External toxins usually enter the body through toxic "foods" that we may consume. Here is a list of the common toxic foods that are widely consumed globally:
- Left over foods (cooked foods older than 6 hours even if they are refrigerated)
- Cheese (all types of cheese)
- Cooked frozen foods
- Fried foods (especially when fried with old oil)
- Excessive consumption of sugary drinks
- Any food with preservatives in it (look for E numbers on the labels - these are preservatives or flavor enhancers)
- Non-prescription drugs
- Any chronic medication you may be taking will eventually behave as a toxin
Regular consumption of any of these foods will gradually cause toxins to accumulate in various organs, creating numerous symptoms of toxicity that cannot be detected by any medical test. You will experience of tiredness, constant fatigue and just not feeling vital and healthy. These symptoms may last for many years until one day they manifest into a full blown disease.
Fresh food is best. Ensure that it is as close to as nature has produced it. Processed foods will eventually cause many problems for you, gradually eroding your health.
How Would You Know That You Are Toxic?
The human body has built in systems that naturally enable the detoxification and elimination processes required to handle metabolic waste in the body.
The major routes of metabolic waste elimination are through the liver and gall bladder, gut, sweat glands and the urinary system. When these major elimination systems are overtaxed, fail or are ineffective, the body will use secondary systems to eliminate toxins. These are:
- the mucous membranes in the body (upper respiratory, naso-pharayngeal, middle ear, mouth and sinus membranes as well as vaginal membranes)
Depending on which organ is being affected by accumulating toxins, a wide range of symptoms can manifest as a sign of growing toxicity.
These are listed below for your reference.
- Tiredness (especially upon awakening after a full night's sleep)
- Fatigue - especially during the day
- A white coating on your tongue weight gain
- Weight gain
- Mucous congestion in the chest, sinuses, middle ear, vaginal membranes
- Sticky constipation (a feeling that you have not eliminated completely, stool sticks to the pan pr you may use more toilet paper to wipe clean)
- Excessive gas
- Halitosis or bad breath
- Bitter or metallic taste in the mouth
- Dull headaches
- Migraine like headaches
- Heaviness or tiredness behind the eyes
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux
- Abdominal cramping and general pain in the abdomen
- Non traumatic lower back pain especially upon awakening in the morning
- "brain fog"
- failing memory
- mood swings
- premenstrual symptoms
- intermittent joint pains
- smelly vaginal discharge
- recurrent colds and flu like illnesses
- allergic rhinitis
- recurrent sinusitis
- recurrent bronchitis
Dr Rajen Cooppan (MBChB, MD) runs a wellness detoxification Clinic in Durban. He has had over 35 years of clinical experience helping people restore their health through regular detoxification.