This means that it’s hard to lose weight because your fat cells are storing toxins. Toxins get packed away in our fat cells to protect our organs, brain and nervous system from damage. So it’s a smart thing, however, when you have excess weight and toxic burden inside your fat cells, your body doesn’t want to break open the cells, and release that toxic load into your system.
So what are toxins?
They are chemicals in our environment that we are exposed to, all of us, in the air, in the water, and in the ground. Things like pesticides being sprayed (living near a golf course or agriculture you are exposed to a high toxic burden from the sprays they use). A lot of toxins are what we call endocrine-disrupting chemicals, that get in your body and mess with your estrogen receptors and behave as bad (fake or xeno) estrogens. Think things like estrogen dominance, fibroid and cyst growth, girls getting periods at a young age.
There are also heavy metals that can be toxins, chemicals in your body products, your cleaning products, in your furniture and carpet…. we could go on and on about sources of exposures that we have. It’s definitely a thing worth tackling, to clean up the things in your life that you can control. We can’t control everything, but there are things we can control. One example is what you put on your body and face – make sure that it’s 100% clean, with no damaging chemicals.
Why do toxins prevent weight loss?
If you have too much toxicity, your body does not want to break open fat cells. Why would you have too much toxicity compared to the next person? Well, part of it has to do with exposures, and part of it has to do with your body’s ability to detox – your detox function and capacity. Ideally,nari you want your body’s detox systems to keep up with your exposures. This means the net amount of toxins and chemicals that come into your body is something you can manage. They don’t have to get packed away in fat cells.
However, if you have a lot of exposures, or if your detox capacity is sluggish or impaired (which can be a genetic thing or can be related to your lifestyle, or nutrient status – all of which can be fixed or helped), then detox starts to get sluggish, not as efficient, and excess weight can get really stuck.
what to do?
We can assess your toxic burden and detox function in many different ways, including:
- Checking liver and kidney function, as these are your primary detox organs.
- Assessing gall bladder and gut function. Most of what your liver processes enter your GI tract with bile for excretion. You want smooth bile flow and exceptional elimination.
- Analyzing genetics and compensating for genetic variations that contribute to poor detox.
- Assessing methylation function and supporting with a methylation diet and lifestyle if needed.
- Checking glutathione status, essential for detox.
- Boosting detox support on a daily basis through foods, teas, and nutrients.
- Doing a deeper detox on a regular basis. Read more about a Functional Detox or Cleanse.
- Testing your toxic burdens, such as glyphosate, environmental chemicals, and heavy metals.
Stay tuned for the next root cause,