The holidays are over and many, health conscious Americans have already begun or are thinking about a bio-detoxification program to start off the New Year. If you haven’t already started a detox program, consider the “Easy 3 – Step Bio-Detoxification program from Biotics Research. It will cleanse your body from head-to-toe leaving you energized and revitalized.
Once the detox program is completed, then what? For many, that’s the end? They begin the cycle all over again and wait till next January to rid themselves of a year’s worth of toxins? It just wasn’t the holiday diet and lifestyle excesses that made them feel the need to detox. We live in a “Toxic World”. Our bodies accumulate toxins every day. The holiday excess was just “the straw that broke the Camel’s back”, so to speak. With that thought in mind, I want to share some ideas on how to reduce our daily toxic load and assure adequate nutrients are available to support the body’s detox pathways.
One way to reduce our daily toxic load is by becoming more aware of, and avoiding common toxins found in food, beverages and the environment.
Acetaldehyde is a common and potent neurotoxin. Acetaldehyde is ubiquitous in the ambient environment. It is formed as a product of incomplete wood combustion in fireplaces and woodstoves, coffee roasting, burning of tobacco, vehicle exhaust fumes, and coal refining. Many individuals are exposed to acetaldehyde by simply breathing ambient air. Other environmental sources of acetaldehyde include room air deodorizers, cologne’s and perfumes1. Inhalation of air containing elevated levels of acetaldehyde can cause respiratory tract irritation, central nervous system depression and possibly pulmonary edema. Very high concentrations can cause dizziness, respiratory depression, convulsions or even death2.
Since June of 2004, I have made it a practice to do a detox program at least twice a year. One of the most positive side effects of detoxing I have experienced was that my chronic allergic reactions to airborne pollen, environment chemicals and mold, and certain foods would greatly subside or be completely eliminated within a week of starting my detox. So what is the link between detoxing and allergies?
Despite the number of neurotropic drugs introduce over the past three decades, there has been an astonishing increase in neurological disorders in the United States. An article in “Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry”, Volume 7, Number 1, Spring, 2005, written by Robert Whitaker, states that “The number of Americans disabled by mental illness has nearly doubled since 1987, when Prozac-the first in a second generation of wonder drugs for mental illness-was introduced.” Mr. Whitaker also documents that in placebo controlled studies involving anxiety, depression and other neurological disorders, relapse was significantly higher in the pharmacotherapy groups as compared to those taking a placebo.
Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift in the way we address anxiety, depression and other neurological disorders. A number of published studies have looked at the connection between diet and mood, as well as, how the availability of neurotransmitter precursors and other metabolic co-factor impact the synthesis of neurotransmitters.
Nutritional Wellbeing is a matter of Supply and Demand.