There are two types of toxins in the body, differentiated by their solubility. Hydrophilic toxins are water soluble and Lipophilic are fat soluble. Hydrophilic toxins are generally easily disposed of from the cells in the body through proper hydration, balanced pH and exercise. Lipophilic toxins are much more difficult to dispose of because the body retains the fat that these toxins are attached to and are the focus of this article.
Lipophilic toxins such as DDT, dioxins and Agent Orange are more difficult to release from the body. These toxins pollute the lipids or fats in your body and surface as a variety of symptoms ranging from fatigue, headaches and rashes. They are the primary toxin related to Gulf War Syndrome. Fortunately are bodies are designed to dispose of these toxins efficiently.
The liver is the primary organ for disposing of toxins in the lipid system. The liver is mostly fat and is efficient at identifying harmful molecules in the body, such as the dioxin molecule. Dioxins are physically and electrically bisymmetric and Lipophilic, which means that the toxin invades fat and is a weak dielectric. These two factors create an electrical dead spot in the cellular lipid membranes, essentially short-circuiting the cell membrane. This short-circuit inhibits many cellular processes and greatly effects the vitality of the cell.
One of the primary symptoms of lipophilic toxins is severe and chronic potassium deficiency. The shorted cellular membrane lacks the electromagnetic intensity to fuse oxygen and sodium molecules into potassium, resulting in sodium excess, and a systematic potassium deficiency.
Potassium salts make up the majority of bile salts which are essential to digest dietary lipids. The long-term dysfunction of the cellular membrane damages or disables fat digestion, which in turn dramatically effects fat-soluble nutrient absorption.
Natural Lipophilic Detoxification
The strategy for detoxification is straightforward. The fats containing the toxins need to be burned and replaced with ideal lipids without toxins. The liver produces bile made of used-up fats or lipids mixed with bile salts that are primarily alkaline. Potassium salts are a major component of bile.
By eating fat, you cause your liver to release bile, which is made up of fat, to dissolve the fat that you ate. As the fats pass through your digestive track, the body decides which fats to keep and which to discard. Lipophilic cleansing focuses on getting the liver to release the lipophilic toxins into the bile, then trigger the bile release and then prevent the toxins from being reabsorbed.
Phospholipids are Key
Phospholipids are a special class of molecules and are a major component of all cell membranes. They are special because they are bio-identical to the cellular membrane. When a phospholipid capsule comes in contact with the cell membrane, the molecule is absorbed into the cell wall.
Phospholipids have nearly 100% cellular integration, which means that dietary phospholipids almost always become part of the cell. This means that they will dilute toxic cellular lipids through the process of ongoing lipid exchange.
The Natural Detox Diet
The detox program balances carbohydrates, anti-oxidants and fats. The carbohydrates enable utilization of the citric acid pathway to limit the dependence on the beta-oxidation pathway. The increased consumption of lipid fats reduces the likelihood that toxic lipids will be used in the beta-oxidation pathway resulting in the release of lipid-bound toxins inside the cells as well as overall dilution of Lipophilic toxins.
Here are some suggestions on foods for the detox:
· Raw or near-raw egg yolks (two dozen per week recommended, unblended)
· Steak or other meat fat
· Cream and sour cream
· Onions and garlic
· Fresh fruits and vegetables (red, purple berries for anti-oxidants)
· Potassium supplements
· Prune juice and soluble fiber as a natural laxative
Avoid vegetable oils, margarine, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, cigarettes and acidic foods such as junk food. During detoxification, it’s important to engage in regular exercise to accelerate the burning of fat during the process. Get plenty of rest and reduce your stress as your body will be releasing toxins.