You’ve likely heard how detoxifying your body can have tremendous health benefits. It’s true. A detox (that works) can help your body get rid of harmful toxins like pesticides, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
This is essential for your body because, under normal circumstances, these toxins slowly build up in your tissues. If you don’t detoxify regularly, toxins can build up to the point where they cause some serious health problems.
But how are toxins related to weight loss?
"Your body stores most toxins in fat tissue (which is actually better than in your bloodstream). Because of this, you can also assume the more body fat you have, the more stored toxins you have. The problem is once you accumulate toxins in your fat cells, your body doesn't want to let go of them for the simple reason it doesn't want the toxins getting loose and running through your body. When the toxins do get loose they can slow your metabolism down. A study published in Obesity Reviews concluded that during weight loss, pesticides (organochlorines) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from industrial pollution are released from the fat tissue where they are typically stored.
"These toxins can interfere with your metabolism and make additional weight loss challenging. Another study found that individuals who released the most pesticides from their fat stores during weight loss had the slowest metabolisms after weight loss.
"Yet more studies suggest toxin release during weight loss can interfere with thyroid function and inhibit mitochondrial metabolism, which can reduce your ability to burn fat and calories.
"The good news is, if you have excess fat to lose, you can take steps to detoxify and provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to assist in the natural toxin elimination process and therefore prevent the metabolic dysfunction associated with toxin release."
these are excerpts from Clean Cuisine by Ivy Larson
Before the industrial revolution, our bodies were able to manage detox on their own, but with mounting exposure, our detoxification systems simply cannot keep up. Unable to rid itself of toxins, the body stores them (in fat tissue).
“Every day we are exposed to more toxins than we can naturally remove. We need help.” —Dr. Darrel Hestdalen, DC, DIBAK, FASA
In fact, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) tracks toxin exposure and found an average of 212 environmental chemicals in our blood, many linked to serious long-term health issues.
Toxins, including heavy metals, are stored throughout the body:
- In our fat cells, making it hard to lose weight
- In our bones (where lead displaces calcium)
- In our brains (both lead and mercury are neurotoxins)
- In our kidneys, reducing our ability to detox naturally
Sure you do. You just don’t realize it. You’ve probably even noticed the symptoms, but you’ve ignored them, or thought it was part of getting older, or felt this way for so long it feels normal to you. Do any of these seven signs sound familiar to you?
- Do you feel sluggish or tired?
- Do you have trouble sleeping through the night?
- Do you have frequent headaches or lack mental focus?
- Does your skin look dull or lack a healthy glow?
- Do you struggle to lose weight?
- Are you bloated?
This is NOT normal! At least, it doesn’t have to be if you detox regularly...
Eating a diet filled with fruits and veggies, exercising regularly, and reducing stress is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
If you feel like you could benefit from detoxifying your body, as well as removing the toxin sources from your home, check out our 10-Day Detox