What are toxins anyway?
Toxins are any chemical or substance that creates an irritating or harmful effect on the body.
How do they get in and out?
Toxins enter the body through inhalation, ingestion and direct absorption through the skin. Next, they enter into the bloodstream. Ideally, the liver breaks them down and sends them off to the kidneys and colon to be removed. They are removed through urination, bowel movements and perspiration.
Okay, so what’s the problem?
Most toxins are lipophilic (fat-loving) and not easily broken down by the body. AKA: They will store in our fat cells. You can burn fat for fuel in your cells, but you cannot burn fat-soluble toxins. To make it worse, while your kidneys and bowels eliminate waste, they are designed to recycle fats and oils because they are vital nutrients needed for survival.
Good fats are a necessary part of physical and mental health, but your body can’t tell the difference between fat and fat soluble toxins.
As a result, when a pesticide wants to leave your body, the recycling system designed for your survival puts them back into circulation! Yikes!
In addition, we also need to consider the synergy of how different toxins interact with one another in the body, as well as the amount of toxins we are exposed to daily, both are of growing concern. Now, more than ever, there are an abundance of toxins in our environment, foods and even our household products. The outcome of such overexposure negatively affects our hormonal, immune and neurological systems. Hence, the problem with toxins.
What exposes me to toxins on a daily basis?
To name just a few: shampoos, skin care, deodorants, cosmetics, candles, pollution, car fumes, pesticides in produce, mercury in fish, conventional foods such as meat, dairy and eggs (quick fix: go organic!), plastics and even household cleaning products! Yes, even if its smells clean it can still be toxic! Did you know that the average woman puts on over 200 chemicals by the time she leaves her house in the morning?!
What symptoms would indicate I may have too much exposure to toxins?
Physical toxin symptoms include but are not limited to: fatigue, brain fog, headaches, poor memory, balance problems, diabetes, infertility, allergies, asthma, autoimmunity, tremors, depression, difficulty losing weight and/or being over 25 pounds overweight .
Whoa! What can I do to eliminate toxins, decrease symptoms and break the recycling of fat soluble toxins in my body?
The answer is surprisingly simple:
- Get Clean – Trash food that is toxic or contained in or contaminated by toxic substances such as, Bisphenol A, Chlorinated Pesticides, plastics and solvents!
- Go Green – Remove energy- zapping foods. Think: refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white flour and other foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates and foods with gluten. Instead, eat a rainbow of colors, especially your greens!
- Be Fresh – Put your home on a diet! Find and evict your home of hidden enemies. Breathe cleaner air by removing chloroforms, heavy metals, pesticides, and mold toxins. Dispose of cosmetics that contain heavy metals, PCB’s and solvents.
Want an extra boost? Let these foods do the dirty work!
Consume foods that are great for your liver and can aid in your body’s natural detoxification process: apples, artichokes, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, grapefruit, green tea, kale, pomegranate, radishes, raspberries, strawberries and watercress!