Updated: Aug 1
Have you ever heard someone talk about “toxic load”? Or maybe they mentioned that something was “toxic”. A toxin can be anything that causes the body extra stress. The amount of toxins collected in the body is often referred to as toxic load. Toxins come in many different forms and can cause problems when you are exposed to them in large amounts. How does having a heavy toxic load affect our overall well being? Toxic load relates to the build up of chemicals and other toxins in our bodies. When we introduce unnatural substances, our bodies can’t effectively break them down.
Types of Toxins
You are exposed to environmental threats, harmful chemicals, and various forms of radiation that can increase your toxic load on a daily basis. Environmental threats include germs, bacteria, and other substances that actively work to keep you from being healthy. We also come in contact with other substances that put stress on the body every day, such as ingredients in processed foods, automobile exhaust, cigarette smoke, pesticides, and harsh cleaning products. Lastly, radiation refers to particles with a lot of energy that can have a negative effect on your cells. Our bodies are designed to handle exposure to these sources of toxins in small amounts. However, certain pathways in our body are more vulnerable simply due to the way we live. Our lungs, digestive tract, and skin are at constant risk for overexposure to toxins depending on the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the things we touch. By following the suggestions below, you can help reduce your toxic load and take proactive steps in protecting your body.
One of the best ways to reduce toxic load is to limit exposure. This may sound challenging, but there are a lot of simple steps you can take to make this possible. For example, consistently washing your hands, wearing broad spectrum sunscreen before going outside, and being careful about what you eat. When soap and water are not available, use doTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist. Be aware of what you expose your body to. For example, instead of using a store-bought chemical cleaner, use oils with high amounts of limonene, such as Lemon or Purify Cleansing Blend, which are safe alternatives that you can use as natural surface cleansers throughout your home1. Or, for a well-rounded household product, try the doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate.
Support Your Body Systems
Your body is made up of separate systems that work together to help you work, move, and play. Some of these systems are specifically designed to combat toxins and keep you healthy. For instance, your immune system fights off environmental threats. Your digestive system, lymphatic system, and urinary system also work to remove unwanted materials from your body. Making sure these systems are healthy and functioning properly will help protect you from the toxins you come in contact with. Below are some ways to support these systems.
Prep Your Digestive System:
Before beginning a new probiotic regimen, prep your system with doTERRA’s GX Assist®. Support your body’s natural detoxification process by taking one capsule with each meal for 10 days. This combination of CPTG® essential oils and caprylic acid may purify and cleanse your system for overall digestive health.*
Support Your Detox Organs:
To support healthy function of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin, doTERRA designed a proprietary blend of whole-food extracts with a patented enzyme delivery system. doTERRA’s Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex uses a blend of powerful supplements, like rhubarb root and dandelion root, extract to support a healthy colon2-3. The Zendocrine Complex may be taken year-round or as part of a short-term detoxification cleanse. Either way, take one capsule twice a day with meals to help your organs rid themselves of excess waste.*
Enzymes, Enzymes, Enzymes:
Enzymes are critical components of healthy metabolism and digestion4. Unfortunately, in many modern diets, enzymes are often degraded through the cooking, processing, or preservation of food5-6. doTERRA’s DigestZen Terrazyme® Digestive Enzyme Complex may aid in the breakdown of proteins, fats, complex carbs, sugars, and even fiber7-10. Take 1–3 capsules with meals throughout your day to support your body’s natural detoxification process.*