If there are too many toxins and waste products to process at a given time, the main elimination organs colon (bowels), skin, lungs and kidneys become overloaded. This results in stagnation and a build up of poisonous materials and wastes. Some of these poisonous materials and wastes are diverted to other elimination routes but what happens when the elimination organs become overloaded?
As the liver is the main organ which detoxifies harmful substances within the body, it is usually the first organ to become overloaded with toxicity. For example, following a session of binge drinking on alcohol, the liver can become overloaded by detoxifying large amounts of alcohol. As a result some unprocessed toxins will flow directly into the blood.
The blood then transports this toxicity to other elimination routes:
- Skin – elimination of toxicity by increased sweating
- Lungs – some toxicity will be carried out in the breath
- Kidneys - elimination of toxicity by increased urination, which in turn triggers thirst to replace lost fluids.
The lymphatic system is also another area which can become overloaded when there are large levels of wastes and toxins within the body. The lymphatic fluid helps to transport the toxins and waste products to the lymph glands. The lymph glands then filter wastes and kill harmful bacteria, viruses etc. When these glands become overwhelmed they swell and often become inflamed and sore.
In a body with high levels of toxicity, the lymphatic fluid becomes thick and sticky due to the high levels of mucous, poisons and waste materials. This in turn prevents the normal movement of lymphatic fluid. If the body has enough energy, it can raise body temperature and create a fever which helps to improve the movement of lymphatic fluid as the heat helps to liquefy the thickened lymph. The higher body temperature also improves the immune functions of the lymphatic system.
If the routes of elimination are unable to deal with the level of toxicity within the body, toxic materials will then be stored until they can be processed and eliminated from the body.
The body does this by wrapping the toxicity up and storing it within less vital structures of the body such as body fat, muscles, joints etc. In women the uterus is also an area which can be used to store unprocessed toxicity and waste products.
The body will always attempt to limit damage for as long as possible by keeping harmful substances away from the vital organs like the brain and heart.