Toxins and Poisons Damage Health
Toxins cause all cell membranes (outer cover of cells, enclosure) in the body to go rigid/stiff, including white and red blood cells. Flexibility of the cell membrane is very important for the functioning of cells, which allows nutrients, hormones, water, etc. to go in, and the natural waste products of the cells to go out so they can be eliminated, as well as other important activities that need to take place. For example: cells intake oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide that is breathed out through the lungs: in with the bad air and out with the good air.
Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body and must be flexible enough to squeeze down to about one-seventh their normal size in order to get into the body’s tiny capillaries. When red blood cells are stiff the transport of life-giving oxygen to all the tissues and organs is impaired. This causes tissues and organs throughout the body to lose their ability to function like they should, which is one of the reasons unhealthy people have cold hands and feet.
There’s more. Defective cell membranes can interfere with the ability of glucose (blood sugar) to penetrate the cells, a job normally accomplished with the help of insulin. When cell membranes are damaged insulin has trouble doing its job. This causes low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia; also called insulin reaction) resulting in low energy, light headedness, and sometimes even a coma. This also overworks the pancreas which produces insulin, causing it to dysfunction as well.
A hormone is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the body. In other words, hormones are chemical messengers that transport a signal from one cell to another. They also perform specific biochemical functions. For example, if you cut yourself, growth hormone signals are sent out to repair and replace tissues. There are two types of hormones in the body:
- Anabolic hormones that involve anabolic processes (anabolism), build molecules, tissues and even organs in the body, which includes sex hormones, insulin, and growth hormones produced in the pituitary gland in the head which are responsible for tissues repair, cell regeneration, and building new tissues as needed.
- Catabolic hormones that involve catabolic processes (canabolism), break down substances into simpler ones, which include thyroid hormones which function as general stimulators of many cellular reactions, hormones produced by the adrenal glands such as cortisol, and others.
The body always strives to balance out its anabolic and catabolic processes, however when it is unhealthy it is not as able to, as it can when it is healthy.
Also toxins, including birth control pills, drugs, antibiotics, etc. make all of the body’s cell membranes stiff/rigid, which means any organs or tissues involved in producing hormones are not as able to do their job (function normally), and hormones that may be produced are not as able to get into stiff/rigid cells where they are needed to do their job. Such hormones include thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and many others, even those that regulate digestion, release digestive juices, maintain temperature, etc.
Nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and other minerals also have trouble getting into rigid cell walls. This can result in fluid retention, electrolyte (minerals) imbalances, and many other health problems. In fact every nutrient required by the body will have difficulty getting into rigid/stiff cells throughout the body, including protein (amino acids), fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and even water. Rigid cells are also not as able to get rid of their natural waste products and regulate water balance.