A television commercial for a credit card company asks the question, “Do you know what’s in your wallet?”

Let’s change that up a little: “Do you know what’s in your liver?”

I’m guessing you live on Earth. If so, chances are good—even if you eat an organic diet free of genetically modified organisms clean of pesticides or fungicides— your liver and fatty tissues are bulging with xenobiotics.

Xenobiotics are alien substances. While they probably aren’t from another planet, they are foreign and often toxic junk your system absorbs, willingly and unwillingly, from the environment.

Think of it this way: You buy six apples at a grocery store (don’t panic… this isn’t a math problem.) The apples are on a cardboard tray and wrapped in plastic wrap. The skin of that apple is a semi-permeable membrane. That means some bad stuff—xenobiotics— can penetrate the skin of the apple. The plastic wrap is made from petrochemicals, petroleum-based products. Under the right conditions, small amounts of petrochemicals can leak from the wrap, penetrate the skin of the apple and find a new home in the fruit.

When you eat the apple, you also consume some petrochemicals. Your body knows how to digest and metabolize the apple. It doesn’t have a clue what to do with petrochemicals. It can’t convert them into anything useful to your health, so it finds places to store them. They may get stuck in your liver or absorbed into various fatty tissues. That isn’t healthy.

Pesticides. Fungicides. Weed killer. Airborne pollutants. Water-borne contaminates. They all get into you food one way or another. Because they are in your food, they are also in body whether you like it or not.

These xenobiotics pose a long-term danger to your health. They damage cells. They slow down liver function. They disrupt metabolism. Essentially, they are poisons, and they make you feel badly on a daily basis.

You don’t even want to think about your colon. As your body’s primary system for disposing of solid waste, all manner of xenobiotics reach the colon. The insides for you bowel can become clogged with a toxic sludge your body can’t get rid of without help.

How do you know if you’re body is loaded with toxins? Some signs:

Weight gain/difficulty losing weight
Bad breath
Poor digestion, indigestion, diarrhea
Food sensitivity
Insomnia/sleep disruptions

If you experience a combination of those symptoms, you need to see a healthcare professional. You may need to detox.
A detox program restricts certain foods, increases water and adds various supplement to help force the toxins out of your body. You may actually feel worse for a few days on the detox as your body flushes poisons out of your body. Eventually, however, you will start to feel better. You will have more energy, you will sleep better and your digestion will improve. You may experience improved metabolism and start losing weight more easily. Over the long term, your overall health will improve significantly.

We recommend the 14-Day Paleo Cleanse from Designs for Health. After 14-days, you will be amazed at how much better you feel.

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