The body has an excretory system which is working around the clock to eliminate unwanted toxins. We are exposed to toxins every day from the food we eat, water we drink and the air we breathe.
Why do we need to support our body then?Lynn R. Goldman, Dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health compared the amount of environmental chemicals today to 500 years ago: “They lived in a world where most human needs, material needs, were met by the natural world through wood, metals, and other resources that were extracted from the natural environment. Today, we live in a very different world, where nearly everything in this room is in some way derived from industrial chemicals. In just the 25 years between 1970 and 1995, the volume of synthetic organic chemicals produced tripled, from about 50 million tons to approximately 150 million tons. And today it is much more, she noted.” The Natural Resources Defence Council says “Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, most haven’t been adequately tested for their effects on human health.” It is estimated that 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals pour into the environment every year, and approximately 2000 new chemicals are introduced each year. Many of these toxins are fat soluble are stored in fatty tissues and are not easily eliminated. A build up of these contaminants have been associated with disruption of the endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems, impaired neurobehavioral development, and cancer. It’s obvious our body’s are under more pressure than ever to effectively eliminate unwanted toxins. There is increasing awareness of the fact that we can naturally support the detoxification pathways to positively alter our state of health and wellbeing. I believe this is crucial to understand and implement in this day and age.
Kidney FiltrationThe kidneys are part of the body’s excretory systems, and have been called the body’s natural filter. They eliminate around 1.5 litres of urine per day. Urine consists of many by-products of metabolism, like ureas, ammonia, hydrogen ions, creatinine, chemical toxins, medications, synthetic vitamins, and minerals, etc. If these wastes aren’t being removed, they are being reabsorbed, which can cause a whole lot of issues down the track. There are two key indicators which will let you know if your kidneys are functioning and filtering properly:
- Pee in a glass jar. Put it in the fridge for 12-24 hours. There should be sediment which has accumulated at the bottom of the jar. This shows that your kidneys are filtering waste out of the body. If there is minimal or no sediment, it means your kidneys aren’t filtering optimally.
- Test your blood pressure. The bottom number represents the function of your kidneys. It should be between 60-70.