According to Ayurveda, toxin overload or “Ama” in our body is the primary disease causing factor! In fact, a detailed look into disease development process reveals that toxic buildup in the body is often the root cause.
Toxins in our body can create confusion at the cellular level. They lead to inflammation, hormonal imbalances, poor immunity, weight gain, and nutritional deficiencies.
Toxin overload clog our body channels. They slow down the intelligent functioning of our body’s systems.
In this post we will look into the signs and symptoms of toxic buildup in the body. We will also go through Ayurvedic guidelines to detoxification and how to support our body flush these toxins out.
Regularly Cleanse to Prevent Toxin Overload Symptoms
In modern times, we come across multiple foreign materials or “external toxins” that enter our bodies through the food chain or through a highly polluted environment.
On top of this, if our body’s digestive system is compromised, our ability to absorb nutrients from food is also reduced. This leads to “toxin overload” in our body.
It starts to affect our body’s natural detoxification process. And it also results in toxic buildup in the body.
Toxin buildup can result in several short terms and long term malfunctions in the body. If toxins are not flushed out of the body on a regular basis, toxic build-up can be chronic.
Hence, it is essential to follow a routine cleanse process through your diet or by including specific measures such as “panchakarma” or Ayurvedic detox to assist your body.
What are Toxins?
In Ayurveda, toxins are referred to as “Ama”. Toxins are the foreign materials or waste that our body is not able to assimilate and it needs to flush them out.
They can either accumulate internally as metabolic waste or externally as chemicals, pesticides, bacteria, and other harmful substances. There are two types of toxins in the human body:
- Endotoxins, which are formed in the body and
- Exotoxins, which enter through the environment.
Chronic toxin overload in the body creates the vicious toxin “Amavisha”. It impairs the functioning of our immune system, digestive system, nervous system, and respiratory system.
Prolonged exposure to toxins impacts the health adversely and increases the chances of diseases like liver cirrhosis, cardiotoxicity and renal failure.
What Causes Toxin Overload in the Body?
When your digestive system is not functioning well, toxins can pile up in your body even when you are eating healthy.
This is simply because of the poor digestion, your body is not able to properly utilise the food that you just took in. So, instead of nourishment, the good food ends up accumulating in the digestive tract as waste.
Some other factors that lead to build up of toxins are:
- the environmental pollutants
- chemicals present in our food
- personal care products
- household products.
- our modern yet ultra stressful lifestyle.
And unfortunately, we are not able to avoid these completely.
Now, these toxins take shelter in the fatty tissues of our body. They hold on to fatty tissues, making it difficult to lose fat and weight.
And they also slow down our metabolism, thus further hampering our digestion, and leading to toxic buildup in the body.
Do I need a Detox? Signs of Toxin Overload in the Body
When our body is constantly exposed to high amounts of toxic wastes. It poorly affects the ability of our body’s detoxification system.
This can partially or fully damage our cleansing organs such as the liver, kidneys, and skin. As a result, toxic waste starts to buildup.
Toxins get deposited into various parts of our body such as blood, skin, and liver. Certain symptoms of toxin build up in the body include:
1. Weight Gain and Hard to Lose Weight
Toxins can deposit in the fat tissues, which is their primary home, hence leading to excessive weight gain and obesity. Accumulated toxins disrupt biochemical mechanisms of metabolism making weight loss an almost impossible task.
This explains the struggle which people face to reduce weight, no matter how much they exercise or reduce their food intake.
2. Skin Problems
Skin expel toxins from the body through perspiration. However, certain toxins get blocked in the pores while expulsion.
This leads to several skin symptoms such as rashes on the body, itching, acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin discoloration, boils, and abscesses.
3. Excess Mucus
Breathlessness, cough, throat pain, nasal discharge, pain in the chest, blood in sputum are prominent symptoms from toxin build-up in lungs and respiratory organs.
4. Brain Fog and Nervous System Problems
Several toxins have a destructive effect on the nerves. Neurotoxins can damage the central nervous system.
This can lead to symptoms such as brain fog, dizziness, lack of focus and mood swings.
5. Digestive System Problems
Toxin overload can destroy our gut microbiome. Toxins can penetrate the gut lining, leading to more unwanted materials in our circulatory system.
They affect the intestinal wall leading to vomiting, nausea, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
6. Hormone Imbalance and Endocrine System Problems
Certain synthetic items contain xenoestrogens. Their action is similar to estrogen produced in the body.
