Toxins Stored in Your Fat Cells Are Making You FAT and SWOLLEN. Here’s How to Cleanse Them. 10.1k Shares Share Share Pin Share
We are all designed to continuously and naturally remove toxins from the body. But in today’s toxic environment, and with our constant exposure to chemical-laden foods, toxicity is almost impossible to avoid and our digestive system and liver can easily become overwhelmed. There are two kinds of toxins: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxins are easily flushed out of the body via the blood and kidneys, but the fat-soluble toxins are a challenge for the body to remove.
These fat-soluble toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, food additives, pollutants, plastics and other environmental chemicals must become water-soluble for the body to eliminate them fully. This happens mostly in the liver, but if our digestive and detox pathways are not functioning optimally, these toxins find their way from the liver to the blood, fat cells, and brain, where they can store for years, setting you up for health concerns down the road. (1-4)
I believe that if we keep our digestion, stress levels and detoxification pathways balanced, we can prevent dangerous chemicals and toxins from storing in our bodies.
How It Works
When we digest a meal, the nutritional and toxic fats are shuffled through the stomach into the small intestine where bile secreted from the liver and gallbladder emulsifies them. In the small intestine, there are millions of small villi and lacteals, which are little finger-like “grasses,” or mucus membranes, that sweep the gut and help absorb nutritional fats and send the toxic fats on to the liver for processing. If this detoxification pathway is not properly working, the body can store the toxic fats, rather than remove them.
The Most Important ½ Inch of the Body
The very beginning of the body’s lymphatic system is called the Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue (GALT), which surrounds the entire intestinal tract. This is what I call, “the most important half inch in your body,” because it is here that lacteals help absorb and process both nutritional and toxic fats. The ¼ inch on theinside of the gut wall must have those villi and lacteals functioning well, and the ¼ inch on the outside of the gut (which is that lymph tissue) must not be congested. (5-9)
The lymphatic system around the gut will take all the absorbed fats back to the liver where the good fats are put to use making cholesterol, cell membranes, hormones, brain cells and skin, to name a few. The toxins are processed by the liver and earmarked for elimination. When the lymphatic system becomes congested, this natural process of using good fats and discarding bad fats can be severely compromised.
Symptoms of a Congested GALT Affecting the Lymphatic System are: (5-9)
- Elimination concerns
- Holding extra weight around your belly
- Skin irritations or itching
- Swollen hands and feet
- Breast swelling and tenderness during the menstrual cycle
- Occasional headaches
- Joint stiffness
It’s All About Elimination
There are many factors such as diet and stress that can irritate the intestinal villi and compromise the function of the bowels. Excessive stress can cause the intestinal villi to dry out, causing occasional constipation. A history of constipation can dry out these villi (grass-like mucus membranes) and force them to produce a reactive mucus.
If this mucus is excessive, the stools could appear normal (1-3 regular bowel movements a day), but you could still be unhealthy and bloated or carrying extra belly weight. If the mucus is even more excessive, the stools can become looser, diarrhea-like and more frequent. If you EVER see mucus in your stool, this should be addressed right away. When this happens, the villi become congested and bogged down in the excess mucus.
This means that the delivery of good fats, excretion
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