The ability to detoxify is a major determinant of a person’s level of health. Our environment is polluted with toxins and harmful substances. One of the keys of anti-aging is to identify useful ways to detoxify our exposure to toxic elements including our air, water and food. The reason is simple – the more toxins you ingest, the faster you age. The accumulation of toxins can wreak havoc on our normal metabolic processes.
What is a Toxin?
It is defined as any compound that has a detrimental effect on cell function or structure. Some toxins may have minimal negative effects and others can be fatal.
Toxins include industrial chemicals and their polluted by-products, pesticides, additives in our foods, heavy metals, anesthetics, drug deposits, environmental hormones, and secondary smoke. Internally, oxidized fats, cholesterol and free radicals act as toxins.
Once the internal detoxification system becomes overloaded, toxic metabolites begin to accumulate. We also become progressively more sensitive to other chemicals, some of which are normally non-toxic.
Long term exposure to toxins can result in metabolic and genetic alternations that can affect cell growth, behaviour and immune response. Molecular structures of toxins are carcinogenic as they interact with human DNA. The World Health Organization has implicated environmental toxic chemicals in over 60 to 80 per cent of all cancer cases.
The body eliminates toxins either by directly neutralizing them or by excreting them in urine or feces, as well as through the lungs and skin. The toxins that the body can’t eliminate build up in our tissues. The liver, intestines, and kidneys are the primary organs of detoxification. The goal of detoxification is to:
- Reduce the amount of toxins and pollution entering our body, therefore easing the burden on our detoxification organs
- Promote healthy eating, nutrition, and supplementation to help our body efficiently detoxify the toxins
Benefits of Detoxification
- Strengthen the body’s ability to fight against cancer cells
- Purify the blood
- Eliminate toxins
- Eliminate inflammation in our digestive tract
- Cleanse mucous and congestion
- Improve immune system
- Eliminate lifestyle addictions for sugar, alcohol, junk food, nicotine, salt, etc.
The concept of internal cleansing and detoxification has been around for centuries. There are many different methods of detoxification available, including infrared sauna therapy. Book an appointment with Donna to learn which method of detoxification is right for you.