"Fifty years after the introduction of toxic chemicals into our environment - chemicals originally intended to enhance our lifestyles - we are left to wonder if our lives are truly enhanced. Or are we actually polluting our reproductive health, as well as our children's health with these "life-enhancing" enviromental toxins?
The truth is that, today, more than 70,000 synthetic chemicals are used commercially and approximately a thousand more new chemicals are introduced into our environment each year. It's hard to know exactly how many of these chemicals are actually harmful enviromental toxins that may damage our reproductive health, as well as our general health and the health of our children. This is especially true when we consider the fact that only a handful of these potential enviromental toxins have been adequately tested to determine their effect on humans and other forms of life. "
From Tracee Cornforth - Your Guide to Women's Health.
Toxins & the body
Toxins are discharged from the body by the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, colon, lungs and skin.
As more and more toxins accumulate in our system, they place severe stress on these organs of elimination. With continued accumulation, the liver, kidneys, and other organs begin to malfunction, causing a weakening of the immune system. The endocrine glands no longer secrete the proper amounts of hormones into the bloodstream - metabolism slows, producing a hospitable environment for illness. The gradual accumulation of low levels of toxins cannot yet be measured by conventional analytical methods, so many doctors deny their existence. As instrumentation and measuring methods become more sophisticated, such toxic states will be recognized as dangerous.
Four Winds Nutrition Recommends... While detoxifying the body it is essential to also support and strengthen your liver.
This vital organ performs many complex functions. Some of these are:
* To convert food into chemicals necessary for life and growth;
* To process drugs absorbed from the digestive tract into forms that are easier for the body to use; and to detoxify and excrete substances that otherwise would be poisonous.
Your liver plays a key role in converting food into essential chemicals of life. All of the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines must pass through the liver before reaching the rest of the body. In essence, the liver can be thought of as the body's refinery.
Your liver, the largest organ in your body, plays a vital role in regulating life processes. This complex organ performs many functions essential to life. You simply cannot live without it.
Furthermore, your liver plays a principal role in removing from the blood ingested and internally produced toxic substances. The liver converts them to substances that can be easily eliminated from the body.
It also makes bile, a greenish-brown fluid which is essential for digestion. Bile is stored in the gallbladder which, after eating, contracts and discharges bile into the intestine, where it aids digestion (of fat in particular).
Suggestion: Milk Thistle Combination or Liver Balance TCM
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