People’s susceptibility to the myriad of toxins they are exposed to depends on:
• the total chemical burden of the body
• the amount chemicals that need to be rendered harmless
• their lifestyle
• their general health
Unless they take steps to regularly detoxify, those who are exposed to too many toxins, and that would be the vast majority of people, their system will most likely become overloaded with toxins. There are many benefits associated with detoxification that will counteract the many problems that can occur for our lifestyles.
These problems can come about due to eating food contaminated with additives, hormones, and preservatives, or having a diet that consist mainly of highly processed food that is nutrient-deficient. Environmental toxins further contribute to the problem.
Unless the liver and other detoxification organs are able to deal with this toxic load, they end up being stored in our fat cells (mostly the liver but also the brain) as well as cell membranes and other lipid tissues. Because of the existing chemical overload, any new chemicals entering the body cannot be metabolized.
But how can you tell if you are overloaded with toxins? There are specific liver function tests available, but in addition in the table below we have listed some of the symptoms. You will probably notice a variety of these symptoms are non-specific and can indicate a toxic overload, a broad range of other issues, or sometimes nothing at all.
Look for instance at “burping”. It could either be a possible symptom of toxicity related to the digestive system and the liver, or it could simply be that you’ve accidentally swallowed some air. But if you simultaneously have a number symptoms on the list it is much more likely that you are suffering from a toxic overload.
So when reviewing this list, please keep this in mind and don’t jump to any premature conclusions. When in doubt, you can always check with your doctor. There are a range of tests you can ask for including:
• blood glucose test
• adrenal fatigue test
• h pylori breath test
• lung function test
• alcat test
• food intolerance test
• liver blood test
• lymph blood test
• gallbladder function test
• liver function tests
• skin allergy test
• kidney blood test
Symptoms of toxicity
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