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The amount of highly toxic chemicals with which our society is saturated is almost inconceivable.

It’s hard to understand why we would actively choose to pump our environment full of health-destroying poisons. And ignorance can no longer be blamed—the writing is on the wall.

But, since this is the kind of world in which we live, our only choice is to educate ourselves, to leverage this knowledge so that we can live healthy lives, and to spread the word—so that we can begin to change the way things are done.

The following list outlines seven of the most noxious and ubiquitous endocrine disruptors in industrial society, as well as ways to avoid them.

As you’ll see, hormone issues are just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, these chemicals are linked in some way to nearly every major health problem our society faces—so you would do well to heed the suggestions that are provided.

Glycol ethers are present in many paints, cleaning products, brake fluid and other car parts, and even cosmetics. Studies have linked them in a wide array of health issues, including infertility, birth defects, various cancers, blood abnormalities, lowered sperm count, asthma, and allergies.

Always do your homework and read labels before purchasing cleaning products and cosmetics. Some “green products” actually still contain toxic substances, despite their convincing labels.

To play it safe, learn to make your own non-toxic cleaning products. It’s way easier than you think!

Organophosphate pesticides are some of the most common pesticides in use today. Many studies have demonstrated that they adversely affect brain function, fertility, testerone levels, and thyroid function. This should come as no big surprise, given that they were originally developed for use by the Nazis as neurotoxic chemical warfare agents.

That’s right: we use chemical warfare agents on our conventional crops. Don’t believe the claims that these chemicals affect the nervous systems of insects but not those of humans.

Instead, just be sure to buy organic, non-GMO produce, or grow your own if possible!

Atrazine is another widely used chemical in industrial agriculture (it’s used as an herbicide on corn crops). Its effects on hormones are so detrimental that it can turn male frogs into egg-producing females! And here’s the worst part: it’s a pervasive drinking water contaminant, and therefore quite difficult to avoid (unless you take the proper precautions).

First and foremost, get yourself a high-quality water filter that certifiably removes atrazine. And don’t think you’re safe with bottled water: some brands contain atrazine and other pollutants.

Steer clear of conventional corn (even some organic corn is treated with herbicide, so be careful). Remember that even organic corn can contain mycotoxins, so make sure you know your source (or just limit your consumption of corn).

Dioxin is a poisonous industrial byproduct that’s gotten a lot more press, so you may have heard of it. There’s plenty of propaganda out there that’s designed to downplay its toxicity, though, so you may not be as familiar with its negative effects: decreased sperm count and sperm quality, infertility, severe immune suppression (with the potential for auto-immune disease), and cancer.

Dioxin sticks around and accumulates in the body for a very long time, so it’s best to avoid it to begin with. While it’s very difficult to remove completely from your life, eating fewer animal products will help considerably (because meat, fish, eggs, and butter are most likely to be contaminated).

And because you may already have an accumulation of dioxin in your body, consider practicing a detoxification regimen on a regular basis.

Flame retardants contain nasty chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE’s), which adversely affect hormonal and cognitive function. And they seem to have contaminated pretty much the entire planet—one study even found significant levels of the chemical in women’s breast milk.

The use of some PBDE’s has been discontinued, but they’ll continue to persist in the environment for decades (and thus continue to contaminate animals and people). Furthermore, equally toxic flame retardants are still used in couches, bedding, mattresses, draperies, carpets, and other seemingly harmless household items and furniture.

Consider replacing your toxic furniture, and at the very least, install a HEPA air filter in your house.  

Phthalates cause adverse hormonal changes, lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, birth defects, and premature cell death (especially in testicular cells). And if that’s not bad enough, they’ve also been linked to diabetes, obesity, and thyroid dysfunction.

Here’s the first rule of thumb when it comes to avoiding pthalates: try to stay away from plastic. Food containers, children’s toys, and plastic wrap with a #3 recycling label are all offenders.   

Many plastic products claim to be safe, but remember that it’s always a good idea to avoid plastics whenever possible. Even if something is labeled as “BPA-free” or “phthalate-free,” it still could contain all sorts of nasty chemicals that manufacturers are not yet required to tell you about (or that we haven’t yet learned are dangerous). Better safe than sorry!

Some shampoos, conditioners, and other personal care products also contain pthalates (adding them to products that contact the skin seems to be the height of stupidity, but go figure). Avoid any products that list them as an ingredient, and any products that list “fragrance” as an ingredient, as they’re usually just trying to hide pthalate content.

Perchlorate is a rocket fuel additive that also just happens to be in most of our milk and produce, according to collected data from the Environmental Working Group.

In case you still need to be convinced of its toxicity after hearing that it’s a component of rocket fuel, here it goes: perchlorate disallows proper absorption of iodine by competing with it. Iodine defeciency leads to thyroid dysfunction, which is linked to staggering number of diseases and health conditions.

Because many people are already defecient in iodine, the presence of this toxin in our environment makes it even more important to supplement with iodine (sea kelp is one of the best sources).

Using a high-quality water filter will help remove perchlorate, so that your body can more easily assimilate the iodine with which you provide it.

In the liver, glutathione binds to toxins before they’re excreted, which is an important step in getting them out of your body

Glutathione and Detoxification

Glutathione is critical for detoxification in the liver (you know, the thing that actually helps you detoxify, unlike weird footpads and lemon juice cleanses). In the liver, glutathione binds to toxins before they’re excreted, which is an important step in getting them out of your body.

In fact, the detox power of glutathione is so powerful that it’s used for people who overdose on Tylenol (acetaminophen) and have to go to the hospital to detox. In that case, the person gets an IV with another amino acid that helps their body make glutathione, called N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). The NAC increases their body’s production of glutathione, which helps their liver get rid of the acetaminophen.

Glutathione is also be very important for helping your body get rid of toxins in your food and environment. For example, one study found that in people who eat a lot of fish, the total amount of mercury the people retained in their bodies was related to genes regulating glutathione synthesis. The more glutathione people made, the less mercury they retained.

>>>Korfactor Liposomal Glutathione is the most absorbable and highest quality that we have found.


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The modern “American Way” has become a culture of convenience. Its mythology goes something like this: the marvels of technology allow us to engineer elegant solutions to nearly any conceivable problem, so that more people can enjoy a greater standard of living.

