Introduction to Toxicity
Did you know there’s an all-out war going on in your body right now?
Every day, your body is fighting desperately to get rid of toxins faster than you’re taking them in. It’s a never-ending struggle between sickness and health; life and death.
No one on the planet is unaffected. And if you’re on the ADD/GAPS spectrum, it’s a good bet your detox and elimination systems have either fallen behind, or are somewhere in the process of collapsing altogether.
What you may not know is many of these bottlenecks in detoxification may take many years to show up as symptoms. That is, bothersome problems show up when the body eventually runs out of safer places to store those toxins. At this point, your adaptive mechanisms are exhausted.
In other words, for most people, the rate of toxins entering your body is high. And the rate of toxins leaving your body is very small. This contributes to a high toxic load!
That’s important because the buildup of toxins is the primary reason that imbalance, dysfunction, and disease shows up in a person – materializing as psyche problems, chronic, degenerative diseases, and autoimmune conditions. It’s also a big reason many healing efforts fail.
What can we learn from all of this?
In this section, we’ll explore dozens of essential concepts and sweet tips to remove waste from the body. If you have all the tools and opportunities you need to get the toxins out, you’ll keep your toxic load low over the long-term.
Point to remember: You may not know how important detoxification and elimination are to your health or in overcoming issues. But you can certainly feel it when toxicity upsets your body’s delicate balance and function. Whether you know what’s causing it or not, high toxic load affects you chronically or acutely in subtle to debilitating ways.
This material is all about getting you the information and resources you (and your practitioner) need to turn your innards into a pristine sanctuary where disease and dysfunction can’t reside for long. Because mental and physical challenges are just totally out of place in a system that’s immaculate, balanced, and with resiliency to spare.
How toxins enter your body
Here’s a partial list of the different types of environmental threats that bombard your body’s detox systems on a daily and life-long basis:
- Industrial and residential chemicals (e.g. plasticizers, flame retardants, industrial solvents, chemicals in manufacturing, household cleaners)
- Crop amendments:
- GMO’s – Genetically modified organisms
- Personal care products (e.g. makeup, hair care products, sunscreen, soaps, lotions, nail polish, antiperspirant, toothpaste).
- Heavy metals (e.g. dental amalgams, big fish).
- Antibiotics (for people, and for the livestock you eat).
- Unhealthy food ingredients:
- Artificial flavorings
- Food colorings
- Fillers and binders
- Artificial ingredients
- Pollutants (such as car exhaust and smokestack particulates).
- Medications (now turning up in our drinking water).
- Pathogenic microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, yeast, parasites).
- Electromagnetic waves and nuclear radiation (we’re living in a sea of electromagnetic pollution).
- and, if have a leaky gut, partially digested food.“Toxic load and detox capacity, as a team effort, is one of the single most influential components of aging.”
This is what your body has to work day and night, month after month, year after year, to get rid of toxins. Truly staggering, isn’t it?
The cycle for toxin input and output
A more or less constant stream of toxins is flowing into your body through your esophagus and skin. At the same time, your body’s own natural digestion, respiration, and metabolic processes produce toxins of its own. And let’s not forget, every cell in your microbiome, both friendly and pathogenic, excrete toxins that add to this river of toxicity.
Then, after everything’s processed by your internal organs, that stream of waste products leaves your body through multiple pathways. The first is “detox pathways” when referring to toxins specifically. The second is “elimination pathways” which covers all waste products in general, regardless of whether they’re beneficial or pathogenic in origin.
There’s a lot of overlap in terms, and some interchangeability here, because detox pathways are part of a larger elimination system.
Three of the best indicators of health and resistance to disease as we age
It’s sad that we even need to concern ourselves with toxicity and elimination (because it wasn’t meant to be that way).
Not knowing how all of this works, or doesn’t work, we in the Western World have failed to realize how important detoxification is. Even though (1) the volume of accumulated toxins (called toxic load), (2) the capacity of our detox system (how much volume it’s able to move), and (3) our reaction to toxins.
In other words, no one wants to get “old.” But do we even know what causes aging, how we can prevent it, and how we can reverse it? The answer is simple: Toxic load and detox capacity, as a team effort, is one of the single most influential components of aging.
A buildup of toxins, and your reaction to it, are the majority of what cause aging, health problems, physical and mental degeneration. On the other hand, a low toxic load, and a detox system that’s working beautifully are good indicators of a mind and a body that are working the way they’re supposed to.
So when your toxicity is low, you’re healthy. Your mind and body are in their highest state of operation. But when you’re extremely toxic, you’re either in a state of disease, or it’s right around the corner (if you don’t do something about it).
Editor-in-Chief of GutBrainSecrets.com. Author of 6 books about the causes, effects, and solutions to gut-brain problems (Gut-Brain Secrets). Compulsive learner/researcher, copywriter, educator, and knowledge-seeker.