Article One: Supporting your body’s innate detox capacity

You might wonder why governments allow so many chemicals to be released into the environment? Why are there so many chemicals in our food, water, clothes, toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning products? Are the pesticide residues in our foods really safe?  And what about the indoor or outdoor air we breathe, the water we drink, or the plastic containers we store our food in, or put our kids’ school lunches in?

What about those artificial flavours, preservatives, colours, sweeteners or technological additives that are laced through so much processed food we find in supermarkets? Then there’s the chemicals released from vehicles, factories and power stations.  The list is seemingly endless. While some industrial compounds have been evaluated for safety, the majority haven’t. Where safety has been evaluated, the studies are always based on individual chemical compounds, studied in isolation, often on animals or bacteria. The fact is, we’re human, and we’re not exposed to these chemicals in isolation, but rather as highly complex mixtures that are almost impossible to study. Not only is each one of our exposures different, our genetic ability to handle these exposures is also different. That’s why some of us react very differently to others.

The harsh reality is that more of us are not coping well with this chemical assault. This may be seen by high levels of certain liver enzymes that are doing their best to work overtime to detoxify our bodies but have been overwhelmed. Chemical overload can manifest in a multitude of ways and can lead to, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety or disturbed sleep patterns, among many other things.

Apart from reducing your chemical load as far as you can, you can also help support your detoxification system. This means making sure you eat a healthy, balanced and varied diet, drink at least 2 litres of spring, mineral or filtered water daily (more of you’re exercising intensively, especially in hot weather) and taking some supplementary nutrients. A daily serving of a broad spectrum ‘supplemented food’, such as Nuzest’s Good Green Stuff, with it’s powerpack of 75 ingredients that feed all 12 of your body systems—including your detoxification, digestive and immune systems—is a great place to start.

We hope you enjoy your low-tox living journey. It makes perfect sense in an increasingly toxic world, and it’s the way of the future.

This article written by

Robert Verkerk – BSc MSc DIC PhD | Executive & Scientific Director ANH

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