Whether it’s building better habits or reducing sugar consumption, we are always looking for ways to lead happier and healthier lives. One way we support a more mindful lifestyle is by incorporating more fiber into our lives through daily hydration and easy recipes.
However, recently we have shifted our attention and focus to toxins. This inspired our newest line of water – hellowater® Defense Powered by CYTO+™. If you’ve ever had any questions about toxins like, “What are toxins,” “How do toxins enter the body” or “How do toxins affect us,” we’ve got some answers. Here is everything you need to know about toxins and health.
What are toxins?
A toxin is a harmful substance that can occur naturally or synthetically. When toxins are naturally occurring, they are produced within living cells or organisms. These natural toxins are not harmful to the organism themselves, but they can be harmful to other creatures, including humans.
Natural toxins are usually produced by organisms as a line of defense. For example, plants may produce toxins to protect themselves against predators like animals, humans, and insects, while other organisms may produce toxins, like mold, to protect them from their surrounding environment. Besides naturally occurring toxins, toxins can also be created synthetically.
Where do toxins come from?
Today, more than ever before, we are constantly bombarded by toxins. Toxins, or external chemicals, are quite literally everywhere. From excessive sugar to pollution to preservatives, we can be exposed to toxins at any time. They are even in our skincare products! Manufactured toxins are so common nowadays, it’s almost impossible to avoid them entirely.
How do toxins enter the body?
Toxins enter the body in a number of ways: breathing, drinking, eating, even walking outside. Simple everyday activities like applying body care products, putting on clothing, and wearing cosmetics can all leave us exposed to toxins. Even things we encounter in our gyms, homes, and workplaces create opportunities for us to come into contact with toxins. It’s a scary thought when you really think about it! In fact, when it comes to toxins and exposure to toxins, we have cause for concern for very good reasons.
What do toxins do to your health?
Although our bodies are fully equipped to deal with a toxic burden, they are not equipped to deal with the level of toxins we are now facing in today’s day and age. Our body can only do so much and when our systems are overburdened, certain chemicals, pollutants, and toxins can build up. This build-up can have adverse effects on our overall health and well-being.
When our bodies cannot properly eliminate all of the toxins we are exposed to, some toxins may begin to build up in the body and cause damage and disease. Too many toxins in the body for too long of a time may lead to the following:
- Chronic inflammation
- Damage to cell membranes and organs
- Depletion of nutrient stores
- Displacement of structural minerals that may result in weaker bones
- Exacerbate organ dysfunction
- Harm to DNA, which can potentially increase the rate of aging and degeneration
- Impaired ability of the body to naturally detox on its own
- Inhibition or poisoning of enzymes so they do not function properly
- Interference with hormones that may cause hormone imbalances
- Modification of genes and metabolic expression
- Negative effects on blood sugar
- Reduced brain activity
Though you may not be able to initially detect the side effects toxins have on the human body, there are some primary indicators.
How to tell if your body is in toxin overload
When initially exposed to too many toxins, the body may try to expel toxins through natural detox processes like diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, urination and vomiting. Some people may even experience more severe reactions like heartburn, nasal congestion, rashes, and sore throat. Others may begin to notice changes in body odor, excessively oily skin, and fatigue. Overall, we may just feel off, but some other symptoms of an overload of toxins may include but are not limited to the following:
- Brain fog
- Cravings for carbohydrates or sugar
- Decreased energy levels
- Digestive distress
- Feeling spacey and/or sluggish
- Impaired sleep
- Inability to concentrate and focus
- Joint aches and pains
- Memory difficulties
- Trouble losing weight
- Water retention
*These could also be signs and symptoms of other health conditions, so always consult with your primary health care provider if you have concerns.
Can the body eliminate toxins?
Thankfully, the human body has the natural ability to tolerate a certain amount of toxins and eliminate them. Our cells are inherently programmed to attempt to eliminate substances that are harmful to our bodies and cannot be used. Human processes like bowel movements, breathing, and sweating, can all help eliminate and rid our systems of toxins. We even have major organs that help filter out unwanted substances – the kidneys and liver.
However, our bodies are not designed to deal with the unprecedented levels of invasive chemicals, pollutants, and toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis just by simply existing and living our lives. We can’t always control the world around us or our exposure to all types of toxins we encounter, but we can make strategic changes that can help counter the effects of toxins.
How to remove toxins from your body
An easy way to remove toxins from the body is to focus on eating a real whole foods diet teeming with foods that are known for their detoxing properties. Some examples include: berries, beets, bone broth, cruciferous vegetables, dandelion leaf and root, fermented foods, green tea, herbs, and spices like garlic and ginger, leafy greens, lemon zest, and sea vegetables.
Another super simple way to remove toxins from the body is by drinking a bottle of hellowater® Defense Powered by CYTO+™. This patented formula acts as a defense shield against incoming toxins that are trying to enter the body. By working with the body’s primary chemical processing engine, P450, we give the body a boost so it can continue protecting us from everyday toxins.
P450 is the Key Chemical Defense System that protects us from a wide variety of “attacks” by enabling the body to naturally identify and discharge everyday toxins, which is why this crafted blend is designed to work with our body’s existing chemical defenses.
Our crafted blend of beneficial botanicals, electrolytes, and vitamins provides support to the body’s natural immune system while CYTO+ bolsters P450 to target and eliminate toxins in the body. Specifically, those that have evaded the body’s natural defenses and taken up residence in the body’s cells.
This synergy, along with CYTO+, aligns our innate defense mechanisms to better protect and guard our body against harm. By complementing our body’s natural defense mechanisms and systems with hellowater® Defense Powered by CYTO+™, we help make our bodies stronger and better equip them to combat everyday toxins.
The Takeaway on Toxins
A toxin is a harmful substance that can occur naturally or synthetically. Manufactured toxins are so common nowadays, it’s almost impossible to avoid them entirely. Toxins are in our beverages, foods, and even our skincare products.
Although the body is designed to eliminate toxins naturally, our systems have become so overtaxed with toxins, many of us experience minor to major side effects. By being mindful of what we put in and on our bodies, we can help to minimize our exposure to various toxins. A diet teeming with detoxifying foods and beverages like hellowater® Defense Powered by CYTO+™ can give our bodies, and immune systems, a much-needed boost so they can better protect us from everyday toxins.
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