Toxins in our food and environment

Toxins in our food cause hormonal imbalances, weight gain, skin problems and further going health issues. Read more about toxification of the body and how to detox.

 

 

 

 

What are toxins?

Toxins are pollutants that are foreign to our body. People are exposed to numerous toxicants present in the work and living environment. Nowadays, however, we have greater exposure to toxins and our intake of toxins is higher.

Which toxins are we exposed to?

There is a wide range of toxicants that can enter our body on a daily base. The average amount of toxins found in a human body is about 90 different kinds of toxins. Toxins that enter our body are physical, chemical and biological agents, which are for instance heavy metals like mercury, nickel and aluminum, pesticides, smokes, dusts, benzene, contaminated food and water.

 

Toxins enter the body through for example food, cosmetics and inhaled oxygen.

 

How do Toxins enter our body?

Toxins enter our body through the cell membranes of our skin, lungs and gastrointestinal tract, through for example our food, cosmetics and inhaled oxygen. Toxins in our food are the result of for instance additives like dioxine in animal feed, which causes eggs, meat and dairy products to contain dioxine, toxins in the water, accumulating in fish, pesticides on fruits, soy and other vegetables and preservatives in facial cremes.

 

Meat from pigs fed with geneticaly manipulated soy, to make it

resistant to large quantities of pesticides.

 

Dairy from genetically manipulated soy fed cows.

 

Dead fish due to mercury in the water coming from farms

and agricultural industries.

 

Some toxins enter our body more easy: hydrophilic toxins, which are water absorbable and soluble, are less likely to pass through cell membranes than lipophilic toxins.

Toxin accumulation

Toxins can accumulate in our body and cause poor health in people free from diagnosed disease.

Health issues due to toxin accumulation

Lipophilic toxins are stored in adipose tissue. Hence that a regular body exists for 15% of adipose tissue, an obese body  for 50% and that our brain is a lipid-rich organ. Accumulations of lipophilic toxins in adipose tissue to hazardous levels has been associated with immune system suppression, reproductive disorders, skin problems, an increased risk of developing several types of cancer and other diseases.

Hormonal disturbances and weight gain

The hormone producing endocrine glands are situated in the brain. Accumulation of toxins near these glands causes hormonal disturbances, which in turn causes hormonal disturbances. This provokes an increase of weight and an indirect increase of weight due to an disruption of the brain, which ensures that we no longer have a feeling of satiety and keep eating.

Heredity

Moreover, toxics are passed from one generation to the next, by the occurrence from the attachment of a molecule (an adduct) to the DNA of any of our germ cells (i.e., the sperm or the egg).

Taken together, it is of great importance to decrease exposure to and absorption of toxins and eliminate accumulated toxins from our body.

 

Detox therapy

A first step in eliminating toxics from your body and detoxing your body, is by taking a good look at your diet. Your overall lifestyle is important too, but I choose to focus on diet. The second step is to have trust in your body’s natural ability to detox itself. A third step is to give your body little help by adding detoxifying food to your diet. An optional fifth step consists of following Ayurvedic detox therapy.

 

1.     Eliminate toxins from your diet

The first step to take is to make sure your diet and lifestyle are zuiver to limit exposure to and absorption of toxins. Therefore, limit, or better, eliminate or quit the following:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Black tea
  • Caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee
  • Plastic bottles
  • Using a microwave
  • Plastic containers to store food in
  • Food from cans
  • Sea fish
  • Tap water
  • Medicine
  • Processed foods
  • Non-eco fruits and veggies
  • Chemical drugs
  • Pans and pottery
  • Processed meat
  • Most packaging for food
  • Preservatives
  • Such as nitrite (can be found in wine, coconut milk and meat)
  • Ransic fats like margarine and those found in food like pastries
  • Artificial colorings
  • Artificial stabilizers
  • Artificial thickeners
  • Genetically modified food
  • Flavor enhancers
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-depressives

 

2.     Natural detoxification

Just like hydrophilic toxins can easier enter our body, they are also easier eliminated.  Lipophillic toxins are harder to excrete. These are the toxins that can accumulate in adiope tissue. To excrete lipophilic toxins from the body, they first have to be transformed in the liver into less harmful hydrophilic chemicals. Next, they can be eliminated from the body by several routes. These main routes are via urine, feces, and exhaled air, making the lungs, kidneys and biliary system, besides the liver, the most important organs that are involved with detoxification.

Although your body has natural abilities to excrete itself from toxins, a little dietary addition can stimulate the detoxification process;

 

3.     Dietary addition to stimulate detoxification

Although your body has natural abilities to excrete itself from toxins, there are dietary additions that can stimulate the detoxification process; the more toxin-free your body is, the greater it’s natural detoxifying properties.

  • Drink herbal tea’s
  • Drink heaps of water (but don’t overdo this: 2 liters is good)
  • Supplement your diet with spirulina, chlorella or wheat grass
  • Take sauna baths
  • Take massages
  • Exercise

 

4.     Ayurvedic detox therapy

A yurvedic medicine, also called Ayurveda, is an ancient Hindu system of traditional holistic medicine that’s originated in India and has been practiced continuously for over 5,000 years. Ayurvedic theory asserts that building a healthy metabolic system, attaining good digestion, and proper excretion lead to vitality. This excretion procedure can stimulate elimination of lipophilic toxins.

Ayurvedic medicine makes use of natural medicine, instead of chemical medicine. Although Ayurvedic medicine has not been proven to be effective, it has not been proven to not be effective. Moreover, for some herbs there is evidence  that they indeed have healing properties.

 

Detox soup

In Ayurvedic medicine, red pineapple, for instance, is used for weight loss and coriander and mung beans are used to excrete the body from toxins. According to Ayurveda, mung bean soup helps to balance your body and its spices flush out toxic mucus out of the body that have added up, corrects digestive fire (or agni), sharpens the mind, provides tranquillity, energy and vitality, promotes weight loss, reduces swelling and water retention and promotes clearer skin.

Mung bean-coriander soup is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a mono-diet detox therapy: for a couple of days, you only eat mung bean soup, as much as you like. The therapy shouldn’t be followed  if you are pregnant, breast feeding or suffering from a long-term chronic illness without consulting an Ayurvedic practitioner, since a full detox therapy can have strong influence on your body.
Here’s the link to the detox soup recipe. If you are not going to do a full detox therapy, but just use the recipe to make a healthy and delicious soup nice in a while, you will still have the advantage of having detox stimulating meal due to the mung beans and corianders properties.
 

Ayurvedic Black Trumpet Mung Bean Soup

 

 

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