It’s quickly becoming apparent, though, that this system is deeply flawed. Convenience all too often comes at great detriment to the health of our bodies and the planet—and to add insult to injury, all our luxuries don’t even make us happier. Some studies even suggest that our climate-controlled, ultra-convenient lifestyle actually contributes to depression, mood disorders, and other neurological imbalances.

And in the meantime, our bodies are poisoned by the chemical monstrosities used to create our society’s convenient gadgets, gizmos, and foods. In past articles, we’ve touched on some of the industrial toxins found in cleaning products, hygiene products, and even furniture. Another prevalent example is non-stick cookware.

Are you still using Teflon pans?

Non-stick cookware has proven itself a hard habit of convenience to kick, even in more health-conscious circles—because, well…it just makes things so much easier. DuPont’s 50-year-old chemical creation is very good at what it does, but it’s also incredibly toxic.

Teflon contains a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, also known as C8). Since first rolling it off their laboratory assembly line, DuPont has vehemently defended the claim that it is perfectly safe—and they stick by this statement even today.

The jig is up, though: irrefutable evidence now demonstrates that PFOA is even more dangerous than previously thought. Its presence in both our cookware and the environment has been linked to a wide array of diseases and conditions, including birth defects, eye dysfunction, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, DNA damage, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, hypertension, thyroid disease, and more.[1]

Studies demonstrating the dangers of PFOA have trickled in over the years, but the full story was unveiled by a lawyer named Rob Bilott, who has spent the last fifteen years fighting DuPont over the toxic effects of its products. Over the course of this legal battle, DuPont has been forced to turn over 110,000 pages of very incriminating documents, many of which explicitly show that DuPont has known about the dangers of PFOA for decades.

And by the way, PFOA and other noxious polyfluorochemicals (PFA’s) are also used in stain-repellant and fire-retardant furniture, water-repellant and stain-repellant clothing, and even the packaging for microwave popcorn and fast food.

The society-wide and longstanding use of PFOA has also led to worrying levels of environmental pollution. The Environmental Working Group recently reported that PFOA was detected in the water supply of 94 districts across 27 states. This same report details that PFOA is dangerous at levels 1300 times lower than levels previously set by the EPA.[2]

PFOA can be detected in the blood of nearly all Americans (including babies), and it’s even been found in animals inhabiting far-flung wildlife refuges. DuPont has created a worldwide and ecological health crisis—and they’ve covered it up for nearly fifty years.

Is DuPont really as bad as it seems?

If you’re wondering how a well-established corporation could possibly lie so brazenly, keep in mind that DuPont doesn’t exactly have a track record for integrity, ecological awareness, or community stewardship.

They started out in the early 1800s as a supplier of gunpowder to the U.S. military, before branching out into explosives of all kinds in the 1900’s. They supplied 40% of the explosives used by both sides during World War I, and were centrally involved in the Manhattan Project and the production of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Over the years, they’ve also dabbled in the oil and gas industry, as well as the production of toxic plastics. They’re even among the top four biotech companies who produce genetically modified seeds and pesticides (Monsanto receives most of the public’s ire, but DuPont is guilty of all the same atrocities on exactly the same scale).

Clearly, they couldn’t care less about your health, or the health of the planet.

Don’t trust regulators…take responsibility for your own health

Despite the noble actions of people like Rob Bilott, no one is going to protect us completely from the indiscretions of industrial powerhouses like DuPont.

We can’t even count on regulatory agencies like the EPA, because they’re literally not allowed to regulate industrial chemicals. That’s right: because of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, a chemical must be proven to be harmful before the EPA is allowed to test it.

This means that chemical companies like DuPont can freely use whatever toxic concoctions they like until they get caught, at which point they can simply phase in a new untested chemical (this, by the way, is exactly what’s happening with Teflon—C8 is being phased out, but it’s just been replaced by a different fluorochemical).

The only real way to protect yourself is to make proper lifestyle choices. For starters, avoid non-stick cookware, water-repellant materials, flame-retardant furniture, and fast food. None of these products are worth the convenience! Always purify your drinking water, and get rid of any PFA’s that are already in your system by living a detoxifying lifestyle.

Companies like DuPont certainly don’t make it easy to live a vibrant and healthy life, but with some forethought and effort, you can take charge of your health and protect yourself from their health-sapping products of convenience.

 


 

References

[1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/27/pfoa-teflon-cookware-dangers.aspx

[2] http://www.ewg.org/research/teflon-chemical-harmful-at-smallest-doses

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The fluoride debate has been raging for some time now. Studies highlighting its acute toxicity continue to pour in, and yet organizations like the CDC, the ADA, and Pew are still sticking to the same old story: there’s nothing wrong with it, fluoridated water is a towering health achievement, and we should all stop worrying and just trust them.

Never mind that the system we’re being asked to trust is the same one that once thought lead, arsenic, DDT, asbestos, and cigarettes were healthful utilitarian tools. The age of these gross misconceptions is the same one that gave birth to the bright idea of water fluoridation. Scientists of the time—the 1940’s—came to what they considered a brilliant realization: since fluoride seems to prevent tooth decay, and since fluoride is produced as a natural byproduct of industrial phosphate production, why not kill two birds with one stone by dumping this industrial waste product in municipal water?

We will never understand how lacing our drinking water with a pollutant that is “filtered” from industrial smokestacks could ever seem like a good idea to anyone. Considering that many of the people who pulled the strings of public policy during this time period were also directly connected to the companies from which this collected fluoride was purchased, it’s hard not to suspect malicious intent.

But whether or not you believe in a grander conspiracy surrounding water fluoridation, there’s still plenty of reason for concern.

Poisoning without informed consent

Let’s assume for a moment that the CDC is right about the harmlessness of fluoride (which, as we’ll see below, is a claim that’s completely undone by a mountain of research). In this case, the 70% of Americans whose water is fluoridated are still being dosed without their permission. And because, according to the official story, fluoride is being added to our water in order to treat and prevent tooth decay, it’s fair to say that it’s being administered as a drug. After all, any dictionary will tell you that a drug is any substance used to treat or prevent disease.

This means that we’re being given a drug without our consent.

Even if fluoride does confer the health benefits that the U.S. government and its supporting doctors have been claiming since 1945, this non-consensual drugging should still be viewed as highly controversial—it violates the principle of informed consent, which is rule #1 of ethical medical practice.

