Ask Ralitza: Is “Toxic Load” a Thing?

toxic load

Toxic load. It’s a term that gets passed around from one holistic practitioner to another without regard for understanding of the patient. What is this concept and how applicable is it to most of us? More importantly, does it even matter? To put it simply, toxic load is the accumulation of toxins and chemicals in our bodies. These can be ingested through a variety of ways, including but not limited to: food we eat, water we drink, air quality of where we live, personal products and household products. Genetics may also play a factor as some of us may have gene pathways that are sluggish to detox toxins on their own.

When we have a high toxic load, we are more prone to disease, generally feeling unwell or serious health conditions. It’s tricky because we don’t exactly know what will be the thing that pushes us over the edge towards dis-ease (I like to call this “the tipping point”). Toxicity is a contributing factor in a number of conditions, including:

  • Allergies
  • Digestive sensitivities
  • Weakened immune system
  • Extreme environmental sensitivities

Toxins can poison enzymes, damage organs, modify gene expression, damage DNA, damage cell membranes and displace structural minerals in the body, weakening bones. If you feel like you’ve accumulated a toxic load beyond what you are capable of dealing with by yourself, please contact a health care professional you trust to get the process of testing and sorting out your issues. For now, here are a couple of steps you can take right now to minimize your toxic load:

  • Switch to organic foods, as much as possible within your budget. Make sure you allocate your organic food dollars to meat, and always keep the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen in mind. Get the most recent list here.
  • Get familiar with labelling for food and personal care products. There are so many great resources online that will help you decode your bath, body and makeup products. I love the ThinkDirty app! Scan a barcode and you can see exactly how contaminated your products are. Does this automatically mean you’ll have to spend more money on every-day products you love to use? Maybe. But always remember to ask yourself: WHY IS THIS SO CHEAP?
  • Avoid BPA’s and plastics. I feel like this is a totally outdated notion, anyway. Plastic is so blasé! It’s bad for the environment and bad for your body. STOP. USING. IT. Store your lunch and water in glass. BPA and phytlates are linked to cancer, endocrine problems, hormone imbalances and reproductive issues. It’s almost 2020, time to evolve.
  • Love your beautiful liver. Take time to nourish this crucial organ to incorporate antioxidants and increase liver enzyme function with leafy green vegetables, green tea, broccoli, cauliflower and garlic.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of filtered water every single day.
  • Consider your home health. Get rid of carpet and consider installing a HEPA filter in the room you spend the most time in (like the bedroom).
  • Detox your mind and spirit. Cut out people who suck. Delete your Instagram friends that make you feel “less than”. Stop watching the news and scary movies. Be diligent with your spirit and ruthless with protecting your heart.

This is just scratching the surface – there are many resources available to help you so please seek them out if you are feeling overwhelmed. Just having an awareness of what you are putting in (and on, and around) your body is the first step.

Do you have any other suggestions for how to reduce your detox load? Comment below and share your thoughts!

Ralitza Alexandrov, C.H.N.C.

As your Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant at Naturmend, I am committed to creating healthy communities. I believe in honouring the unique biochemical individuality of each person who walks through my door and in the amazing benefits of a whole food diet. A healthy body and balanced mind are the cornerstones of a happy existence.


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