The human body is designed to remove toxins from the body continuously and naturally. Nonetheless, nowadays, it has become nearly impossible to avoid toxic substances as we are constantly exposed to foods filled with chemicals and to toxic environments.
Consequently, the liver and the digestive system have a hard time removing all those toxins. Toxins can be of two types, either fat or water soluble. The first are harder for expulsion, whereas the latter are flushed out by the kidneys and the blood.
Fat-soluble toxins like heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, food additives, plastics, pollutants, etc. must become water-soluble in order for the body to remove them entirely. This usually takes place in the liver, however, if the detoxification pathways and the digestive system fail to function properly, these toxins store into the fat cells, the blood, and the brain.
Unfortunately, they can remain there for years and cause different health problems. In order to prevent toxic deposits in the body, we need to maintain the balance of the detoxification pathways, the stress levels, and the digestion.
After a meal is digested, the nutritional and the toxic fats transfer from the stomach into the small intestine where the bile is secreted from the liver and emulsified in the gallbladder.
In the small intestine, there are millions of lacteals and small villi – mucus membranes which cleanse the gut and encourage the absorption of nutritional fats. Also, they send the toxic fats to the liver so that it can process them.
Unfortunately, if the pathway isn’t functioning as it should, the body stores these toxic fats.
Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue is the beginning of the lymphatic system of the body and it surrounds the entire intestinal tract. This is the most important body part and it is only half inch.
This is where the nutritional and the toxic fats are stored with the help of lacteals. The lacteals and the villi on the inside of the gut need to function properly, as well as the ones outside which mustn’t be clogged.
The lymphatic system surrounding the gut needs to return the absorbed fats to the liver where the good fats are stored in order to create cell membranes, cholesterol, skin, brain cells, hormones, etc. Moreover, the liver is the organ which processes all toxins and marks them for removal.
If the lymphatic system becomes congested, the natural process of elimination of bad fats is in danger.
Symptoms of congested GALT
- Excess belly weight
- Skin irritations and itching
- Swollen or tender breasts during the menstrual cycle
- Swollen hands and feet
- Periodic headaches
The intestinal villi can be irritated by a lot of factors which cause a problem to the proper bowel functioning. Some of these factors are poor diet and stress. In fact, stress can lead to drying out of the villi, thus, result in periodic constipation. Constipation can dry out the villi and lead to a reactive mucus.