The body is usually very good at eliminating toxins, such as metals, pesticides and other harmful chemicals, via the gut, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. However, our modern environment, lifestyle and nutrition choices expose us to far more toxins than before. The increased toxin load can overwhelm our bodies’ detoxification processes leading to toxin accumulation or excessive damaging byproducts, such as free radicals, formed by toxin-overload. Toxin or byproduct build-up is usually when toxicity symptoms emerge, including lethargy, fatigue, dietary fat aversion, medication sensitivity, nausea, hormone imbalances, headache, anxiety and insomnia.
POISON, BE GONE
There is evidence which suggests that our bodies don’t detoxify all toxins sufficiently, resulting in the accumulation of fat-loving or lipophilic toxins from animal products, plastics, pesticides and industrial pollutants in our bodies’ fat stores and other tissues. The more lipophilic toxins you eat or breathe, the more fat you carry, or the greater predisposition you have, the more you’ll accumulate. These toxins have been detected in the tissues of essentially all humans and animals and are linked to hormone imbalances, cancer, chronic diseases of the liver and skin, weight gain and obesity-associated diseases, like diabetes. And to make matters worse, losing weight pushes these toxins into the blood, where they encourage fat gain, contributing to weight cycling, or the “yo-yo” effect.
So, it’s evident that detoxification may be necessary after all, but perhaps not in the form of the popular short-term, severely restricting detox diets. To reduce the toxins stored in your fat, start losing fat by following a healthy weight loss diet and exercise regimen while aiding your body’s elimination of these lipophilic toxins. You can increase their excretion and reduce their absorption via the intestines by eating a diet high in fibre and soya bean protein.
Detox supplements which support your liver, the body’s main detoxification organ, can help. One study found that chronically ill patients on a weight loss diet and a detox supplement experienced improved detoxification and far greater symptom reduction than patients who followed a weight loss diet alone.
The aim of a detox programme shouldn’t be to remove all toxins from the body, but rather to decrease the toxic load and help the body’s detoxification organs and systems to function optimally. Aiding detoxification is especially important for people with a genetically determined impaired ability to detoxify. And while you’re helping your body detoxify by losing weight, eating a high fibre and soya bean protein diet, and supplementing correctly; remember to reduce your exposure to toxins at the same time: go organic, cut down on your intake of animal fat, refined carbohydrate and sugar, stay well hydrated and eat lots of vegetables and fruit. Remember, the healthiest way is to prevent toxicity, by incorporating these guidelines daily, not just at the start of a new year.
Also see Liver Protection and Detox
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