“Most people do not realize there is a huge association between
a toxic body and the ability to lose weight.”
Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP
There is simply nothing healthy about too much body fat. Not exactly “breaking news”, right? Consider this: too much fat is not only unhealthy, but downright toxic. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize there is a huge association between a toxic body and the ability to lose weight. Like so many others, you may have tried everything to lose weight such as becoming a “gym rat” (constantly jumping from gym to gym seeking the latest piece of equipment or the perfect trainer), trying every new fad diet that promises you will look twenty years younger, scouring the internet in search of the latest weight-loss “secret” or fat burning pill, or obsessively eyeing the scale every morning. If you have jumped through all these hoops and have yet to experience any significant weight loss (or have even gained back weight that had been lost), cheer up! There is hope. Perhaps it’s time to get honest with yourself and take another perspective by learning about body toxicity and how achieve total body health and well-being. Among other health benefits, this will literally melt those stubborn pounds off. Sound too good to be true? Well, take a deep breath, relax, and read on…
Reasons for a Toxic Body
The more toxic or inflamed your body becomes, the more difficult it will be to lose weight and, more importantly, keep it off. The air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink can combine with negative emotions (often caused by endless hours of TV, radio, and other media) to provide a constant stream of toxins in the body that significantly impact our health. This can result in inflammation and corresponding accumulations of fat, which can make losing weight difficult or nearly impossible. From what I have observed with my clients, there is a definite link between the ability to lose weight and the toxicity levels in the body. In other words, if body toxicity is not dealt with, the ability to lose weight it hampered.
The build-up of toxic and irritating chemicals causes inflammation throughout the body. For example, toxins like PCBs, which also accumulate in fat and therefore damage it, are likely to be a huge concern. Most folks are consuming the Standard American Diet (SAD), which includes hormone and anti-biotic laden meat and dairy, grain-fed chicken, and even fish that is farm raised and fed with fertilizers. As we ingest these foods, the hormones and chemicals find their way into our digestive tract, which composes up to 80% of the immune system. Let’s not forget the mercury that is found in most fish, the chemicals and solvents in Acrylic nails, chemicals and toxic excipients in our personal care products that we slather on our body everyday and mercury in amalgam dental fillings. All of these are toxic and harmful to our health, and they are also disastrous to our attempts at losing excess weight.
Love Handles & Stomach Pouches
The “love handles” and “stomach pouch” around your waist could actually be toxic-waste storage sites! Toxins may trigger inflammation, which is a huge health issue and the primary cause of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, and many other degenerative diseases. These are the areas of the body where most people have difficulty losing weight. Could it be because most diets do not teach how to eliminate toxic over-load? I believe the answer is a resounding YES. As we said above, inflammation is strongly related to the foods we consume.
A Toxic Body Often Exhibits the Following Health Concerns
- Chronic Fatigue
- Heart Disease
- Memory Loss
- Premature Aging of Skin
- Skin Disorders
- Hormone Imbalances
- Emotional Disorders
- Autoimmune Disease
- Constipation and Digestive Tract Issues
When you have a toxic body and your liver and digestive tract is unable to process and eliminate toxins effectively, you can develop a condition called “toxic overload”. Some initial symptoms of toxic overload include lack of energy, depression, cravings for sugar, environmental allergies, food sensitivities, and excessive mucus production. Other signs of a toxic body include foggy thinking, mood changes, constipation, sallow and saggy skin, respiratory issues, joint aches, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and easily contracting colds, flu, and infections.
Diet and a Toxic Body
Most of us consume far less fiber than the body needs, while simultaneously ingesting excessive amounts of white sugar, refined white flour, saturated fats/hydrogenated oils, and way too much non-organic animal protein. The digestive tract needs fiber to help neutralize toxins and to keep things moving in the intestinal system.
Diets rich in organic whole grains, organic legumes, and organic fresh vegetables and fruits provide the digestive tract with an abundance of fiber which is a must when dealing with inflammation. But how many of us eat that way? Unfortunately, not many. Because we are a society of convenience, we are more likely to consume fatty, sugary and floury foods, or to go on the latest low carbohydrate / low fiber diets. The result is that the acidic food we eat sits in our digestive tract for days, where it gradually putrefies. This causes the stomach to bloat along with constipation, which adds even more poisons to the body. It also extremely challenges our already over-taxed liver, which as the main filter of the body, is supposed to filter out all toxins and poisons. The liver is very forgiving and does the best it can even under the harshest of circumstances, but after a while it will begin to operate less efficiently and will be unable to properly metabolize fat due to the daily assault of toxins. Hormones are also metabolized in the liver, and if not processed properly, weight gain can result, especially for women. Performing liver/gallbladder flushing along with total digestive cleansing is essential to not only a healthy intestinal tract, but will also help to alleviate the on-slaught of toxins that the body is exposed to on a daily basis.
