There are eight different ways that toxins can damage our bodies and make us sick. We’ll take a closer look at all eight, but here’s a quick summary.
- Toxins poison enzymes, so they don’t work properly.
- Toxins damage cell membranes, so they don’t respond properly.
- Toxins damage DNA, which increases the rate of aging and degeneration.
- Toxins damage the organs.
- Toxins displace structural minerals, resulting in weaker bones.
- Toxins interfere with hormones and cause imbalances.
- Toxins modify gene expression.
- Toxins impair your ability to naturally detoxify.
1. Toxins poison enzymes so they don’t work properly.
Every bodily function depends on enzymes to manufacture molecules, produce energy, and create cell structures. Toxins damage enzymes, and by doing so, undermine countless bodily functions. Examples of this include inhibiting the production of hemoglobin in the blood, or lowering the body’s capacity to prevent the free-radical damage that accelerates aging.
2. Toxins damage cell membranes, so they don’t respond properly.
Damage to these membranes prevents them from getting important messages – insulin not signaling the cells to absorb more sugar, for example, or muscle cells not responding to the message from magnesium to relax.
3. Toxins damage DNA, which increases the rate of aging and degeneration.
Many commonly used pesticides, phthalates, improperly detoxified estrogens, and products containing benzene damage DNA.
4. Toxins damage the organs.
Toxins damage nearly all of your organs and systems. If your digestive tract, liver, and kidneys are so toxic that they are unable to detox effectively, then your detoxification will backfire and your body will remain toxic. This can cause a backlog of toxicity that will ultimately turn on disease-associated genes and cause illness.
5. Toxins displace structural minerals, resulting in weaker bones.
People need to maintain a healthy bone mass for lifelong mobility. When toxins displace the calcium present in bone, there is a twofold effect – weaker skeletal structures, and toxins released by bone loss, which then circulate throughout the body.
6. Toxins interfere with hormones and cause imbalances.
Toxins induce, inhibit, mimic, and block hormones. One example – arsenic disrupts thyroid hormone receptors on the cells, so the cells don’t get the message from the thyroid hormones that cause them to rev up metabolism. The result is inexplicable fatigue.
7. Toxins modify gene expression.
Our genes switch off and on to adapt to changes in our bodies and the outer environment. Many toxins activate or suppress our genes in undesirable ways. Due to this, genes that would normally not have been expressed, are – and therefore, disease that normally would not have occured is triggered.
8. Toxins impair your ability to naturally detoxify.
When you are very toxic and desperately need to detoxify, it’s harder to do than when you are not toxic. When you need your detox system most, that’s when it is most likely functioning below par. This is because the heavy toxic load you already carry has overwhelmed your detox capacity. The more toxins you have burdening your body, the greater the damage to your body’s detoxification pathways. Restoring your detox organs – and with them, your detox pathways – is so important. The net result is that you then can readily release toxins from your body.