It’s detox season – are you “talking toxins”?

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We’re two weeks into the new year, and I’m super pumped by a) some key things in the news and b) by all the fun things I’m planning for this year!

If one of the things YOU’RE planning this year is a detox or cleanse program, keep reading…

But first, some good news in the environmental toxins front (I like to make a point of sharing good news, since this is normally a fairly gloomy subject!!)

  • Earlier this month the FDA, in a very rare move, banned the use of three types of chemicals used in food packaging (like microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, and frozen food boxes). These perfluorinated chemicals are ones that I teach about. This good news has a twist of the absurd: the chemicals the FDA is banning have been phased out of production already :/
  • In late December, a federal ban on the use of plastic micro-beads was signed into law. Companies (mostly who make personal care products) must eliminate them by July of 2017. These plastic beads not only clog up our waterways, but can be magnets for toxins.
  • This past Friday, President Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, MI after alarming levels of lead where found in public drinking water. Support of this level is not common, and in this instance is much needed! Lead is a potent neurotoxin that can have devastating effects – drinking water is only one potential exposure source, but it’s a biggie!
As toxins are developing into a more mainstream conversation topic, the need for practitioners to become resources for clients is increasing.

Many practitioners, especially during this time of year, run detox and cleanse programs as a way to reach more people, and get a steady stream of clients. But very few programs out there touch the toxins side of the conversation (kind of a silly oversight if you ask me!).
A lot of people don’t get into the chemical toxins side of things because they’re not sure what to include, or how much to include!

February is the ideal time to offer a detox or cleanse since people are still coming down from the holiday over-indulgences AND because gym attendance starts to falter from those New Year’s Resolutions.

If you integrate any of these teaching points into your programs, let me know!!

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