Have you heard about microdosing - the new trend that’s making headlines the world over? Basically, people are taking teeny tiny doses of drugs such as LSD, Ecstasy and recreational mushrooms on a daily basis, and while it’s not enough to make them hallucinate, it’s giving them the benefit of other side-effects, such as happiness, a brighter outlook on life and, believe it or not, improved productivity.
So, why are we talking about hallucinogenic drugs on a health website? While we’re not encouraging you to rush out and find a dealer, we think it’s a great metaphor for chemicals in general.
Whether we like it or not, we consume and expose ourselves to chemicals all the time. Coffee doses us with caffeine, stress doses us with cortisol (or should we say that we dose ourselves with stress), household products are packed with all kinds of unpronounceable chemicals. And, on the plus side, smiling, sleeping, dancing and hugs generate positive chemicals, too.
Like most things in life, it’s all about balance. If you have the right information, you’re empowered to make the right choices, and you can ensure you’re consuming enough good chemicals and helping your body detox the bad chemicals. Just like the many microdosing enthusiasts out there, you have the choice to ensure the chemicals you're exposing your DNA to – whether they are good or bad – are working for you, rather than against you.
When I was diagnosed with cancer and subsequently looked at my DNA results, there was so much I had to give up. Needless to say, that was terrifying. While I worked very hard to remove almost all toxins from my food and body products, I like to enjoy a glass of red wine every now and again and didn’t want to give that up entirely. Armed with the knowledge of my DNA results, I now know that my body struggles to detox so, rather than avoiding red wine completely, I’ll have the odd glass, limit my intake in one sitting, and compensate by following up with a dose of Metagenics Advaclear before, during and after, to help my detox process.
As long as I know the potentially harmful effects of particular chemicals in my body, I can limit their intake and work on personalised ways to speed their detox. This makes me feel more in control of my health. It’s all about being aware and maintaining balance.
The bottom line is that knowing more about your DNA and biochemistry will give you more insight into your body's ability to processes chemicals and whether you have a toxin burden in your tissues. We’re all human and we live in an increasingly toxic world. We all love a little vice occasionally. But rather make informed, controlled, manageable personalised choices based on your unique body's info.
Being mindful of microdosing throughout all elements of our lives will lead to a more balanced, happier life.
My DNA. My Choices.