Consuming more calories than you burn, late night eating and lack of exercise. These are well known factors that lead to weight gain but there is one I am sure you have not paid attention to; Toxins! Yes, toxins!
Research has shown that the modern-day environment (air, water and food) has over eighty-thousand chemicals (toxicants). Approximately two-thousand of these can be found in the human blood. This is alarming as it comes with disturbing results of declining health. These get into our bodies through the foods we consume, the water and other liquids we drink, chemicals we use on the body, the air we breathe and the drugs we take. These are just a few worth mentioning. The human body is designed to safely get rid of certain levels of toxins, excess of which have the potential of damaging the liver, possibly causing poisoning and even death.
The body processes toxins through certain organs into products that can be safely excreted from the blood in urine (pee), faecal matter (poop), sweat (perspiration) and breath (pranayama). You can simply refer to these exit modes as the “Quadruple-P”.
The causes of unhealthy weight or fat accumulation go beyond consuming more and burning less calories. It so happens that toxins have a major role to play in that regard. A well-known medical doctor and a ten-time New York times best seller author in the United States, Dr. Mark Hyman, stated once that toxins could make an individual fat and develop diabetes by causing insulin resistance. Professor Herbert Nagasawa, an award winning medical scientist in the field of medicinal chemistry also established that the presence of toxins in the body contribute to fat gain and retention. How about stating that fat gain is a mechanism to stay healthy? Dazed?
Toxins may be water soluble or fat soluble. Water soluble toxins can be easily excreted by the body whereas the fat soluble ones are hard to excrete. Fat soluble toxins are usually the end products of human activities and those include heavy metal compounds. Since these are not easy to get rid of they are transported to and stored in cells called adipose in the form of fat. This kind of fat builds up under the skin. The storage is done to prevent poisoning and overburdening the liver. What does that tell you?
An increase in the levels of these toxins result in continuous formation of fat cells and subsequent weight gain. Why? Because our bodies need to resort to the next available mode of removing “hard-to-get-rid-of” toxins from the blood and that makes it safe to say fat gain is a protective mechanism. Apart from being energy stores, adipose (fat) cells are also sites for toxin storage. This is not to say it is healthy to pile up fat. A continuous build up could also lead to other health complications (obviously). This is more reason for us to be particular about the cleanness of our immediate environments, what we eat and our daily lifestyle.
Endeavouring to make detoxification a part of our daily routine is key to reducing the effects of toxins. Would you agree that a polluted environment contributes to unhealthy weight gain? How can we protect ourselves from toxins that come from environmental and other forms of pollution? It starts from us; the individual!
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An increase in the levels of these toxins result in continuous formation of fat cells and subsequent unhealthy weight gain.
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