Detox Chemicals + Pesticides Now
Do you ever wonder how much chemicals and pesticides you’re exposed to?
In 2018, about 76 million tons of pollution were emitted into the US atmosphere, according to the EPA.1 To make matters worse, more than one billion pounds of convention pesticides are used on US crops annually, according to the latest EPA data.
The USDA (US Department of Agriculture) reports 70% of produce sold in the US has pesticide residues and that up to 50 million Americans could be drinking tap water contaminated by pesticides leaching into ground waters.2,5 Finally, a 20-year study by the US Geological Survey found 60% of aquatic life in agricultural area rivers and 90% in urban area rivers contain dangerous levels of pesticides.6
Are Chemicals + Pesticides Harmful?
A 2004 report co-authored by the National Cancer Institute concluded that “current exposure to pesticides adversely affects human health.” According to the Agriculture Health Study, which monitored 90,000 farmers and their families, pesticide exposure is linked to a litany of serious health issues of the prostate, lung, thyroid, and bone marrow, along with endocrine and hormonal disruption, brain function, cognitive, motor neuron, blood sugar, and other neurological concerns.2,4
Other reports have linked exposure to pesticides and chemicals to developmental and reproductive concerns, along with immune, liver, and skin disorders.3
Most of these pollutants, chemicals, pesticides, and other environmental toxins are lipophillic toxicants, fat-soluble poisons produced by humans, which are difficult for the body to process and eliminate. Because of their fat-soluble nature, they have a longer half-life, do not break down easily, and readily accumulate in plants, animals, and humans, sticking around for decades.
These poisons have been detected in our food, including fast food, dairy, meat, and even vegetables. Since these toxicants are stored in fat, like belly fat or even the brain (predominately fatty tissue), humans are particularly at risk. The risk rises with age, as the longer we are exposed to toxicants, the more we accumulate. Some of the most common and harmful toxicants found in human fats cells today are:
Common Toxicants in Humans3
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
- Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE)
- Dichloro-diphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)
- Hexachlorobenzine (HCB)
- Poly-chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs)
- Beta-hexachlorocy-clohexane (β-HCH)
While many of the most harmful toxicants (not all) are banned in the US, because of their insolubility in water, long half-life, and continued illegal use in other nations, these chemicals still persist. Researchers confirm that relatively low toxicity pesticides may react with normal biochemicals in the body and create undetectable toxic compounds.3
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Ayurvedic Lipophilic-Mediated Detox (Ghee!)
Thousands of years ago, Ayurveda employed detox procedures for lipophilic-mediated toxicants. These techniques are only now being understood by Western science. Clearly, thousands of years ago, they did not have sophisticated chemicals like Monsanto has created today. However, they were familiar with heavy metals. Heavy metals were sometimes used in a highly advanced medicine system called rasa shastra, which combines minerals, metals, gems, and plants. Also, unprocessed heavy metals are commonly pulled from the soil and can cause toxicity. Rice, for example, should not be grown in naturally occurring arsenic-rich soil.
So how does Ayurveda work with the accumulation of heavy metals? Ayurveda uses ghee (clarified butter) as a chelating agent to attach and pull fat-soluble toxicants from organs and tissues. In one study, ghee was ingested for seven days alongside a no-fat diet of kitchari (a rice and mung bean soup). In 48 volunteers, the lab measured levels of nine PCBs and eight pesticides. There was a significant reduction in numerous lipo-phillic toxicants such as trans-Nonachlor (TNC), p,p’-Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (p,p’-DDE), oxychlordane, and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) after the seven-day ghee detox.3
More notably, there was a whopping 48% decrease in PCBs and 58% decrease in beta-hexachlorocy-clohexane (β-HCH) in the ghee detox group after treatment compared to the control group.3
Lipophilic-Mediated Detox Backed by Science
Several studies confirm ingestion of certain fats or lipophilic substances stimulate intestinal excretion of lipophilic environmental toxicants, pesticides, and pollutants deposited in adipose or fatty tissue.
One study saw a 30-52% reduction of PCBs in animals given a toxin called chlordecone followed by a lipophilic detox agent called cholestyramine.3
In a human study, where volunteers were put on the Olestra Diet (olestra is a lipophilic nonabsorbing fat substitute not currently in use because of side effects, such as fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies and digestive disturbances), excretion of certain environmental toxicants more than doubled. In another study, where 25 grams of olestra were ingested daily, there was an 8-10x reduction in a certain type if dioxin (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodiben-zo-p-dioxin (TCDD).3
All of this shows that toxins store in our fat, and that lipophilic (fat-loving) substances can pull, chelate, or detox toxins right out of our fat cells. However, I highly advise that you use something natural and time-tested, such as an Ayurvedic ghee cleanse, rather than olestra, for your cleansing needs!
These three cleanses all employ the time-tested, science-backed procedure of using ghee as a lipophilic-mediated detox agent. Have you tried one of our Ayurvedic cleanses? What did you find?