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Question: What is a toxin?
Answer: Any poisonous substance that causes irritation or harmful effects to the body. Toxins can come from disease-causing bacteria, pathogens, viruses, molds, yeasts or fungus. Other toxic substances are foreign chemicals, known as zenobiotics and heavy metals. Toxins can be generated from improper metabolic production and/or function of body chemicals such as hormones and neurotransmitters. Stress, injury and even excessive exercise, which generates excessive lactic acid can create free radical damage and toxicity.
Question: What does detoxification mean?
Answer: Detoxification references the reduction and removal of toxins by using various methods to assist the body in a purification process. The depuration process transforms toxic compounds into less toxic substances, which can be safely excreted from the body.
Question: Who needs detoxification?
Answer: Everyone can benefit from various methods of detoxification. Since World War II we have moved into the “Chemical Revolution” and have been introduced to over 2,000,000 new synthetic substances. Our bodies have not had the time to adapt to these toxic substances. People with minimal health problems often carry a storehouse of unknown toxins.
Question: How are we exposed to these toxic substances?
Answer: Most toxic exposure and accumulation happens in small increments as we live our daily lives. It is possible to come in contact with a mass pesticide spraying or a toxic waste spill but most toxic exposure is contributed to cumulative build-up.
Question: Can you list some of the external toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis?
Answer: There are several sources of external toxins which include water, plants, food, micro-organisms, noise, toxic metals, radiation, herbicides, pesticides, industrial chemicals, cleaning supplies, perfumes, air pollution, personal care products, tobacco smoke, out-gasing from carpets, paint fumes and furniture treated with flame retardants, office supplies including copiers, computers and fax machines, clothing dyes, fabric softeners and dry-cleaning chemicals, animal hair and dander, dust and dust mites, mold in bathrooms and kitchens and plant pollens. Heavy metal contamination is also disruptive and can damage delicate hormones.
Question: What happens when we are exposed to these toxins?
Answer: Our bodies can be compared to a sponge as our skin absorbs chemicals as we move through our environment. Water-soluble toxins are absorbed and eliminated through excretion pathways. Fat soluble chemicals are absorbed and accumulate in our tissues and fat cells resulting in a storehouse of internal toxins, which continually generate poison within the system. Internal fat-soluble substances are potentially hazardous and have been associated with hormonal imbalances, cancer, nutritional deficiencies, vision disturbances, skin rashes and other skin problems, mental confusion and memory loss, fatigue, emotional and neurological problems, headaches, poor coordination, autoimmune disease, psychological abnormalities, enzyme and metabolic dysfunction, muscular pain, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, weight gain and a suppressed immune system.