Excessive weight gain can result in a wide variety of health conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Are you familiar with the fact that your body stores toxins in your fat, as well?
Why are the toxins accumulated in the fat cells?
In the 1980s, a program called the National Human Adipose Tissue Survey was conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
It was discovered that all human fat samples contained traces of Four industrial solvents and one dioxin. In more than 90% of the fat samples, were also found other nine chemicals, including three more dioxins and one furan. Moreover, on average, 83% of the samples had PCBs.
What are dioxins, actually?
They are a class of chemical contaminants, which are formed during combustion processes, like waste incineration, forest fires, and backyard trash burning, and also during some industrial processes, like paper pulp bleaching and herbicide manufacturing.
The human body stores these toxins away in fat cells to prevent them from roaming freely and damaging the organs.
Two types of toxins
Toxins, such as vitamins, can be divided into two categories:
- Water-soluble toxins: they are easily flushed out of the body through the blood and kidneys.
- Fat-soluble toxins: they must be converted by the liver to become water soluble.
It is important to know that fat-soluble toxins include preservatives, pesticides, food additives, pollutants, heavy metals, plastics as well as other environmental chemicals.
Liver is the first line-defense body organ
The liver produces bile, i.e., a greenish-yellow fluid, which is stored in the gallbladder. It is crucial for digesting fats and eliminating worn-out red blood cells and certain toxins from the body.
The gut becomes selectively permeable during digestion, so that the lymphatic system may pick up absorbed fats and carry them to the liver. Then, good fats get turned into cholesterol, hormones, cell membranes, brain and skin cells.
On the other hand, bad fats are processed and marked for elimination through bile that is absorbed by insoluble fiber and exits the body as fecal matter or poop.
Now you probably know why consuming diet high in dietary fiber is so important.
But, what is the contribution of the lymphatic system?
GALT or Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue is actually the lymphatic tissue, surrounding the entire intestinal tract.
As previously mentioned, this tissue absorbs and processes nutritional as well as toxic fats from the digestive system and carries it into the lymphatic system.
Additionally, both the digestive tissue and the lymphatic tissue have to be healthy for this process to function.
A few signs of a congested GALT:
• Extra weight around the belly
• Occasional headaches
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Swollen hands and feet
• Joint stiffness
• Skin irritations or itching
Why do toxins get accumulated as fat?
Typically, toxins that are accumulated into the lymph are neutralized by white blood cells in the lymph nodes. However, in case of an unhealthy digestive or congested lymphatic system, the process is severely impaired, so that the toxins make their way back to the liver.
Furthermore, as the liver becomes congested, it actually makes thicker, ineffective bile, resulting in a cycle of toxicity. So, the liver starts expelling the fat-soluble toxins into the blood stream. They can find their way into the fat cells, where they are accumulated for years and contribute to oxidation or free radical damage and degeneration, too.
How to remove toxins
This health issue can be triggered by food allergies, poor diet, excessive body weight, and high stress levels. Instead, stick to the following in order to help your body flush out toxins naturally.
1. Get fit
An active lifestyle will keep you young and healthy and prevent toxic overload. Also, sweating will help your body expel toxins through your skin.
Remember, the more you move, the more you stimulate your lymphatic and cardiovascular system. By keeping these two systems healthy, you will have no problems with waste removal.
You will keep your liver from becoming congested by periodically detoxifying it. Of course, there are a lot of safe and all-natural ways to carry out this process.
But, bear in mind, the more toxins you expose yourself to, the harder your body has to function to remove them. Therefore, it is advisable to buy organic foods whenever you can and clean your home with natural products.
3. Eat well
Make sure you get enough dietary fiber to absorb your bile, for instance fruits, calciferous vegetables and whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, teff, as they all do an excellent job and are rich in crucial nutrients.
Plus, respect any food sensitivities you may have, such as milk and gluten, which will lead to increased inflammation.
Stress is the major cause of inflammation that can interfere with the exchange of fats and nutrients in the Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue. Well, there are a number of excellent strategies you can use to de-stress and keep your body in harmony.