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Springclean Health E-News, Issue #014
February 01, 2008

Cleansing Update

I often am asked by clients if the body really does contain toxic chemicals - and if so is it really in harmful amounts. To shed some light and put this in perspective, I have come across some information I'd like to share with you.

A study by the Environmental Working Group and Commonweal (a non-profit Health & Environmental Research group), found industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in 2004 in U.S. hospitals. The blood was collected by the Red Cross after the cord was cut, and found to have pesticides, wastes from gasoline, burnt coal, burnt garbage, and consumer product ingredients. The parents were not known to work in the chemical industry or were not known to have problems from any chemical exposure.

Researchers detected a total of 287 chemicals in the 10 samples. These include the Teflon chemical PFOA and perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellants in fast-food packaging, clothing and textiles. In addition,180 of these chemicals cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system and 208 cause birth defects.

My first reaction is: no wonder our children are stricken with ADD, ADHD, behavioral disorders, allergies, autism and cancer. More reason to teach our children about health and good nutrition.

Also, with a start like this, I think it's safe to say most of our bodies could use help with the cleansing and detoxification processes.

Let Food be Your Medicine

Chlorella is a green "supefood" that contains the highest chlorophyll count of any green foods. It is 48% protein, amino acids (including the 9 essentials), vitamins C, B and E. The holistic community has long used it to help detox the blood and strengthen the immune system. It has long been known by alternative practitioners to help strengthen the bodies immune response. Modern science is just now figuring this out.

The chlorophyll in chlorella has a tough cellulose membrane which binds with lead and other heavy metals to help carry them out of the body. Experiments have also shown that chlorella helps protect the liver from damage from certain harmful chemicals and speeds recovery times of cell damage. Research has also shown it helps reduce bad cholesterol and fats in the liver.

Featured Recipe

Green Super Smoothie
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup of plain yogurt
1 Handful of berries
1 Tablespoon of chlorella powder or a green superfood powder
Blend all to taste. You can add honey to sweeten it for yourself or loved ones with a sweet tooth.

Diet and Motivation Tips

Take a whole food vitamin supplement and "Essential Fatty Acids." Both are usually broken up in dosages taken three times a day. This combination and timing will help you feel full and satisfy your nutritional needs. This may help lessens cravings and control binge eating.

Ask A Question

Can my child cleanse?

In my opinion, they don't really need to the same way as an adult. But there are a couple things to do to ensure your child's body doesn't accumulate harmful toxins. First, feed the child well. Teach them at an early age to eat their fruits and veggies. If they are older, gently coax them and add dressings and sauces until they don't need them any longer. And stop the junk food. You'd be surprised at how quickly young bodies respond and heal when treated right.

For extra measure, I use a vitamin for my children called "Yummy Greens," which incorporates a combination of green superfoods. (I get it at the local health food store. When we moved, I asked the local Whole Foods Market to order it and they did.)

And lastly, I add a supplement called "Omega 3's" into my children's applesauce each day for about 1-2 weeks. This seems to help their little systems clear out. It's a combination of crushed flax seeds, beet powder and other supergreens and they enjoy the nutty taste. (My oldest daughter won't eat applesauce without it now.)

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