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Why are some 60 year olds spry while others have a hard time getting around? Part of the reason, according to today’s podcast guest Dr. Joe Pizzorno, is the differences in exposure to toxins.

Toxins damage your DNA, which increases the rate of aging and degeneration. Many commonly used pesticides, phthalates, improperly detoxified estrogens, and products containing benzene damage DNA.

Dr. Pizzorno explains that there are eight ways toxins damage your body, from accelerating aging to modifying gene expression.

1 – Toxins poison enzymes so they don’t work properly.

Our bodies are enzyme engines. Every physiological function depends on enzymes to manufacture molecules, produce energy, and create cell structures. Toxins damage enzymes and thus undermine countless bodily functions—inhibiting the production of hemoglobin in the blood, for example, or lowering the body’s capacity to prevent the free-radical damage that accelerates aging.

2 – Toxins displace structural minerals, resulting in weaker bones. 

People need to maintain healthy bone mass for lifelong mobility. When toxins displace the calcium present in bone, there is a twofold effect: weaker skeletal structures and increased toxins, released by bone loss, which circulate throughout the body.

3 – Toxins damage the organs. 

Toxins damage nearly all your organs and systems. My book, The Toxin Solution, focuses specifically on the detox organs. If your digestive tract, liver, and kidneys are so toxic they are unable to detox effectively, your detoxification will backfire and your body will remain toxic.

4 – Toxins damage DNA, which increases the rate of aging and degeneration. 

Many commonly used pesticides, phthalates, improperly detoxified estrogens, and products containing benzene damage DNA.

5 – Toxins modify gene expression. 

Our genes switch off and on to adapt to changes in our bodies and the outer environment. But many toxins activate or suppress our genes in undesirable ways.

6 – Toxins damage cell membranes so they don’t respond properly.

“Signaling” in the body happens in the cell membranes. Damage to these membranes prevents them from getting important messages—insulin not signaling the cells to absorb more sugar, for example, or muscle cells not responding to the message from magnesium to relax.

7 – Toxins interfere with hormones and cause imbalances. 

They induce, inhibit, mimic, and block hormones. One example: Arsenic disrupts thyroid hormone receptors on the cells, so the cells don’t get the message from the thyroid hormones that cause them to rev up metabolism. The result is inexplicable fatigue.

8 – Toxins actually impair your ability to detoxify—and this is the worst problem of all.

When you are very toxic and desperately need to detoxify, it’s harder to do than when you are not toxic. In other words, just when you need your detox systems most (to address health issues), your hard-working detox system is most likely to be functioning below par. Why? Because the heavy toxic load you already carry has overwhelmed your detox capacity. That’s right. The more toxins you have burdening your body, the greater the damage to your body’s detoxification pathways.

That’s why restoring your detox organs—and with them your detox pathways—is such an important challenge (and why I devoted an entire book—The Toxic Solution—to the subject). The net result is that you then can readily release toxins from your body.”

The human body has an innate capacity to detoxify, but it cannot cope with the elevated levels of toxins we are exposed to today.

One fascinating fact I learned from today’s podcast with Dr. Joe Pizzorno was how the average person only consumes 15-20% as much fiber as needed. When you don’t have enough fiber, your body re-absorbs some of those toxins instead of excreting them.

Today’s conversation with Dr. Joe Pizzorno gives practical advise for reducing your toxic exposure, including… 

🍏  How many grams of fiber to have each day to assist your gut, liver, and kidney in detoxifying 

🚿  Saunas vs steam rooms… which one is better for getting the toxins out 

🐠  How to minimize your exposure of toxins if you’re eating fish 

🧹  Recipe for a home cleaning spray to avoid chemicals and phthalates