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The Effect of Toxins on Your Health

Over time, chronic and daily exposure to toxins add up—like tiny drops in a bucket – contributing to your body’s toxic load, eventually interfering with its ability to function optimally and subsequently leading to harmful effects on your health.

Research is now showing us that toxins play much more of a driving role in creating disease than we realize. According to the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences data, environmental factors cause between 80-90% of all cancers.


Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural medicine calls “Toxicity is the primary driver of disease.” Tracey Woodruff, director of UCSFs Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, was quoted in an interview, saying the environmental toxins might be a missing factor in the cause and prevention of disease.

When your cumulative toxic burden is left unaddressed, it may lead to health challenges. If you’re struggling with a health condition or unexplainable symptom and you don’t know the root cause – toxic overload may be the culprit.


Chronic toxic exposure can be indicated by such symptoms as:

  • Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation

  • Mood issues, anxiety or depression

  • Brain fog or memory loss, attention disorders

  • Asthma or other respiratory issues

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Unexplained pain and soreness

Why Toxins Are Stored In Fat

When toxins enter the body, they will be flagged as intruders. Some of the toxins are eliminated through our body’s natural detox pathways – our sweat, urine and stool – but our body has a limited detox capacity, so what the body is not able to remove, it stores.

Many environmental chemicals are lipophilic, which means they get stored in fat tissue. This is a brilliant defense mechanism our bodies use to prevent toxins from freely circulating, but it’s also not a healthy long-term solution for toxins to be stored in our bodies in this manner, where they gradually accumulate over time and eventually cause disease.


And while the body can burn fat, it can’t burn toxins. So during weight loss or detox protocols for example, these previously sequestered toxins begin entering the bloodstream so they can be expelled from the body, however the process can be uncomfortable. People often feel feverish, achy, irritable, etc. This is referred to as a “Herxheimer reaction” and is also the reason why we recommend using binders to help usher these toxins out of the body. This is why safe and effective detoxification is crucial.


Increase Your Toxicity IQ

When it comes to toxicity, the more you know, the less toxic you’re likely to be. Once you’ve taken stock of the toxins in your life, there are actionable steps you can take to minimize further exposure, detox and create a less toxic home and lifestyle, ultimately leading to a reduced toxic load and better health!


Step 1: Remove non-essential toxins from your environment, like non-stick cookware, antiperspirants. Step 2: Replace these items with safer alternatives, like cast iron pans and non-toxic deodorants Step 3: Reduce exposure where removal of toxic exposures is not possible. For example, hardwire internet cables instead of using WIFI. Step 4: Avoid future exposure by making safer purchasing decisions. Research items before making purchases, to make sure you know ingredients and whether there are safer, less toxic alternatives available. Step 5: Detoxing!


Larisa Belote, Health Practitioner & Certified Detox Specialist is a strong believer that your body is a smart machine and can heal itself given a chance and the right set of tools. Join our Detox Program-see news brief for more details or Call/Txt 732.996/6963 or email: larisa@stepbystep-wellness.com to schedule a Free 20 minute consult.


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