The world we live in is toxic
You may have heard of detoxing? This blog will show you why you must detox your pets!
Human activities, and human industries create a multitude of toxic chemicals which are everywhere, permeating everything. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods we eat all carry at least traces of all sorts of toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and other pollutants.
In 2005, in the United States two major laboratories** tested the cord of 10 newborn babies for 413 chemicals as part of a study for the Environment Working Group. They found that the blood in the babies’ umbilical cords contained an average of 200 different industrial chemicals and pollutants.
This shows that man-made chemicals have been absorbed by the mother and then are transmitted into the baby’s blood across the placenta before they are even born. It also reflects exactly how much toxic load humans are carrying in their bodies from this pollution.
287 chemicals were found in the umbilical cord blood. Worryingly, 209 of these toxins had never before been detected in cord blood. One hundred and eighty of these toxins are carcinogenic, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
The chemicals found included eight perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellents in fast food packaging, clothes, and textiles (including the Teflon chemical PFOA) and dozens of widely used flame-retardants.
17 years later, nothing has changed for the better – in fact, things are worse, with higher pollution levels, and more new toxic chemicals having been created and leaking into our environment.
Domestic animals are more susceptible to toxin absorption than humans
Our pets are smaller than us. This means that they have a large surface area to volume ratio. More area of skin relative to their entire body weight. That means that they tend to absorb and concentrate toxins more rapidly than humans, who have a much smaller surface area to volume ratio.
In a nutshell, with the same amount of exposure to toxic contaminants in the environment, our pets are affected more severely than we are. They concentrate higher levels of toxins in their body with the same level of exposure, and this has a greater adverse impact on your pet’s health and wellbeing.
It’s really important to do two things to help protect your pets from harm due to the toxic environment that we all live in. We simply can’t escape some level of toxic insult, of toxin absorption from the environment, because these toxins are everywhere. Even the cleanest places on earth will have some degree of contamination, and where most humans (and their pets live) – in cities and towns, are the worst.
Just think of plastics as an example. Plastics are poisonous (derived from fossil fuels, and crude oil). Plastics outgas poisonous fumes (you know that ‘new plastic’ smell you get when you open something new from the packet?). Plastics release multiple toxins as they decay and degrade in nature. Plastics break down into microplastics, tiny particles of plastic, that are now so widely spread that they are being found in the bloodstream of humans! Of course, that means microplastics will be in our pets’ bloodstream too.
Plastics are only one thing. Artificial fragrances, thousands of commercial chemicals, heavy metals, and non-physical pollution such as non-native ElectroMagnetic Frequencies from mobile phone networks, wifi, etc, also disrupt healthy biology on a subtle level.
I want to share my advice on how best to minimize your pet’s toxic load.
Step one: Minimise toxins in your pet’s environment
While it’s true that you can’t escape the subtle toxic soup of toxic chemicals that are everywhere in the world to some extent, and a lot worse in cities, industrial areas, etc., you do have a lot of control over your home environment.
You can get a lot of toxins out of your home, and this will make a real difference for your pets, especially over time. Remove, and don’t use pesticides and herbicides. If you do have vermin like cockroaches, use a trap, not surface sprays. Avoid glyphosate herbicides- there are more natural, less toxic herbicides available.
Get all artificial fragrances out of your life and out of your home. You’ll need to start reading labels. Any ingredient of ‘parfum’, ‘fragrance’ or ‘nature identical fragrance’ is a toxic soup of chemicals. Artificial fragrances, which are derived from crude oil, are dangerous (endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic, irritant, and a whole lot more). Not only that, they are nearly always contaminated with a cocktail of other dangerous chemicals.
Get rid of air fresheners, most deodorants, perfumes (even very expensive ones), and any cleaning products with artificial fragrances.
Feed your pets a clean, fresh, whole foods diet. Preferably organic, but that can get a little too expensive. A 2013 RMIT Study found that eating an organic diet for just a week can cause pesticide levels to drop by almost 90% in adults. The same will be true for your pets.
I recommend at least using human-grade ingredients and sticking to the crops that have fewer sprays used on them. Here are 8 foods that are best to avoid for your pets (and for you) if not buying organic:
Apples, Grapes, Strawberries, Spinach, Lettuce, Nectarines, Pears, Peaches, Capsicum, Celery, and Tomatoes.
And here are ones that are cleaner, safer, less likely to have so many sprays used:
Avocados, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Papaya, Sweet Peas (Frozen), Eggplants, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Rockmelon, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Honeydew, and Kiwi Fruit.
When it comes to the protein sources you feed your dogs and cats, grass-fed (or wild-caught) is WAY cleaner. Feedlotted, intensively farmed meats are not so good and tend to carry a much heavier toxic load. Wish fish, best to stay with small fish from lower down the food chain, as larger fish tend to concentrate significant amounts of heavy metals, especially mercury and possibly lead.
The importance of ‘DETOXING’ your pets…
Because there’s no way to escape some level of toxic load building up in your pet’s system over time, it’s also important to be proactive in detoxing- using supplements, a clean diet, clean water, etc to help your pet clear out the toxins that are continually coming in.
The first thing to do is a really clean, fresh, whole foods diet, and clean, filtered water – this will support a high level of vitality, which will then make the body as efficient as possible in clearing toxins.
Then you’ll want to mimimise vaccinations, minimise parasite prevention chemicals, support the Liver and Kidneys (the major organs of detoxification), and use herbs, homeopathy and supplements to increase your pet’s ability to clear toxins from their body.
This is a complex issue, and I can’t do it justice here today, BUT the totally awesome PetSummits crew has a whole summit with 20 world-leading experts teaching you all about detoxing your pet. You can join for free at this link: https://bit.ly/petsummitsdetox