A toxin is a poison that can affect the body by internal or external means. A toxin can be a chemical which occurs naturally or in synthetic form. More than 120,000 human-made chemicals have been introduced into the environment through many forms such as food, water, air or physical contact with the skin or mucous membranes. Environmental chemicals continue to grow each year at a phenomenal rate. At the same time, microbial toxins, influenced by the vast numbers of chemicals, are mutating quickly. Each category of microbes produces species that generates toxins in host cells. These internal toxins, acting as free radicals, are produced inside the body through normal metabolic processes or through the broken down foods in the small and large intestines. Bacterial toxins and yeast overgrowth can also form when these toxins are not excreted. Studies are proving a conclusive link between the accumulation of toxins in body tissues and the development of chronic diseases.
Under normal circumstances, the body is able to eliminate toxins from the body via urine, feces, exhalation, and sweat. The major organs involved in elimination are the kidneys, liver, colon, lungs, and skin. In addition, white blood cells of the immune system neutralize microbial toxins. The liver is the organ primarily responsible for breaking toxins into harmless byproducts, which are eliminated into stool or urine.
When a toxin overwhelms the normal excretion systems, the body produces inflammation in the area of the toxin trying to rid itself of the problem. These inflammatory areas trigger the start of disease. They are actually signals the body is sending, stating that it cannot rid itself of accumulating toxins. If the toxins remain, the body then moves into the next stage, where they are deposited in areas where they will do the least harm. These areas are commonly fat cells, cysts, polyps or tumors. After years of storage, the toxins move into body cells and tissues. They ultimately produce such degenerative diseases as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
It is very important for optimum health that toxic build up is prevented. Implementing an occasional detox, colon hydrotherapy, and/or fasts are common ways to relieve the body of toxins. For guidance on detoxing, contact Focus On Fitness Health and Wellness @ FocusOnFitness@deeraginhealth.com.