Furthermore, even health officials of the 40’s and 50’s admitted that fluoride is a poison at high enough doses. At present, no one really knows how much fluoride any given region is adding to drinking water at any given time—and no one knows whether this “poison threshold” could be lower for different people.

For example, many scientists now believe that even miniscule amounts of fluoride can be detrimental to the neurological development of children. Multiple studies found a worryingly strong correlation between the consumption of fluoridated water by children and reduced IQ, [1] and another showed that exposure to fluoridated water can lead to the development of attention defecit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)[2]

And that’s just the beginning. There have been over 100 studies conducted on both animals and humans, all of which conclusively correlate fluoridated water with inhibited brain function, endocrine disruption, psychological development issues, dementia, and more[3] To top it off, the EPA now officially considers fluoride a neurotoxin[4]

Damage you can see

While the studies cited above offer voluminous proof of fluoride’s toxicity, authorities still remain adamant that only “safe” levels of the chemical are present in our water. This claim is easily disproven, not only by landmark studies like the Iowa Study (which conclusively demonstrated that nearly all children are receiving amounts of fluoride far above the safe limit), but also by the visible prevalence of fluorosis, (a cosmetic condition that affects the teeth. It’s caused by overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life. This is the time when most permanent teeth are being formed. After the teeth come in, the teeth of those affected by fluorosis may appear mildly discolored) which only occurs because of over-fluoridation.

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Example of Fluorosis  

According to the CDC, 41% of all children in the United States exhibit fluorosis, and the number is rising. [5] The powers that be have always belittled this issue, claiming that the minor aesthetic imperfections caused by fluorosis are not indicative of any toxicity, and are well worth the benefit of decreased tooth decay.

But a breakthrough study in 2015 has utterly destroyed this argument by demonstrating a direct correlation between dental fluorosis and lowered IQ. They found that the greater the fluorosis, the greater the IQ reduction. [6]  

And here’s the kicker: an increasing amount of evidence suggests that fluoride isn’t even that great at preventing tooth decay. In fact, countries that have never fluoridated their water supply have experienced exactly the same decline in tooth decay since 1945.

The moral of the story is simple: fluoridated water is indefensible, and you should do everything you can to avoid it.

Why you need to take action

If you or your loved ones are still on the fence about fluoride, be sure to watch this excellent, short documentary.

The evidence against this prevalent toxin is overwhelming. And while those who embrace this clear evidence are labeled as “crazy conspiracy theorists,” they’re part of a growing majority. 97% of Western European countries no longer fluoridate their water, or never did to begin with.

Ditch fluoride and reclaim power over your own health

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: it’s imprudent to put your health in the hands of government agencies. Whether you believe that the nationwide continuation of water fluoridation is maliciously conceived or simply a matter of bureaucratic laziness, the effect on your health is the same.

Fluoride is a menace to the health of your brain and body, and you need to take whatever measures necessary to remove it from your life.

Purchase a water filtration system (and a shower filter, as well) that specifically advertises its ability to filter fluoride, and stop using fluoride toothpaste (studies show that fluoride isn’t even effective at preventing tooth decay anyway).

Most people turn to water filters such as the Brita pitcher, but filters like that have been found to be lacking in the amount of chemicals that they can filter, and they also don’t filter flouride.

The best filter is the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher, the owner of the company is giving you one to try out for FREE for a limited time as part of a promotion they are doing to help clear out their inventory, and also get more exposure to their innovative new filters that are some of the most effective out there.

This promotion for a Free Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher is only available for US and Canadian readers at the current time, and may run out any day now.

Remember that some of the nasty chemicals found in your drinking water have been linked to bone disease, hip fractures, lower IQ…and even cancer in some cases.

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References 

[1] http://fluoridealert.org/studytracker/22508/

[2] http://www.ehjournal.net/content/14/1/17/abstract

[3] http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/brain/

[4] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/06/14/fluoride-health-effects.aspx

[5] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.htm

[6] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0892036214001809

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Though there’s much that we still don’t understand about dementia—including Alzheimer’s disease, there’s one fact about which there’s no debate: it’s a growing problem.

It’s alarming enough that the condition already affects over five million Americans, and that one out of every three senior dies with some form of dementia. What’s even more frightening is that the rate of dementia diagnosis is increasing more rapidly than ever before.

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that someone in the United States develops the disease every 67 seconds[1]—a statistic that has led researchers from Bournemouth University in England to warn that the level dementia has reached is “almost epidemic.”[2]

Skeptics claim that this sharp rise in the incidence of cognitive decline is due to the extension of life expectancy made possible by modern medical science. The logic sounds good on the surface—dementia is a natural consequence of reaching old age, so if more people are reaching old age, there’s bound to be more people with dementia.

There’s insufficient evidence to suggest that this assumption holds any truth, though. Even if old age can be strongly correlated with the development of dementia, the simple fact is that the incidence of Alzheimer’s and related diseases is increasing far more quickly than America’s senior population.

And it gets worse.

Dementia is also affecting people at a younger age than ever. Researchers have found that, between 1989 and 2010, the average onset age for dementia decreased by ten years. Furthermore, the disease now causes three times the number of deaths (and five times in women) compared to 1989. This has led researchers to believe that dementia is not only increasing in prevalence, but also in severity.

The coup de grace is that, amidst all of these scary numbers, mainstream medicine projects a less than hopeful attitude. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that Alzheimer’s is “the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed” (they make sure to put that last clause in all capital letters).

Luckily, their fatalistic claim flies directly in the face of top-ranked Alzheimer’s research, which has begun to reveal the culprits behind our dementia epidemic.

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Vaccines (and other brain-damaging environmental toxins)

I’ve written a lot about how difficult it can be to avoid the onslaught of environmental toxins that is part and parcel of modern life. Natural household toxins, poisonous products, and pesticide-laced food all conspire to make healthy living a full-time job.

Some toxin sources are easier to avoid, though; one prominent example is vaccination. Despite the Orwellian hopes of Big Pharma, vaccination is still a voluntary medical practice—so you need only to make the simple choice to banish it from your life. The next time cold and flu season rolls around, choose natural cold and flu fighters instead.

Doing so is easier said than done, though, thanks to the psychological smear campaign that vaccine supporters have launched. Parents that refuse to vaccinate their children (or themselves, for that matter) are blamed for the spread of infectious disease and urged to stop harming others with their “ignorance.” This line of attack was employed vehemently after the recent measles outbreak (which was declared “over” by the CDC in April, 2015).

