Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig
According to Chinese astrology, 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest. 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life. LINK
I always feel that January is almost like a non-month or the 13th month. Everyone is away, schools are on holidays, it’s hot and most of us go to the beach. The real year starts in February right?
February is that time of the year where people start thinking about getting back into a routine, school is back, work is ramping up and all the excesses of the silly season are coming back to bite you!
Last week’s Detox Information blog was a lovely reminder that this is a perfect time of year to really put those New Year’s Resolutions into effect. Maybe you want to start eating better, exercising regularly, preventing stress overwhelm or having less alcohol. If you need support, guidance and structure in order to do this. Please give us a call and book in to see us for a Detoxification Plan!
A detox is a fantastic opportunity to create healthy habits, clean up your diet, eliminate harmful excesses, shed a few excess body fat kilos and have more energy to enjoy the year ahead.
Part of a detox involves supporting our organs of elimination like our gut, liver, kidneys and skin. Many people who don’t believe in detoxes say these organs do this naturally without any outside interference. But read on to find out why it IS important to detox regularly.
We know that junk food, alcohol, chlorine in drinking water, insufficient fiber from fruit/veg/wholegrains and too much animal fat can all have a detrimental affect on our gut bacteria. But did you know that it is not just what you eat that affects your microbiome (gut bacteria) but the toxins in our environment and on our food?
We know that antibiotics taken internally for infections can affect our gut bacteria long term (sometimes you never replace those lost or they take years to be replenished) but environmental chemicals, pesticides and xenobiotics also have an impact on gut bacteria. They can have a detrimental effect on the variety of flora, and ability of them to break down and digest our food. This can even lead to a dysbiotic situation (imbalance of negative bacteria). Pesticides sprayed on our food can create oxidative stress in the gut and can lead to DNA damage which could potentially cause cancer and other health issues.
Toxins that we are exposed to on an everyday basis like heavy metals, environmental chemicals, cleaning products, transport fumes, perfumes, excess histamine and ammonium can put a heavy load on the liver. The liver’s job is to get rid of these safely and effectively and it needs a healthy gut microbiome to do this effectively. If the toxic burden from all these assaults is too large then that creates a toxic load which the liver, kidney and gut cannot deal with. Supporting these detoxification organs is vital in our toxic environment.
I often say to my patients that even though it looks clear and clean out there Australia has one of the highest rates in the world of pesticide use – with over 8000 registered for use. However, more than 80 of these are banned in numerous other countries, 17 are likely or probable carcinogens, 48 are flagged as potential endocrine disrupters and more than 20 are classified as highly hazardous by the World Health Organisation.* So why are we still using them? A question for the politicians perhaps.
If you have had toxic exposures from your job (farmers, miners, nail technicians, hair dressers, dry cleaners etc…) Or If you are just feeling sluggish from over-doing it in the holidays and need to create some healthy habits give us a ring on 02 9979 9888 or book in online for one of our custom made detoxes designed especially for you.
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See you soon!
Please Note: Detoxification should not be attempted during pregnancy or breastfeeding, however it is ideal as a preconception program.
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Naturopath, Nutritionist & Herbalist
BHSc(CompMed), ADNat, DNut, MATMS
Thank you to Bioconcepts* for information used in this article. References supplied.