What is toxic load?
A toxin is a synthetic chemical or poison known to have harmful effects on the body. We expose ourselves to toxins every day via:
- cleaning products
- personal care products
- polluted air
- sprayed foods
- contaminated soil
Our bodies process toxins through the liver and kidneys. These organs eliminate them in the form of sweat, urine and faeces.
Some may question the need to detox on a daily basis. But, we can't ignore the tens of thousands of industrial chemicals that exist today. The record level of pollution and contaminants didn’t exist 50 years ago. And to top it off, the vast majority of these chemicals are not tested in health and safety studies.
Exposure to such environmental toxins and chemicals can cause toxic overload. Toxic overload is a heavy burden on your body. It interferes with fundamental organ and gland functions. The damage to your liver and kidneys reduces their ability to rid the body of toxins.
The toxins that aren't processed build up. They generate free radicals which do all sorts of damage, some of which is irreversible.
Effects of toxic overload include:
- Digestive sensitivities and problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- A weakened immune system
Think about how many people you know with an allergy or intolerance now, compared to when you were at primary school? The effects of toxic load can also escalate to extreme environmental sensitivities and chronic diseases.
Before industrialisation, communities all over the world recognised the benefits of regular cleansing practices. Today, we live in a chemically overloaded, over-medicated, overfed yet undernourished and inactive world.
If our ancestors utilised targeted detoxification support, we definitely should too. Our world has changed a lot int he past 30-40 years.
Now you're thinking: "Thanks for scaring me, what the heck can I do to reduce my toxic overload?" Thankfully, small changes to diet and lifestyle can make a big difference.