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Living in a Toxic World

Toxins are all around us, everywhere, so much so they may seemingly be unavoidable. We are constantly exposed to toxins in our everyday lives and we absorb and ingest them through the air we breathe, through our skin, and in the food we eat. Toxins can be found in ingredients in household chemicals, cleaning products, cosmetics, industrial toxins in our workplace, plastics, environmental toxins in air pollution.

Our bodies are natural healers so we are constantly trying to eliminate any toxins that are coming in to our body in order to protect ourselves, heal ourselves and keep us healthy. Over time, a build up of toxins can be too much for the body to handle and you will start to see in in your digestive system, your skin and your detoxification pathways such as your liver will be suffering, leading to ill health. Many of these toxins can have disrupting effects on our endocrine system and can be a contributing factor for conditions like obesity, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, reproductive disorders and even hormonal cancers. Not only are there external toxins, but internal toxins can also be generated in our gastrointestinal tract from dysbiosis, causing inflammation and oxidative stress, and leading to gastrointestinal symptoms such as IBS and IBD, and can also contribute to conditions such as depression, autoimmunity, autism, Alzheimer’s, obesity and diabetes. This is one reason why our gut health is paramount.

Herbs and supplements such as green tea, zinc, glutamine, St Mary’s thistle, turmeric, selenium, N- Acetyl Cysteine and Saccharomyces Boulardi can be prescribed by your help with your liver and gut to support toxin elimination and protect against them.

There are many ways we can minimize our toxic exposure or help to eliminate toxins, by making small changes to our lifestyle. Here are some suggestions. Maybe try just one change at a time:

  1. Eat organic

  2. Swap out your chemical cleaning products for natural ones

  3. Swap out your cosmetics, deodorants, shampoos, soaps, perfumes etc for natural ones

  4. Drink more water- filtered water

  5. Check your food labels- avoid artificial colours, flavours and additives

  6. Minimize your mobile phone use and exposure to EMFs

  7. Avoid BPA plastics- switch to a glass or stainless steel water bottle

  8. Avoid using insecticides and pesticides in your garden, use natural insect repellant

  9. Get enough sleep

  10. Give up the cigarettes

  11. Reduce your stress

  12. Do regular exercise

  13. Have a massage

  14. Identify any food intolerances

  15. Spend time in nature

  16. Go on a detox!

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My name is Andrew Powell and I have had the honour of serving the wonderful people of the Glass House electorate since 2009. In its current form, the electorate includes Beerburrum and parts of Elimba

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