Toxins Cause Cell Membrane Defects
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Definition of Cell Membranes:
Two layers of fat that surround (enclose) every cell in the body. In other words, the cell membrane is the cell wall. Plant foods/carbs have cell walls that are made up of fiber, called cellulose.
Did you know that all toxins cause cell membrane defects because toxins make them rigid/stiff?
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Red Blood Cells
Under normal conditions, red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body; red blood cells must be flexible enough to squeeze down to about one-seventh their normal size in order to travel into the body's tiny capillaries. However toxins cause red blood cell walls to become more rigid/stiff.
As a result, red blood cells have difficulty squeezing into the tiny capillaries, and the transport of life-giving oxygen to all the tissues and organs of the body are impaired. Deprived of sufficient oxygen, these tissues and organs lose their ability to function.
Insulin and Blood Sugar Problems
Defective cell membranes can interfere with the ability of blood sugar to penetrate the various cells, a job normally accomplished with the help of insulin. When cell membranes are rigid/stiff insulin will have trouble doing its job, so insulin levels must be increased.
This may result in low blood sugar which explains why many people who are unhealthy have hypoglycemia symptoms. Increased insulin production also causes you to gain more weight!
Toxins also create abnormal hormone responses in the body. Hormones regulate your various body functions by traveling through the bloodstream to vital areas of the body. However toxins interfere with that process since organs and systems throughout the body involved in producing and distributing hormones are not as able to work like they should because their cell membranes are rigid/stiff.
Any hormones that are produced enter the bloodstream, but they have trouble getting into rigid/stiff cells where they are needed.
For example hormones made by the thyroid will have trouble penetrating (getting into) stiff cell membranes. Since thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, the result is slow metabolism, low body temperature, fatigue, intolerance to cold, hair loss, etc.
Unfortunately, laboratory tests cannot diagnose hormone problems, because tests only measure the level of hormones in vein blood. Vein blood is "after" the cells have taken hormones, nutrients, oxygen, etc. they are able to use or need. At the same time cells dump their waste products into the veins.
Therefore, vein blood travels from all cells throughout the body, and then to organs and/or systems that get rid of toxins. For example vein blood goes from the cells to the lungs so we breath out carbon dioxide (the cells change oxygen into carbon dioxide so it is a waste product). Other major organs that get rid of toxins are the kidneys, the liver and the skin. Therefore blood tests cannot reflect what is going on at a cellular level.
Also hormones are very dependent upon nutrients such as Vitamin D, which is actually more a hormone than it is a vitamin. However, in order for vitamin D to work in the body, there must also be enough vitamin A, and an equal ratios of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fattys acids along with other good fats.
Most people get too much omega 6 in their diet, so they need to balance it out with enough omega 3. That is why taking cod liver oil is so important since it contains omega 3, vitamins A and D. Also all fats work together, which must include good saturated fats recommended by Bee, i.e. butter, unrefined coconut oil, lard, etc. – all of the natural occurring fats from animals and no unnatural man-made fats, except for olive oil - see Unnatural Fats & Oils Damage the Entire Body. Of course all nutrients work together which is what Bee's healthy programs are all about.
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Also hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone have difficulty getting into stiff cells:
For women this causes pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), hot flashes, headaches, night sweats, increased irritability, depression, vaginal dryness, painful periods, fibroids, ovarian cysts, decreased sex drive, etc. It can also interfere with the normal feedback mechanisms of the hypothalamus and pituitary (hormone regulating organs in the head) causing an imbalance in natural menstruation cycles. More often than not, ovulation may not occur at all.
Men experience decreased sex drive, poor erections, lower sperm count, reduced fertility, and female traits like increased breast size. Men may also have symptoms similar to those seen during menopause in women, i.e. hot flashes, increased irritability, inability to concentrate, depression, etc.
Nutrients and Fluids
Nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, amino acids (protein), fats, etc. and fluids (water) will also have difficulty penetrating rigid/stiff cell walls. The result can be fluid retention, electrolyte imbalances (mineral imbalance), and many other symptoms and problems.
Messages that one cell sends to another can also be hindered by toxins. Normally, one cell sends a message to another cell by releasing a special chemical; the second cell (in a nerve or muscle) absorbs the chemical, picks up the message, and responds accordingly.
When cell membranes are rigid/stiff, they cannot send or pick up messages properly. This results in a number of health issues throughout the body.