Chapter 1 - So what is detoxification?
This term is used to describe the process that your body undergoes to get rid
OK so what is a toxin?
A toxin is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms; synthetic toxicants created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic
chemist Ludwig Brieger (1849–1919).
Toxins can be small molecules, peptides, or proteins that are capable of causing disease on
contact with or absorption by body tissues interacting with biological macromolecules such as
enzymes or cellular receptors. Toxins vary greatly in their toxicity, ranging from usually minor (such as a bee sting) to almost immediately deadly (such as botulinum toxin).
When you adjust your lifestyle by starting something new detoxification
symptoms are likely to occur, for example by changing your diet, by starting
exercising, or by stopping a current habit like consuming chocolate or caffeinated drinks.
Symptoms can be both mental and physical - they often include headaches,
stomach aches, coughs, colds, diarrhoea, skin rashes/acne, clogged sinuses
and fevers, as well as generally feeling run down and irritable.
These symptoms may last for a few days or they could last longer and cause
you considerable discomfort. These symptoms are the same as those that
show up in certain illnesses, changing your lifestyle can be confusing:
If I am doing something that is supposed to be good for me, why
do I have these symptoms? Why do I feel worse, and not better?
Understanding this apparent contradiction is perhaps the first, and most important hurdle you must get over when making your lifestyle change. If you
consider this contradiction carefully, think of how you might already have
experienced this on a short-term basis...