Effects of Toxin Accumulation in the Body
Toxins are anything that interferes with normal physiology and impacts bodily functions in a negative way. It comes from our environment - the food we consume, the air we breathe, the water we drink, chemicals we are exposed to absorbed through our skin.
You think you are generally healthy, but you don’t feel vibrant. You struggle to find the energy to get through the day. You are irritable, suffer from chronic aches, stiff joints, headaches. Your gut isn’t feeling right.
These types of ailments are often not serious enough to warrant a trip to the GP or maybe you tried only to be told there was nothing wrong. These symptoms wear away at you and leave you feeling like you are just getting old. It likely has nothing to do with aging. Instead, you may simply be surrounded by and accumulating too many toxins.
Toxins can affect our health in many ways. They can kill the good bacteria in our gut, block oxygen from binding to red blood cells, interfere with DNA synthesis, block enzymes the body needs for normal functions or block absorption of vitamins and minerals.
When toxins in our tissues and cells build up faster than they can be eliminated, bioaccumulation occurs. The toxins that remain circulating in our bodies can cause irritation and damage. When toxins are accompanied by other toxins in the same environment, they can cause further damage.
The body is designed to get rid of toxicity through our liver, kidneys and intestines. When these three main pathways are not functioning properly, toxins exit through our skin and lungs. Acne, skin rashes and chronic fatigue are just a few signs that our bodies are backed up with toxins. Since toxins are everywhere it is nearly impossible to eliminate all toxicity from our lives. However, it is possible to reduce our exposure to and build up of toxins.
They are everywhere - found in processed foods, toxic pesticide sprays (like Roundup) on wheat and other grains, fruits and vegetables, from food packaging, prescription drugs, synthetic clothes, carpets (especially synthetic wall-to-wall carpet), building materials, house paint, mattresses, vinyl shower curtains, air fresheners, household cleaning products, cosmetic and skin-care products, perfumes, consumer products emissions from cars and trucks, car interiors and tap water.
Signs that you have high toxic load
The numerous amounts of toxins that we are exposed to everyday manifests in different health problems for each of us. Some symptoms related to toxicity are allergies, headaches, low energy, depression, bowel irregularities such as constipation and diarrhea, digestive problems and skin issues etc.
1. Consistent fatigue:
Even if you are sleeping well, you may fight to get through the day. This could be a sign that your body is working too hard to get rid of the over supply of toxins you are absorbing.
2. Stubborn weight gain:
It is often not easy to lose weight, but if you are exercising daily and cutting back on calories and you are still putting on the pounds, you likely have a hormonal problem. Hormone function can be greatly affected by the toxins in our foods and personal care products. You need a complete detox of your diet and personal care routine to give your body a chance.
3. Bad breath:
You brush and brush, chew gum, rinse, and swallow breath mints, and still, you can not get rid of it. Bad breath is often related to digestive problems, but it can also mean that your liver is struggling to get rid of the toxins in your body.
The intestines get rid of a lot of toxins every day of our lives. When we are constipated, we are preventing those toxins from exiting the body - instead they accumulate and stagnate the body.
5. Sensitivity to scents:
Strong reactions to smells particularly fragrances might mean that you are simply sensitive to chemicals, which many of us are. It can also mean that your body is fighting toxic overload. Particularly if you suffer headaches or stomach upset simply from scents, this may be the case.
6. Muscle aches and pains:
If you experience muscle aches on a regular basis and severe aches after exercise this could be the reason.
7. Skin reactions:
Acne, rashes, and other skin problems may signal a toxic overload. Acne, in particular, can be related to the toxins in our diet or skin care products. Puffy eyes and eczema or psoriasis outbreaks can also be signs that you have just reached your toxic limit.
Tips to Avoid Toxins
Buy and eat (as much as possible) organic produce and free-range, organic foods. If you can only purchase one or two organic products it probably should be free range organic eggs and organic milk.
Switch to natural brands of toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics.
Have metal fillings removed as they are a major source of mercury. Be sure to have this done by a specialised dentist. Most dentists are technically qualified to replace your amalgam fillings but only a few dentists know how to do it safely minimizing your risk of mercury exposure during the process.
