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How Toxic are you?
Modern lifestyle contributes to the content of toxins in our body system. Today toxins are everywhere, in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat, even in the medicines we consume.
These toxins are very dangerous and accumulative, and can cause damage to the body’s detoxification system and disruption of the body’s metabolic processor.
As a result we can suffer from headaches, chronic fatigue, muscle pain, indigestion, respiratory disorders, allergies, problems of the skin, and many more losses that we get from toxins.
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What is Toxin?
Toxins are any form of substance that has a destructive effect on the cell function and cell structure of the body. Some types of toxins are fatal, and some others are lighter.
Sources of toxins include:
- Heavy metals,e.g. mercury (Mercury, Hg), lead or in English lead (Plumbum, Pb), as well as aluminum (Al). People living in urban and industrial areas are particularly vulnerable to being contaminated with these metals.
- Toksikan (for) the liver,for example chemicals, medicines, food preservatives, pesticides, and herbicides. These substances are common in the body either intentionally (e.g. drugs), or by accident, such as being carried away by food (food preservatives, or pesticides / herbicides carried by vegetables due to poor washing). In the body, the liver serves as a detoxification for the body, working to convert substances that are toxic to the body into non-toxic substances. But as a result of this function, over time the heart will also be damaged when ‘attacked’ in droves.
- Microbial compounds,e.g. toxins secreted by bacteria and fungi (e.g. aflatoxins secreted by mold commonly found in nuts).
- Protein decomposition products, in this case the protein in question is any protein that we eat. The results of proteins such as urea and ammonia will be removed through the kidneys in charge of filtering the blood. Similarly to the liver, if you experience a ‘attack’ of tubi, the kidneys can also be damaged.
Body Detoxification System
Our bodies actually have their own detoxification mechanisms. The main detoxification system of the body is:
- Skin, through sweat
- Intestines, through stools and gastric fluid
- Kidneys, through urine
- Liver, through enzymatic process so that toxins can dissolve more and the toxic effect is reduced / lost
To check the presence of body toxins, a physical examination is required by a doctor. Doctors will also look at the history of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, kidney stones, psoriasis, hormone use, exposure to chemicals and metals, antibiotic use, viral hepatitis and alcohol use. If necessary, a sample of urine, feces, blood or even hair may be necessary for laboratory analysis.
Detoxification by the Liver
Normal liver conditions have an important function to protect the body from the dangers of cancer, since almost 90 percent of cancers are caused by environmental carcinogens, such as water, food, air and malnutrition. But this liver function can also be influenced by factors such as age, lack of activity and malnutrition. Liver function can actually be improved significantly by eating nutritious foods, and taking traditional medicines or herbal drugs that serve to improve liver function. With normal liver function, about 99 percent of toxins and bacterial toxins can be removed.
Once the toxin has been converted into an un toxic form, then the toxin must be removed immediately. Bile provides bile fluids for transporting toxic substances and cholesterol. In the intestine, this liquid will be absorbed by fiber, and carried with fiber to be removed through the stool. Foods low in fiber can result in at least a toxin being discharged, and as a result many toxins are left in the body. Worse, bacteria in the gut will turn those toxins into more dangerous forms.
The enzymatic process of the liver works to neutralize unwanted chemical compounds such as drugs, pesticides, and toxins from the stomach. This process produces free radicals that can damage the liver, unless the body has enough antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Therefore, eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, grains and legumes is an ideal way to provide the nutrients that the body needs. When a person experiences damage to the enzymatic processes of the liver, the person will easily become tired, and tend to be more prone to indigestion and allergies. All this can be avoided if the person has a healthy lifestyle and always eats healthy and nutritious food. Avoiding refined sugars, refined sugars and alcohols is one wise way to avoid liver damage. Taking multivitamins is very important, together with vitamin C, E and Beta-carotene. B vitamin groups are essential, and herbal drugs such as silymarin have been shown to be effective at maintaining liver health.
How to Detoxify?
Actually we can help the body do its own detoxification. But this detox requires a careful plan and should ideally be done at certain times / periodically, routinely and under the supervision of medical personnel or doctors. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and doing regular physical activity also helps digestion and detoxification process. Diet
- Diet, Ideally is a type of diet low in fat, high in complex carbohydrates. Try to avoid sugar, alcohol, fats, illegal drugs and other substances of a destructive nature. Focus on nutritious foods that contain a lot of water and soluble fiber such as apples and peaar, as well as legumes, broccoli and cabbage. Foods rich in cell content are also very useful, for example onions. In general, fresh food, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, grains and legumes are the best options. Also Read : Detox Diet
- Cleansing anddetoxifying, herbs can be used to cleanse the system of parasites and bacteria in the intestines and also other organisms.
- Fasting , A quick way to get rid of toxic substances and improve the process of recovery of the liver is to fast. The number of days and the type of fasting varies. It is okay with a three-day fast with just water and fruit juice, but make sure you get advice from a professional. During fasting, avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks. Rest is also important. After fasting, slowly re-get your body used to solid food.
- Supplements,in addition to using supplements for nutritional needs in general, also use herbal supplements to support liver function.
More important than the above points are a long-term detoxification program that is measured through lifestyle changes, and taking supplements to help cleanse the digestive tract and support liver function. Regular fasting performed periodically is a good way to help avoid the accumulation of toxic substances in the body. If you are trying to follow a detox program provided by a professional institution, you should know that each institution does have its own way but everything is based on the above principles.