Modern life brings many conveniences and benefits with it, but along with things like cars, smartphones, and quick foods come pollution. The environment we live in is full of toxic substances. Byproducts from manufacturing, mining, and commuting are just a few big ones worth mentioning. By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll be amazed at how many toxins there are, and you’ll be even more motivated to lose weight using the natural power of The Red Tea detox. The connection between toxins and fat may not be clear to you yet, but you’ll soon see how these two seemingly separate issues are deeply intertwined.
Fat and Toxins: A Deadly Connection
When you take toxins in, they make their way into your cells, including your fat tissues. Although your body has its own built-in detoxification system, it is not set up to adequately deal with all the toxins that come with life in today’s environment. The growing rates of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, autism, fatigue, heart disease, infertility, allergies, and obesity seen in modern society have a direct link to toxins inside our bodies.
Even biochemicals are harder for your body to eliminate than they were before outside toxins interfered and led to an overworked system. As a result, your immune system suffers, your metabolism suffers, and you stay tired, sick, and fat.
Many of the toxins that your body now holds are stored inside your fat cells. That’s a big part of the reason why there’s such an intense focus on losing weight fast during The Red Tea Detox. Getting rid of the fat and flushing the toxins happens simultaneously.
One of the reasons your body holds onto fat despite your best efforts is that it uses that fat as a “safe” storage facility for things like pesticides and mercury. Holding onto fat and retaining water are two mechanisms the body uses to dilute toxins in an attempt to cause the least amount of harm possible.
While the body will naturally flush toxins, it doesn’t happen if you keep on taking them in by following the standard American diet (SAD). As you keep on taking in toxins, your body’s defenses are triggered and your immune system steps in by increasing the amount of in infammation in the body.
Detoxing gives your body a much-needed break from the constant in flux of chemicals, and it allows your system to flush accumulated toxins. The herbs in my Red Tea recipe support detoxification by fighting in inflammation, boosting immunity, and helping with the waste removal process.
Where are Toxins Found?
Each and every day, your body is bombarded by chemicals and other toxins. Pesticides, herbicides, and even prescription medications are found in common foods, and they’re even found in the water that comes out of your kitchen tap. Toxins are often found in soil, air, and groundwater, and even clean-looking streams, rivers, and lakes can be polluted. Synthetic materials are all around us; these contain toxins, too.
Some sources of toxins are obvious. For example, drugs and tobacco, food additives such as dyes and arti cial avorings, and dirty air and water are a few things you may already avoid.
Other sources of toxins are less prominent. Did you know that many household products and personal care preparations contain toxins? These are absorbed when you breathe fumes, as well as when you apply things like arti cial fragrances and petroleum-based moisturizers to your skin.
Toxins from outside sources are called exogenous toxins. Think of these as anything that can be absorbed via breathing, eating, drinking, or contact.
Your body creates toxins, too. These most often come from byproducts that are created during times of stress, as well as from byproducts of persistent, negative emotional states. Known as endogenous toxins, these and other self-produced toxins are part of your body’s biochemical processes.
Let’s take a closer look at toxins. I’m not here to frighten you, but you deserve to know the truth about what’s going into your body and where it all comes from. The Red Tea Detox will clear your system and give you a clean slate; rst though, it’s helpful to know what you’re dealing with.
Toxins in food
Food is meant to nourish our bodies and minds, but many of the products that pass as “food” these days ought to make its way directly into the nearest garbage can. True, there are often toxins in natural foods, but the worst o enders are processed things like cereals, white bread, trans-fats, and other items that have been chemically altered.
Manufacturers didn’t mean to harm anyone when they rst set out to create shelf-stable foods; in fact, they were trying to solve serious hunger problems that plagued people for centuries before safe, reliable methods for storing food came into being. Today though, food manufacturers know full well that they are producing harmful substances yet many do not care that their products are contributing to sickness and death. Common food toxins include:
- Nitrates & Nitrites in processed meats. When nitrites are exposed to heat when in the presence of amino acids, they can turn to nitrosamines which are dangerous carcinogens. Most processed meats contain sodium nitrites. Considering these are high-protein foods, it’s the perfect combination for nitrosamine to form.
- Too much omega-6 fatty acid in industrial seed oils like cottonseed, corn, soybean, sa ower, etc.
- Processed sugar, particularly high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
- Genetically modi ed foods, particularly GMO corn and soy
- Built-up pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics and other toxins such as steroids and BHT found in animal products including meat, eggs, and dairy
- Pesticides and herbicides found on conventionally grown produce and grain
Toxins in food are almost unavoidable. Eating a clean, organic diet will help you stay healthy and reduce your overall toxic load.View Our top 5 Healthy Kitchen Essentials for weightloss
Toxins in water
Almost all life on the planet relies on water for life, so it’s incredible that this precious resource is so often treated with blatant disregard. We are led to believe that treated water is safe to drink and bathe in; and to a certain extent, this is true since deadly pathogens are usually removed before water reaches our taps.