Avoid artificial air fresheners, tumble-dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances.
Get plenty of safe sun exposure to boost your vitamin D levels and your immune system.
Support your liver with things like dandelion tea, parsley, cilantro, and milk thistle.
Drink more pure water - it helps flush toxins out of your body. Filter your water as it is also a major source of toxins. Chlorine, flouride (a known neurotoxin in significant dosage) carcinogens from industrial and agricultural waste, and you have a consistent supply of toxins pouring into your system.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Exercise gets the circulation moving, helping to move toxins along.
Get a good daily supply of digestion-supportive probiotics, found in kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, Kombucha tea, miso soup, tempeh, and kim chi.
Always brush your tongue - use a tongue scraper when brushing your teeth. It is essential you visit your dentist regularly to keep the mouth in clean shape - it has been proven many of the major diseases start in the mouth.
Practice deep breathing - a centuries old technique to keep the body’s systems balanced - we get rid of a lot of the toxins in our bodies through our lungs.
Use only natural skin care products that are free of fragrances, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, and other potentially toxic ingredients, and always read labels.
Going Deeper on General Symptoms :
So we know toxins can cause or contribute to chronic fatigue, body odor, insomnia, food or chemical sensitivities and headaches. To explain further..
Because toxins are foreign substances, they can provoke an inflammatory response as the body attempts to deal with them. Inflammation is implicated in the development of conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimers, psoriasis, asthma and arthritis, among others. Toxins in the body may initiate or exacerbate inflammatory conditions like these.
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract provides one of several routes of toxin elimination. GI problems can both cause and result from toxins. People with a heavy toxic burden may experience poor digestion, constipation, ulcers, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis.
The skin is another means of toxin elimination, and skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis are common in those who have excessive amounts of toxins in their bodies.
Compromised cognitive ability often results from systemic toxic overload. Memory loss, foggy thinking and mood changes can occur due to toxic overload. Symptoms mimicking dementia even in young adults are sometimes observed in those with heavy metal toxicity.
Xenoestrogens are a type of toxin that is becoming more prevalent in the environment; these are synthetic agents that act like estrogen in the body. Xenoestrogens can cause hormone imbalances in women, leading to symptoms of PMS and endometriosis, cancer and in men, leading to elevated levels of estrogen and lower sperm counts, and even cancer.
More Essential Lifestyle Factors and Ways to Reduce Your Toxic Load.
1. We lather toxins over the skin every single day - especially women - if you want to avoid risk of disease - for women especially due to often using products far more than men - it is an essential recommendation to use chemical-free beauty products, cosmetics & body care products (we have an excellent range of recommended high quality clinically effective, active ingredient products that are completely safe). A single toxin is often not the problem it is the symphony of them interacting together.
2. One of the best and fundamental ways to eliminate toxins from the body is to get regular quality massage - specific deep work eliminating knots and blockages in the body (and joint dysfunction) frees the messaging pathways in the body to work efficiently and can drastically help clear the lymphatic system which is designed to eliminate toxins. Our staff are trained to deliver only results - understanding what to look for, how to clear, check and significantly induce change. We recommend at least a quality 30 minute session every fortnight (ask staff re-healthcare spa membership deals -includes great discounts across all services and free sauna & treatment giveaways, free nutritional programmes, coaching and medical health testing - for as little as $29/week!).
3. Cleansing is not an afterthought for health, it is essential in today’s chemical-laden society. Do a seasonal cleanse (season of Spring matches an effective period- fits our biological cycle)- however two or three times per year is recommended if you are suffering from chronic symptoms and you want to insure against developing states of disease. The most effective strategies known are often simple but powerful - they involve incorporating using a far infrared carbon sauna (at least two times per year for at least 10-20 sessions each time), parasite and pathogen cleanse (once annually), detox teas (regularly), taking quality dense supplement (recommendations by clinic staff - nutrients in the right form and in decent dense quantities are biochemically required to work synergistically to activate your body’s natural ability - and most of us are quite biochemically deficient), and intermittent short fasting.