A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Chemical Poisoning
I had a question the other day about chemical poisoning.
Like toxic metals, poisonous chemicals like chlorine, disinfectants, heavy metals, herbicides, insecticides, petroleum products, and solvents can enter your body and decrease the functional capacity of your organs.
This is chemical poisoning.
Some chemicals are absorbed through your skin; others may be inhaled or ingested.
Your body’s immune system is threatened by these chemicals and tries to cleanse your body of the poisons.
Damage to internal organs, especially your liver, may occur.
Chronic chemical poisoning occurs most often in people who use or who’re exposed to chemicals in their work environments, or who use excessive amounts of chemical sprays.
People who live near landfills or certain industrial complexes also may be chronically exposed to toxic chemicals.
Acute chemical poisoning can happen because of accidental ingestion of household chemicals (especially by children) or taking the wrong amounts of medications.
To deal with chemical poisoning it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*To help with recovery, eat a well-balanced diet high in fiber. Fiber helps to cleanse your system. Recommended foods include almonds, apricots, bananas, barley, beans, beets, Brazil nuts, brown rice, carrots, dates, fish, garlic, grapes, hazelnuts, lemons, lentils, oatmeal, onions, spinach, and yogurt.
*If at all possible, eat only organically grown foods.
*Always wear protective clothing and rubber or latex gloves when handling chemicals, even commonly available products like solvents, paint strippers, and paint thinners (most of which contain methylene chloride, xylene, acetone, toluene, benzene, and other extremely hazardous chemicals). One of the worst is the cleaning solvent used to prepare plastic pipe for the application of glue. It contains MEK, a great solvent but a known carcinogen. Carefully follow the directions on the label of any product containing chemicals. Avoid breathing the fumes, especially in a confined area.
*Avoid being outside during any aerial application of insecticides or pesticides.
*Perform a cleansing fast for 3 days each month to help your body get rid of toxins.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Avoid chemicals whenever possible. Even getting gasoline on your hands while fueling the car or lawn mower isn’t a good idea.
*Eliminate smoking and second-hand smoke.
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