Tell You Detox:
Most Doctors Won't Tell You about Toxins and Detoxing
By Dr. Ben
the past few years, I've noticed that cleansing the body of toxins
has become one of the most common topics that new clients want to
consult with me on.
a ton of information on the world wide web on the growing presence
of toxins in our environment and how these toxins affect our health.
And of course, there are countless programs and products that are
touted to cleanse and detox the body of toxins.
post is my take on everything that you really need to know about
toxins and how they can affect your health.
let's differentiate between the two main types of toxins that you
are exposed to on a day-to-day basis.
toxins are chemicals that are made outside of your body, and that
can harm your cells if they are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed
through some other channel to enter your bloodstream.
it's unrealistic to live and work in an environment that is completely
free of exogenous toxins, you should strive to minimize your exposure
to the following most common exogenous toxins:
and aspartame - both are toxic to your nerve cells
over-the-counter or prescription drug that comes with a warning
that use of the drug in question may lead to liver
personal care products, especially cosmetics that are applied
around the mouth, which are easily swallowed in trace but
potentially significant amounts.
exogenous toxins mentioned above may not be as harmful in one
shot as other obvious toxins like carbon monoxide and volatile
organic compounds, but the four groups mentioned above tend to
be used regularly by large segments of the population, so they're
definitely worth highlighting.
a closer look at other exogenous toxins that tend to be in modern
living and working environments, please view my article on the
common household toxins.
toxins are toxins that are produced inside of your body. Some
of these toxins are waste products from normal metabolic activities
- carbon dioxide, urea, and lactic acid are examples of endogenous
toxins that your body churns out with each breath that you take.
Unless your health is severely compromised, your body is well
equipped to eliminate these endogenous toxins from your system.
often overlooked source of endogenous toxins is an unhealthy gut.
Over time, a diet that's rich in highly refined foods, poor eating
habits (lack of chewing is a big one), and emotional stress can
lead to an unhealthy balance of microorganisms in your gut, a
state that's called intestinal dysbiosis.
dysbiosis is accompanied by steady production of endogenous toxins
by undesirable yeasts, fungi, bacteria, and in rare cases, even
parasites. These toxins include various aldehydes, alcohols, indols,
phenols, and skatols, just to name a few.
some of these endogenous toxins are eliminated as gas, some make
their way into your bloodstream by traveling through your intestinal
walls, and once they make it into your bloodstream, they can access
your cells and contribute to toxic burden.
that we've reviewed the two main types of toxins that your body
is exposed to, let's assume that you haven't yet taken steps to
reduce your exposure to toxins, and that these toxins are steadily
making their way into your blood.
does your body deal with this constant influx of toxins?
body always works within the framework of trying to preserve health,
so its first defense against toxins is to eliminate them through
one of your main eliminative channels - these are your urinary tract,
colon, lungs, skin, and mucosal linings in your nose and ears.
your body may create symptoms like diarrhea, a persistent cough,
a skin rash, nasal congestion, and even chronic recurrent ear infections,
all with the intent of protecting your cells against toxins.
recognizing these processes as being helpful and allowing them to
take their course, and working to identify and eliminate
their root cause(s), you can work together with your body's self
preserving mechanisms to keep you well over the long term.
continue to assume that you're not aware of toxins that you're steadily
being exposed to, and that toxins continue to roll in. Eventually,
the pace of incoming toxins may overtake the pace at which you can
you reach this point, your body will have no choice but to store
some of these toxins.
keeping in line with its desire to preserve 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. This is
not to say that fat tissue that's found throughout your body isn't
important. It's to say that your body instinctively seeks to preserve
more important tissues whenever possible.
of toxins in your fat tissues is what can lead to so-called harmless
conditions like cysts, lipomas, and other benign tumors - conditions
that conventional medicine typically cite as having no known cause,
but that most certainly have a series of causes, with one major
one being steady exposure to endogenous and exogenous toxins.
- the fatty sheath of insulation that lines all of your nerves -
is also a target site for toxin accumulation. And whenever your
body has the energy to cleanse such accumulations of toxins, the
nerve(s) in the area being cleansed may get irritated, which is
one potential cause of chronic, intermittent headaches. This
is why some people experience headaches when they get more sleep
than usual. Getting more sleep allows the body to use its resources
to stir up stored toxins - good for long term health, but uncomfortable
in the short term.
back on course, let's assume that your body continues to be exposed
to a steady diet of exogenous and endogenous toxins. At some point,
your body may need to start storing these toxins outside of your
storage sites are connective tissue (ligaments, bones, blood, etc.),
muscle tissue, and nerve tissue. Of these choices, connective tissue
arguably has the greatest capacity to store toxins without causing
debilitating problems in the short term.
toxins begin to accumulate in connective tissue, you may start to
experience generalized joint pain and even aches and pains in various
bones. You may even develop a blood-related health challenge, as
blood itself is considered connective tissue, and actually originates
from bone, which is another connective tissue.
the big picture is getting clear. Accumulation of toxins in specific
tissues can lead to health challenges in those tissues.
if your exposure to toxins goes on long enough, the individual building-blocks
of your tissues (your cells) can begin to accumulate toxins within
their membranes and inner lumen areas.
enough cells in one organ or gland become dysfunctional due to a
build-up of toxins, you may experience organ or glandular dysfunction
- examples of such dysfunction include thyroid disease, impaired
vision, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease, kidney failure, and any stage of liver degeneration (fatty
liver, cirrhosis, etc.).
the innermost part (nucleoli) of enough cells in one area accumulate
enough toxins, the DNA that controls those cells can become affected,
and this is where you may increase your risk of experiencing a lack
of control over cellular reproduction, the hallmark of malignant
exposure to toxins is only one potential cause of disease and dysfunction.
If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to review my article
on the ten
main causes of disease and dysfunction. Any one of the factors
listed in that article can contribute to disease and dysfunction.
also important to note that as your body accumulates toxins and
develops dysfunction and disease, it's constantly doing the best
it can with the resources that it has to cleanse and repair itself.
the bottom line on toxins and their ability to affect your health:
Toxins can most definitely hurt you. On their own or in concert
with other disease-causing factors, toxins can create life-ending
diseases over time. But your body is well designed to recognize
and eliminate toxins. Your job is to minimize your exposure to exogenous
and endogenous toxins, and to provide your body with the support
that it needs to clear out toxins that make their way into your
another way, if you're looking to overcome any health challenge
or just to maintain optimal health, it's essential that you understand
that your body is on your side. Your body is always working to get
and keep you healthy. Your job is to consistently make healthy food
and lifestyle choices, observe how your body reacts to your choices,
and to make adjustments when necessary.
you'd like to experience a safe and effective cleanse, one that
you can do while going about your regular activities of daily living,
I encourage you to have a look at my full
body cleanse program.
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