Our livers love us! Unfortunately like any love relationship, sometimes one side gives more than the other and that is what is happening with people and their livers. Our livers are bombarded with much more than it can keep up with these days and we all need to do our part in the relationship by taking off some of the burden.
There are many, many things that are contributing to this toxic overload but today I going to focus on one area that is a HUGE player in overworking our livers and making us sick. What I am referring to are chemicals that are involved in scents, paints, sprays, perfumes, colognes, air fresheners, candles etc… the list is endless.
I have found a new way to view my liver when it comes to these very nasty invaders. I see my liver as a sponge! Because it is a sponge. Our livers filter everything… everything! It filters all our blood and sends it back out through the circulatory system. The filtering from the liver includes scents and air borne chemicals that are around us! They must be filtered too! The skin is the largest organ and both the skin and lungs deal with these airborne nasties.
Have you ever walked into a greasy restaurant? Maybe a fried chicken place?
When I was in my twenties, I had a roomie who worked at KFC and she would come home wreaking of grease. That smell never came out. It stuck and absorbed into her clothes and then everything that she was around, including our apartment. Now think about that. Just let that ‘sink in’, no pun intended. 🙂
Here is another example. I had someone 3 years ago walk into one of my rooms in my home and they were wearing strong cologne. That smell is still in the room. Every so often it overwhelms me when I walk into the room. Wow. We can see how powerful these chemicals are. And if this chemical compound can do that to a room and it’s contents years later, imagine a lifetime buildup of these and other toxins that are livers are dealing with. Chemical compounds used in perfumes and colognes have the same chemical compound construction as particular pesticides and herbicides. Also, everytime we pump gas we are exposed to toxins.
The list is unfortunately endless, but I will keep it short for today. I am sure you get the message here.
As a side note, it is a beautiful cool, sunny and windy day where I am. So I am airing out my bedding and also washing my new flannel sheets multiple times to remove the chemicals involved in their making. They too will head out to be line dried and aired to protect my most important organ, my liver. 🙂 I often think another great reason to buy second hand also. 🙂
I encourage everyone to rethink the use of many of these invaders. Not only do they hurt us but those around us. Life is precious. Let’s preserve that gift.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who resides in Ontario, Canada. She has been an advocate of environmentally safe cleaning products for close to 30 years now. She shares freely tips and tricks to lower toxicity in the home and the body.