2. Weight Gain
When our body is overloaded with toxins, it’s often accompanied with sudden weight gain. Weight gain occurs for a number of reasons like eating unhealthy foods, lack of exercise, changes in hormonal levels, stress or some medications. Environmental toxins can overload our system, disturbing the delicate balance of blood sugar levels and cholesterol, which can bring on weight gain and potentially cause insulin resistance, a precursor for diabetes. There are two types of toxins: water-soluble, which can be flushed out of the system quickly through the kidneys and the blood, and fat-soluble, which means they must pass through the liver before they’re eliminated.
Toxic chemicals like pesticides, food preservatives, heavy metals, plastics and pollutants are highly fat soluble. Normally, they wouldn’t cause a particularly bad effect on the body, but when the digestive system or lymphatic system isn’t working as well as it should, these toxins make their way back to the liver. This causes congestion, and the liver begins to churn the toxins out into the blood stream where they make their way into fat cells. Once there, they can be difficult to get rid of, and can start causing oxidative damage and cell degeneration.
Weight gain occurs when the digestive system and lymphatic system aren’t working well. To prevent this, it’s important to keep active. Exercise like jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics and yoga helps burn off calories and fat stores, and moving the body can stimulate detoxification through sweating, increasing heart rate and heavy breathing. Movement helps to circulate, cleanse and purify the blood and lymph fluid.
The best exercises for weight loss and detoxification are activities like jogging, walking, hiking or weight training. For best results, ensure you exercise at least three times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes each time. Make sure you stay hydrated while exercising too, as this can further benefit the detoxification process and remove the toxins from your system.