Are You Toxic?

This is a guest post by Bianca Perilli.

This might be old news, but I am just BLOWN AWAY by the alarming statistics of disease in our country.  Did you know that 80% of Americans are overweight and 30% are considered to be obese?  Worse, The World Health Organization states that 75% of all American deaths are diet related!

The US spent $2.26 trillion on health care in 2007!!! This is more than any other country in the world!

According to Paul Lemanski, MD, MS, FACP, author of Benefiting the Planet as well as the Individual,

“A reduced reliance on medication requires a diet and lifestyle that optimizes body weight with a predominately plant based diet in combination with increased physical activity.”

Translation:

If we eat mostly plants and exercise, we will experience less disease. Sounds simple enough, right? Well then, why aren’t more people incorporating what seems to be “common sense” into their lifestyle?

There are several reasons…

Time and money come to mind initially but a lot of the time it is simply ignorance:  Some people just don’t know what they don’t know.

A few days ago, a lady who I am coaching asked me if her fruit cups would be considered a healthy snack!  I was amazed at the question and actually had to explain to her that there was absolutely NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE in her packaged snack of choice.  Heck, with all of the added preservatives and high fructose corn syrup, she may as well have chosen a chocolate bar.  At least dark chocolate has antioxidants in it.

Anyway, it is a very sad reality, but what we don’t know is killing us.

Besides the poor quality food we eat, we live in an EXTREMELY toxic environment.  The air we breathe, the mattress we sleep on (doused in flame retardant by law) and even the showers that we bathe in (our water is “purified” with chlorine here in the US).

Can you imagine on any given day, how many toxins are introduced to our bodies?  The number is insurmountable. There is no wonder that we are one of the unhealthiest nations in the world!  With the wealth and knowledge that we have, we shouldn’t be on that list at all!

Anyway, so what do we do about this “toxic burden”?

Well, your body is already doing it!  To protect itself against these toxins, your body will actually store fat as a defense mechanism!

Picture this:  We have trillions of cells in our body. Imagine each cell coating itself with just a little bit of fat to protect itself from the impurities that enter your system.

The problem is that with all of this “excess junk” in our systems, we are carrying a lot of excess fat to counter it.

The only logical solution is to cleanse ourselves of these impurities.  Many indigenous countries around the world have already been practicing cleansing as a lifestyle for decades – and they are healthier as a result of it.

By cleansing your body, you are removing the toxins which are a threat to your cells and organs.  Once the threat is gone, your body can relinquish the fat that it has been storing!

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There are many different ways to cleanse your body and I would recommend that you look into the benefits of cleansing for yourself.  I would be happy to share with you what I have found to work for me and countless others if you want.

I personally dropped 7% body fat in 3 weeks using one particular system.  Just send me an email or look me up on facebook.

In the meantime, here are a few steps you can take to get you started down the right path to healthy living:

  1. Only drink purified water. A step beyond that is only drink Alkalized water. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day.  Next time you feel hungry, reach for your water first and see if that doesn’t satisfy the craving.
  2. Get a water purifier for your shower head. Your skin is your largest organ – protect it!
  3. Organically grown is always best. If you can’t get to a local farmer’s market, cruise the outside perimeter of your supermarket.  The inside isles really don’t have much to offer in terms of nutritional value.
  4. Stay away from packaged foods. They are usually high in preservatives and lack the nutritional value that your body needs.
  5. Snack. In addition to your 3 meals a day, you should be snacking throughout the day.  I personally eat something almost every hour, even if it is only a few almonds.  This will keep your metabolism revved up all day long.
  6. Get plenty of Z’s. About 8 hours of sleep each night is ideal.
  7. Exercise. Last but not least, 20-30 minutes of exercise each day will keep you looking and feeling your best.  For workout tips, you can check out www.trainerstip.com which is hosted by my brother, Luke Guldan.

Bianca Perilli and I used to play together in the park when we were kids living in Brooklyn. Recently reunited thanks to Facebook, I’ve come to learn that despite growing our own separate ways, we are both huge fans of Jim Rohn, and Bianca is a nutritional coach very much obsessed with personal development. If you have any questions, or would like more information on how you can do a nutritional cleanse, drop Bianca a line via e-mail or phone.

Bianca Perilli
917.476.7589
Bianca@biancaperilli.com

Posted by in Health | February 4, 2010 | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumble | Print | 5 comments

  • http://www.greatestreviews.net/ fas

    The reason why Americans are over weight is because of the big diet habits and love for all food junk.

  • http://beyondgrowth.net Duff

    While cleansing can be done safely if under the supervision of a competent and wise health professional, I feel compelled to warn against “cleanses in a box” found in grocery stores and online. Cleansing is very intense and can create further health problems if done inappropriately, flooding the body with released toxins which can harm the liver and kidneys and other internal organs…often to not be discovered for some time afterwards.

    The first cleanse in particular is usually the most intense and should be the shortest, slowest, and most supervised. Those that cleanse regularly rarely experience such risks.

  • http://enlightr.com/cloud Craig

    There’s similar statistics in the UK as well. We’re getting ‘fatter’. Nice tips on healthy living.

  • http://www.eliaantonia.com Elia Antonia

    Interesting and necessary info on nutrition and exercise-
    In the case of health and wellness- ignorance is not bliss and your point is well stated.
    Combating stress with days having much to accomplish and so little time- I can’t imagine not living a healthy lifestyle!
    Great article Bianca!!

  • http://www.andinia.com/indexen.html Pablo

    As someone working with aircraft, let me tell you something: a few years ago, the average weight of a passenger was averaged at 77kg, with a 30% safety margin. Most aircraft are designed with that standard in mind. Now passengers weight on average 92kg, so there is almost no more margin for a safe flight, plus, seats and other stuff break more often.