It is often believed that toxins are an unscientific term that is on a par with “slags.” But this is not so. Toxins are poisons that can cause structural damage or functional disorders of the body. They can enter the body from the external environment through the air we breathe, the food we eat and what we put on our skin. But they can also form in the body itself .
Intoxication can be acute – and in this case it is necessary to consult a doctor or chronic – this is the constant intake of small amounts of harmful substances into the body, which causes chronic intoxication. They accumulate in the body and gradually begin to affect the metabolism, the condition of all organs and systems. But since it happens in longer period, the person cannot always notice these changes.
Why does chronic intoxication occur?
Lets consider the most common sources of intoxication:
- Polluted air and water
- Bad habits: alcohol, smoking, use of drugs
- Unhealthy diets: fatty foods, fast food, foods high in preservatives, flavor enhancers, and trans-fats.
- Toxic plastic packaging in which food is stored (for example, mineral water, vegetable oil, lids for take-away coffee glasses, plastic straws)
- Household chemicals, building materials
- Parabens, emulsifiers, many preservatives contained in cosmetics
- Medicine. It is necessary and that is for sure. But many drugs negatively affect the excretory organs (liver and kidneys). On one hand, they generally impair the elimination of all harmful substances from the body, and on the other hand, they themselves stay in our body longer. The breakdown products of a lot of medicine also affect the metabolism and poison the body. Antibiotics and hormonal drugs are especially dangerous in terms of intoxication.
- Can you believe? – Food can also contain medicine. For example, antibiotics used in big farms to prevent animal diseases? Hormones that they receive for accelerated growth?
- Chronical infections, helminthiasis (i.e. parasites) infections, etc. The ongoing presence of pathological microorganisms or parasites in the body means that they constantly release the same toxins into the blood that are poisonous to humans.
How can chronic intoxication be diagnosed?
Chronic intoxication can be recognized by a number of symptoms. The manifestation of all the following signs of intoxication is not necessary, each person is individual and reacts to problems in his own way. Every organism has its own “weaknesses” due to genetics, living conditions, diseases and other factors. First of all, someone will feel lack of comfort in the gastrointestinal tract, someone will have skin issues, others will feel problems of the nervous system. However, the main hit will be taken by the skin – in the form of dryness, various inflammations, poor color of skin, circles and bags under the eyes.
The main symptoms of chronic intoxication:
- Weakened immune system: frequent diseases, exacerbation of chronic diseases.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome: low working capacity, memory impairment, lethargy, irritability, weakness. The feeling of fatigue does not disappear even after a good rest.
- Skin diseases: acne, various inflammations, increased oiliness or dryness of the skin, increased skin sensitivity
- Allergic reactions: runny nose, rush, redness, dryness, and irritation of the eyes.
- Adverse changes in appearance: deterioration of the skin, hair becomes dull and thinning, brittle nails.
- Worsening sleeping patterns: insomnia
- Disruption of the digestive tract: diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, a feeling of heaviness.
- Sweating, adverse changes in thermo-regulation.
- Plaque on the tongue: discomfort in the mouth, bad breath from the oral cavity.
- Bad body odor.