What Are The Most Damaging Toxins to the Body? : Exclusive Interview with Dr. Alejandro Junger

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cool about toxins or crazy
Are you cool about toxins like this guy or as crazy as I am?

A lot of you asked for me to get Dr. Alejandro Junger, co-creator of the Clean Program, on our interview schedule…

So I sent our long time friend Dhru — of GiveItToMeRaw.com fame — a note, since he is the other co- Clean Program conspirator.

Good news, he was able to hook us up with an interview with Dr. Junger and in this first half we discuss what actually happens when someone detoxes, what Dr. Junger feels are some of the most harmful toxins around as well as an interesting take on what you should and should not eat.

Here’s Part 1 of this two part series in all its glory (my written thoughts follow)…

Listen to Part 1 here:

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Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my thoughts…

1. Detoxification, what really is happening?

I asked Dr. Junger how the body detoxifies. His answer — though much more detailed than in my synopsis here — was that the body is always looking to stay free of toxins. It’s natural state is toxin-free. So if you’re continually adding to the toxic load and the body isn’t able to detoxify, you become “toxic” — which pretty much means you get sick.

By eliminating foods that cause toxicity as well as removing environmental toxins — or at least lessening the load — you allow your body to clean itself up.

So detoxifying, isn’t so much about what herbs and protocols to take (though it can include these), it’s about how to give your body a break so it can do what it needs to do — stay healthy.

2. The most damaging toxins by Dr. Junger’s estimation are…

Of course, outside of those that are just plain old deadly…

Those that kill intestinal flora. The intestines and flora contained in them are essential to life and health. When I asked Dr. Junger about the most dangerous toxins, he explained that disrupting the gut flora can be one of the most serious ways to disturb health. So toxins that do so are clearly ones you want to stay away from. This list includes chlorinated water and food preservatives.

3. How to heal the gut?

Eat probiotic foods. Dr. Junger — which I liked — mentioned the combination of probiotic foods as well as the use of probiotics to repair and keep the gut healthy. I feel strongly that the combination of the two are essential as well. Fermented foods provide additional immune boosting nutrients like B vitamins and amino acids. They also ensure that you’re going to get a lot of healthy, hearty bacteria — since you know they’re living, because they fermented the medium you started with.

Foods like kefir, vegan kefir, chicha, kombucha, cultured vegetables, kvass, and many more are awesome fermented additions to your diet.

We have a recipe book that has over 60+ right here (click.)

4. How do we find out what humans eat?

Good question…

We’re not in the wild anymore. Dr. Junger made a nice zoo analogy that I’ll repeat here.

If we wanted to feed animals in a zoo their natural diet, we’d just observe them in nature. Pretty simple.

With humans, we’ve been so far removed from our natural diets (in most cases), it’s hard to know what we’re really supposed to eat. (Bring on the arguments here!)

The Blue Zones are probably the most relevant sources of data these days, but they all eat different diets — which simply means diet isn’t the only factor.

So what do you eat?

You know my answer… get your blood tested and see what’s working or what is not.

5. It’s more important to know what not to eat than what to eat.

Dr. Junger also brings up this interesting distinction in diet which I agree with too. It may be the clue to the Blue Zone conundrum that I just mentioned. If you’re looking at what to eat, they you’ll get mightily confused about the diets of those in the Blue Zones. But, if you’re looking at what not to eat — almost all of them do not eat the same things. These are excessively processed breads, white sugar, diet or regular soda, etc.

So what you eat is not as important as what you leave out. I can hear a collective sigh of relief, yes?

Your question of the day: Do you take probiotics, eat fermented foods or both (or none)? Why or why not?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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