Toxins. The Six Paths of Eliminations
Toxins. The Six Paths of Eliminations
Toxins. There are six primary elimination paths for toxins in the body: 1. Skin. The skin is the first line of defense to all things foreign, but it also works in conjunction with other organs of elimination to remove waste. Every toxin that is soluble in water can be eliminated via sweat. The common toxins that are eliminated through the pores are the metabolic products of rich foods like meat, dairy, and eggs. Quite often acne is a sign of accumulated toxins from these foods being pushed out of the skin. 2. Kidneys. Many of the same toxins will accumulate in the kidneys because they are responsible for filtering our entire blood supply. The kidneys are so essential to our biology that we have two, despite the fact that we could survive quite easily with just one. The kidneys not only filter our entire blood supply to remove toxic waste but also excrete excess fluids. The nephrons within the kidneys replenish essential nutrients and water back into the blood supply while retaining some toxins and excess fluid. The toxins and excess fluids are eventually eliminated in the form of urine by way of the bladder.
3. Lungs. The lungs also play a critical part in detoxifying our bodies. They remove toxic waste from the body in the form of gases. The most common example of this is the exchange of oxygen from the atmosphere and elimination of carbon dioxide when breathing. If our lungs didn’t efficiently remove carbon dioxide from the body, it would lead to respiratory acidosis. Using deep diaphragmatic breathing techniques, you could remove toxins from air pollution or years of smoking. Our bodies are constantly on the defense to cleanse and detox the body of chemicals that put our well-being in jeopardy. Case and point is, after a night of drinking alcohol, our bodies go into a state of emergency and purging. A chemical produced by the liver as a by-product of alcohol is what causes the alcoholic-like smell to be released from the lungs. 4. Phlegm and Mucus. The phlegm and mucus produced during a productive cough or a head cold is another method used to eliminate toxins or infections. Many of the toxic foods we eat are mucus-producing and so are eliminated from the body covered in mucus.
5. Lymphatic System. The lymphatic system is considered the garbage-collecting sewer system of human anatomy. The lymph fluid can only be moved by the skeletal pumping action of muscle movement (which is another reason being active is so critical), and this is why the lymph nodes are concentrated near the most active joints and folds of the body. The lymphatic system provides a janitorial service, collecting and removing extracellular fluid, intracellular waste, toxins, heavy metals, infection, and waste collected throughout the body. 6. Digestive System. The king of all kings as it relates to elimination is the digestive system. But how much digestion and elimination is actually taking place? Today 50% of Americans have less than one bowel movement daily despite eating three to four meals, not including snacks. The medical definition for constipation is defined as fewer than three bowel movements per week.
Pardon the interruption, but let’s take a dive into the common sense pool. The digestive system functions to ingest the foods we eat, remove the molecular-sized nutrition for assimilation, and then discard the remaining byproducts of metabolism. This means that none of the chunks of food we eat cross the intestines, just the micro-sized good stuff. So when we are constipated, it’s the equivalent of trying to flush a baby’s diaper down the toilet. Our digestive plumbing gets obstructed and backed up with bowel waste. The primary difference between plumbing and our biology is that our digestive tract is designed for filtering into the blood various nutritious substances across the tissues of the digestive system. Constipation causes normally safe foods to become toxic because it will eventually rot, putrefy, and ferment. The toxins will eventually leak across the mucous membrane into our bloodstream. This causes the blood supply to become septic and concentrated. As toxins begin settling in our weakest tissues, causing degeneration, at some point this toxic accumulation will begin presenting itself as what we define as ‘disease.’
Meanwhile, the self-inflicted assault continues with the average American stuffing his or her face with three or four meals daily, thereby eating thirty meals in a week’s time on top of the impacted bowel waste accumulating. Does the scenario sound eerily possible for most people you know? Doesn’t it seem borderline suicidal to have ingested thirty meals and only eliminate three? Take a Look in the Toilet Bowl! No matter the frequency of our bowel movements, each poo explains a lot about the foods we eat and how well our bodies break that food down. A trip to the bathroom to ‘do number two’ has become a taboo conversation despite the fact we all do it. But I want to encourage you to start taking a look at your poo before you flush because it could tell you a lot about your digestive health. Undigested food like corn could be telling you the corn is GMO or you lack the enzymes necessary to digest corn. Floating poo could be caused by eating too many fatty foods or eating gas-producing foods like beans.
Black tarry stools could be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding. If your poo looks like soft-serve ice cream from McDonald’s, then you’re probably lactose intolerant. Poo pebbles are often the result of a lack of fiber. And really foul smelling poo indicates a problem with digestion, leading to bowel waste rotting. But in any case, if you lack regularity in your bowel movements, you are accumulating toxins. So the body, using its own intelligence, attempts to eliminate toxins via the tongue, skin, kidneys, armpits, feet, sinuses, and even the scalp once it has determined the plumbing of the colon is not properly functioning. And in response, we use anti-allergy tablets that stop the removal of mucus, antiperspirants blocking the removal of toxins from the lymph nodes in the armpits, and laxatives that dehydrate and actually add to the problem. Chronic constipation will then manifest itself as fatigue, migraine headaches, cardiovascular disease, and even autoimmune diseases.
Vegucation Over Medication
Dr. Bobby Price
Plant-Based Pharmacist; Fitness & Nutrition Expert
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