3 Sneaky Ways Toxins Can Deplete Our Energy Levels
By now, most of us are aware of the fact that we live in a world full of toxins . From the pesticides and heavy metals in our food to the chemicals in our household products, they are everywhere. In fact, according to a report by the Globe and Mail, there were more than 100 harmful toxins detected in the newborns that were tested.
We know that toxins are harmful to our body but, did you know that they are often also responsible for the low energy levels and fatigue we experience on a daily basis?
Below, I will highlight 3 ways toxins can deplete our energy levels and what we can do about them.
Extra burden on the liver
Liver is one of our primary detox organs. It also receives 1/3 of the blood in our body every minute for processing and filtering.
Often times the toxins in our body such as heavy metals are stored in our fat tissues and are not readily available for excretion through the urine. Our liver helps to detoxify our bodies by converting them into substances that can actually be eliminated through the urinary system.
To do so, it requires many of the micronutrients such as vitamin B2, B3 and B12 which are also responsible for our energy levels. When these beneficial nutrients are mostly being utilized to tackle the toxic substances, our body starts to be in a nutrient deficient state and energy level naturally decreases.
- Avoid consumption of tuna fish as it has a high mercury concentration compared to other fish species.
- Add mushrooms to your daily diet as they are have a great vitamin B3 content
Damages our red blood cells
Toxins are free radicals that cause damage to our cell membranes and the parts inside our cells. This means that they can also damage red blood cells which are responsible for carrying oxygen to other cells in our body.
Without sufficient supply of oxygen, the cells would not make as much energy and cause energy level to be lower overall.
Incorporate foods that are high in antioxidants to your diet daily. For example, add goji berries (1-2 tbsps) and blueberries (¼-½ cup) to breakfast or as snacks.
Damages our white blood cells
Just as toxins can cause oxidative damage to the red blood cells, they can also harm our white blood cells.
White blood cells are responsible for our immune system and defending us from pathogens from the outside and the inside.
When these cells are damaged, our immune system weakens which cause toxicity levels in our body to increase even further. This leads to higher levels of fatigue.
Add garlic to your meals, 1-2 cloves per day. The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic have been shown to support our body’s detox processes and the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of garlic help to protect your body from infections, like candida.
What can you do?
If you would like to stop the toxins from further depleting your energy level and ideally eliminate most of them form your system, start with the basics. Drink adequate amount of water daily, increase consumption of soluble fiber such as oats and chia seeds, and be mindful about the source of the foods and household products that you use every day to minimize further exposure. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you safely detox your body and feel great again!
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