Here’s one reason why it’s worth it to stick to your guns and refuse vaccination, though: the mercury, aluminum, and other toxins in vaccines is strongly linked to early-onset dementia.

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease revealed a shocking fact: the changes induced in cells by long-term mercury exposure are strikingly similar to those induced by Alzheimer’s disease—and the rise in the incidence of Alzheimer’s is directly parallel to the rise in environmental levels of mercury.[3]

While there are a number of other mercury sources to avoid—such as contaminated seafood and dental amalgams—vaccines are perhaps the most worrying of all. Because they’re administered intravenously, the mercury they contain easily makes it into the brain. The same goes for aluminum, another horrendously toxic heavy metal that is also a common ingredient in vaccines.

Don’t believe what the Alzheimer’s Association says; by avoiding egregious toxin sources like vaccines, you can protect yourself from dementia.

Living a “neuroprotective” lifestyle makes all the difference

Even if you do nothing else to ameliorate cognitive decline, the simple act of refusing vaccination will be profoundly beneficial for your neurological health. If you can remove mercury and aluminum from your life altogether (by avoiding contaminated seafood, detoxifying your home, and switching to “biological dentistry”), the benefits will be even greater.

Research has uncovered a bevy of other neuroprotective foods, products, and practices too. Check out these articles to learn how avoiding sugar is essential to keeping your brain healthy, and how coconut oil, turmeric, beet juice, adaptogenic herbs, and other detoxifying foods can prevent and even reverse dementia in all its forms.

This information should give you the hope that mainstream medicine doesn’t seem willing to offer—the hope that, while dementia is a health issue of worrying magnitude, we don’t have to feel powerless against it.

By being proactive and making the right choices about our lifestyle (regardless of what others might say about those choices), we can rest assured that our brains will remain sharp, clear, and healthy well into old age.

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References

[1] http://www.alz.org/facts/

[2] http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=155258&CultureCode=en

[3] http://www.northeastern.edu/news/stories/2010/11/deth.html

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It’s safe to say that eating organic food can no longer be considered a passing trend—the practice has established itself snugly in the mainstream, and for good reason.  More and more people are buying organic to avoid GMOs and toxic pesticides in their food.

After all, overwhelming evidence makes it very difficult to deny the advantages that organic food has over conventional food. While the “organic” label is not always a surefire guarantee of optimal healthfulness (as we’ll discuss later in this article), it’s usually a huge step up from conventionally produced products.

Conventional food (especially produce) is highly problematic: it’s almost always riddled with pesticides and other contaminants, and it lacks the nutrients that organic produce provides. Furthermore, up to 80% of all conventional produce and processed foods contain GMO’s,[1] which have been linked to a sweeping array of health issues.

While we’re still working the kinks out of our organic food supply chain, it’s absolutely the preferable choice. Making the switch from conventional to organic food can provide you with massive health benefits. One family was able to clear their systems of toxic pesticides by exclusively eating organic for only two weeks.

One of the main criticisms of organic food has been that it’s so much more expensive. Its exorbitant cost, opponents argue, make it an unsustainable solution for feeding the world’s populace—particularly because the majority of people in America (let alone the rest of the world) cannot afford to buy organic food.

Enter China

Nowadays, there’s no shortage of cheap goods, thanks largely to the behemoth manufacturing efforts of China. The Chinese manufacture and export nearly every product imaginable at mind-bogglingly low costs—and food is no exception.

As the demand for organic food has increased, China has risen to the occasion. China is now the third largest exporter of agricultural products to the United States, and an increasing percentage of these products are organic.[2]

More organic food at cheaper prices…sounds good, right? Sadly, the real story behind China’s supposedly “organic” food is quite a dark one.

Consider first that China doesn’t exactly have a great track record for producing high-quality food products (even by conventional standards)—it’s a routine practice for the FDA to refuse food shipments from China because of contaminants, blatant mislabeling, and (their word) “filth.”

China is notoriously bad at regulating its production, which has led to a number of food scares across their country. Their malpractice even reached the United States in 2007, when melamine-tainted pet treats imported from China killed thousands of cats and dogs.

These violations of food safety regulations don’t seem to be getting any less prevalent—and there’s little reason to believe that they don’t happen with organic products too.

Corruption, pollution, and flat-out lies

The Chinese regime is a labyrinth of complexly interconnected power struggles. Suffice it to say that corruption is the norm, and thus the food manufacturing sector is rarely held to any identifiable standards.

Even when standards are set, the government rarely enforces them. The process by which consumers can file complaints is a bureaucratic nightmare that leads nowhere, so manufacturers spread outright lies and get away with it (some even call their food “organic” without meeting any of the necessary criteria).

This failure to follow acceptable safety standards is especially egregious in China, where environmental pollution has reached disastrous levels. Even China’s own Ministry of Environmental Protection admits that at least one fifth of its farmland is highly polluted with heavy metals and other contaminants.[3] So even when Chinese farmers do follow organic guidelines—which state that no pesticides or other contaminants can be added to crops—their produce still ends up laced with the myriad pollutants from China’s soil.

But surely these polluted foods don’t make their way into the United States, right? Don’t we have rigorous inspection processes that protect us from these corrupt products?

While all organics imported to the United States are required to pass USDA-accredited certification, even this safeguard falls short. For example, the USDA doesn’t limit heavy metal contamination, and they often certify Chinese food products based on paperwork alone (rather than actually inspecting the food to make sure it’s compliant).

Perhaps worst of all, because of the increasing demand for certified-organic food, the USDA has begun outsourcing its certification work to cheaper third parties. Many of these third party certifiers are located—wait for it—in China.

That’s right: the only organization that has the power to protect us from tainted Chinese products relies on China itself (the fox) to give the final okay on these products (the hen-house).

As the volume of imported organic foods increases, these problems are bound to get worse before they get better.

How to actually protect yourself

It’s worth noting that there are organic products coming from China that are genuine and unpolluted. Nevertheless, to rely on Chinese products is to play roulette with your health.

Whenever possible, purchase organic food that you know was produced domestically. Shop at co-ops, farmers’ markets, or local farms (through programs such as CSA’s), as opposed to large grocery store chains—even the healthy ones source products or ingredients from China. For example, Whole Foods has had to pull multiple products from their shelves (mostly products produced under their own “365” brand) after learning that some of their Chinese ingredients weren’t actually compliant with organic standards.

For the ultimate experience of food self-reliance, learn to grow your own! There’s nothing like garden-fresh produce straight from your backyard.

Whichever route you take, know that consuming bonafide, local (or at least domestic) organic food is well worth the extra time and money. Doing so will allow you to support healthy local economies while also ensuring that your body receives the high-quality nourishment that it needs and deserves.

 


References

[1] http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/studies-show-gmos-in-majority-of-u.s.-processed-foods-58-percent-of-america

[2] http://apps.fas.usda.gov/gats/default.aspx

[3] http://foodrevolution.org/blog/organic-food-from-china/

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For better or worse, hygiene and cleanliness are centrally important in our culture. If you’re like most people, your morning routine probably includes applying some kind of deodorant.

After all, there’s nothing that screams “poor hygiene” like an easily noticeable body odor, right?

The fact of the matter is that sweating and body odor are natural, beneficial phenomena—they allow your body to excrete toxins, and they function as an accurate measure of your body’s chemistry and state of health.

By masking this natural process, you run the risk of closing yourself off from an awareness of what’s really going on inside your body. Just keep this caveat in mind as you read the rest of this article.

The desire to smell pleasant is obviously natural too—and luckily, there’s plenty of ways you can make it happen. Unfortunately, though, conventional product manufacturers have convinced much of the population that their proprietary deodorants are your only hope for smelling clean and fresh on a daily basis. They latch onto the shame of body odor and use it as a psychological trigger. Their commercials are saturated with sex appeal, in order to ingrain a simple association in your mind: using their product will allow you to avoid the inconvenience of body odor, which will ensure that you’re accepted, loved, and perceived as attractive.

Volumes could be written about the dangerous and manipulative flaws behind this kind of marketing. For now, suffice it to say that the convenience of masking body odor comes at a cost—conventional deodorants pose a number of dangers to your health.

Toxins inside and out

First and foremost, conventional deodorants are packed with toxic ingredients (and antiperspirants are even worse). The biggest offender is aluminum, which wreaks havoc on your endocrine system, and has thus been linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other serious ailments.

You can usually avoid aluminum simply by choosing deodorants instead of antiperspirants (aluminum, like other toxic heavy metals, seals the pores and prevents sweating)—but even aluminum-free deodorant products contain other worrying ingredients. Many contain parabens, which are profoundly endocrine-disrupting and linked to just as many health issues as aluminum. In fact, a recent study found that a shocking 99% of sampled breast cancer tissue contained parabens.[1]

Propylene glycol—another common ingredient in deodorants—damages the nervous system, liver, and heart. It can act as a skin irritant in as small as concentration as 2%—and yet this substance makes up 50% of some deodorants. Even most “natural” deodorants contain this chemical, so don’t believe the labels until you’ve read the full ingredient list. Manufacturers get away with including this toxin in their products because its harmful effects manifest in the long-term, so its toxicity is harder to demonstrate. They also are able to tone down its irritant properties by adding steareths, which specifically make harsh ingredients feel more mild to the skin, and also happen to carry 1,4-dioxanes with them as carcinogenic byproducts.

Some deodorants even contain triclosan, which is used as an antibacterial agent and preservative. It’s also a pesticide, as well as a potent endocrine-disruptor that forms chloroform when mixed with tap water.[2] How’s that for convenience?

Last but not least, conventional deodorants and antiperspirants greatly inhibit your body from getting rid of pent up toxins. Thus, their effect is doubly harmful—your body is unable to carry out its essential detoxification functions, and new toxins are being added to your system all the while.

This vicious cycle usually ends up getting people hooked on deodorant products, because if you try to stop using them, your body’s detox processes reboot with a vengeance, and then you smell really bad. If you’re convinced that it’s time to break the cycle, though, here’s some tips and alternatives that will help you take the more natural route.

Special Report: Is Your Soap Messing Up Your Hormones (& causing weight gain)

Dealing with body odor safely and naturally

To reiterate a point made at the beginning of this article, your body odor is a natural measure of your internal chemistry. Strong, unpleasant body odor is almost always caused by one of the following factors: bacterial imbalance, excretion of excess toxins, and stress. So, by dealing with these aspects of your life, you can strike at the root of the “problem,” rather than simply masking it.

Washing frequently with lightly antibacterial soap (only natural types, like those that contain tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils) and ensuring proper microbiome health will help tackle the issue of bacterial imbalance. Avoiding environmental toxins (including those in your own house), as well as processed foods and refined sugars, will help lower your internal toxin load. Keep in mind, though, that many of the healthiest foods are strongly detoxifying—which means that they’ll make you smell worse before you smell better! If you give your body the time it needs to get rid of all those nasty toxins (and continue your optimal hygiene and nutrition regimen), your body odor will eventually neutralize. Lastly, address stress in your life by trying meditation and emotional management techniques.

You’d probably also like to know a healthy deodorant alternative that will be instantly effective, though, wouldn’t you? Fair enough—sometimes life doesn’t afford us all the time we need to let our bodies balance their odor naturally.

Whenever possible, I highly recommend trying out the balancing process described above. In the mean time, here’s a quick recipe for a natural deodorant that’s safe, effective, and easy to make.

Natural, DIY deodorant

¼ cup baking soda

¼ cup organic corn starch

2 Tbsp coconut oil

5-10 drops essential oil (choose your favorite scent)

Mix together the baking soda, corn starch, and essential oil first, and then add the coconut oil slowly until the consistency is to your liking. Fill an empty deodorant container with the mixture, and leave it to set for a couple days. If you tend to sweat heavily, you can add other natural drying agents like bentonite clay and witch hazel.

Give it a try—it’s way cheaper, it works surprisingly well, and you’ll experience a special sense of liberation when you realize that your modern conveniences don’t need to be purchased from unscrupulous companies who fill their products with poisons.

Special Report: Is Your Soap Messing Up Your Hormones (& causing weight gain)


References

[1] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jat.1786/abstract

[2] http://readynutrition.com/resources/5-toxic-chemicals-hiding-in-your-deodorant_30042014/

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Alzheimer’s research is one of the hottest topics in medical science. As well it should be—after all, the disease affects approximately 5.3 million Americans alone, and kills a half million Americans every year. This makes it the third leading cause of death in our country, closely trailing behind heart disease and cancer.[1]

Not so long ago, it was the sixth leading cause of death…and the disease is becoming more and more prevalent with each passing year.

Yet despite all the research focus on this neurological epidemic, relatively little progress has been made. Mainstream medical science still maintains that there is no cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Their hopeless-sounding proclamation is based on the simple fact that Alzheimer’s drugs and other pharmaceutically mediated treatment strategies usually offer little to no benefit to patients.

The results from lifestyle-based treatment strategies have been far more hopeful, however. One doctor at a mainstream aging research institution even admitted that lifestyle changes “look more promising than the drug studies so far.”[2]

Unsurprisingly, these Alzheimer’s-fighting lifestyle changes include regular exercise, regular socialization, healthy diet, and avoidance of environmental toxins. Extra protection comes from the inclusion of certain brain-boosting foods and supplements in your diet, such as beneficial fats like medium chain triglycerides (of which coconut oil is one of the prime sources), turmeric, beet juice, vitamin D, vitamin C, adaptogenic herbs, and other detoxifying foods.

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So if these superfoods and lifestyle practices work so well, why does mainstream medicine maintain that there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s?

The simple answer is that it’s incredibly difficult to prove the efficacy with which a complex set of behaviors can be used to “treat” or “cure” a disease. If they managed to create a pill that allowed Alzheimer’s patients to improve their condition without changing any other factors in their lives, this would “prove” that a treatment for Alzheimer’s does exist.

But for better or worse, the human body (and disease, for that matter) is much more complicated than that. Very seldom does targeting a single factor (and ignoring the rest) yield positive results—especially in case of a condition as astoundingly complex as neurological degeneration.

So what can Alzheimer’s research teach us?

Even though researchers haven’t been able to find a silver bullet for cognitive decline (and even though they’re as yet unwilling to fully endorse lifestyle modification as a “cure”), they’re very good at identifying the risk factors that lead to Alzheimer’s in the first place.

We’ve already mentioned some of these risk factors: environmental toxins like aluminum-containing products and vaccines, mercury (avoid dental amalgams, contaminated seafood, and vaccines), glyphosate and other pesticide components, and a whole host of endocrine disruptors.

But there’s another hugely common substance that plays an even more central role in the development of Alzheimer’s: sugar.

Some health experts have even gone so far as to call Alzheimer’s “a disease fueled by sugar” and “type 3 diabates.”[3] It’s now accepted that our processed, sugary American diet is at the heart of the problem.   

Here’s why: as we’ve discussed before, sugar is a massively destructive substance. It suppresses immune function, causes depression and other mood disorders, leads to weight gain and insulin resistance, and riddles the body with inflammation.

This inflammation extends to the brain, which accelerates the degeneration of cerebral tissues, arteries, and vessels. And the inevitable insulin resistance caused by sugar overconsumption makes matters even worse, because it cuts off the brain from the blood sugar it needs to continue functioning properly.

According to brain scans taken during one study—which examined individuals with insulin resistance who had not yet been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s—the greater the insulin resistance, the less available sugar in key parts of the brain (including the memory centers that ravaged by Alzheimer’s).[4]  

Brain diabetes

Sugar also precipitates Alzheimer’s disease in a much more direct way.

In 2005, it was discovered that your brain produces its own insulin in order to maintain the integrity of its cells. And in the same way that sugar leads to insulin resistance in the pancreas (and thus to type 2 diabetes), a sugary and inflammatory diet is a leading risk factor in the development of cerebral insulin resistance.

While the associations between all of these bodily mechanisms are incredibly intricate, what researchers do know is this: Alzheimer’s patients display a plaque-like buildup of ADDL’s (amyloid b-derived diffusible ligands), and this condition is shared by those with heart disease and diabetes (diabetics are 100% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease).[5]

And what do all of these conditions have in common? They’re strongly linked with sugar consumption.

The way forward

While “lifestyle medicine” can certainly be a lot of work, an increasing number of health professionals are realizing that it’s absolutely essential for properly combating Alzheimer’s and other prevalent conditions of our time.

The bottom line is that there’s little hope of receiving benefit from conventional Alzheimer’s drugs and treatments if you continue to consume sugar. Conversely, adopting a low-sugar, high-fat diet while you’re still healthy is one of the best ways in which you can prevent Alzheimer’s later in life.

Replace empty carbs and sugars in your diet with organic vegetables, low-sugar fruits, and lots of healthy fats. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Integrate detoxification practices into your ongoing routines, and consider trying some of the brain supplements mentioned above.

Alzheimer’s disease is not an inevitable result of old age. By avoiding sugar at all costs and getting serious about these lifestyle changes, it can be prevented and overcome.

Special Report: Stop Your Brain from Shrinking by Up to 90%!


 

References

[1] http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2014/03/05/WNL.0000000000000240.abstract

[2] http://www.journalgazette.net/features/Change-lifestyle-to-protect-brain-7896371

[3] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/08/13/sugar-alzheimers-disease-link.aspx?e_cid=20150813Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_
campaign=20150813Z1&et_cid=DM84740&et_rid=1074099119#_edn6

[4] http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2398420

[5] http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=177631

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Despite its growing popularity, detoxing is still commonly associated with relatively fringe health circles.

It usually entails the use of “cleanses,” “fasts,” or other extended practices intended to catalyze a massive release of toxins all at once. These practices also usually require a good deal of time, energy, knowledge, and discipline to do safely and effectively. Unfortunately, these requirements make detoxing inaccessible for most people.

Make no mistake, though: detoxifying practices are immensely important for maintaining vibrant health. We live in a veritable sea of toxins, courtesy of our industrial society’s pollutive onward march. You can read about some of the most important toxin sources to avoid here, here, and here.

The moral of the story is this: even if you think you’re living healthily, you still need to help your body detoxify, because just existing in the world ensures that you’re bombarded by toxins on a daily basis.

The accumulation of toxins in your body will disrupt hormones, enzymes, and even metabolic processes, damage your cells through oxidation, and flood you with free radicals. These conditions lead to chronic inflammation, decreased disease resistance, sapped energy levels, and an extended list of long-term health problems.

Days could be spent cataloguing all the correlations between the increased presence of environmental toxins and the increased incidence of a specific disease and disorder. Just to cite one example: glyphosate—the prevalent toxin in Monsanto’s RoundUp pesticide—has been correlated for the development of autism, obesity, gastrointestinal issues, depression, cancer, allergies, Alzheimer’s, infertility, heart disease, and more.[1] And that’s just one toxin with which our body has to cope.

If all that data still doesn’t make intensive cleansing and fasting feel worth the effort, don’t worry…there’s an easier way.

Turn your body into a detoxifying machine

While it’s ideal to set aside time for a conscious and directed detox, you can get most of the job done simply with proper lifestyle design.

The simplest possible practice is to learn about the most dangerous and most insidious environmental toxins, so that you can avoid them. The fewer toxins make it into your body in the first place, the easier your detoxification will be.

Perhaps even more important, though, is the inclusion of detoxifying foods in your diet. Your body is a miraculously designed, self-preserving machine, but it can get bogged down under the weight of our toxic world. Detoxifying foods ensure that it always runs at full capacity, and therefore that it’s able to handle whatever comes its way.

With the help of these foods, the body is able to take care of toxins immediately, so that they’re not allowed to accumulate and cause systemic issues.

So which foods are most detoxifying?

The number of dietary choices available these days can be overwhelming. So, instead of listing a bunch of seemingly unrelated foods, let’s jump into the general principles that can be used as orientation points when planning a detoxifying diet.

First of all, it’s important to remember a clean, simple, and consistently healthy diet is superior to an unhealthy diet with a few detox “superfoods” sprinkled throughout it. When in doubt, just always strive to eat lots of living vegetables and healthy fats and proteins, and to minimize your intake of sugars, grains, and other carbs.

When it comes to prioritizing specific detoxifying foods, it’s helpful to categorize them according to how they aid detoxification within the body. Two of the most easily identified categories are antioxidants and chelators.

Antioxidants protect your body from the oxidizing effects of toxins, which can lead to a proliferation of disease-causing free radicals. We’ve written before about some of the world’s greatest food sources of antioxidants: turmeric, kale and other crucifers, healthy fats like coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and avocado oil, probiotic sources like kombucha, pomegranate, coriander seed oil, and even CBD, one of the non-psychoactive alkaloids in cannabis.

Chelators help the process of actually removing toxins from the body (antioxidants simply neutralize their harmful effects, rather than removing them). They do so by binding to toxins and heavy metals, which makes it much easier for your body to excrete them safely. Two of the best chelators around are marine algaes called spirulina and chlorella, which are the top sources of chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants).

Lastly, there are some multi-talented foods and compounds that fit into both categories. Raw cacao is one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet, and because of its vasodilatory effect, it also helps flush toxins by opening up blood flow throughout the body.

And vitamin C is another miracle worker. It works as an antioxidant in its own right, and also helps the body synthesize glutathione, the most powerful endogenous antioxidant. While it’s not technically a chelator, it optimizes so many of the body’s natural detoxification systems that it deserves to be in this “jack-of-all-trades” category.[2] While it’s fairly easy to get vitamin C from foods, you can supercharge your detoxification and defense systems by supplementing with higher doses—just make sure to take plant-extracted vitamin C rather than synthetic (it’s very difficult for your body to process most synthetic vitamins, and you end up excreting most of them in your urine).

Keeping your system balanced

By eating a clean diet that consistently includes both antioxidants and chelators, you’ll be tapping into the innate intelligence of healing foods. This intelligence allows you to optimize your body’s own cleaning potential, so that you can avoid the “detox, re-tox” cycle that many of us get stuck in.

Unless you live in an extraordinarily unpolluted area that is equally insulated from toxic consumer products, you might still have to undertake a detox regimen from time to time, in order to keep your system in tip-top shape. But awareness of the toxin sources to avoid, coupled with a little dietary discipline, will go a long way in helping you live a healthy and radiant life unhindered by toxins.

 


References

[1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/09/monsanto-roundup-herbicide.aspx

[2] http://besynchro.com/blogs/blog/9393529-why-detoxing-matters-the-best-simple-detox-strategies

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We’ve confronted the issue of manmade environmental toxins in past articles.

These days, it seems like pretty much everything causes cancer (or some other worrying health condition): processed foods, GMO produce, cell phones and other EMF-emitting technology, flame-retardant-soaked furniture, fluoride-poisoned tap water, and even the air we breathe.

There’s no doubt about it: your body’s detoxification system has a full-time (and nearly impossible) job on its hands. The least we can do is help lighten its load.

One way of doing so is to include detoxification practices as part of our ongoing routines—which can take the form of fasting, cleansing, or eating detoxifying foods as often as possible.

An even more common-sense way to protect ourselves, though, is simply to avoid as many manmade toxin sources as possible.  

While this lifestyle can get pretty tricky in some cases (avoiding air pollution is a fairly futile task and we’re pretty much surrounded by EMF-radiating technology whether we like it or not), making choices about which consumer products we use is a bit simpler process.

I’ve talked before about the dangers of industrially products like cleaning solutions, cosmetics, and sunscreens. Here’s another prominent example to add to your watch list: skin moisturizers.

So my moisturizer causes cancer too, right?

I hate to break it to you, but yes, it probably does.

A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information demonstrated that moisturizers containing certain toxic chemicals (more on those in a bit) can significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

During the study, irradiated mice that had moisturizer applied to their skin five times per week exhibited 69% more tumors than the control group.[1]

This experiment proves that toxic moisturizers can worsen and accelerate the development of cancer. It also suggests that people who are already at risk for skin cancer should definitely steer clear of the toxins found in many popular moisturizers (and I would advise staying away from them regardless).

Obviously, this doesn’t mean that all moisturizers are carcinogenic, but with so many available products, it can be difficult to know which ones to avoid. Here’s the offending products that were identified by this study: Eucerin, Dermabase, Vanicream, and Dermovan.

The complete list of toxic moisturizers would probably occupy the majority of this article—these four products just happen to be ones with research-confirmed toxicity.

While more research is necessary to show definitively what makes these products dangerous, there’s a handful of noxious ingredients that always seem to make an appearance whenever there’s a question of toxicity.

The usual suspects

The worst of these toxins is sodium lauryl sulfate, which is in nearly all hair and skin care products. Product manufacturers continue to deny that it’s dangerous in any way, despite innumerable studies that link it to endocrine disruption, possible immune suppression, and accumulation of toxins within the body (probably because it makes the skin more permeable, thus allowing environmental toxins to enter the bloodstream more easily).

