We are protected from everyday exposure to toxins with our natural detoxification systems provided by Mother Nature. Our bodies are strong and when provided with enough water and fiber your body will detox itself naturally. When our detoxification systems are working properly, our bodies can handle everyday toxins more easily with less signs of harmful effects.
The body has detoxification systems that work best under conditions of regularity. Eat a healthy diet with adequate amounts of water and fiber, and your body will detox naturally. Your body detoxifies itself all day and for the biggest part during your sleep.
Unfortunately, there are many toxins our bodies face that our natural detoxification systems were not designed for. Everyday we’re exposed to processed foods, air pollution, household chemicals and more things.
The Immune System Detoxes Us Naturally
The human body has several mechanisms for eliminating toxins, such as breathing, sweating, urinating and bowel movements. These are some of the body’s ways to fight off disease, pathogens and foreign agents. The immune system is the human body’s defense against invading organisms.
Respiratory Detoxification System
The Respiratory Detoxification System includes the nose, throat, sinuses, bronchial tubes and lungs. Our respiratory system is meant to protect our bodies from incoming bacteria and viruses that we breathe in. There are several steps involved beginning with nose hairs to catch dust and bacteria. Next the mucus inside the lungs catches anything missed and stops it from going into our breathing cavities.
Sometimes we will cough to expel any foreign invaders. Otherwise it’s the lungs job to turn any toxins that reach them into water-soluble chemicals and our body will eliminate them by our kidneys. Carbon dioxide is removed by our lungs overtime as we exhale.
This is a prime example of our body’s natural detoxification. When our respiratory system has too many toxins you might feel tired or congested. You might also experience wheezing, persistent coughing and consistent colds or the flu.
Gastrointestinal Detoxification System
The Gastrointestinal Detoxification System includes the liver, colon, gallbladder, and the entire GI (Gastrointestinal) tract. Typically referred to as the digestive tract, the gastrointestinal system starts when we place food in our mouth, then passes through our body and finally eliminated when we use the bathroom.
We need a healthy digestive system to ensure our body will absorb nutrients from our food and build tissue. There is a very specific pH balance along the digestive tract which greatly affects how well digestion will take place.
Sidenote: Add the fresh squeezed juice of half a lemon to a cup of hot water to help balance your body’s pH levels. This is only one healthy habit to promote natural detoxification.
When you eat a diet full of acidic and toxic foods, or take over-the-counter and prescription foods you are disrupting the natural balance. As this interferes with the body’s chemistry an acidic environment will be produced and destroy the friendly bacteria necessary for digestion to take place properly.
Just as alcohol can take a toll on your liver, you might be surprised to learn that high fructose corn syrup is just as bad. This is because high fructose corn syrup consists mainly of fructose it is more dangerous than other forms of sugar.
Our body metabolizes fructose differently and the liver is the only organ involved in the process. With the liver being the main organ responsible to disarm toxic chemicals so they can safely leave our body, we need to ensure we are not overtaxing it.
Urinary Detoxification System
The Urinary Detoxification System includes the bladder, kidneys and urethra. This system is how our body will remove waste products from our body. The kidneys filter the toxins from our blood and return any nutrients we might need, like glucose and amino acids.
DID YOU KNOW? The kidneys clean over 500 gallons of blood every 24 hours.
The kidneys are also responsible for keeping our body balanced with water. Then our urine eliminates toxins, yeasts and other organic chemicals. To keep the kidneys from being overburdened, you’ll want to eliminate metals like mercury from your diet. Prescription drugs can also cause a burden to how the kidneys function.
Dermal and Skin Detoxification System
The Skin and Dermal Detoxification Systems includes tears, sweat and sebaceous glands. You might be surprised to learn that skin is our body’s biggest organ. It is extremely important in protecting our body while maintaining the right temperature to function. Sometimes known as the “third kidney,” the skin is extremely important in our body’s natural detoxification. Through our sebaceous glands, meant to secrete an oily or waxy substance to lubricate our skin and hair, our body is eliminating fat-soluble toxins. Acne and other side effects are usually seen as the body detoxes and removes toxins that were stored in our tissues to rapidly exit through our skin. This is also why cleaner and healthier skin will be seen after a detox program as skin actually breathes.
To improve elimination through the skin, regular exercise is important to stimulate sweating. Exercise also improves our general metabolism and helps us overall with our efforts to detox naturally. Regular aerobic exercise is a key to maintaining a nontoxic body. And frequent bathing is essential to cleanse the skin of the toxins it has released and to open the pore to eliminate more.
DID YOU KNOW? Saunas and sweats are commonly used to help purify the body through enhanced skin elimination.
Lymphatic Detoxification System
The Lymphatic Detoxification System includes the lymph nodes and channels. Responsible for bringing nutrients and removing wastes, the lymphatic system is at the core of our body’s natural detoxification system. One of the most important functions of the human lymphatic system is to collect waste and send it to the blood stream. This is also the major system to ensure a healthy body and fight infection and disease.
As we continue to expose our bodies to everyday toxins and chemicals, we are making it more difficult for our natural detoxification to cleanse our body. Over time these toxins will build up in our body as it cannot work fast enough to remove them depending on our diet and lifestyle habits. This is why it’s necessary to ensure we are doing what we can to help our detoxification systems functions properly.
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