A No Nonsense
Your Body Deals with Toxins
Dr. Ben Kim
wide web is overflowing with information on toxins and countless programs
and products that are touted to cleanse your body of them. I hope
that this post provides you with a clear understanding of what toxins
are, how they can affect your health, and a sensible approach to preventing
accumulation of toxins in your body.
let's differentiate between the two main types of toxins that you're
exposed to on a day-to-day basis.
toxins are chemicals that are made outside of your body and can harm
your cells if they are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed into your bloodstream
through some other channel.
it's unrealistic to live and work in an environment that's free of
exogenous toxins, you should strive to minimize your exposure to the
following most common exogenous toxins:
and aspartame - both are especially 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
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.
closer look at other exogenous toxins that tend to be in modern living
and working environments, please view my article on the most
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 by the second. Unless your health is severely
compromised, your body is well equipped to eliminate these endogenous
toxins from your system.
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 gastrointestinal tract, 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 get into your
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
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.
body may create symptoms like diarrhea, a persistent cough, a skin
rash, nasal discharge/congestion, and even chronic recurrent ear discharge/infections,
all with the intent of protecting your cells against toxins.
these processes as being helpful and allowing them to take their course,
and working to identify and eliminate their root cause(s),
you can support 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
reach this point, your body will have no choice but to store some
of these toxins.
in line with its desire to preserve its 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. These are
conditions that conventional medicine typically cite as having no
known cause, but they most certainly have a number of causes, with
a 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
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 fat
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.
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 coming into focus. Accumulation of toxins in specific
tissues can lead to health challenges in those tissues.
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.
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.).
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 growths.
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.
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 system.
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.
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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