Most of us make a conscious effort to eat well, drink plenty of water and generally live a healthy lifestyle.
So it can be scary to discover that the average person is exposed to over one hundred thousand industrial chemicals every day.
Through various studies over many years, researchers have found that anyone living a regular lifestyle, has at least 700 known toxins in their body. These toxins are throughout our whole body – blood, skin, fat tissue, vital organs, and even the brain.
Even if you do not live in the city, but use chemical cleaning products, non- natural skincare, deodorants, mobile phones, computers or use other electronic equipment, you could still be toxic. Do you drink tap water filled with chlorine? Are you stressed? Have you suffered trauma in your youth? Are you living with stressful or traumatic conditions now? All of these could be affecting your mental health, energy levels, digestion, and your skin.
Do you suffer from any of the following conditions?
- Headaches, chronic or migraines?
- Chronic pain which no matter what treatment you receive – will not go away.
- Brain fog, ADD, ADHD or other mental health conditions.
- Heart palpitations
- Hormonal imbalances
- Fatigue, or chronic fatigue
- Bad breath not fixed by teeth brushing
- Digestive problems – bloating, indigestion, gas, diarrhea or constipation, or both
- Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis
- Thyroid issues
- Autoimmune disease, or diseases?
- Muscle weakness or lethargy? Great fatigue after exercising?
- Excess weight, which, no matter how much exercise you do, or how hard you diet, just stays put?
If you say yes to any of the above, or more than one, you are definitely toxic. If you are carrying excess weight your system is in overload, as fat cells are fantastic storage units for toxins, meaning more fat, more toxins.
If you are carrying excess weight your system is in overload, as fat cells are fantastic storage units for toxins, meaning more fat, more toxins.
We all know that we can become toxic from living in a smoggy environment, but not all toxins come from outside, some come from within, and some come from our food.
Unfortunately, we can never completely eliminate these toxins, but we can minimize exposure to as many as possible, and nourish our bodies and our minds so that we can heal.
The main toxins are;
Exotoxins: they are chemicals or hazardous substances that come from outside of our body and make their way in. These are found in the air we breathe, the household cleaning agents we use, personal hygiene products such as soaps, skincare, and deodorant. From food and drinks, we consume, cigarettes we smoke, toxic sprays we use to kill weeds in our gardens, car exhaust, radiation from our electromagnetic equipment, cell towers, and power towers.
Ones we are not as aware of are;
Endotoxins: They are substances produced by our bodies which are potentially hazardous to our systems. These are toxins produced by our gut bacteria, molecules formed by our liver due to malfunction, and ammonia which can arise from inadequate kidney filtration.
The exposure to many of these chemicals is normal and considered a positive natural stressor which improves our body’s ability to handle and adapt to stress. But when you have an overabundance of these molecules, our body is unable to adapt.
Something which is not discussed as much as it should be, are the side effects of stress on our bodies.
Long term stress and trauma affect all of the organs.
Our body starts producing more and more endotoxins which it is unable to manage. We know how stress affects our sleep and our healthy or unhealthy food choices. But it also releases huge amounts of these endotoxins which cause congestion in the liver, effects, our hormones, our skins and our ability to loose weight.
Below are many of the ways we need to look at detoxing our body, but not only do we need to detox our cells and organs, we often need to look at dealing with the stress or trauma issue as well.
I often pop brides on detox and skincare plans to help them look their glowing best on their wedding day – to have them contact me hysterically the week before as their skins have broken out severely due to the stress.
If they then add a calming herb to their health program – their skins usually clear up within days.
The 5 areas which we need to effectively eliminate the body of toxins are;
We are made up of trillions of cells and each of them contains an anti-oxidant system that protects intracellular organelles.
When our cells are unable to detoxify, the collect excessive toxins causing oxidative stress that damages the mitochondria. Mitochondria are unique organelles contained in every cell of the human body and contain their own DNA. Besides generating 90% of cellular energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) they are involved in many major metabolic functions of the human body.
Over time, this inability to detoxify creates DNA mutations that lead to chronic diseases such as cancer and autoimmunity.
When impurities are able to get into the bloodstream, they are able to flow into various cells, tissues, and organs including the brain.
These toxins damage the red blood cells and reduce the body’s ability to bring much-needed oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Over time, toxic blood leads to cardiovascular and neurological health issues.
The liver is the primary organ that deactivates toxins. It transforms toxic debris into a matter which enables to body to remove it.
When the body is incredibly toxic, it becomes progressively more and more sluggish and overwhelmed. When this happens it is unable to neutralize hazardous materials in our bloodstream.
A healthy regular bowel is essential to healthy toxin elimination. We should have a bowel movement at least 1 – 2 times per day with our food waste leaving our system within a maximum 24 hour period.
This means what you eat at 10 am on Monday should leave your body before 10 am on Tuesday.
If this does not happen, the intestine becomes a breeding ground for bad (not good) bacteria, yeast, and parasites. This causes fermentation, creating enormous amounts of endotoxins to be released throughout the bloodstream.
This puts more pressure on the liver causing a complete breakdown of its ability to detoxify the body.
The kidneys play an intrinsic role in filtering and removing toxins through the urinary system. They also remove urea from the body when it is functioning poorly.
When you do not drink enough fluids, and the kidneys are not functioning at their fullest – this allows ammonia to become elevated which is extremely toxic to the brain.
Poorly functioning kidneys are also major contributors to blood pressure problems and cardiovascular disease.
My next blog post will address how to deal with these issues!
Hi! My name is Yvette van Schie, I am a qualified Beauty Therapist and professional makeup artist with 34 years of industry experience. I have worked with some of the best in the business, such as naturopaths and cosmetic surgeons and now besides writing my educational blog posts, I write holistic beauty articles for a multitude of professional industry suppliers.
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