Our body’s natural detox system is not designed for the 1000’s of chemicals we’re exposed to in everyday life
Our body’s natural detox system is not designed for the 1000’s of chemicals we’re exposed to in everyday life
Body burden refers to the accumulation of synthetic chemicals that are stored in the human body at detectable levels. Our bodies can carry a burden of chemicals and pollutants that may remain present for many years after the exposure has been removed.

Chemicals in the environmental enter our bodies in the food we eat, the things we drink, the air we breathe, and everyday products that touch our skin. These chemicals sometimes leave the body very slowly, and they are stored in body tissue, blood, or bones, creating a body burden.

The liver, our body’s natural detox system

The primary role of the liver is to filter blood coming in from the digestive tract before it passes it to the rest of the body. The liver is important in breaking down waste products and toxins by removing them from the blood or neutralising them before expelling. It’s the human’s body’s natural detoxification system.

This process happens naturally, especially whilst we sleep at night, but sometimes that’s just not enough because the natural process can be interrupted by everyday chemicals or pollutants.

Our body’s natural detox system is not designed for the 1000’s of chemicals we’re exposed to in everyday life, and whilst many of them may be completely harmless, some may have a toxic effect.

It’s also difficult to know what our own personal body burden is without testing, and two people with the same level of exposure my react quite differently because of their genetic makeup.

read more about the role of genetics in body burden

The health risks of bioaccumulation

Chemicals that the body cannot break down are stored in the fat cells, creating a constant workload for the body’s natural detoxification system as it tries to remove them, and slowing the process down further, allowing a body burden to build.

 

Over time, and with repeated exposure to chemicals, the effect of multiple chemicals entering the body can lead to a bioaccumulation of chemicals that can become toxic to our health, contributing to feeling unwell, and a wide range of illnesses and diseases.

  • It’s very difficult to detect the presence of toxic chemicals in the human body, it needs specialist equipment and expert scientific analysis to identify them.
  • At lastinghealth we will be developing new products to enable anyone worried about their body burden to carry out non-invasive tests to discover if any toxic chemicals are present in their body so that you can make more informed choices to help you feel better.
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