Toxin is a blanket term for unfavourable substances occurring both naturally & unnaturally within our environment. A toxin depending on how & where it is produced can be labelled as either exogenous or endogenous. Exogenous toxins are the chemicals we interact with that come from outside of our bodies whether it be by way of polluted air, cosmetics or food. Regardless of methods, continuous contact with these chemicals spells trouble health wise. Endogenous toxins of course occur within the body as a by-product to your body’s metabolic functions. However deeper inspection into endogenous toxins reveals they stem from pancreatic digestive enzyme deficiency, poor eating habits & wrong food combinations. The human body primarily focuses on keeping you operating at optimum health (homoeostasis). Toxins being poisonous by nature, can put the body under immense stress when accumulated within the system for extended periods of time without detoxing. The body struggles to maintain balance within itself, your immune system weakens making you more susceptible to other infections & may lead to tissue damage. Amazingly the body has its own means of dealing with & eliminating toxins through: liver, kidneys, lymph, urinary tract, lungs, and skin. So keeping these organs healthy & strong is pivotal in aiding the body to do its job.
How do you know you’re suffering from toxin accumulation?
- Clogged sinuses/ sensitivity to scents
- Persistent allergies (related toxins, or at the very least exasperates them)
- Bad body odour (breath, stool, farts)
- Insomnia (lack of sleep)
- weight gain or weight you can’t seem to shake
- consistent fatigue
- mood swings
- skin reactions
The body’s first action in defence against toxins is to eliminate them all together through the various avenues available. However over time with gradual ingestion by whatever means, weakens the ability of the liver, lungs, kidney & lymph system to deal with the barrage of poisons. Slowly toxins accumulate within the body, tiring the organs & rendering hormones secreted by the endocrine system to stimulate detoxification almost inefficient. These elements coupled with weakened immune system, leaves recipient open & defenceless to disease. Symptoms like diarrhoea, persistent cough, skin rash, nasal & ear discharge/congestion, even bad-smelling stool & gas are your body’s attempt to protect your cells against toxins. By recognising these processes as being helpful, allowing them to take their course & by regularly partaking in fasting/foods/drink that help detoxification by supporting your body’s self-preserving mechanisms. Identifying and eliminate their root causes is key in easing the body’s discomfort. Ideally you want to go for naturopathic medicines which do the latter whilst their over the counter (prescription drug) counterpart is allopathic medicine. Meaning it does not treat the cause but rather masks the symptoms, impeding the body’s natural attempt to rectify the problem in the first place. Keeping in line with the body’s primary desire to preserve optimum health, your body will first store “excess” toxins in your fat tissues. This is because your fat tissues are less vital to your immediate survival than other tissues like your ligaments, muscles, and nerves. However when fat reserves run out, alternative storage sites are connective tissue (ligaments, bones, blood, etc.), muscle tissue, and nerve tissue. This usually occurs when you take in more toxins at a rate faster than your body can eliminate.
- Drugs (recreational)
- Pharmaceuticals (prescription & over the counter)
- Beauty & personal care products
- Household products
- Many more.
In this day & age many experts advise that cleansing the body should be regular & paramount since we are exposed to such a wide array of intoxicants coming from every direction in our day-to-day lives. Doing so aids in maintaining health, boosting immune system for future scuffles with unwanted illness & repairing damage caused to the body by years of neglect. It is pretty much self-evident there is a real NEED for more attention on health. Here are a few tips to help detox & get on the right track to healing.
- Stop consumption of processed foods
- Leave the tap water, dairy & meats
- Artificial sweeteners should have no place in your shopping basket
- It goes without saying shop more wisely
- Drink more water
- Consume more fruit & veg (organic if possible)
- Superfoods are great help to overall health
- Stick to more natural personal use products
- Use more friendly household products
- Finally exercise!