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What are nutritional toxins?
In the intended context of this page, nutritional toxins are nutrients in such excess they potentially interfere with cellular metabolism as well as disrupt myriad metabolic pathways that may ultimately result in a toxic state.
Albeit we always address nutrient excesses and deficiencies, nutritional excesses are the focal point of nutritional toxins.
The purpose of this page is to bring your attention to the fact that, whether you realize it or not, too much of any nutrient can eventually become unhealthy by becoming a burden or even toxic.
Keep in mind, anytime you overconsume any particular nutrient (i.e., an amino acid, a vitamin, a mineral, and so on), you may be contributing toward a deficiency of numerous other nutrients. This is the dynamics of nutrient interrelationships.
Nutritional toxins are one of several reasons we endorse and promote nutritional analyses.
What is Body Burden versus Toxic Level?
A body burden implies that when any nutrient, any toxin, and even water, is at a sufficient excessive level in the body, it creates a burden or challenge within the mind and body. A body burden does not pose an immediate threat to your life.
However, a body burden may easily contribute toward myriad mental and physical symptoms or manifestations. A body burden requires an undetermined amount of time (years or decades) as well as a further increased level (excess) prior to becoming toxic.
Following is an example of a body burden:
Hyperactivity, academic underachievement, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, skin sensitivity to tags in shirts or rough fabrics, intolerance to estrogen and birth control pills, onset during puberty, pregnancy or menopause, white spots on fingernails, skin intolerance to cheap metals, emotional meltdowns and frequent anger, ringing in ears, sensitivity to food dyes and shellfish, high anxiety, depression, poor immune function, sleep problems, poor concentration and focus, low dopamine activity, and elevated activity of norepinephrine and adrenaline.
Other medical conditions associated with copper overload include acne, allergies, Candida overgrowth, hypothyroidism, anemia, hair loss, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, migraines and male infertility.Copper Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms Elevated copper is linked to psychiatric and autoimmune conditions. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/holistic-psychiatry/201709/copper-toxicity-common-cause-psychiatric-symptoms
A toxic level implies that any substance (again, any nutrient, any toxin, and even water!) is at a sufficient level that it becomes life threatening. A toxic level of any substance requires immediate medical attention!
Following is an example of a toxic level:
Acute potassium intoxications and associated hyperkalemia have been consistently linked with cardiac conduction system abnormalities, which may be fatal. These include bradycardia, peaking of T waves and widening of the QRS complex on surface electrocardiography, wide complex arrhythmias, and ultimately asystole and death. These cardiac adverse effects are mediated through higher serum potassium concentrations influencing the electrical potential on cardiac tissues.National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Food and Nutrition Board; Committee to Review the Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium; Oria M, Harrison M, Stallings VA, editors. Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2019 Mar 5. 5, Potassium: Dietary Reference Intakes for Toxicity. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK545424/
It is important to understand the distinction and difference between a body burden and toxic level with respect to any form of toxin. Our hair analysis helps reveal body burdens (not toxicity!) of nutritional and toxic elements.
This is an important distinction discussed during the consultation.
Nutrient bioaccumulation (nutritional toxins) implies that nutrients that are not properly metabolized or excreted will store in the soft tissues (e.g., skin, arteries, brain, kidneys, eyes, etc.) throughout the mind and body. Bioaccumulation applies to all toxins as well as nutrients. Toxic element accumulation is also associated with nutrient bioaccumulation.
One of the more common nutrients that is known for bioaccumulation is calcium. I know, it seems I constantly use calcium in the examples but remember, it is probably one of the most overconsumed nutrients today.
To continue, literally thousands of scientific articles are available that address the major problems of calcification – bioaccumulation of calcium. Calcification is generally defined as the accumulation of calcium salts in a body tissue.
Simply go to google and type “calcification” in the search box and a list of suggestion appears that include:
- Calcification of arteries
- Calcification of arteries
- Calcification in the breast
- Calcification in kidney
- Calcification in heart
- Calcification in thyroid
- Calcification in lung
This is the brief list that appeared in my browser, your list may vary.
The point is simple. Anytime a nutrient becomes excessive and does not function properly, the normal result may be nutrient bioaccumulation throughout the mind and body.
Efficient detoxing program
The most efficient means to detox the body of all toxins is through a personalized nutritional program. Keep in mind, you are in a constant state of detoxification and as such, it does require an additional amount of time to detox increased levels of any toxin.
You will not detox in one day, one week, and so on. In some instances, depending on bioaccumulation, it may require years of targeted nutrition to mobilize deeply stored toxins throughout the mind and body for excretion. Your patience is required!
Hair analysis and nutrient bioaccumulation.
Our hair analysis is an excellent tool that may help reveal the potential for nutrient bioaccumulation. As we revealed earlier, mineral excesses may easily contribute toward bioaccumulation due to numerous other nutrients required to maintain a dynamic balance between all nutrients – minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids.
As we reveal in nutrient interrelationships, minerals are required by all other nutrients as cofactors and the other nutrients are cofactors essential for minerals to function properly.
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