. Through blood tests, food allergy and intolerance tests, cellular composition analysis, heavy metal tests and other exams, it is evident that my kidneys, intestines, and liver have not been efficiently cleansing out the toxins in my body and my doctor has concluded that my body is a “hospitable environment for autoimmune disease and cancers.” Not what anyone wants to hear! Especially someone (me) who is known as a “psycho” for cleanliness, eats organic as much as possible, maintains a healthy plant-based diet, only uses organic and chemical free beauty products and green cleaning products, works out and does yoga almost every day of the week. So why the heck am I toxic? All the things I mentioned above – fitness, eating clean and not lathering up in chemicals, are all practices everyone should follow to maintain optimal health, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. And I’m excited to figure out what I’m missing, and my doctor is going to help me get to the bottom of it! We’ve already started identifying foods my body is intolerant to, and through the results of heavy metal tests we’ll determine what detoxes are needed to heal my digestive tract and restore good liver and kidney function.
I attended a Yoga Beauty Bar last month where Emmy-nominated Celebrity Beauty Expert Karim Orange and Organic Beauty Entrepreneur & Advocate Amy Galper spread awareness on the importance of using products that are safe and free of toxic chemicals. What you put on your skin penetrates through, and has lasting nasty effects. At the event, I was given the gift of a book I am finding so informative – “The Detox Strategy” by Brenda Watson. In this book, Brenda explains-
‘Toxins hide out in unlikely places in the body – bones, muscles, fat cells, brain tissue, the liver and other organs – where they can do serious damage both acutely in the short term and chronically in the long term. Because many fat-soluble toxins park themselves in fat cells, they can mess with the signals from these cells that affect our hormones, and that in turn change our metabolism and how we store (or burn) fat.
Because each of us is encoded with a unique DNA, each person has a unique response to chemical toxins. As many as 10% of Caucasians produce low levels of a specific enzyme required for proper detoxification in the body. Interesting, on the other hand, some people make much too much of this enzyme (as well as other enzymes) – these may be the same people who live long and with relatively unhealthy lifestyles! Obviously, the higher the exposure to toxins, the more symptoms of illness the body will manifest and the more immediate or acute the response will be. When there are no immediate symptoms, this does not mean no harm has been done. Many chemicals are slowly deposited in our bodies where they remain, build up over time, and do lasting damage. It is for this reason that professionals in natural health place a heavy emphasis on toxicity as a major cause of disease. No matter how toxins get into our bodies – through the lungs, stomach, or skin, they all meet the liver at some point and from there, get sent to the kidneys and colon for eliminating, become stored away in fat cells, trapped in bones, muscles, tissues, and organs, or get locked up in the liver itself.
It’s unrealistic to think we can totally eliminate all the toxic substances in the world and their risk factors. The goal is to limit and manage our exposure to them and do what we can to support the natural structures and functions of our body so they can detoxify as efficiently as possible.’
Through my research, I am aware that toxins are not the root cause of all illnesses, so it is important to realize that not all health challenges may relate directly to toxicity. However, there are choices we can make to reduce our toxic exposure and remove the toxic residue from our bodies to improve our state of health and quality of life! Yes, while still maintaining some semblance of realism. Yes, I live in a city. There is pollution, there are germs, there are restaurants that don’t have dairy-free and gluten-free options (and also places that lie about what they put in your food…) and if I accidentally eat something I shouldn’t I’ll be throwing up and breaking out in hives. Yes, I need to know what my body can and can’t digest. Yes, I can not avoid all toxins. And I’m not going to make myself crazy! I just want to feel better.
So how am I going to help my kidneys, intestines, and liver to make my body a less-hospitable place for cancers and auto-immune diseases? Someday, I hope to pass on healthy genes to a new generation. I’d feel guilty to pass on the burden of toxicity. If I’m not successfully getting rid of the toxins in my body, making my internal environment weak and prone to illnesses, the solution may be routine detoxification and heavy metal cleanses… I will keep you posted on the conversations I have with my doctor and hopefully inspire anyone also feeling digestive discomfort to take action BEFORE your body becomes inflamed and BEFORE an acute inflammation becomes a much, much larger issue. In the meantime, I will leave you with this advice - BE AWARE. Be aware of what you are putting in and on your body, what you use to clean your living space, make a point to sweat out those remaining toxins through whatever fitness you enjoy. And never, never, never give up.