But many toxins are not removed from tap water, and many of these often nd their way into natural sources of water, too. Pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, and heavy metals like mercury, lead, and arsenic are often present in trace amounts. They don’t make you feel sick right away, but they do accumulate in your body. And, adding a bit of insult to injury, anyone who is drinking or bathing in treated tap water is also absorbing toxic byproducts of the water treatment process, such as chlorine.
How do all these pollutants make their way into our water supply? There are several ways:
- Industrial wastes like lead, arsenic, mercury, and petrochemicals leach into streams and rivers
- Automotive fluids like antifreeze, gasoline, and car oil go down storm drains and eventually ow into waterways
- Lawn chemicals and waste from conventional farms – including fertilizers, massive amounts of animal waste, herbicides, and pesticides leach into groundwater and eventually make their way into waterways
- Water percolates through land lls heaped with garbage, dead animals, and chemical waste, making its way into groundwater and waterways
- Factory farms or CAFOs (con ned animal feeding operations) that raise animals like chickens, pigs, and cattle for the meat industry release animal waste into waterways. The waste often contains pollutants including antibiotics, steroids, hormones, and other pharmaceuticals.
Water travels quickly from one place to another. Everything ows downstream. Even if you live in a pristine neighborhood, your water supply may contain harmful contaminants.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to deal with toxins from water. Installing a whole-house ltration system can help you and your family avoid waterborne toxins in the future. If you can’t do that, at least treat yourself to a good system for ltering the water you drink. There are several inexpensive options available including water ltration systems that can sit on your kitchen counter without any expensive or complicated installations.
Toxins in air
Oxygen is vital to life, and the air we breathe should be full of it. Unfortunately, dirty air is everywhere these days – and this is true even if you live in a clean environment. Wind carries toxins like auto exhaust, smoke from wild res, harmful gases from re neries and factories, and even radioactive particles all over the planet. Less-harmful toxins like dust, mold, pet dander, and mildew are present in the air too, and we’re often subjected to things like paint fumes, perfumes, and arti cially scented cleaners.
The dirtier the air you breathe, the less oxygen you get with every breath and the more toxins your body is forced to deal with. Avoiding obvious sources of air pollution can help reduce your load.
Toxins in soil
Dirt’s dirt, right? Unfortunately, that is no longer true. In many places, hazardous waste was poured directly onto the soil for decades or even longer than a century, and this waste can harm plants, animals, and people as it sloughs o .
Hospitals, manufacturers, and everyday consumers contribute to toxins in soil. Things like batteries, old electronics, leftover pesticides, herbicides, auto chemicals, and paint make their way into the soil when they are discarded, and from there, they leach into groundwater.
Some soil toxins are taken up by plants and directly consumed by people and animals. Others run off into streams when it rains, or make their way into floodwaters. Some toxins are particularly persistent; for example, mercury accumulates in the environment and moves around, usually making its way into waterways and then being consumed by small organisms. As larger organisms eat smaller ones, they take up the mercury. And as you may already know, fish often carry massive mercury loads – some, like tuna, are often so full of mercury that pregnant women and small children are advised against eating them.
Knowing where your food comes from can help you stay safe. Avoiding fish that might contain mercury (usually apex species like tuna, shark, sword fish, etc.) can help you reduce your load. Shellish like shrimp contain it too.
Once mercury gets into your system, symptoms like insomnia, tremors, headaches, emotional changes, impaired nerves, thyroid, and kidney problems can result. A standard detox will not remove mercury from your body. If you are concerned that you may be carrying a high mercury load, see your doctor for testing. Treatment for toxicity includes chelation therapy, which is to date the only reliable way to clear mercury and other heavy metals from the body. If you have mercury amalgam llings, speaking to your dentist about getting these removed is also a great way to reduce the amount of mercury you expose your body to.
Toxins in synthetic materials
Fabrics are everywhere – and these days, most of the fabric in our lives is synthetic or at least part-synthetic. These complex fabrics often o er a great blend of comfort, easy care, and attractive appearance, but many of them have been treated with formaldehyde, chemical-based dyes, re retardant, and more.
Washing fabrics well before using them can help. Just be sure to wash your clothing with non- toxic detergents free from added fragrance. Filtering indoor air to remove gases that come from sources such as new carpet, drapes, furniture, and other textiles can help, too. If you get a new car, be aware that much of the “new car smell” that many people and pleasant comes from chemicals found in plastic and fabrics; ventilate your vehicle well and often to reduce your exposure.
Toxins in Self-Care Products
When I say that toxins are everywhere, I truly mean they are found in nearly every single product we come across today. This includes self-care products. Think deodorants, mascara, body washes, and lotion. We have to be careful and read the ingredient list on each product we put on our body. Things like formaldehyde, phthalates, fragrance, BHA, and BHT are commonly found in these products and can cause hormonal disruption among many other health issues. The best way to avoid these toxins is to choose products that are specially labeled as being “non-toxic” and to look up all the products you currently use on Ewg.org.
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