Are bodies are designed to naturally and continuously remove the toxins. However, nowadays it has become almost impossible to avoid toxicity since we are constantly exposed to toxic environment and chemical-laden foods. As a consequence, it is hard for the liver and our digestive system to remove the toxins. Toxins are of two types. Fat-soluble and water-soluble. The first are harder to be removed while the later can be flushed out of the body by the kidneys and the blood.
The fat-soluble toxins like pesticides, heavy metals, food additives, preservatives, plastics, pollutants and similar environmental chemicals have to become water-soluble so that the body can dispose them completely. This mostly occurs in the liver, though if the detox pathways and the digestive system are not functioning flawlessly these toxins go from the liver to the fat cells, the blood and the brain and they can remain there for years causing health problems.
If we want to prevent toxins and dangerous chemical from remaining in our bodies we need to maintain our detoxification pathways, stress levels, and digestion balanced.
Once a meal is digested, both the nutritional and the toxic fats are shambled through the stomach in the small intestine where the bile is secreted from the liver and emulsified by the gallbladder. There are millions of lacteals and small villi in the small intestine, which are mucus membranes or like little finger grasses which clean the gut and help with the absorption of nutritional fats and they send the toxic fats to the liver so it can process it. In case the pathway is not working properly, the body stores the toxic fats and do not remove them.
The Crucial ½ inch of the body
Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue (GALT) is the very beginning of the lymphatic system of the body and it surrounds the whole intestinal tract. This is the most crucial part of the body which is only half inch. This is where both the toxic and nutritional fats are stored and this is done with the help of lacteals. The lacteals and villi which are on the inside of the gut must function well and those which are outside mustn’t be congested.
The lymphatic system which surrounds the gut is to return the absorbed fats to the liver where the good fats are stored and will make cell membranes, cholesterol, skin, brain cells, hormones, and so on. The liver processes the toxins and earmarks them for elimination. Once the lymphatic system becomes congested, the natural process if eliminating the bad fats could become highly compromised.
Some of the symptoms of congested GALT:
o Elimination concerns
o Excess weight around the belly
o Itching or skin irritations
o Tenderness and swelling of the breasts throughout the menstrual cycle
o Swollen feet and hands
o Periodic headaches
Elimination is important
The intestinal villi can be irritated by many factors which can compromise the bowels function. Some of this factors are stress and diet. Stress can lead to drying out of the villi, causing periodic constipation. Constipation can dry the villi out and lead to a reactive mucus.
Provided that the mucus is not normal, the stools may seem normal, however there is a chance that you are still not healthy and you have excess belly weight. In case the mucus is very excessive, the stools may become looser like diarrhea and more recurrent. If you ever notice mucus in your stool, address the issue immediately. This is a sign that the barrier for toxins has broken down. If the toxins are not absorbed they go to the liver.
The membranes of the mucus must not be too wet or too dry, they must be balanced in order to avoid the toxins from going back to the liver. Some additional irritation causes are worry, stress, food additives, coffee, processed food, hyperacidity, soft drinks and others.
Where do the toxic fats go?
An ideal bile flow from the liver is essential for our health. Bile acts in a similar way as a Pac-Man in the intestines and the liver, where it guzzles heavy metals, pesticides, parasites, bad bacteria and a number of other chemicals which may cause problems. If your diet if rich in fiber, the bile that is heavily loaded will be taken to the toilet. Nevertheless, if there is not enough fiber in your diet, the bigger part of the bile and the toxins will go back to the liver. As a consequence, the liver may overwhelm.
The liver may become congested with time and the bile can become sludgy and thick thus making it harder to break down fatty foods, and similar fat-soluble toxins. In due course, the bile may become too thick and sluggish to barrier the stomach acids from entering the small intestine. These acids also irritate the villi and as a consequence more reactive mucus is created. When the bile becomes thicker, it can also barrier the pancreatic enzymes flow into the small intestine. The digestive process can become compromised with this since the pancreas and the gallbladder share the common bile duct.
What if the liver overwhelms?
Once the biliary tubes in the liver turn congested with toxins and thick bile, the fat-soluble toxins are pushed into the blood stream. These toxins may remain in the fat cells for a long time and lead to degeneration and oxidation. Toxins can also accumulate in other fatty tissues including the brain. These neurotoxins might arise some cognitive issues.
Burn fat in order to burn toxins
It is of vital important to flush fat cells so that toxins can be removed. When the nervous system functions without stress, our body naturally burns fat. Most of the detox and fat-burning responsibilities lie in the integrity of the bile flow, the lymph and the digestive system.
Food allergies and incapability of absorbing good fats
The reason that many people do not absorb and break down good fats is congested lymph and villi. For this reason, many people have soy, wheat and dairy allergies. These types of foods are harder to digest and are high in mucus. In case there is already immoderate mucus in the gut, the mucus in these foods can irritate the wall of the intestines thus creating more reactive mucus.
If you have loose stools or periodical constipation or mucus in your stools there is a possibility that your assimilation and detoxification pathways are compromised. If this is the case, you need to stay away from certain foods or be on a prescribed diet.
Most of the therapies and diagnostics in Ayurveda are designed in a way to support the intestinal tract skin health, to flush the lymph and to stagnate the liver and bile.
Source: Health & Weight Loss Done
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