In case you missed Dr. Heidel’s Holistic Health Series on weight loss and detoxification – here’s the skinny…
The connection between the body and mind is a very real one, with the way your body feels playing a big part in how your brain functions and whether or not you experience a state of well-being. Keeping it free from toxins, free radicals and other environmental invaders requires some understanding of how your external environment can adversely affect the internal environment.
So what does that mean? Let’s discuss external pollutants.
Air – Asbestos, Gasoline, Dry Cleaners, Paint, Metal Fabrication and Finishing, Boilers, Hospitals using Ethylene Oxide Sterilization…to name a few.
Water – Nebraska’s water is the 6th worse in the Nation. In 2012, industrial facilities dumped 10.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state’s rivers and streams, “Wasting our Waterways” reports. Nationwide, industry dumped 206 million pounds, polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries.
Effects on our organs:
Lungs – the lungs bring oxygen from the air to our bloodstream and release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream back into the air. They also filter out tiny blood clots formed in the veins.
Toxic Signals – runny nose, clogged sinuses, frequent sneezing and coughing, trouble breathing or getting enough air.
Detoxification – If you smoke, quit, cut back on dairy products which can be mucus-forming and add a bit of ginger to your diet. Ginger is a lung tonic, so add the fresh root to cooking or tea.
Kidneys – the kidneys control the amount of water, acidity and minerals in the blood. They filter waste and toxins from the blood and play an important role in regulating blood pressure. They help deliver oxygen to the body’s cells.
Toxic Signals – infrequent urination, dark/cloudy urination, frequent urinary tract infections.
Detoxification – the kidneys need lots of good healthy fluids – water especially – for them to function properly. The Institute of Medicine, an independent research organization recommends between 90 and 125 ounces of water per day. Other healthy beverages include diluted fruit juices and herbal tea, organic of course. Avoid undoing all your good work by loading up on chemicals that leach water from your body, such as caffeine and alcohol.
Detoxing for Weight Loss:
Three organs come into play for weight loss: the Liver, Bowels and Intestines.
Liver – the liver is the body’s hazmat specialist, removing all sorts of toxins from the blood. It also regulates blood sugar levels, stores nutrients and serves as a garbage disposal for old red blood cells.
Toxic Signals – bloating, nausea, indigestion, white or yellowish coat on tongue, yellowish tint to the whites of the eyes;
Detoxification – the liver is one of the body’s most powerful detoxifiers. It functions best when you eat more veggies, fewer processed foods and less unhealthy fat. Also keep the alcohol, sugar and caffeine intake low.
Bowels and Intestines – the bowels and intestines absorb nutrients and moisture into the body and eliminate waste.
Toxic signals – constipation, diarrhea, bloating and gas, chronic skin problems, bad breath.
Contributing factors – low fiber diet, lots of processed or overly fatty and rich foods, pesticide residues, stress, delayed onset food allergies or intolerances.
Detoxification – Avoid foods to which you may be sensitive (gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and tree nuts). Add fiber to your diet by eating foods such as pears, berries, figs, lentils, black beans and Brussels sprouts. EAT SLOWLY AND CHEW. Fiber can be challenging for your body to digest in large quantities – especially if it’s been gulped down or not chewed thoroughly. Help your digestive juices by chewing food into a liquid texture before you swallow or try a digestive enzyme supplement.
ANY QUESTIONS – Schedule a consult with Dr. Bonnie Heidel- Arnold at Omaha Integrative Care, for food allergy testing, nutritional consultation or digestive issues. It would be my pleasure to assist! 402-934-1617
The next Holistic Health Series is this Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Email below to save your space or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidel.