What Is Your Body Burden?

Body Burden is a term scientists give to measure the amount of environmental chemicals found in the body. With increasingly high levels of daily chemical exposure, from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the chemicals we put on our skin, everyone has a body burden.

Some of the symptoms of an excess body burden include the inability to lose weight, fatigue, joint/muscle pain, insomnia, depression, digestive issues, allergies and headaches.

Did you know there are currently 80,000 common chemicals used in industry today and only 200 have been tested for safety?

Women are particularly vulnerable to chemical exposures because they tend to carry more body fat (toxins are stored in body fat) and they need to maintain a delicate balance of hormones each month. Many of the environmental chemicals used today are known as hormone disruptors. They have been implicated in many of the female issues that have become ever present in our society. Infertility, menopausal symptoms, endometriosis, female cancers, precocious puberty and weight gain are all on the rise.

Now more than ever, it is imperative that each person takes responsibility for managing their own level of chemical exposures.

There are simple daily techniques you can use to dramatically reduce your exposure to environmental chemicals.

o   Dry Skin Brushing

o   Switching to Natural Cleaning Products

o   Purchasing a high quality air and water filter

o   Eat organic, local foods whenever possible

o   Read Labels! If you can’t pronounce it..don’t eat it. If it has more than 5 ingredients, don’t buy it.

o   Use Natural Skin products. Your skin is the largest organ of detoxification…help the skin do its job by not adding chemical based products from cosmetics, lotions and fragrances.

o   Commit to a Cleanse Program 2-4 times per year

*A balanced cleanse program is one that is easy to follow, addresses all the organs of elimination and reduces the total body burden. A good cleanse program should be gentle enough to incorporate most aspects into your daily life.

Resources:

www.HealthECoaching.com

Our 21 Day Metabolic Cleanse starts July 6th

www.EWG.org

Non-profit group dedicated to bringing environmental awareness to the public

www.skindeep.org

Comprehensive database of cosmetics and their safety rating

www.foodincmovie.com

Well balanced, entertaining movie about the changes in our food industry over the years

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