Natural Ways to Detox from Harmful Substances

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Is a weekend "detox" enough to keep you healthy? The short answer is NO.
Air Date: 4/29/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Stewart Lonky, MD
Stewart Lonky Dr. Stewart Lonky is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine. As a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow and as a full-time faculty member at the University of California, San Diego he spearheaded a research team studying the cellular and biochemical mechanisms of lung injury. His practice involves the evaluation and treatment of patients with toxic exposures as well as patients with lung disease. In addition, he has served as the Chief Medical Officer for a diagnostic device company that developed technologies for the early diagnosis of certain epithelial cancers. His practice is located in Los Angeles, California.
  • Book Title: Invisible Killers: The Truth About Environmental Genocide
  • Guest Twitter Account: @LonkyMD
Natural Ways to Detox from Harmful Substances
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Everybody has a toxic burden; one that started from the day you were born.

Unless you begin to understand that this is true, your approach to detoxification will probably be something like, "I'll detox this weekend."

That's not enough. You have to detox on a daily basis in order to keep up with the barrage of toxins invading your body and cells.

Toxins live in various tissues, including your brain, kidneys, liver, blood cells, and a large amount in your fat cells. Your liver can't break down each and every chemical that you are exposed to.

So, what can you do? 

According to Dr. Stewart Lonky, there are very specific steps you can take to reduce your toxic burden.

The first step is to decrease your daily exposure load. There are certain things you can't necessarily control. For instance, you don't know if your office just shampooed the carpet, or if your friend has a plug-in air freshener, or if your local breakfast joint uses non-stick cookware. But, there are certain things you certainly can control, especially in your own home. 

The second step is to prevent toxic overload by identifying products and foods that you should be avoiding. To do this, you have to learn how to read labels and know which ingredients are harmful. Many make-up and skincare products have chemicals that have been identified as dangerous.

You can also prevent the absorption of toxins by taking certain supplements that act as "binders" and help you eliminate them before they're ever absorbed. Some of those elements include pectin, charcoal, chlorella, and zeolite.

Listen in as Dr. Lonky shares more information about your toxic burden, what you can do to lessen the impact, and why it's so essential to approach detoxification on a consistent, continual basis.
Sylvia Anderson

Originally from Minnesota, Sylvia moved to California for the sun, sand and warm temperatures. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English and Communications, both of which she has put to good use in her work with RadioMD as Senior Editor.