Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • April 2018
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What does detox mean to you?

The word detox can conjure up many different thoughts; however, today we will look at detox from a health and nutrition perspective. The term “body burden” describes the toxic load in a person. A study done by The Environmental Working Group found over 200 known chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of 10 random babies sampled. Wow, that is a lot of toxins in a newborn baby! And very disheartening to say the least. Today we will look at strategies to remove toxins and try to clean up our environment. When performing nutritional counseling on my patients, one thing that really stands out to me is the amount of plastic people are using and how many people drink from plastic bottles. Think about it for a minute. A manufacturer puts soda or water into a plastic bottle, then that bottle gets distributed perhaps many miles away. Those plastics could be transported in a hot environment, leaching chemicals from the bottle to your beverage. Plastic leaches phthalates and other chemicals into the liquid. We then ingest phthalates, which are known as endocrine disrupters — in other words, they can mess with our hormones. Not so good if you have an underlying health condition or just want to stay healthy. It would be a good idea to avoid plastic and use glass or stainless steel water bottles instead. There are many fun and safe alternatives to choose from. The same goes for our household items. Glass can be easily switched from plastic containers. Frequently during the holidays, I see ads for a plastic liner for our everyday crockpots. Eight hours with your meat cooking in plastic. No thanks!

A water filtration system in your house can improve the quality of water. I personally have a reverse osmosis system in place to remove any impurities. If you have well water, it is a good idea to have it tested on a yearly basis to look for contaminates. A hepa filter can improve air quality in your house, and adding plants also can improve indoor air. The fern, sheffelurra and peace lily can help improve indoor air quality. Avoid wearing shoes or smoking indoors, and keep household cleaners to a minimum. Diffuse essential oils for an air freshener if needed.

Dark green leafy vegetables aid the liver. I like to add a half cup of cilantro on occasion to my morning smoothie to give my liver a little boost, as well as beets when in season.

Spring is a great time to consider this journey to better health! We are here to help.

Nussbaum Chiropractic offers a 21-day purification/detoxification program to our patients who are interested to aid the liver, kidneys and intestines.

Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe

Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe is a board-certified chiropractor who has been helping families achieve better health for 25 years. She is certified in functional medicine, nutritional counseling and is a certified gluten practitioner. She is on the Fox Valley Celiac Board and counsels newly diagnosed Celiac and gluten sensitive patients. She also has additional training from the Hashimoto Institute.Her office is located at Nussbaum Chiropractic, 873 N. Casaloma Drive in Appleton. Call 920-734-2400 to get started on a better path to health!

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