Toxins come in two broad categories, environmental (external) and endogenous (made in your body). Environmental toxins include metals, chemicals, hormones, bacterial and microbial toxins that are present in the air, water and food that we consume. Endogenous toxins include hormones and other chemicals that are produced in the body, and chemicals produced by bugs in your digestive system which enter your bloodstream.
If you have a large exposure to these milder poisons (e.g. pesticides), over time they can overwhelm your ability to “detoxify” or remove them from your body. Also, exposure to several mild poisons at once is much more dangerous than one at a time. One of the body’s defence mechanisms when faced with toxicity is to store the harmful chemicals in your fat tissue. This means that these poisons can be stored for many years in our tissues, becoming an ongoing source of ill health.
At MNMC we have specialty tests to determine levels of Toxicity. They include:
Any disease can be made worse by toxicity, however some of the most common signs include:
Most people with toxicity develop problems called “leaky gut syndrome” (intestinal permeability). In a healthy digestive system, the lining of the digestive system is a very good filter, allowing beneficial nutrients like vitamins and amino acids to pass into the bloodstream, whilst keeping toxic bacteria and waste products of digestion within the bowel.
This places a tremendous stress on the liver, and eventually a percentage of this material escapes capture by the liver and it ends up entering the general circulation, where it can lead to many of the symptoms of toxicity. As a result, “leaky gut syndrome” results in a great deal of stress upon the immune system, the liver and virtually every other organ or system of the body.
That is why we recommend a four-stage process:
Take a proactive approach and consult one of our highly qualified naturopaths at MNMC today. You can make an appointment online, email us, or phone us on (03) 96862566. Our clinic in 49 Chetwynd St, North Melbourne, is open six days a week.