Everyone is talking about “detoxes” or “cleanses”, but what does this really mean? Is it even possible?

As we get deeper into cleaning it up this month, I’d like to turn the script.

This was a major shift that I experienced a long while ago. It completely changed my outlook.

Many “detoxes,” or detoxes, focus on getting rid of toxins and other wastes in the body.

This is the problem with this: Your body already contains a complex and amazing built in detox system. It’s made up of your skin and lungs, kidneys and colon.

These organs work together to remove toxins and waste and help you eliminate them through sweating, your breath, or while you’re using the toilet.

FACT: A breakdown in the system should be reported to a doctor.

But what if the toxins you consume, the products that you use, and the chemicals in your environment cause your detox system to become overwhelmed, adding a lot more stress?

They can build up to the point that your body is unable to eliminate them as quickly as it absorbs them. It’s not as difficult as it seems.

We can’t see toxic substances so here’s a statistic that might help:

Did You Know that the average newborn baby has 287 known toxic chemicals in their umbilical cord blood (this is according to the Environmental Working Group).

The toxins are broken down into 180 cancer-causing toxins in animals or humans, 217 toxic to the brain/nervous systems, and 208 which are associated with animal research problems or birth defects.

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Talk about a toxic load!

Instead of focusing on removing toxins from your body, what if you tried to avoid them in their first place? !

This way you can “detox” your INPUT before it gets into your system.

This can be done by improving the quality of your food and what surrounds it. This will reduce your toxic load.

This is what I am referring to:

  • Foods that contain fewer pesticides and antibiotics.
  • Products for personal care that contain fewer known toxic substances
  • Avoid plastic water bottles and food storage containers
  • Greener home care products

You can reduce the amount of toxic substances you are exposed to by having a little bit of intention.

This is a more proactive approach to your health and wellness.

Here’s a bonus challenge: Drinking water is one of the best ways to support your body’s detox process. You can use a BPA-free container. Filtered water is a bonus!

This will help your system eliminate all the waste products.

How much water you drink each day will depend on your activity level, health conditions, and size.

As a rule of thumb, women require approximately 9 cups (2.1 liters) per day and men 12 1/2 cups (3 Liters).

It is not the large things that we do every once in a while that produce results, but the little things we do consistently that do.

This post was written by Darryl Johnson, Co-Owner of Apex performance. At Apex performance we are a community of highly trained experts looking to provide performance enhancement and a permanent lifestyle change for our clients in a fun and interactive environment. Members can take advantage of one of the best gym in Tampa, small group classes and specialized courses for a wide variety of athletics, sports training and body goals!

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