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  • Writer's pictureKim Atherton

Elimination & Detoxification 101

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Key Points:

  • If we don't detoxify and eliminate toxins then we accumulate them

  • Toxins have external or internal sources

  • Detoxification organs are our kidneys, intestines, liver, skin, lungs and lymphatics

This is a simple overview of the processes of elimination and detoxification throughout our body. It is elimination and detoxification 101.

A simple message is "If we are not eliminating or detoxifying or draining toxins, then we are accumulating toxins. This means we are becoming more toxic and our body will begin to not function properly, and with that begins dis-ease". Keeping the elimination channels open and clear so detoxification can occur is crucial to wellbeing.

Elimination & Detoxification Pathways 101

Toxins either enter our body from two sources - external or internal sources. External sources include food, alcohol, cigarettes, smoke, heavy metals etc. Internal sources can include recirculating cholesterol, hormones, histamine etc.

The toxins must make their way to the liver where they can be transformed from fat soluble toxins that can't be excreted from the body, to water soluble toxins that can be. As shown in the flow chart below, they are then eliminated as faeces, urine, perspiration, or breath. Each of the separate elimination channels are discussed in individual blogs.

The  liver lungs skin kidneys intestines and lymph system are our means of detoxification.
Our bodily pathways to eliminate toxins.

The Process of Detoxification and Elimination

As shown in the picture below:

Excess fat-soluble toxins like pesticides, hormones, or heavy metals get stored in our fat cells, brain, central nervous system, bone marrow and liver.

Excess water-soluble toxins like nicotine, and other chemicals get stored in our joints, muscles, blood and body tissues.

Chart showing how toxins enter and exit the body, and get stored if not eliminated.
How toxins can accumulate in certain body parts if not eliminated or detoxified correctly.

Symptoms from detoxification and elimination issues:

  • Acne and skin issues

  • Allergies

  • Arthritis and joint pains

  • Autoimmune disease

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea

  • Diabetes

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Inflammation

  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Obesity and weight issues

  • Neurological disorders

If you would like assistance with any of these symptoms for your own personal circumstances, please don't hesitate to make an appointment.

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