Did you know that the toxins found in food make you put on weight and they upset your hormonal balance? What exactly is a toxin and how can you help your body out by avoiding them? In this blog we will explore what toxins are, and how they can really affect your health. At the same time, we will take a look at a few easy steps you can take to remove toxins from your system.
Removing toxins from your diet can have a huge effect of your health, trust me, I know!
For a long time I struggled to lose weight and felt tired all the time. After much trial and error I discovered that my body was overloaded with toxins. I slowly tried to cut certain toxic food out of my diet and followed the YOUnique Life gut restoration programme. After 8 weeks I found I had more energy and the weight started melting off me.
What Is A Toxin?
Toxins are any substance that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects on the body. A “Toxin” can refer to all the metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm. We will focus on foods. They can be found in our water, in our food, and in the air.
A List Of Some Familiar Toxins:
- Artificial food dyes
- Preservatives, include MSG, and food dyes
- Artificial sweeteners including Xylitol
- Herbicides and pesticides
- Fruits sprayed with diphenylamine (used to prevent the browning of fruit skin)
- Polluted or tainted water
- Plastics (BPA)
Our Bodies Are Designed To Get Rid Of Toxins
This takes place through the excretory system, which is made up of the liver, skin, lungs, large intestine, and kidneys.
- The liver’s – filters and excretes waste, hormones, drugs, and other foreign substances.
- The skin – eliminates toxins through the sweat glands.
- The lungs – help remove carbon dioxide.
- The kidneys – filter the blood and help remove waste from the body through urination.
- The large intestine – absorbs water and remaining nutrients convert waste into stools.
Our incredible bodies are designed to get rid of toxins, but we can overload our body with toxins. Putting strain on our excretory system.
Toxins Are Endocrine (Hormone) Disruptors
An endocrine disruptor is a substance that acts like a hormone in the endocrine system and disrupts the normal processes. Any system in our body controlled by hormones can be derailed by these hormone disruptors, causing an imbalance in the body.
Toxins can induce, inhibit, mimic, and block hormones causing imbalances in our body. (I know all about this……..crazy Mom!)
This can affect everything from purity to menopause. Changing our diet to exclude toxin processed foods can have a huge impact on our hormone function.
Fat Soluble Toxins
Many toxins are fat soluble, and this has 2 effects on the body:
1. Toxins are processed by the liver and if there is an overload of toxins, they are stored in our fat tissue.
2. While toxins sit in your fat or liver cells, they disrupt the endocrine system.
If you are dieting you might lose weight, but the toxins that are stored in the fat cells then go back into your system making you feel miserable, tired and deprived. What happens here is that our amazing body can decide that it does not like this feeling and so it will then hold onto fat in order to store the toxins again.
Cleaning toxins out of your system will allow you to lose weight naturally and bring a balance back into your endocrine system.
Other Effects on The Body
Toxins Can Poison Our Enzymes: Toxins damage our enzymes and undermine countless bodily functions. An example of this is how they will lower our body’s capacity to prevent
Toxins can damage the organs: Toxins can damage nearly all of your organs and systems. According to Joseph Pizzorno in his book, The Toxin Solution, If your digestive tract, liver, and kidneys are so toxic that they are unable to detox effectively, your detoxification will backfire and your body will remain in a toxic state.
Toxins can damage DNA:This increases the rate of aging and degeneration.
Toxins can damage cell membranes: “Signaling” in our body happens in the cell membranes. Damage to these membranes prevents them from getting important messages.
Toxins can overload out excretory system:Our liver breaks down fats, converts sugar, and removes old or damaged blood cells. If our liver is overwhelmed with an overload of toxins it becomes sluggish. This can have an
How To Help Your Body Cope
- Remove all processed foods: (Yes, yes I said it……. and balanced hormones and energy are so much better than a processed cheeseburger!)
- Remove the whites: Sugar and white flour, have a look at some of our recipes for sugar-less/flour-less options.
- Eliminate preservatives and artificial food dyes: Always read and make sure you understand food labels.
- Drink more water: Water helps to flush toxins from your body. Try and drink reverse osmosis or filtered (with charcoal) water.
- Eat more brassicas: Brassicas vegetables include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Turnips/turnip greens, collards and, Kale. These vegetables provide unique nutrients (phytonutrients) that rev up your detoxification system.
- Eliminate toxic oils from your diet: Toxic oils can include vegetable oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil and, canola oil.
I hope you found this incredibly helpful! For more information please feel free to browse through the resources below, and go check out the Wholesome Food recipes. We would love to hear how you have started to eliminate toxins from your body.
None of our Wholesome Food products contain toxins, they are designed to help your body cope and remove unwanted toxins. You can find them for sale on the store.