That said, let's move on to discuss how toxins can manipulate your body's ability to gain and retain fat.
Although the body has an amazing ability to process an incredible amount of toxins, there is little doubt that it can be overwhelmed. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution our systems have been awash in stew of man-made toxins that have increased at an alarming rate and have compounded over time.
A toxin is basically anything that your body does not recognize as either food or a part of itself. Toxins destroy our hormonal balance and often act as endocrine disruptors - meaning they "disrupt" the way our hormones usually work. The hormones most often affected are estrogen, thyroid, testosterone, cortisol and insulin.
Endocrine disruption can occur when toxins "rewire" our hormone receptors and fool them into increasing, decreasing, or restricting the production of circulating hormones. Essentially, if a related hormone isn't performing as it should, then your metabolism isn't either.
To take this a step further, many toxins are lipophilic [lip-ə-ˈfil-ik] - meaning they are very receptive to fats. So when the amounts of toxins your body carries exceeds its ability to process them, your body seeks a way to efficiently neutralize their danger.
So it suspends these toxins in body fat. Over time and with repeated over exposure to toxins, your biochemistry begins to automatically streamline its ability to create more fat just for such purposes. And it begins to crave more calories, sugars, and salts than usual. These are the materials needed for the body to produce more fat and retain water as a protective defense against these noxious substances.
In a nutshell: the presence of toxins can reprogram your DNA to become a fat producing machine. On the flipside, the elimination of toxins can also influence DNA toward a metabolism of efficiency and hormonal balance.
So while it's true that we live in a toxic world, it's important to remember that you wield the power to enhance your body's natural ability to detoxify itself. Stay tuned for my next post where I will be discussing the processes in which the body detoxifies and what you can do to preserve and enhance these processes.
Be well, and Live Your WHOLE Life!
John Aaron Villarreal