Toxicity is a Major Problem
Did you know that in the year 2010 alone, more than 6 billion pounds of chemical pollutants were released into the environment? Over the course of a lifetime, we will be exposed to thousands of foreign compounds that can enter our bodies through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and directly through our skin. To make matters worse, many of us have substituted healthy meals with poor diet that significantly lacks nutritional value to fuel the body’s detoxifying capacity. All of these factors can contribute to an accumulation of toxins, or toxicity.
Where Do Toxins Come From?
Toxins can derive from chemical pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides, drugs, alcohol, active/passive cigarette smoking, and food additives. However, toxins can also come from normal metabolism and intestinal buildup of unhealthy bacteria within the body.
How Toxicity Can Affect Your Health
A number of symptoms and conditions have been associated with possible toxic exposures and toxicity, including:
- Migraine headache
- Generalized Arthralgia’s
- Chemical Sensitivity
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The question is no longer if you are toxic the question is now how toxic are you?
Your Body Can Remove Toxins
The term detoxification refers to our body’s natural ability to transfer and eliminate toxins. We all have a built in detoxification system, however some of us have sluggish detox pathways these pathways often need added support to be more efficient.
Detoxification of Stored Toxins Involves 3 Stages
Only substances that are easily dissolved in water, or water soluble, can be effectively excreted from the body. Toxic compounds, however are typically stored as fatty molecules and therefore, do not mix well in water. The detoxification process transforms these toxic, fat soluble substances into harmless, water soluble molecules which can then be excreted out of the body
Detoxification systems in the body can be summarized in 3 phases:
Liver Function Phase I:
- Fat-soluble toxins are transformed into intermediate compounds which can be more reactive, but bind more easily to non-toxic, water-soluble molecules in Phase II
Liver Function Phase II:
- Formation between the reactive intermediates and water-soluble molecules make the entire compound harmless and ready for excretion out of the body
- Without enough supportive Phase II substances, the reactive intermediates can attach healthy tissues and may cause damage
- Neutralized toxins, now made water-soluble, are removed from the body in urine via the kidneys or in bile/feces through the intestines.
Prolonged Fasting May Do More Harm Than Good
Because the detoxification process needs a lot of energy, fasting with water or juice has been shown to be both ineffective and even dangerous. In fact, prolonged fasting may weaken muscles and other organs, eliminating essential nutrients required for healthy detoxification rather than toxins
Healthy Detoxification Requires Healthy Nutrients
It is always best to heal the gut before doing a detox this will prevent toxins from leaking back into your immune system.
Without optimal detoxification, your body will not efficiently remove harmful toxins. Your kidneys play a major role during the final step of detoxification by secreting transformed toxic compounds in urine. An alkaline pH level may be an important consideration for proper kidney function. Therefore, a focused, high-impact, low-allergy-potential nutritional support program to promote an alkaline pH level and improve detoxification capacity may be helpful.