Let’s face it, we live in a toxic world and are exposed to a whole plethora of toxins on a daily basis. These toxins need to be broken down by our systems and safely excreted otherwise they will have negative implications on your health and be stored to prevent any further damage.
The liver has a very important role in the overall functioning of the body and its vitality levels. Some of its functional roles are:
Common toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis come from many varying sources. Environmental pollution if you live in cities or developed areas or pesticides and agricultural chemicals if you live in the countryside. If you consume a lot of non-organic food items, consistently use cleaning chemicals, cosmetics and hair colouring solutions, perfumes and deodorants, soaps and shampoos. The consumption of food additives and then there is the by-products from food processing and cooking, heavy metals, plastics, Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s from carpets and plastics), paints, cooking utensils. Also pharmaceutical medicines, recreational drugs, sunscreens and even your own metabolic wastes create inflammation and stress on the elimination organs.
Certain toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides are difficult for the body to metabolise so they are stored in fatty tissues to protect them from damaging the system. Over time these toxins degrade the fatty tissues in the nervous system and brain leading to a range of neurological conditions.
Once a toxin enters your system it needs to be metabolised. Once it is absorbed into the blood circulation your antioxidant defences will attempt to neutralise the toxins. They will then enter the liver where several mechanisms are in place the deal with toxins. Your channels of elimination (kidney’s, lymph, skin and bowels) will attempt to excrete the remaining metabolised chemicals through your urine, faeces and sweat. If these organs are congested and sub-optimal in their role of elimination then the toxins are quite often resorbed into the system and a higher level of homocysteine is created.
Apart from accumulating in fatty tissues toxins also trigger elevated levels of inflammation, block endocrine hormone receptor sites, increase immune reactions increasing autoimmune and allergy reactions, aggravate nervous tissues leading to irritability and poor sleep patterns.
So essentially toxins can impact on every body function. Your particular genetic weaknesses tend to be the first area to be affected. If you are prone to allergies then this may be the first symptoms, if you are prone to arthritis this may be affected. If you are prone to hormonal imbalances, then this may be an issue. But toxins can literally influence each and every condition in the body. This is why a well-constructed, safe cleansing program is beneficial for all health conditions.
Homocysteine is an intermediary toxic substance produced in the metabolism of sulphur proteins. The levels are largely determined by nutritional status and lifestyle choices. Lifestyle choices that increase homocysteine are: