Maybe you didn’t think about this topic before but toxins, in fact, can slow down the weight loss process. That’s why all these “detox programs” are so popular last years. There is no need to follow the hype and start drinking smoothies all day long, but it’s always a good idea to eliminate toxins as much as possible and detoxify your body from time to time.
It becomes even more crucial for women with PCOS. The researchers found that environmental toxins triggered the ovarian disease. If your body stores a lot of toxins, the PCOS symptoms become worse. You may also experience bloating, digestive issues, constant fatigue, and moodiness.
How toxins affect weight loss
Our body is made to fight and eliminate internal and external attacks of viruses, fungi, bacteria, and even modest amounts of poison. Once our bodies realize they have been invaded by these contaminants, a number of systems kick in, including our liver and kidneys. Our bodies redirect these toxins to these areas, where they are hopefully broken down and eliminated. But if these systems are getting overwhelmed and don’t work properly, the toxins are sent to be stored away until they can be dealt with, and our body does this by diverting them to our fat cells.
But nowadays this turns into a problem. As environmental toxins levels climb, our systems get overwhelmed more and more, and this process gets up-ended. More toxins (and more fat) are getting stored away for later disposal, but our bodies struggle to keep up with what’s coming in. Our bodies attempt to keep up with the demand for storage, and exposure to the toxins leads you to gain weight. And the yo-yo effect truly begins.
If you want to lose weight effectively, you need to know that toxins may be the reason for fat gain. The presence of toxins can reprogram your DNA to change your biochemistry, making you create more fat. But at the same time, when you burn fat toxins are inadvertently released back into your system. Releasing a new bunch of toxins into your system interrupts the process of clean up and elimination of both fat and toxins, leading to a number of adverse weight loss effects, such as plateauing. This means you have to learn how to clean your body not only before starting weight loss but in the process as well.
So what are the basic steps for making sure you’re doing everything to help your body eliminate environmental toxins from your system?
If you don’t know where you can start, try the following tips:
Make yourself and your home green-friendly
Avoid food with additives, don’t use plastic (especially for food storage and heating), buy organic when you can (keep an eye on these foods first as they may contain the most pesticides), and drink plenty of filtered water.
Change the air filters in your home regularly, and try to spruce up your living space with a few live houseplants.
It may also be helpful to look into plant-based and green cleaning supplies for your household work, as traditional cleaning products can contain massive levels of toxic elements. All of these measures will help you keep a cleaner living environment.
The largest organ in/on the human body is the skin, which means it can be extremely helpful in keeping toxins out of your body and keeping more from entering. The skin helps eliminate toxins through the act of sweating, so it’s important that you utilize this tool as well as maintain its health.
Good skin-care does
Regular workout three times a week that gets you sweating for at least 20 minutes straight helps open your pores and eliminates toxins through the sweat coming off of your body.
In addition, there’s a reason Nordic peoples have used saunas for centuries: the heat and sweat produced from sitting inside them can help stimulate this process. It also increases your blood circulation and helps you to feel better, helping you to relax.
And we all know a calm nervous system is a key to making sure weight loss happens. Some research also shows that sitting in a sauna can help the removal process of synthetic chemicals and hard metals from your system more quickly.
Keep an eye on your diet
Make sure to make your diet more green in color as well. The overabundance of toxins in your system causes your body to store it in the fat cells, and these overcrowded cells start to malfunction. They can over-release the hormone leptin, which is what is responsible for controlling hunger. The malfunction of this hormone can cause overeating, and in
There are plenty of foods out there that help you lose weight and feel better, in addition to aiding your body to get the toxins out.
The best for the job
It’s not the most elegant thing to talk about, but it’s another major component in making sure that you’re clearing out the toxins as quickly as they are coming in. Make sure that you are having healthy, regular bowel movements. Women should have an average of 1-2 movements a day, and if you’re not, fear not! Making some of the other changes included on this list (like drinking water and exercising) will help, and the addition of more fibrous foods to your diet can also aid in efforts.
You can find more ideas for better digestion in my post “How to get rid of bloating”.
Drinking plenty of water is kind of a blanket piece of advice everyone gives to people who are interested in losing body fat, but that’s because it is essential to so many different bodily functions, big and small.
Drinking filtered water keeps you hydrated and in the process of removing toxins, it is essential for keeping the kidneys on a regular schedule. A constant, steady service of good water keeps urine coming out, which in turn means toxins are surely getting out through that method.
This is also a key component when it comes to
Check the post “Detox drinks for weight loss” to learn what to drink and eat to cleanse your body.
This word is Sanskrit for “breath”. It’s important to remember that your lungs also play a role in getting the toxins out of your body. Restricted or shallow breathing keeps you from getting oxygen into your system and in turn keeps your system from functioning at full speed, which can slow efforts in everything from toxin elimination to weight loss.
Good breathing improves system function so it’s important to make sure you are getting good, deep cleansing breaths. Practices such as controlled breath and yoga can help you to focus on how you are breathing and how deeply. In addition, it’s like a form of meditation, which can help calm you and let your body focus on its more essential functions.
Weight loss and controlled toxin levels are two things that go hand in hand. It’s important to understand how your body works as a system and what happens when that system is introducing an overabundance of toxins.
Implementing the tips above can control how these toxins go into your body and how you can effectively help to move them out. It is very important if you have the goals of weight loss or weight maintenance. If you’re finding that your weight-loss efforts have stalled despite frequent exercise, controlled diet, and increased consumption of water, you may just find that toxins in the body may be to blame.
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