You will be shocked with the amount and types of toxins you are exposed to every day. You may not be able to avoid these toxins, but you can help your body detoxify them.
How Do We Get Exposed to Toxins?
I often hear people say, “I don’t eat processed foods and I eat healthy, why do I get sick?” What does it mean exactly to “eat healthy”? Eating healthy is not just what you eat, but also what you DON’T eat! What about other factors around you that rob you of your health? To be healthy takes more than just eating healthy. If you look at the list below, you will realize that you cannot really escape toxins. We live in such a toxic world that we need to help our own bodies with detoxification measures.
See how toxins (poisonous substances) find their way into our body as follows:
Toxins From External
External toxins refer to those derived from our environment which get into our bodies. Some sources:
- Foods: Additives, preservatives, artificial flavorings and colorings, food stabilizers, food emulsifiers, agricultural chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, etc.
- Air: Stale and stagnant air, perfumes, tobacco smoke, cleaning supplies, toxic fumes, polluted air, dust mites, pollens, household sprays, etc.
- Water: Water contaminated with inorganic minerals, bacteria, chlorine, heavy metals, rusts, chemicals, industrial pollution, etc.
- Medical treatments: Prescription drugs, chemotherapy, anti-biotics, artificial hormones, vaccinations, jabs, low quality supplements, etc.
- Dental treatments: Mercury amalgam fillings, root canals, acrylic dentures, implants, braces, fluoride treatments, etc.
- Radiation: Radiotherapy, radio waves, television waves, microwave ovens, some electromagnetic gadgets, cell phones, x-rays, gamma rays, ultra-sound scan, MRI scan, CAT scan, UV radiation, etc.
- Household: New paints, varnishes, new carpets, new asbestos ceiling, heating system, cleaning agents, all kinds of sprays, moth balls, gas stoves, aluminium pots, laundry supplies, etc.
- Personal care: Perfumes, soaps, shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste, nail polish, cosmetics (some contain lead), permanent and hair colorings, etc.
Don’t underestimate the degree of toxicity from the household things that we commonly use at home, as constant exposure to these are slow poisons that we don’t realize.
Toxins From Internal
Internal body toxins refer to those derived from external sources but once in the body, they begin producing internal toxins.
- Micro-organisms: Bacteria, viruses, yeasts, mold, fungi, parasites
- Old toxins stored in the body. The presence of various kinds of chemicals may cause chemical reactions among them, causing severe symptoms
- Dental works: Materials used contain metals, mercury, acrylic, binders, cements, resins, etc. Some of these can leach into our body when eating food
- Medical implants: Silicone breast implants, implants in cosmetic surgeries, joint replacements, pacemakers; surgical aids such as screws, plates, staples and other materials.
Toxins Produced By Our Body
Apart from external and internal toxins, our bodies also get burdened with toxins produced by our body. These are by-products of our cellular metabolisms. Like all body toxins, if these are not eliminated properly, the build-up may cause health problems later on.
Most of the symptoms created by these toxins affect our brain and mind, like confusion, irritability, memory loss, headache, insomnia, fatigue. Other symptoms include dysfunctional endocrine and immune system.
Below is just a short list of toxins that are daily being produced by our body:
- Bilirubin: A toxin that results when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. These are usually eliminated from the body through the stool that is normal brown in color. When bilirubin is not eliminated efficiently, it causes the skin and white of the eyes to turn yellow. This is a condition called jaundice.
- Urea: A product that results when the liver breaks down protein or amino acids. Urea is being excreted in the urine by the kidneys. If the kidneys are not functioning efficiently, the urea level in the blood increases causing a condition known as uremia.
- Uric acid: A product that results when the body breaks down a substance called purine. Purines are found in high concentration in meat and meat products, especially in animal’s internal organs such as liver and kidneys. Excess uric acid that don’t get excreted can crystalize in the kidneys, joints and toes (gout) resulting in severe pain.
- Creatinine: A product that results from muscle metabolism. It is filtered in the kidneys for excretion at a fairly constant daily rate. Therefore, when kidneys become inefficient for whatever reason, the creatinine level will rise due to poor clearance. This when detected in the urine, warns of possible kidney malfunction or failure.
- Hormone imbalance: Hormones are chemical messengers that are released from the glands into the bloodstream. When secretion of hormones is too low or too high, or the liver is not able to detoxify them, excess hormones become internal body toxins.
- Free radicals: Although oxygen (O2) is necessary for life, there is also the “dark side” of it. When oxygen reacts with toxins from external sources, it becomes a free radical. This is a process known as “oxidation”. An unhealthy diet largely contributes to this process of oxidation and does a lot of damage to the body.
When you go to the doctor with a certain symptom that he cannot identify, you will most likely be sent home with a diagnosis of “viral infection” … or sometimes you may be told that there was “nothing wrong” with you, or that “it’s all in your head”. When this happens, you should suspect that it could be high toxicity levels in the body that are the trouble-makers.
Within this site, I will attempt to help you understand why you fall sick, and how you can restore yourself back to health again, the natural way.