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We all know we live in a fog of pollutants, exposed without much choice to the chemicals in car fumes, industrial waste, pesticides and heavy metals.
We’re less aware of the toxic chemicals to which we expose ourselves voluntarily — our hair dye, nail polish, perfume, deodorant, hair spray, kitchen cleaning fluids, air freshener and on and on. But together they all add up to a veritable toxic soup.
Industrial - Revolution - Chemicals - Way - Air
Since the Industrial Revolution, we have synthesised more than 80,000 artificial chemicals and almost all have found their way into our air, water, soil and food — and so into us.
All of these substances are alien to the human body, and they accumulate over the years, in some cases doing us serious harm and in others leaving us depleted of vital nutrients and feeling exhausted or generally unwell.
Times - Upheaval - Menopause - Bodies - Day
Times of hormonal upheaval such as the menopause are particularly affected by what our bodies unwittingly absorb every day.
But there’s good news. When I qualified as a doctor in 1982, it was taboo to ask why people got ill and instead we were taught to manage symptoms using a vast array of drugs.
Sense - Body - Processes - Ally - System
There was a sense of fighting the body’s processes, not getting alongside it as an ally or strengthening the immune system so it could fight its own battles.
Today, however, there are plenty of experts asking the right questions about this toxic soup and why so many of us feel so tired and foggy-brained all the time. Excitingly, we are finding answers, too. We are starting to understand how to detox effectively and which vital nutrients we need to replace to best combat the daily onslaught of synthetic chemicals.
Wellness - Detox - Cleanse - Vague - Reasons
For me, for optimum wellness, a 21st-century detox is not just a fast or a cleanse for vague or hopeful reasons, but a means of minimising our...
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