As a result of unbalanced diet, polluted city air and water, smoking and alcohol consumption, intake of certain medications and sedentary lifestyle an unprecedented number of toxins attack our body - chemicals, pesticides and insecticides, heavy metals, preservatives, colorings, additives – this overloads organs and systems and ultimately leads to disease and weight problems.
Accumulation of toxins in the body
Under normal conditions toxins are "disposed" of the liver and discharged efficiently through urine, feces and perspiration. When the liver is constantly "bombarded" by outside toxins, the body fails to deal with the harmful chemicals and they find their way back in the blood.
Most of these toxins are not soluble in water and in order to protect itself from the harmful effect, the body stores them in adipose tissue, whose role is to serve as a protective buffer. In addition to adipose toxins can accumulate in joints, lymph fluid, in the form of arterial plaque, in prostate, pancreas, even in the brain (neurotoxins)!
As time passes liver cells begin to store fat and toxins (hepatic steatosis). As a result of fatty deposits the size of the liver grow and the functions of the gland are violated. When this crucial for the metabolism of fats organ suffers, the body can’t cope with the release of dangerous toxins.
Toxins and overweight
When you burn fat, fat cells release accumulated in the course of time toxins into the blood. Once returned into circulation, they damage the mitochondria – the tiny energy factories of each cell. Now the liver has to deal simultaneously with toxins from the external environment and those stored in fat stores. If too many toxic substances enroll in blood at once, usually symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, headache, rash, fatigue, gastrointestinal upset and others appear.
And here is the moment to thank your body - because it is too smart and would not allow you to destroy yourself so easy! Therefore it begins to "resist" against the oxidation of fat and metabolism slows down, so as not to spend extra toxins in the blood.
But the danger doesn’t stop there. Some toxins deplete mechanisms that control hunger and appetite. The reason is that the molecular structure of these toxins resemble that of the major hormones regulating metabolism - leptin and thyroid hormones (TSH, T3). If you've read my other articles, you know how important leptin is – it is called the "hunger hormone" for a reason. When the stomach is full, leptin levels rise, which signals the brain that we are full and should stop eating. When your T3 levels are low, the base metabolic rate (BMR) slows and burning fat gradually stops. In general, you do not want to have problems with any of these hormones. Especially if your goal is to lose weight!
Maybe now you realize that this is a vicious cycle? First, because of harmful eating habits you accumulate body fat, which can store excess toxins, and then even if you restrict calories you can’t burn those fats because the body would not allow to be intoxicated. It sounds like you are really in trouble...
But don’t give up too soon!
Not everything is lost. On the contrary, if you have the will and motivation, you can handle the extra weight. I've achieved it as well as many other! But I will not lie to you, it takes time, dedication and patience.
If you want to lose weight safely and healthily, you need to simultaneously burn fat and dispose of toxic substances. It is necessary to change your eating habits and move to a new way of thinking:
1. The first step is to limit toxins incoming from the external environment to a minimum.
Eliminate entirely manufactured foods and processed foods such as soft drinks, sausages and salami, burgers, packaged cereals, crisps, snacks, pretzels - they are full of harmful sweeteners, preservatives, dyes and additives. Limit refined sugar, white flour and trans fats. Eat real food - vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals and grains, lean meat and dairy products with proven origin. If you can, buy a water filter. Stop smoking (if you smoke) and do not overdo the alcohol. Be careful with coffee and caffeinated drinks. Use soaps, shampoos and cosmetics with natural ingredients.
2. Practice sports regularly–many people forget that the skin is also excretory organ. By sweating body eject toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals. For better results you can visit the sauna as long as you don’t have heart problems.
3. Consume foods that help detoxify the body: like parsley (purifies the blood and freshens breath), coriander (binds to heavy metals in the blood), celery, broccoli, kale, carrots, beetroot, cauliflower, green tea, garlic, chia seeds, aloe and algae. Very useful for liver is the intake of herbs such as dandelion and couch. As for the fruits – aim at those rich in antioxidants: blueberries, aronia, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, lemon. It is advisable to prepare fresh juices from vegetables and fruits. One meal takes between 4-16 hours to digest, and freshly squeezed juice - about 15 minutes. Start with a fresh squeezed juice a day.
4. Regularly visit the toilet– for regular bowel movements (1-2 times daily) drink enough water and fruit and vegetable juices, and obtain such fibers that facilitate bowel movements. Physical activity also helps.