We live in toxic times. In addition to the everyday toxins that we expect to deal with such as carbon dioxide in the air and the by-products of digestion, in the last 50 years we have had to adapt to an enormous number of new toxic elements present in our food, water and environment.
– Dr. Pooja, Senior Nutritionist @ eKincare.com
The body is constantly detoxifying this toxic load in order to maintain normal cell function. However, when the load becomes greater than the body’s capacity to deal with it, toxins begin to accumulate in tissues and organs which may eventually result in diminished health. This is where the importance of periods of detoxification comes in. By limiting the incoming burden of new toxins and enhancing the elimination of stored toxins, a reduction in total body toxicity is achieved.
What is a Toxin?
A toxin is any substance that is detrimental to the normal functioning of body cells and therefore health in general. Toxins can be in the form of :
- Chemicals and additives in food such as pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, artificial fertilizers, antibiotics, food additives, artificial colorings and flavourings
- Toxins in food such as peanuts contaminated with aflatoxins and glycoalkaloids in the green part of potatoes
- Environmental toxins from cleaning products, traffic pollution and industrial pollution
- Chemicals in water supplies
- Drugs: social and medical
- Heavy metals as found in dental fillings (mercury), petrol (lead), cooking utensils (Aluminium), water pipes (lead), antiperspirants (Aluminium) and antacid tablets (Aluminium)
- Free Radicals from burnt foods, heated oils and fats, cigarette smoke, sunshine, radiation, excessive exercise and stress
- Yeasts, which reside in the bowel such as Candida albicans, can produce toxins
- Incompletely digested foods. If the digestive system is unable to break down food sufficiently, or if bowel function is irregular, partially digested food may accumulate in the intestines. There, it can ferment and putrefy, resulting in a release of toxins into surrounding tissues.
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