Welcome to the fourth post in our series about subluxation and stress to the nervous system. Previously, we discussed how our thoughts can be a major influence on our physical symptoms. If you any of the previous posts, you can view them here: part 1 – part 2 – part 3. Today we’ll be discussing how toxins in our food, medications, and environment can impact the central nervous system and produce dysfunction in our bodies.
Toxic chemicals are a reality of our everyday lives; we’re exposed to them in the forms of pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, and household cleaners, to name a few. Individually, most of these chemicals are neither life threatening nor a source of acute injury. The problem comes when there is constant, unavoidable exposure over one’s lifetime.
But “chemicals” are not the only toxins we’re exposed to. There are also environmental factors such as mold, pollen, vehicle and factory emissions, and various elements in our water supply (chloramines, heavy metals, fluoride, pharmaceutical run off, etc.) Couple that with unsafe food additives, recreational drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, and it isn’t difficult to see how the average person experiences a heavy toxic burden.
The sum of these various exposures can lead to various ailments, such as those we’re more familiar with (cancers, liver disease, asthma, etc.) to those we don’t associate so closely with toxic exposure, including joint pain, headaches, allergies, and autoimmune diseases. From a chiropractic standpoint, toxins also perpetuate disruption to the regular functioning of the nervous system, thereby increasing the difficulty of resolving subluxations.
To achieve a state of ease, steps must be taken to reduce toxic exposure where possible and boost the function of key organs such as the liver and kidneys. We would like to offer insight that such a thing doesn’t mean “detoxing;” most “detox” diets are secretly just high nutrient diets that usually result in us feeling better because most of us are chronically deficient in key nutrients.
Avoiding toxins may take on the form of altering dietary choices, switching water sources, filtering air, changing out home cleaners, and remediating situations that involve mold. Supporting the body may involve herbs such as milk thistle (contains silymarin), glandulars, increased water consumption (aids the kidneys), or other targeted therapies such as a gallbladder flush protocol. Exercise is another key aspect as sweat also acts as a filter for removing unwanted material from the body.
With that, this concludes our series on Stress to the Nervous System. Tune in next time for our take on the growing use of technology: Tech Neck – Whiplash at 0 MPH.
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