There are a variety of definitions for toxins. But to make it simple, you can say that toxins are the substances produced by living organisms and they are very poisonous to human health. There are several different types of toxins that exist in nature which are actually by-products that are produced as a result of metabolism.
Both plants and animals create these toxins for different purposes. Plants produce them as a protective measure against pests while animals make toxins for capturing their prey. Moreover, some naturally occurring elements and minerals are also considered toxic. The following are some of the examples of natural toxins:
For us humans, environmental toxins are abundant in our everyday lives. Eating processed foods, using commercial shampoo or other beauty products, even using household cleaners exposes us to dangerous chemicals and toxins which are not always labeled on product labels or ingredient lists. Because toxins are often hidden, it’s up to us to be more careful with our consumption and to educate ourselves about the dangers. Here are just a FEW of the symptoms you may experience if you have a heavy toxic load.
Although the liver, kidneys, and intestines are meant to detoxify the body, an overload of toxic material will cause them to fail, which then leads to more serious health conditions. When you reach this level of toxicity, the toxins look for other ways to get out of the body and result in rashes, acne, and fatigue.
Inflammation – the Real Cause of All Disease
When toxins start destroying your body, the immune system reacts and the result in inflammation. Inflammation is known to be the root cause of all the disease, both big and small.
Some health experts link inflammation to all other health conditions, even early aging, because it puts your body into an imbalance which leads to other health problems. If you have arthritis, it is simply the joints’ inflammation. Likewise, the inflammation of arteries leads to heart disease. According to some researchers, inflammation is the result of a hyperactive immune system. When the toxins attack the body and begin to accumulate, the immune system reacts.
As dire as this may sound, inflammation is not harmful in all cases. It is simply the response of our body against the infections that are caused by toxins, viruses, and bacteria. However, there is no good reason to encourage inflammation either.
There are two different types of Inflammation, chronic and acute inflammation.
Chronic Inflammation - is dangerous and more long-lasting. It can prolong to months and even years.
Acute Inflammation - starts very quickly and ends within a few days.
Certain foods can aggravate inflammation; similarly, many foods are also known to be anti-inflammatory. Special care should be taken to avoid and cure inflammation as it is the mother of all the diseases.
As mentioned earlier, inflammation can lead to several serious and fatal diseases and health issues. It is often referred to as the silent killer. When it occurs in the joints, it can be extremely painful and cause severe joint damage. Inflammation of blood vessels can cause clots, hinder the blood flow, and lead to a heart attack. Chronic inflammation is also associated with an increased risk of cancer in adults as well.
Prolonged inflammation also results in disturbance of sleep patterns and one may begin to sleep for less or more than the normal time. Lung inflammation is also very detrimental as it can narrow the air passage causing fluids to accumulate and resulting in breathing difficulties. Gum inflammation is damaging to your mouth. It badly affects bone health and enhances bone loss. Inflammation of the brain is known to be linked with depression!
Can't seem to lose those last 5 pounds and you've tried everything? Inflammation also makes weight loss a lot more difficult. This happens because inflammation may affect your metabolism and disturb the hunger signals. Consequently, you eat more than the normal requirement while your calories burn at a slower rate, which makes the weight loss more difficult.
So what can we do about all the bad news above? DETOX. A seasonal cleanse is a great way to get rid of inflammation, clean out your organs, reset your metabolism and repopulate your gut flora. Why a photo of flowers blooming instead of bottles of poison to go along with this post? Because it symbolizes rebirth! Our bodies can heal themselves if given the right foods to do so!
If you are interested in joining my crew for a Spring Detox, we start April 9th!
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Sources and Additional Reading:
Rachel Feldman, 2018
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, 2018