The chemicals can hamper the proper functioning of estrogen in women. They produce conditions such as pcos, endometriosis, and hormone imbalance in women. And in men, they often lead to poor quality sperms and low sperm count.
7. Poor Circulation and Water Retention
Toxins block the body channels, capillaries, veins, and arteries that carry vital nutrients and fluids throughout our bodies.
They can also get deposited in various organ tissues. Toxins overload the organs such as the liver, lungs, kidneys and hamper their functions.
You have trouble sleeping, staying asleep, or difficulty in waking up. You may feel tired even after sufficient hours of sleep.
9. Poor Immune Response from Chronic Toxin Overload
Toxin buildup in the body affects the normal functioning of the immune system. Excess “Ama” interferes with immune cell action and communication.
Toxins or “Amavisha” also triggers high level inflammation in the body. This is often the starting point of autoimmune disorders.
10. Food Cravings
When your body is not getting the nutrients from the food that you are taking in, you start experiencing food cravings. These cravings are a way of your body’s communication to let you know about nutritional deficiencies that it is experiencing.
Since you feel lethargic, your body starts to point towards high energy foods to give it the right nourishment. However, when food comes in wrong form, it again builds up more toxins.
11. Muscular and Joint Pains
Chronic toxin buildup in the body often results in poor metabolism and nutritional deficiencies. This leads to a state of low energy levels, crumminess, and body aches that often come and go.
Since, the body is not getting right nutrients, it lacks its usual tone. Muscles and bones (in extreme cases of osteoporosis) may start paining due to low mineral levels.
Detoxification | A Natural and Regular Function of Our Body
Detoxification is an inherent capability of our body. It is an essential body function that take place 24 hours a day and 365 days a week!
The human body has several organs such as Liver, Lungs, Skin, and Kidney to safely expel the waste/toxins. They are an integral part of our body’s natural cleansing system.
Healthy cleansing organs strengthen the functioning of our body’s immune system and vice-versa.
- The liver is the human body’s primary organ of detoxification. The liver metabolizes toxins and expels it through the stool.
- The kidneys remove the toxins through urine.
- The skin flushes out through sweat.
- Similarly, lungs expel toxins through our respiratory system.
Ayurvedic Guidelines to Prevent Toxin Overload Symptoms
Regular detoxification is essential to cleanse the body of metabolic wastes and environmental pollutants that build-up over time. Cleansing is one of the important pillars of the Ayurvedic medicine system.
Knowing how to support your body’s natural detoxification systems can lead to weight loss naturally and also prevent many health issues. An Ayurvedic detox emphasizes on safe elimination of existing toxins and also supporting body’s cleansing pathways.
In an Ayurvedic detox diet, you won’t need to drink litres of water in order to flush out the system, nor will the prescription be for a steady intake of raw fruit and vegetables, salads and bland meals.
Ayurvedic detox emphasizes on three points to cleanse and maintain health:
- stimulating body’s natural detoxification processes so that waste is removed efficiently and effectively
- firing up the digestive system so that food is fully broken down and its energy used in the proper ways
- and in supplying the body with the necessary nutrition in order for it to feel full satisfaction.
Diet and Lifestyle to Get Rid of Toxin Buildup
Detoxification can also be done on a daily basis through the inclusion of antioxidants rich foods, regular intake of Ayurvedic herbs, and by following a healthy lifestyle. Here are Ayurvedic guidelines to flush the excess toxins out and to prevent toxin buildup.
- Consume plenty of warm water each day, at least 8 to 10 glasses.
- Avoid excess of mucus producing foods such as dairy, meats, corn, wheat and soy.
- Increasing the fiber intake, which aids the body’s elimination system, therefore improving overall health of all of your organs.
- Eat a diet full of a variety of natural and wholesome foods to supply your body with sufficient nutrients.
- Practice pranayama or breathing exercises to provide your body with sufficient oxygen – natural revitaliser for your body.
- Regularly exercise and sweat it out. This will naturally cleanse the unhealthy layers of toxins from the organs.
- Include probiotics into your diet via fermented or pickled foods.
- Enough sleep at night and relaxation of mind reduce the level of Cortisol. Thus, try to have good sleep at night.
- Relax your mind by spending time with your friends and family.
- Practice meditation to build up your body’s stress fighting capabilities.
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