Every human body has its natural way of eliminating toxins that enter through food, drinks, and air. However, modern and quick way of life and the constant exposure to toxins can overburden the digestive system and liver. Toxins are divided into water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxins are easily eliminated from the body through the blood and kidneys. Fat-soluble toxins, on the other hand, are extremely difficult to be eliminated. Here are included pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides, food additives, preservatives, plastics and other chemicals which are normally present in your environment. Therefore, these toxins first have to be turned into water-soluble in order to be removed from the body. The most important part of metabolic detoxification occurs in the liver, but if the GI tract and the detox pathways do not function properly, they can enter into the blood, fat cells and brain cells and stay there for years, causing serious health issues. According to medical experts, if people keep their stress levels, digestion and detoxification functions in balance, they can prevent the toxin accumulation in the body.
How It Works
During digestion, the nutritional and toxic fats are transported through the stomach in the small intestine where they are emulsified by the bile secreted from the liver and gallbladder. The small intestine consists of millions small mucous membranes which absorb the nutritional fat and send the toxic fats to the liver in order to be properly processed. This is the natural body detoxification pathway. So, if this detox pathway is not functioning properly, the toxic fats get accumulated in the body.
The Most Important ½ Inch of the Body
GALT (gut-associated lymphoid tissue) is the gastrointestinal tract`s immune system. It covers the entire intestinal tract and it is the most important half inch of the human body. The ¼ inch on the inner side of the gut wall must contain the villi and lacteals (mucous membranes), and the ¼ on the outer side of the gut (the lymph tissue) should not be congested. The lymphatic system on the outer side receives all the absorbed fats back to the liver where h good fats are prepared for being used as cholesterol, hormones, cell membranes, skin and brain cells. Further on, the toxins are properly processed by the liver and are prepared for being removed. If the lymphatic system is congested, the natural process of using the good fats and eliminating the bad fats is 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
There are various factors, such as unhealthy diet and stress, which can lead to irritation of the intestinal villi and interfere with the normal function of the bowels. Moreover, excessive stress can dry out the intestinal villi, which results in periodic constipation. Chronic constipation can dry out the villi (grass-like mucous membranes), forcing them to create reactive mucus. In case of excessive mucus, the bowel movements can be normal (1-3 a day) but this does not mean you are healthy. Moreover, you can still feel bloated and have extra fat around the abdominal area. In case of even more excessive mucus production, it can result in diarrhea and frequent bowel movements. Therefore, if you notice some mucus in your stool, call your doctor immediately. This means that the distribution of good fats, elimination of toxic fats, the proper immune response, and the health of the intestinal skin as a barrier for toxins is obstructed.
Under normal circumstances, toxic compounds which are absorbed in the lymph are neutralized by the white blood cells in more than 500+ lymph nodes in the lymphatic system. However, in case of excessive mucus, the toxins go back to the liver. Therefore, it is recommended that you keep the balance- the intestinal tract should not be too dry or too wet. Other factors which contribute to irritation include: constant stress, processed foods, soft drinks, coffee, food additives and hyperacidity.
Where Do These Toxic Fats Go?
Optimal bile secretion and flow is crucial for people`s health. Bile helps the absorption of fats and plays an essential role as an immune responder in the digestive tract. The bile bolts down bacteria, parasites, pesticides, heavy metals, and various other harmful substances. It the diet consists of high amount of fiber, this bile will be eliminated together with all other waste. However, if the diet is deficient in fiber, almost 94% of the bile with all the toxins is reasorbed in the liver in order to be processed again. This overburdens the liver because it is not prepared for the return of these toxins. Over time, the liver becomes congested and the bile becomes thick and sludgy,making the hamburger, heavy metals, heavy metals and other fat-soluble toxins difficult to break down and properly digest.
What Happens When the Liver Becomes Overwhelmed?
In case of congested liver and biliary tubes with thick bile full of toxins, the liver pushes the fat-soluble toxins in the bloodstream. These toxins store in the fat cells where they can stay for years and lead to oxidation and cell degeneration (damage caused by free radicals ). These toxins can accumulate in any fatty tissue throughout the body, including the brain. The neurotoxins can causecognitive disorders and many other health problems.
Burn Fat to Burn Toxins
This is the reason why Ayurveda is focused on convincing the body to burn fat. it is not about weight loss, but rather for the fat metabolism which is the body`s detox fuel and it is crucial for our body to eliminate these fat cells in order to turn over and flush toxins. Once the nervous system is relieved from stress, the body can normally burn fats.
Food Allergies and Inability to Absorb Good Fats
Many people are unable to absorb good fats since the villi and the lymph around the gut are congested. This is why so many people have dairy, wheat and soy allergies. These foods are considered as heavy, difficult to digest and with high mucus content. So, if there is excessive mucus in the gut, and the gluten is not properly digested in the stomach and upper small intestine, the gluten causes irritation in the intestinal wall and stimulates the production of even more reactive mucus. This seriously affects the ability of the intestinal wall to act as protective barrier in the body.
To Sum it all Up
Certain symptoms such asperiodic constipation, loose stools or diarrhea, and mucus in the stool indicate that you need to avoid some foods, or you should eat certain foods which can promote regular bowel movements. Moreover, if you experience pain or nausea after eating a heavy meal, this indicates that your bile flow is obstructed and your body is storing toxic fats. Here you can find some guidelines which can be the first step in identification and then appropriate treatment of 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.
One of the major focuses of Ayurvedic medicine is on diagnostics and therapies which are created to support the health of the skin of the intestinal tract, cleanse the lymph, and de-stagnate the bile and liver. Ingesting ghee during the process of oleation in the Life Spaceansing programs aims to flush the bile and reset the fat metabolism. These programs are created to improve digestion and remove the toxins that can be potentially stored in the fat cells, liver, or brain.