Do you often feel bloated and lethargic? The foods we eat affect everything about us — from how we look physically to how we feel emotionally, as well as our level of energy, our ability to fight off infections and our risk for developing chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Yet, without stopping to think about it, we put a lot of unnatural things into our bodies.
Take a few minutes to consider the last three meals you ate, did they contain:
- Processed foods?
- Saturated and trans fats?
- Artificial colors, such as the caramel color in colas, which is manufactured by heating carbohydrates with ammonium- and sulfite-containing compounds, and produces a chemical by-product called 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), a known carcinogen?
- Artificial flavors and/or sweeteners, such as saccharin and aspartame, which studies have linked to cancer?
Did any components of your last three meals come from a can? If so, chances are the can was lined with bisphenol A (BPA). The US Food and Drug Administration recently banned the use of BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups and infant-formula packaging. On its website, the agency says “some studies have raised questions” about the effect of BPA exposure on “the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.” However, the FDA still allows the chemical to be used for lining the insides of tin and aluminum food- and beverage-product cans, as a component in plastic containers, and as an ingredient in dental sealants.
Did you have water or juice with any of your meals yesterday? If so, then you likely ingested a certain amount of inorganic arsenic. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows public drinking water to contain 10 parts per billion (ppb) of the semi-metal element, which gets into the system either by erosion from natural deposits or by waste runoff from glass- and electronic-manufacturing facilities.
Conversely, in setting the standard, the EPA noted that studies have linked arsenic to an increased risk for “cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver and prostate.”
Moreover, the FDA follows the same standard, allowing fruit juices and bottled water to contain 10 ppb of such inorganic arsenics as dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) and monomethylarsonic acid (MMA), which equates to about 10 micrograms per liter.
Out with the bad, in with the good
So now that you know a little more about all the unnatural and inorganic things you’re consuming daily, are you ready to cleanse and detox your body of the things it doesn’t need? By doing so, you’ll not only be removing toxins from your body, you will be making room for more nutrients that you do need while simultaneously improving the vitality of your kidneys and liver, which help to remove to some of the junk we put in our bodies.
Additionally, by engaging in a cleansing and detoxification program, you’ll be conquering bad eating habits while increasing your metabolism, making it easier to maintain and control your weight and turn fat into muscle.
Moreover, your skin will become clearer and more elastic; your arteries, veins and nerves will be relieved of the irritation and pressure the toxins were putting them; and you will be happily surprised to find that are having fewer and fewer episodes of gas, belching, bloating, indigestion, nausea and constipation . At the same time, your immunity and infection-resistance will be strengthened and you’ll notice an improvement in how your muscles are functioning as well as a significant increase in energy.
US Food and Drug Administration. (2013, June 24). Bisphenol A (BPA): Use in Food Contact Application.
Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm064437.htm.
US Environmental Protection Agency. (2012, March 6). Arsenic in Drinking Water.
Retrieved from http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/arsenic/index.cfm.
US Food and Drug Administration. (2013, July 15). Questions & Answers: Apple Juice and Arsenic.
Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm271595.htm.
Organic and Inorganic Arsenic – When most people hear the word “arsenic,” they think of the organic, carbon-containing versions (such as monosodium methanearsonate and disodium methanearsonate), which are used as pesticides. For the most part however, organic arsenics have not been found to be detrimental to human health.
BPA Exposure Linked To Health, Behavioral Problems. – Have you opened a can of beans lately, or maybe some condensed milk for a recipe? If so, chances are you were exposed to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). On its website, the US Food and Drug Administration admits, “some studies have raised questions” about the effect of BPA exposure on “the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.”