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A Powerful Tool To Support Detoxification Post Sauna: Toxin Binders
Sweating in an infrared sauna is a proven means of helping your body detox. By targeting the fat cells in your adipose tissue, toxins that are stored in these cells are broken down and released back into your body to be excreted. This is the benefit of infrared saunas compared to traditional saunas, as it’s the infrared-wavelengths that penetrate the toxin storing cells, accelerating the detoxification process on a cellular level. But the process can go a lot further than just ‘sweating’ out the toxins, too. The process of the human body fighting toxins to maintain a healthy state is known as homeostasis, and the lymphatic system is extremely effective at it. However, some toxins and heavy metals are more difficult to expel than others, which is where toxin binders step into the equation.
You’ve no doubt come into contact with toxin binders, even if you weren’t actively looking for them. If you’ve had bowel problems in the past, while you were reaching for that activated charcoal, you were actually reaching for a toxin binder. Nowadays, there are a number of toxin binders designed to remove specific toxins and chemicals from the body, but for today, we’ll introduce you to toxin binders and let you research a little further.
What Are Toxin Binders?
Your overall health is closely tied to the health of your gut and digestive track, and with toxin binders, you can more effectively target toxins in your digestive system and expel them in a safe, natural way. When ingested, toxin binders get to work in identifying, latching onto, and helping the body expel potentially harmful toxins and pathogens from the digestive system. Through the targeting of toxins on a consistent basis with toxin binders, you can increase the presence of healthy gut flora - the bacteria necessary for digestion and gut health - while reducing the number of harmful toxins and bad bacteria in your digestive system.
Once you’ve targeted the difficult toxins that are stored in your fat cells, they are re-circulated into the body, giving your body a chance to either excrete them through sweat or reabsorb them. But not all toxins are expelled from sweating, and some toxins find their way back into the fat cells that you once rid them from. Rather than allow a toxin to sit inside your body and potentially cause health problems, toxin binders get straight to work, detoxifying your body while leaving your healthy gut bacteria in peace.
How Do Toxin Binders Work?
As the name would suggest, toxin binders help the body to eliminate toxins by getting them to grab onto, or ‘bind’ onto them, and are pushed out naturally by the body’s digestive system. A number of these toxins create their own biofilm of protection to keep them safe inside your body, to give them their best chance of survival. With a toxin binder, you can more effectively break down the toxin’s defence mechanism, where they latch onto the toxin binder; think of them as a magnet inside your body that attracts toxins, and processes them in a way that your body is able to more effectively excrete them.
When you override the defence mechanism of the toxin with a binder, it is left vulnerable and more easily transportable through your body’s digestive system. Without a protective shell, the toxin is at the mercy of your digestive system, which makes short work of processing toxins once they’re left vulnerable. The liver is able to more effectively process the toxins, and can pass them to the small intestine. In the absence of a toxin binder, toxins in your gut can be reabsorbed into your digestive tract through the process of enterohepatic recirculation.
What Types Of Toxin Binders Are There?
There are a number of different types of toxin binders that work differently with specific toxins and pathogens. The most common toxin binders come in the form of activated charcoal, chlorella, zeolite, silica, pectin and bentonite clay, which can be widely purchased without the need of a prescription.
There are two major types of prescription toxin binders: cholestyramine and welchol, which are used predominantly in the treatment of high cholesterol and are not a suitable day-to-day treatment for detoxifying the body as they are prescription-only medications.
What Are The Symptoms Of Toxins In Your Body?
The symptoms of toxins in the body can take a number of forms. Poor lymphatic drainage, otherwise known as lymphatic dysfunction or Lymphedema can lead to swollen limbs, skin discolouration, breathing difficulties as well as the risk of infection in other parts of your body. Specific to toxins in the digestive system, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea and leaky gut are common symptoms of toxins lurking in the digestive tract. Please consult a medical practitioner if you’ve noted any of these symptoms before treating them with toxin binders, as they may be an indication of a more serious problem.
When Should You Use Toxin Binders?
So long as you’re taking appropriate doses of natural toxin binders like activated charcoal, chlorella, silica or bentonite clay, you can use toxin binders on a regular basis. However, it’s encouraged that you use them as a form of treatment rather than preemptive care. Due to the fact that toxin binders can also attach themselves to nutrients in the food you’re eating, it’s recommended that you take one either half an hour before, or one hour after eating. Toxin binders are known to create symptoms like constipation, so it’s encouraged that you remain hydrated while taking them.
Matt from Clever Leverage takes an in-depth look at incorporating toxin binders into your infrared sauna bathing for detoxification of heavy metals.