Detoxification helps to rid toxins from the body, can improve health, and aid in weight loss. Our bodies are pre-equipped to eliminate toxins through sophisticated physiological processes involving the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs; however, these avenues of elimination are only effective when functioning properly.
Since many toxins are stored in adipose tissue and fat cells, weight loss can be a deep form of detoxification. Toxins are mobilized to be eliminated by the body when fat stores are burned for energy during weight loss. However, if the natural metabolic pathways to purge the toxins are hindered or impaired, the body cannot detoxify properly, accumulating toxins and leading to severe health issues. Sometimes our bodies need a little assistance and support to get back in good working order, which is especially true when overburdened by toxins.
Symptoms related to toxicity include:
- Digestive problems
- Skin conditions
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Behavior and mood disorders
- Neurological disorders
In the US, 1 in 3 adults are considered overweight, and more than 2 out of 3 Americans over 20 are reportedly overweight or obese. Furthermore, the US ranks as the 12th most obese country globally and has the highest obesity statistics of 22 industrialized nations.
Individuals that are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing a serious disease or health condition like:
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Many types of cancer
- Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, or other mental disorders
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- Fatty liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Sleep apnea and breathing problems
- High LDL Cholesterol, low HDL Cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
Thankfully, even moderate weight loss (as little as 5-10%) and improved lifestyle changes like healthy eating and increased regular physical activity can reduce the risk of these health issues.