As some of my clients have started 4 day/14 day/28 day clean eating programs I've had many questions of detox and cleanses beyond what's on the plate.
So for the month of August I'll focus on toxin and pollution information.
While keeping our lives completely toxin free is a huge stretch, I'm happy to share options and ideas to clean up where we can!
Widespread behavioral and cognitive disorders – including ADHD and autism – have prompted experts to investigate environmental factors. Many argue that these toxins have a strong role in this “silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity,” which cannot be attributed to genetic factors alone. The brain is most vulnerable to chemical exposure in utero and during infancy and early childhood, when the brain is in its critical stages of development.
What makes the brain so vulnerable? Almost all of the cells in the brain are in place by age two or three, and only a few small regions of the brain grow new cells after this point. Given this short window of time a person has to develop a healthy brain and maintain healthy cells, the human brain is extremely vulnerable to environmental pollution.
The brain may only account for up to 2% of a person’s weight, but it consumes 20% of the body’s energy at a rate that is 10 times faster than the rest of the body per gram of tissue. This energy-hungry organ requires a constant supply of energy to function, and what you ingest and are exposed to has a direct impact on its processes.
The idea that small amounts of exposure are safe is what keeps some of the toxins legal in many countries’ commerce today. I encourage you to do your own research and educate yourself so you can make an informed decision about what to put in your body.
Unfortunately, no one can completely avoid these toxins since some are in the air we breathe. However, there are steps you can take to better protect your health and your brain:
Danielle Anderson is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, who's passion is brain and body wellness. Certified in Mindfulness and Integrative Mental Health. NAMI teacher, QPR Instructor, mom of 2, Zumba instructor, lover of cats, the ocean and books!
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