Toxins in the Body
When your body’s ability to detoxify itself is compromised, you cannot properly deal with the many toxins existing and growing in our environment, some of these toxins may affect your digestion. As a result, your body will naturally trap the toxins in fat cells toxins that enter our body – that’s how our bodies protect our vital organs.
One of the books that will give you all the insight is UltraMetabolism, Dr. Mark Hyman explains that 63 scientific studies have explored the link between chemical toxins and obesity. Among those studies, researchers found that toxins, specifically pesticides and PCBs, interfere with many aspects of metabolism including disrupting hormone levels, blocking thyroid receptors, stressing liver function, and damaging the mitochondria and their ability to burn calories after weight loss. Toxins may also damage hormone signals, affecting our very important hormone leptin– which is responsible for telling your brain that you’re full!
These toxins can wreak havoc on our body’s two key metabolic organs –the liver and thyroid– as well as damage our energy-burning factories– the mitochondria. Also, they may impair leptin’s signals to your brain, making you hungry all the time.
To lose weight efficiently, you need the support of your digestive system. That means making sure you don’t suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), ongoing maldigestion or malabsorption, or have a fatty liver. These will all impact negatively on your weight-loss goals. So don’t shy away from visiting your Doctor, a nutritionist or a naturopath to get assessed.
Also, keep in mind that it’s a good idea to stay clear of alcohol while you’re detoxing or attempting weight loss. Besides being a known toxin, alcohol also stimulates your appetite and impairs your judgment. It will be much harder to stay on track with your detox if you continue drinking alcohol, as you may just find yourself overeating all the foods that you are supposed to be avoiding!
Here are some of the toxins that we are exposed to every day:
Toxins in the air:
• Paint fumes
• Air fresheners
• Cleaning supplies
Toxins in the water:
Toxins in food and beverages:
• Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
• Hormones & antibiotics
• Fluoride and chlorine absorbed by food when washed
Other toxins can be found in:
• Cleaning products
• Some beauty products, such as cosmetics
• Deodorants (e.g. aluminum)
Here are some steps we can take to clear those toxins:
1. Minimize your exposure to toxins. Eat more organic foods, drink filtered water, use air filters, keep houseplants, and reduce or eliminate the use of toxic household cleaners and body care products.
2. Sweat more! Exercise and saunas are both great ways to work up a sweat, and excrete pesticides and heavy metals through your skin. (Saunas were used to help detoxify the workers at Ground Zero after 9/11.)
3. Eat foods that help you detoxify. Recommended are cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, kale, and cauliflower, green tea, dandelion greens, cilantro, garlic, citrus peels and cocoa - try Sweet Envy Chocolate (bean to bar).
4. Make sure you’re eliminating regularly. Also, having one to two bowel movements a day is essential for moving waste out of the body.
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