Detoxing - How do our bodies get to a state where we need to?
In the last post we talked about what signs to look out for that may indicate your body isn't quite functioning as well as it should. This post looks at why the body can become distressed to the point it needs a detox.
And in that word is the key word: stress. Stress is defined in different ways depending on whether your looking at engineering, biology, neurology, linguistics etc. The commonality is pressure, emphasis, strain etc. So when we look at the human body and mind, stress to us is anything that places undue pressure on our biology and physiology. Stress isn't always us running around going "OMG I'm soooooooooooooooo stressed". Stress will manifest itself in many ways, take the following conditions; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Shingles. All of these originate from a stressor, and that stressor can be internally or externally emotional or physical. An internal stressor may be an infection which is often found in things like Shingles, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.
There are lots of things that act as stressors/toxins on the body. What you need to understand is the liver you have today, is the same liver we had 1000 years ago. BUT the toxins are not the same. We have not evolved enough to meet the demands of the toxic load yet.
So this gets us a little closer to understanding why your body would start to present symptoms such as constipation, anxiety, fatigue, bad skin, bloating...etc.
If you accidently ingested poison what would happen? Your blood pressure would either drop or elevate, you'd get either a hot or cold sweat, your stomach may hurt or you'd feel nauseas, you may feel anxiety, your breathing would be rapid and shallow. In a nutshell, you'd feel pretty unbalanced and certainly you'd feel 'toxic' as the poison travels through your blood. This is an example of an external factor (poison) creating internal stress (tissue damage) in your body. Your body is built for survival so the symptoms you feel is your body telling you that something is wrong and out of balance and that you need to act quickly.
If your body is under stress it will let you know. Now, here's the interesting thing - emotional stress will also have the same effect on your body. Something will occur, your adrenalin and cortisol levels will raise, this will create a cascade effect of hormones. inflammatory cytokines and immune factors. The body becomes more acidic and creates an environment for toxins, bacteria, parasites, yeasts and moulds to proliferate. As the body becomes inflamed and acidic, the entire metabolic state changes as your body uses calcium from bone to buffer the acidity, the abdomen will increase with body fat as cortisol continues to be released, this belly fat will then start releasing hormones itself . Over time we start feeling "not so great" with "non-specific fatigue" or "irritable bowel with no known cause" and other things that doctors can't diagnose.
Taking this one step further, most disease is a progression of cells and tissue that were inflamed, under stress and trying to retain some sort of homeostasis. So if you're body isn't feeling great, then this is your first warning sign to start looking at your general health and the health of your organs. When we feel like this, medical blood tests typically won't show that anything is wrong, it's only when they do show that something is wrong it starts becoming a little too late. As they say, prevention is better than cure, and your body under stress will tell you when it would like you to take preventative action.
Our bodies were designed to deal with stressors, and were designed to not need detoxing. But when we become overloaded or overweight the organs can't do their job properly and so we need to intervene. I can tell you back in the paleolithic days, they certainly didn't need to detox.
To conclude, here are a few examples of stressors, but trust me, the list is endless: Poisons, divorce, christmas rush, pesticides, work deadlines, traffic, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fatty acids, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, allergy causing foods, pollens and other allergens, video games, overtraining, technology, peer pressure at work.