Most chronic obesity and weight loss difficulties are related directly or indirectly to toxin build-up in the body. Toxins enter our body through various internal and external sources.
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 change their lifestyle.
Toxins or Ama, as it is termed in Ayurveda block the channels and micropores that help in the transfer of nutrients and also act as a medium for communication between different organs.
Where do toxins come from?
Our lifestyles are plagued by the poor quality of food choices, high stress, and low physical activity that further build-up toxins in the body. Highly processed foods lack fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients and are in fact high in glycemic index (GI) and harmful fats.
However, studies prove that a large chunk of the problem is constituted by environmental toxins. These include pesticides, heavy metals, phthalates, plastics, and petrochemicals.
How toxins can make weight loss nearly impossible?
- Make liver excrete active hormones that slow down and damages the thyroid receptors.
- Interfere with appetite control mechanisms in the brain.
- Increase insulin and leptin resistance. This prevents the brain from acting on high-fat content in the body, hence inducing inflammation.
- Damage mitochondria, the storehouse of energy hence slowing down metabolism.
- Create oxidative stress and free radicals which further slows down metabolism.
What is it with toxins that shut the weight loss mechanism down?
Toxins lower the metabolic rate.
As one person starts gaining weight, the toxins get stored in the fat tissues loading the liver. Sudden activation of the body’s inactive hormones causes the metabolism to crash and hence weight gain. This also results in issues such as liver disease.
Chemicals in our body systems
Evidence suggests that an average newborn has 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood, of which 217 are considered neurotoxic. These include bisphenol A, flame retardants, and heavy metals.
Detoxification of the body to lose weight
Detoxification is an energy-consuming process that puts a metabolic burden on the body. Therefore the focus should be on increasing nutritional support through diet. A meal plan that would include nutrients dense and fiber-rich combinations of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
Detoxification can be led by healthy lifestyle choices, physical activity, stress management, and Ayurveda. Weight loss is directly proportional to the reduced effects of toxin build-up.
In our earlier article on this series, learn more about how toxins get built up in the body. The future articles in this series would deal with the body’s natural detoxification systems and how to detox naturally.