Your First Line of Defense – Liver
The liver produces bile, a greenish-yellow fluid that is stored in the gallbladder. It is essential for digesting fats and for eliminating worn-out red blood cells and certain toxins from your body.
During digestion, the gut becomes selectively permeable so that the lymphatic system may pick up absorbed fats and carry them to the liver. Good fats then get turned into cholesterol, cell membranes, hormones, brain cells and skin cells.
Bad fats are processed and marked for elimination through bile, which is absorbed by insoluble fiber and exits the body as fecal matter or commonly known as poop.
This is the reason why eating diet high in dietary fiber is so important.
How Does The Lymphatic System Contribute?
Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue (GALT), is the lymphatic tissue which surrounds the entire intestinal tract (4).
As mentioned above, this tissue absorbs and processes both nutritional and toxic fats from the digestive system and transports it into the lymphatic system.
For this process to work, both the digestive tissue and the lymphatic tissue must be healthy.
Here are a few signs of a congested GALT :
- Holding extra weight around your belly
- Skin irritations or itching
- Joint stiffness
- Swollen hands and feet
- Elimination concerns (constipation or diarrhea)
- Occasional headaches
Why Do Toxins Get Stored As Fat?
Normally, toxins that are absorbed into the lymph are neutralized by white blood cells in the lymph nodes. In the case of a congested lymphatic system or an unhealthy digestive system, the process is severely impaired and toxins make their way back to the liver.
As the liver becomes congested, it makes thicker, ineffective bile, thus creating a cycle of toxicity. The liver then begins to expel the fat-soluble toxins into the blood stream.
These toxins can find their way into the fat cells, where they are stored for many years and cause oxidation (free radical damage) and degeneration.