Some people actually do lose weight on a low carbohydrate diet, but there may be a price to pay. The effects of low carbohydrate diets are disastrous for both health and long-term weight loss. Low carbohydrate diets encourage the over-consumption of very acidic foods such as high protein meats like beef, chicken, fish, and pork. They also discourage the consumption of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, which actually help to purify, add oxygen to the body and eliminate toxins. The result is the ingestion of way too much protein, along with insufficient amounts of stomach acid and enzymes to digest it efficiently. Emotional stress, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and poor exercise and dietary habits have also conspired together to deprive the body of adequate amounts of stomach acid that is needed for proper digestion. All of these factors combine to make it difficult to digest the excessive amounts of meat recommended on low-carb diets. It then putrefies in the digestive tract, overloads the liver and intestines, and leads to inflammation and weight gain.
Elimination Concerns = Toxic Body = Inability to Lose Weight
Every one of us have a toxic body to some degree, and we all have a certain amount of poisons stored in our bodies. We can compare this to not taking out the garbage in our home every day. Soon the garbage piles up, begins to overflow, and the odor begins to consume our home. This is essentially what happens in your body when you take in toxins and don’t get rid of them via proper and effective elimination. The body has a very efficient waste management system that keeps you healthy when it is functioning properly. However, like a home where the garbage is not removed, your digestive tract (remember this is where 80% of your immune system is located) can become overwhelmed with toxins that may result in inflammation which then can cause a myriad of diseases.
How can this be avoided? Unless you live in a bubble, toxins cannot be entirely eliminated because we have allowed our planet, air, and food sources to become so very polluted. The chemicals used in pre-packaged and GMO foods, prescription drugs, synthetic supplements, household cleaning products, personal care products and lawn care products all contain numerous toxins. We literally walk through a maze of hormones, electrical-magnetic frequencies, and dangerous chemicals just by going outside!
The Weight Loss Solution
Don’t lose hope. There is a solution to every situation. The answer for a toxic body is “detoxification”—a process that will help you begin to eliminate toxins which will then help you to lose weight and eliminate inflammation to boot.
This is NOT about popping pills, eating mass quantities of only two to three “special” foods, or exercising until you drop. It IS about cleaning up your body by removing toxic overload and enabling it to be in a position to heal and repair itself and let go of fat.
We must be aware of the fact that during cleansing and detoxification, our cells, tissues, and organs start to dump accumulated waste products from cellular metabolism, as well as chemicals, pesticides and other toxins. Many people will actually feel a bit worse during the detoxification and cleansing period. However, this is only the initial result of truly eliminating built-up toxins. While it may be uncomfortable for a while, it will not last long, nor will it harm you. Actually, it is a good sign that the body is responding to the cleansing efforts.
There are some very simple steps that you can implement to aid your body with the removal of harmful chemicals and toxins and to help your waste management system keep them out as well.
Ways to Decrease Your Exposure to Toxins
- IMPORTANT. Perform a liver/gallbladder cleanse once every two weeks for the first two months. Thereafter, do a flush quarterly at the beginning of every season. Perform a complete digestive tract cleanse before doing your first liver/gallbladder flush. After your digestive tract cleanse and liver/gallbladder cleanse, perform a chemical and heavy metal cleanse.
- Consume half of your body weight every day in ounces of clean, pure, or filtered water. Avoid tap water. Purchase a water filtration for your home or use a water filter carafe, as most bottled water is not healthy and possibly full of toxins.
- Eat more organic plant-based foods and less meat and dairy. Thoroughly wash all vegetables, fruits and meats before preparing. Eating at home will not only save you money but will also save your body from the toxic ingredients of fast food and pre-packaged foods.
- Consume healthy fats and oils every day, such as organic flax seed oil, hemp seed oil and coconut oil. Eliminate all hydrogenated oils and fats.
- Avoid inhaling smoke of any kind. Make your home a “smoke-free zone.” Incorporate ionic air purification in your home and place of work.
- Wear protective gloves and masks when using any type of chemicals or solvents.
- Replace all home-cleaning and lawn chemicals with organic products.
- As you lose weight and fight inflammation, work with your healthcare practitioner to try to eliminate as many prescription medications as possible, including over-the-counter meds. This will give your liver a huge break, and will allow it to be more effective at ridding your body of built up toxins.
- Take a good probiotic every single day.
- Take an organic multi-vitamin/mineral complex every day.
- Take digestive and systemic enzymes every day. This will help tremendously with inflammation.