Chemical Exposure – What to do?

Still, chemical exposure is scary, particularly since we can’t often measure how much we inhaled or absorbed into our bodies. I’d probably be sick to my stomach if I knew just exactly how much cheap perfume and Old Spice I’ve inhaled over the years, particularly if it leads to a serious health issue down the road.

But we can protect ourselves. Here are some tips I find useful in dealing with acute chemical exposure:

  1. Drink lots of water:Like, lots. Water flushes out the system, and as the body is processing new information (i.e Drano fumes) you can decrease the stay of chemicals by washing them out the ol’ drain.
  2. Take a walk in nature:Your lungs will pump fresh oxygenin and toxic chemicals out if you give them a good workout. Do this where there are lots of lush green trees and plants growing and giving off yummy, clean oxygen. Taking a 1–2 hour hike after a chemical inhalation can help your lungs process out those fumes.
  3. Drink greens:Leafy greens are known detoxifiers and an excellent tool in moving chemicals out of the body. If you don’t have a juicer at home, get on over to a juice bar for a large green juice (and a wheatgrass shot!) to help push those toxins out.
  4. Take vitamin C:Just like it works to protect your body from the ravages of a cold or flu and speed healing, vitamin C can help push those toxins out and protect your body from the harmful effects of chemical exposure. You can’t really overdose on vitamin C, so take 500-1000 mg every hour, like you would if you had the flu. Give it a go for a day or two at least.

5.Sweat: Whether it’s a yoga class, turning that hike into a run, or hitting the sauna or steam room, sweating is one of the body’s best ways of processing out chemicals.

  1. Think happy thoughts:This may be hard to do when you feel like you’ve just inhaled a cancer-causing load ofoven cleaner or bleach, but it helps. The reality is we can’t undo what’s been done. But we can change how we receive the situation, and it may sound woo-woo, but loving those chemicals as they enter—and soon LEAVE—your body can be a helpful tool in your recovery.

[Note: If you’ve experienced a significant brush with chemicals and are showing extreme reactions such as fever, vomiting or fainting, seek immediate medical attention.


How Does Water Help Remove Harmful Toxins From Your Digestive Tract?

Toxins? Just what are these creepy things that seem to invade our body?
Toxins are actually a normal part of your bodies intake of food and oxygen. The bowel disposes of toxins from the digestive system and the liver helps clear the way for other organs to function properly and help rid of those unwanted toxins. Your body is actually able to detoxify itself in a natural manner with the use of its lungs, liver and kidneys.

Problem solved?

Not quite… When our bodies are bombarded with unfamiliar toxins, are producing too many toxins, or are not eliminating toxins effectively, the toxins build up and can cause health problems. Then it is time for a detoxification program—supporting the body’s natural elimination process and preventing the day-to-day buildup of toxicity. Coffee, tea, sports drinks, soda and other sugary drinks cause more problems than high blood sugar. It takes your body more water to flush out these fluids from your body, leaving you dehydrated. Many of these drinks contain unnatural ingredients which add to the toxins that our bodies must help us flush out.

The key to detoxification is knowledge: understanding the link between feeling subpar and toxicity, understanding where toxins come from, and understanding what you can do to help yourself: Drinking water is instrumental in detoxification.

Just how does water help remove toxins?

It flushes toxins and waste from the body and transports nutrients to where they are needed. Without water the contents of your colon can dry out and get stuck, eventually causing constipation. Water is a natural lubricant that softens stool and promotes evacuation of the bowels. Our kidney system is unique in its filtering capabilities and totally dependent upon water in order for it to work. The kidneys remove waste products from the blood, eliminate toxic substances in the urine, and receive water-soluble toxins from the liver for processing. They filter voluminous amounts of blood each day and in doing so maintain the body’s water balance and excrete toxins and excess fluid through the bladder. Daily fluid intake is essential for our bodies to function efficiently.