I wrote about the “keto flu” last week, and how that can be caused by nutrient imbalances in the initial week of keto dieting. Although that feels pretty tough it’s over after just a few days, and it’s easily corrected by taking the right nutritional supplements. (see post)
Keto detox, is something that happens over time and can vary in severity depending on a number of factors. How much body fat have you got to shift? How long have you had it? Most importantly, what toxins were you exposed to when you gained the weight?
How much toxic exposure you've had can be difficult to answer, and most people will respond “none”. Sadly, that’s not true. We’re constantly exposed to toxins; fumes from cars and other air-pollution, pesticides on the food we’re eating, mercury in our canned tuna, plastic in food packaging, make-up and perfumes, cleaning chemicals in our homes, and the list goes on. It all adds up.
Most of these toxins are filtered out of your blood by your liver and excreted through the bile, into the intestine and you literally get rid of that “shit” in the pooper. Sometimes that doesn’t happen, why that might be I’ll discuss in detail in another blog, because it’s a huge subject. But if it doesn’t happen, most of those toxins will be stored in your fat cells.
So what happens with the toxins in the fat cells during keto? Well, because your body is breaking down fat cells to use as fuel, the toxins are released into the blood stream and your liver must deal with them again. This time, you are possibly releasing toxins from a large amount of fat cells, which results in a larger than normal amount of toxins released at the same time. The effect can be tricky for your liver to deal with, without support.
How do you know if you have toxins in your fat cells? One of the reasons for stubborn fat, that refuses to come off, is that the body is protecting itself from the toxins. Your body knows innately that losing the body fat means releasing the toxins stored inside them.
So, if you have tried to lose weight before, and you don’t suspect there is any other reason for your body refusing to lose weight, you might be struggling with a toxic overload in your cells.
The best way to lose weight in a healthy sustainable way is to see a health care professional such as a Naturopath. We can work out what your barriers to weight loss might be, and work out the best way for you to lose weight safely may be.
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