Parabens, isopropyl palmitate, and propylene glycol have similar negative effects. They also paradoxically make your skin more dry over time—partially because of irritation from incoming toxins, and partially because your skin becomes trained by these chemical moisturizers to stop producing its own moisturizing oils.

The story is pretty much the same with ceteareth-20, except this scary-sounding chemical has the added bonus of contaminants that are also known carcinogens, such as 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide.

BHT and isopropyl myristate are linked with a frightening array of side effects, including stomach issues, compromised gut flora, immune dysfunction, cancer, liver damage, and irritation of the skin, eyes, and lungs. Some moisturizers even contain sodium hydroxide—also known as lye, the incredibly toxic irritant that’s the main ingredient in drain cleaners.

Simple ways to protect yourself

It’s truly disheartening that companies would even think to include ingredients like this in their product formulations (especially now that their toxicity has been demonstrated by numerous studies).

Luckily, there’s a simple rule of thumb that you can use to protect yourself from this corporate negligence: just stay away from products with long lists of unpronounceable ingredients, and stick with plant-derived formulations.

And in most cases, it’s not even necessary to buy pre-packaged products—Nature has already provided us with ready-made, perfectly designed moisturizers.

Coconut oil is a fabulous moisturizer all on its own, and it even remains solid at room temperature, so it’s easy to transport and apply. Best of all, it’s also a delicious and amazingly healthful dietary addition, so you can stock up on it as a multi-purpose health product. I always get a kick out of adding coconut oil to my morning smoothie, and then while waiting for it to blend, applying some oil as a moisturizer and using some more for an oil pull (swishing coconut oil in your mouth for a few minutes and then spitting it out is a great way to detox in the morning).

You can get fancier by adding aloe vera, liquid vitamin E, almond oil, or essential oils (sandalwood oil is particularly moisturizing) to your homemade moisturizer. Beeswax will also help thicken the mixture.

Get creative and have fun with your DIY skin care. Most importantly, remember that any one of these natural ingredients will be more moisturizing and drastically safer for your body than any of those store-bought chemical concoctions. Companies work hard to convince you that natural alternatives couldn’t possibly be as effective as their products…but this just isn’t true.

Give these natural moisturizers a try, and find the recipe that works best for you (the possibilities are endless)—you’ll wonder why you didn’t ditch the expensive, cancer-causing ones a long time ago.            

 


References

[1] http://diet-sage.com/health-news/is-your-moisturizer-increasing-your-cancer-risk

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Mineral deficiency is one of our society’s many silent epidemics.

Minerals are essential for nearly every bodily process—they allow for proper nerve function and metabolic processes, keep the body’s many systems in sync, and quite literally hold us together (more on that soon).

Mineral deficiencies cause a staggering array of issues…and the fact of the matter is that most of us are deficient in one or more minerals. Anxiety, environmental toxins, and other environmental stressors all cause your body to recruit minerals for protective and detoxification purposes—so there ends up not being any left for standard bodily maintenance.

And to make matters worse, our food and water have been all but emptied of their mineral content (thanks to industrial farming and less-than-ideal water purification practices), so it’s very hard to maintain optimal mineral levels without supplementing.

As awareness about this health problem grows, a few minerals have gotten some time in the spotlight (most notably magnesium, in which an estimated 80% of Americans are deficient).

There’s another mineral that’s absolutely essential for your body’s physical integrity, though, and no one is really talking about it: silica.

How powerful is Silica?

Silica converts into Calcium in your cells – an experiment with chickens confimed it: when you remove calcium from chickens’ diet, they continue to lay eggs, but when you remove silica, they stop laying eggs, because they can no longer make the egg shells.

More than any other mineral, silica functions as a sort of glue that helps holds together the structure of our bodies. It supports the strength of all your connective tissues, bones, muscles, and even your arteries.

What does that mean?  Stronger nails, healthy looking hair, and fewer wrinkles.

Thus, silica deficiency causes brittle nails, lifeless hair, sagging skin, and other signs of declining reserves – the signs of aging. 

The silica in your body also keeps everything flexible and adaptive. Deficient silica can lead to inflammation in soft tissue: back pain, joint pain, psoriasis, arthritis, high blood pressure.

Silica: the anti-aging mineral?

Silica’s replenishing and strengthening effects skin, hair, nails, teeth, and gums. The more resilient and healthy they are, the younger and more radiant you’ll look and feel.

And the anti-aging benefits of optimal silica levels goes deeper than appearances too. Silica ensures that, as you age, your body continues to function like a well-oiled machine.

It prevents injuries (which can lead to more serious complications), and ensures that your arteries and blood vessels deliver the necessary oxygen and nutrients to all parts of your body.

It lowers oxidative stress (and thus inflammation) by improving the body’s natural detoxification system. This is why many people augment their detox regimens with diatomaceous earth and other “healing clays,” which have a very high silica content.[1]

Studies even suggest that silica helps immensely with brain detoxification, and that it therefore could play an important role in the prevention of cognitive decline.

But here’s the catch: your body is continually losing silica faster than it can replenish it.

Your silica levels steadily decline as you age, and your body also becomes increasingly less efficient at absorbing silica. And as mentioned above, you can no longer rely on food as a suitable source of silica, because unsustainable farming has stripped the Earth’s topsoil of its minerals. Depleted soils = depleted food.

And it isn’t just old folks who should be concerned with silica deficiency. Even by the time your body stops growing (usually in your teens), you’ve already lost 80% of the silica that you had at birth.

So what’s the solution?

The only reliable way to maintain a healthy silica level is to supplement with it. Luckily, there’s a wealth of ready-made options available to you.

Healing clays are very high in silica, and are also very inexpensive. Because these clays can be strongly detoxifying (and sometimes even chelating), though, they’re usually better suited for occasional or semi-frequent use.

Our favorite silica supplement is this one . It’s 100% plant-derived, and made from the most bioavailable silica source on the planet—bamboo.

It’s also blended with leaves of barley, kamut, and alfalfa, as well as a wealth of essential enzymes and antioxidants—all of which potentiate the strengthening and detoxifying effects of silica.

The formulation of this product is truly impeccable, and it’s still very affordable…so give it a try.

Doing so is one of the simplest and most powerful steps you can take toward maintaining the integrity and youthful vitality of your entire body.

 


 

References

[1] http://draxe.com/the-best-way-to-detox/

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