The human body has its own natural way of detoxification. However, the environment nowadays is highly polluted which significantly affects the quality of food that we eat and the air that we breathe. Constant exposure to toxins makes the body unable to get rid of all the harmful substances that it comes in contact with. Over time, this overburdens the digestives system and liver which can result in various health issues.
There are two types of toxins: water-soluble and fat-soluble toxins. Water-soluble toxins are easily removed from the body through the kidneys. However, fat-soluble toxins such as air pollutants, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, preservatives, plastics, etc. are difficult to be eliminated. These toxins need to be turned into water-soluble in order to be removed from the body.
The major part of detoxification occurs in the liver. However, if the gastrointestinal tract and the other detox pathways do not function properly, the toxins may enter the blood, fat cells and brain cells, causing irreparable damage.
Medical experts claim that stress has a major impact on the digestive processes in the body. Therefore, if people are able to keep their stress levels under control, the digestion and detoxification will be in balance as well, not leaving a space for toxin accumulation.
How It Works
The process of digestion includes transport of nutritional and toxic fats through the stomach in the small intestine where they are emulsified by the bile produces from the liver and gallbladder. The small intestine is made of numerous small mucous membranes whose role is to absorb the nutritional fats and send the toxic fats to the liver in order to be properly processed. This is the natural pathway of body detoxification. However, if this detox pathway is obstructed, the toxic fats accumulate in the body.
The Most Important ½ Inch of the Body
The gastrointestinal tract has its own immune system, called gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) which protects the body from invasion. This is the most important half inch of the human body and it covers the entire intestinal tract. In order to function properly, the ¼ inch of the inner side of the gut wall must contain the villi and lacteals (mucous membranes), and the ¼ on the outer side (lymph tissue) of the gut should not be congested.
The lymphatic system receives all the absorbed fats and sends them to the liver where the good fats are used as cholesterol, hormones, cell membranes, skin and brain cells, while the bad toxins are properly processed and prepared for elimination.
If the lymphatic system becomes congested, this natural detoxification process will be obstructed.
Symptoms of a Congested GALT which affect the lymphatic system are:
- Swollen hands and feet
- Extra weight around the abdominal area
- Elimination problems
- Breast swelling and tenderness during the menstrual period
- Skin irritation and itching
- Periodic headaches
- Joint stiffness
Unhealthy lifestyle and stress can irritate the intestinal villi and alter the normal function of the bowels. Furthermore, excessive stress can dry out the intestinal villi, leading to periodic constipation. Chronic constipation causes the villi to create excessive reactive mucus. In this case, you may have normal bowel movements (1-3 a day), but still, this does not mean that you are healthy. Moreover, excessive mucus can lead to frequent bowel movements and diarrhea. So, if you notice mucus in your stool, it may be a sign that the natural detoxification in your body is obstructed.
Where Do These Toxic Fats Go?
Normal bile flow is of vital importance for your systematic health. Bile enables proper absorption of fats and acts as an immune responder in the digestive tract. If the diet includes large amount of fiber, about 94% of the bile along with all the toxins is reabsorbed and processed again in the liver. In this case, the liver is overburdened since it is not prepared for the return of those toxins. Over time, this causes the liver to become congested and the bile becomes thick, making the heavy metals and other fat-soluble toxins difficult to digest.
What Happens When the Liver Becomes Overwhelmed?
Congested liver and thick bile with toxins causes the liver to push the fat-soluble toxins in the bloodstream. These toxins accumulate in the fat cells where they can stay for years and cause cell degeneration. Moreover, these toxins gather in brain cells and are called neurotoxins. Neurotoxins can lead to cognitive disorders and numerous other health issues.
Burn Fat to Burn Toxins
A major part of Ayurvedic medicine is focused on making the body to burn fat, but not for weight loss, but to maintain healthy fat metabolism which is essential for the body be able to eliminate the fat cells and flush toxins. When the nervous system is relieved from stress, the body is able to burn fats properly.
Food Allergies and Inability to Absorb Good Fats
Many people suffer from malabsorption because the villi and the lymph around the gut are congested. This results in dairy, wheat and soy allergies. These foods are difficult to digest and are high in mucus. When there is excessive mucus in the gut, and the gluten is not properly digested, the intestinal wall becomes irritated and stimulates the production of more reactive mucus. This considerably alters the ability of the intestinal wall to protect the body from invasion.
To Sum it all Up
Various signs, including periodic constipation, loose stool, diarrhea, and mucus in the stool indicate that you need to avoid certain foods, and consume more specific foods which promote healthy and regular bowel movements. Furthermore, symptoms such as pain or nausea after consuming a heavy meal may indicate that your bile flow is obstructed and the body is accumulating toxins. Here are some guidelines which can help you identify and treat these conditions:
If You Are Experiencing These Concerns:
- Extra belly fat – Read up on Manjistha, Amalaki and Elim I.
- Occasional constipation – Read up on Elim I.
- Loose stools – Read up on Elim II.
- Mucus in the stools – Read up on Amalaki and Slippery Elm Prebiotic Formula.
- Sluggish liver and congested bile – Read up on Liver Repair.
- Feeling sick after a heavy meal – Read up on Liver Repair or Beet Cleanse.
- Gluten sensitivity – Read up on Warm Digest, Gentle Digest or Cool Digest.
- Lymph congestion – Read up on Manjistha and Turmeric Plus.
Ayurvedic medicine is largely focused on diagnosis and creating therapies to maintain the skin of the intestinal tract healthy, to cleanse the lymph, and to de-stagnate the bile and liver. Ghee cleansing in the Life Spaceansing programs can help you flush the bile and reset the fat metabolism. These programs are specially created to improve digestion and cleanse the harmful toxins that may accumulate in the fat cells, liver or brain.