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Identifying Toxic Load & Safe Purification

Purification, also known as detoxification, can help you remove natural toxins from your body and help maintain a healthy weight. We are exposed to external toxins on a daily basis. These include pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals. Internally, our bodies produce waste byproducts as a result of normal metabolic function. Although your body is designed to rid itself of these toxins naturally, it can become overburdened. Purification offers your body additional support to expel and metabolize these toxins and manage weight, which is important to maintaining your health and vitality.

Toxins can contribute to a wide range of conditions: 

• Stuffy head 

• Fatigue or difficulty sleeping 

• Indigestion or other temporary gastrointestinal upset 

• Food cravings or weight gain 

• Reduced mental clarity 

• Low libido 

• Skin issues 

• Joint discomfort

There are approximately 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that hundreds of these chemicals are present in our bodies. Some research shows that certain chemicals may affect our immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. 

External Toxins 

• Air and water pollutants 

• Cigarette smoke 

• Certain personal care products 

• Heavy metals 

• Certain household cleaning products 

• Pesticides 

• Preservatives and additives 

• Trans fats 

Internal Toxins 

• Ammonia 

• Carbon dioxide 

• Free radicals

How do I determine my toxic load? 

Your toxic load is the amount of toxins that your body must process.

Do you or have you eaten processed foods?

Do you eat non-organic fruits and vegetables?

Do you eat meat that is not organic?

Do you or have you ever used artificial sweeteners?

Do you drink soda?

Do the foods you eat have preservatives, additives, or sweeteners added?

Do you eat fast foods or eat out regularly?

Do you charbroil or grill foods?

Do you drink coffee regularly?

Do you drink alcohol?

Do you drink tap water?

If the majority of your answers are “yes,” then it is likely that your diet contributes significantly to your toxic load. Beyond diet, many external toxins — such as personal care products, cleaners, and pollution — add to your load.

Preparing for Purification - Looking at your home environment

Our homes should be a sanctuary — a safe environment where we can thrive, grow, and heal. A general description of each area and what you should be aware of to decrease potential exposures are listed below.

Plastic containers should be carefully evaluated. Use glass instead, especially when heating food or putting hot food into a storage container. Some plastics contain phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) that can seep into food when heated. Use a paper towel instead of plastic over food when microwaving. 

Candles and scented room fresheners are another area of concern. If you burn the wick of a candle and see a black center, this is a lead-centered wick. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead wicks in 2003, but they can still be found in candles, specifically candles from other countries. The commission has found that lead-core wicks release around five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children. Make sure your candle label states the wick is lead-free, and use high-quality candles. Also be aware that paraffin candles release soot in the air, and aromatherapy candles may contain synthetic oils that release toxic particles. The best candles to look for include those that are made of soy, vegetable-based waxes, or 100 percent beeswax and have cotton wicks. For aromatherapy, look for candles that use only natural essential oils. 

Many cleaning agents contain various harsh and toxic chemicals. Effective all-natural cleaners include vinegar, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and coarse salt. Olive oil can be used to clean wood and gives it a nice glow. Unless a scented product is labeled as having essential oils, it most likely contains synthetic oils and is something you do not want to be inhaling on a daily basis. 

Fertilizers, pesticides, and similar products contain harsh chemicals and are marked as being very toxic. Breathing in the fumes from these products when using them can expose you to toxins. It is best to check the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website for safety and recommendations on the use of any of these products. 

Work exposures can come in many forms. Be aware of your exposures, and wear protective masks if you are in a questionable environment. 

General exposures include any metals used in dentistry, metals used in tattoos, smoking, and the potential for molds in the home due to water exposure. Speak with your health care professional if you have any concerns in this area.


The Standard Process Purification Program

At Ideal Chiropractic, we are kicking off our annual cleanse on Monday, January 8th, 2024! This 21-Day Cleanse stimulates specific detoxification organs in the body — the liver, kidneys, and intestines. With help from these organs, your toxic load can decrease, and your body can concentrate its energy on purification. This can help you achieve optimal health by cleansing the body from the inside out.

What do you need to participate? 

  1. Supplements 

(Please place your orders with the office by Friday, December 22nd, 2023 - you can call the office or email

SP Cleanse® helps the body’s purifying organs (kidneys, liver, and intestines) eliminate toxins to maintain healthy organ function, improve your immune system, support a healthy gastrointestinal environment, and promote regular elimination.

Gastro-Fiber® provides dietary fiber from botanicals and other whole food sources with more soluble fiber (slows digestion). This promotes a healthy gut, provides an environment for beneficial microorganisms, and maintains healthy lipid and blood glucose levels.

SP Green Food® contains organically grown whole food concentrates from Brussels sprouts, kale, alfalfa, buckwheat, and barley grass to: Support detoxification in the liver and combat free radical damage, and provide a good source of phytonutrients, essential amino acids, vitamins, & minerals.

SP Complete® offers essential whole food nutrition in a versatile protein powder that delivers powerful antioxidant protection to support liver detoxification and immune function, as well as combat free radical damage.

  1. Focus on Eating Right

• Eat a variety of foods. Choose a rainbow of colors. 

• Eat frequently throughout the day to maintain a level blood sugar range. 

• Add protein on day 11 

You will be provided with an Ideal Chiropractic Recipe Book to help provide you with the tools you need to plan your diet. 

As we go through the cleanse together, Dr. Brandon will also share his family's favorite recipes & tips for success with you on our blog -

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