Vesela Petrova: Psoriasis, constipation, fatigue are signals of accumulated toxins in the body

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Vesela Petrova: Psoriasis, constipation, fatigue are signals of accumulated toxins in the body
Vesela Petrova: Psoriasis, constipation, fatigue are signals of accumulated toxins in the body

Vesela Petrova is a certified nutritionist and he alth coach in a clinic in the capital. In 2009, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in management and sociology at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and in 2011 with a master's degree at the University of Vienna, Austria. He completed his studies as a nutritionist at the Viennese Institute for Holistic He alth "Vitalakademie". He graduated on the topic "Phytochemicals and their antioxidant properties for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases"

She was invited to the Gräfliche Kliniken Heinrich Kaspar Klinik in Germany, where she works with patients with obesity, gastrointestinal diseases, eating disorders and heart diseases.

Participates in the "Shopping for my future" campaign - a program of "LFI Austia" with the support of the European Union with the aim of educating a sustainable way of consumption and consumption of food.

Takes part in seminars on "Treatment and healing with ionized water" according to the "Aschbach" method and "LNB Schmerztherapie" according to Dr. Bracht's innovative pain treatment method.

Successfully attended trainings in Vienna in the field of leadership and coaching (Emotional Leadership, Leading by Influence, Psychology of Behavior Change). In addition to being an expert on he althy eating, she actively practices Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga.

Cleansing the body is a topic that excites almost everyone, especially in the spring season. In addition to their relieving nature, detox regimes are mainly associated with losing extra pounds and a quick way to get in shape. How does the purification of the body happen, how do we know that we need unloading and how to do it correctly and in a balanced way advises the expert in he althy nutrition Vesela Petrova.The main goal of any unloading program is to be rich in valuable substances, to be anti-inflammatory and to facilitate the work of our digestive system.

Mrs. Petrova, what is hidden behind the term "toxins" in nutrition?

- By "toxins" we mean all chemical substances contained in the food, air, water, cosmetics and products we use, as well as those that the body itself forms.

What are their mechanisms of action?

- The mechanisms by which poisons act are diverse and range from disruption of biochemical processes, overloading of functions, to direct damage to cells.

What is the dangerous dose leading to serious harm to he alth?

- What is the dangerous dose of each substance is very individual and depends on factors such as intake concentration, mixing with other substances or foods, ability to be excreted from the body, resistance of the organs and tissues themselves, etc.

When can our body successfully deal with toxins on its own?

- The prerequisite for the body naturally dealing with toxins is the normal work of the organs involved in the detoxification process (liver, kidneys, lymph, skin), as well as the reasonable amount of harmful substances. Unfortunately, due to lifestyle, eating habits, lack of exercise and stress, we take in more toxins than our body can naturally expel without consequence. But even in this case there is a solution - if the natural capacity for detoxification is exhausted and the body is overloaded, the body neutralizes this condition by "depositing" toxins in places that are of secondary importance for the functioning of the body. Such places are fat and connective tissue - organic acids, heavy metals and biochemical compounds are stored here as a result of metabolism. If connective and fatty tissue are already overloaded, the body looks for new depots - tendons and fascia.

What exactly is the relationship between fat and connective tissue and metabolism?

- Connective tissue (so-called fascia) has always been considered as filling tissue, without special meaning and function. Until recently, it was believed that its task was to fill the spaces between bones, organs and muscles. However, it turns out that it not only holds all the organs of the body together, but also represents the connection between cells and blood. It has an important function in transporting elements involved in the exchange of substances (oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, acids, bases, water, etc.) from the blood capillaries into the cells and vice versa. Connective tissue actively participates in these transport processes as it filters and stores.

Does this last resort of the body to deal with toxins by depositing them in fat and connective tissue solve the problem?

- Although the body protects vital organs by depositing toxins in fat and connective tissue, this is not a long-term solution.Harmful substances deposited in the connective tissue also have negative effects. If there is an increased deposition of toxins, the filtration effect of the connective tissue is impaired. This means that the end products of metabolism are no longer completely removed from the cells. At the same time, however, the cells can no longer be supplied with nutrients. The result is malnourished cells from which full functionality cannot be expected.

As we age and the toxin load increases, connective tissue function becomes increasingly limited. This is noticeable, for example, in the condition of the skin (lax and wrinkled), the joints (less mobile), as well as the condition of the tendons and ligaments (they are not as strong as at a younger age).

Can these toxins be completely removed from the body and how?

- To relieve the connective tissue and restore its functions, toxic loads must be removed from the body. The first step to purification is the lowest possible intake of new toxins.

When we talk about toxins, we must distinguish between intoxication (a state of poisoning after taking a large dose of (usually) harmless substances or when poisons enter the body) and the overall burden of the body with harmful substances. Intoxication is an acute condition in which harmful substances enter the blood in an unacceptably large amount and directly cause damage, and in the case of overall loading, it is a matter of making it difficult for the body's natural mechanisms to purify itself. We are talking about the second state here.

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Does our body give any signals that we can understand that we have accumulated more toxins in our body?

- Stored in fat and connective tissue, toxins damage cells and their functions, including the nervous system, so a wide range of symptoms can be observed.

• Chronic fatigue - reduced energy and feeling tired, even after enough sleep - often associated with stress on the liver - the most important organ for detoxification

• Impossibility of losing extra pounds, even after following a diet - loading the body with harmful substances affects the hormonal balance

• Bad breath - toxins affect and change not only the intestinal but also the oral flora. The he althy balance of bacteria residing there shifts in favor of unfavorable bacteria, resulting in bad breath

• Constipation - associated with disturbance of intestinal flora and intestinal mucosa

• Sensitivity to smells - after taking certain chemicals, the body can develop hypersensitivity to them. Sensitivity to smells is often associated with headaches

• Muscle aches - toxins can accumulate directly in muscle tissue or joints, causing tissue damage or chronic inflammation

• Problem skin - eg acne, rashes or itching, swollen tissues around the eyes, psoriasis. If the liver, kidneys and intestines can no longer quickly process and eliminate toxins, the skin is further burdened

How is our body purified?

- As it became clear, our body only has the ability to deal with the harmful substances that fall into it or it only forms as a result of metabolic processes. Detoxification is natural for any process that works without fail, as long as you have he althy and properly functioning organs and enough "aids" available. These are the "carriers" with the help of which the body neutralizes and transports toxins to the excretory organs

These "aids" are mainly minerals, vitamins with antioxidant action (A, C and E) and antioxidants. If they are not obtained in sufficient quantity with food, the body begins to extract these substances from its reserves (for example, calcium from bones, minerals from hair and nails). That is why every weight loss regime includes foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

What is our role in the purification process?

- The most important thing here is to understand that purification is a process that happens constantly in our body.With or without our input, the body does the best it can with the resources it has to keep us as he althy as possible. Knowing all this, our role is to help make it all happen, naturally, by following 4 main principles: foods to avoid, foods we can eat infrequently, predominant foods and supportive practices. The rule of thumb is to follow the principles 80% of the time, allowing 20% ​​for unplanned situations.

What will you recommend to our readers besides following your recommendations on foods to prefer and avoid?

- First, drink more water - 2-3 liters per day, to remove released toxins from the body. Take time for relaxation and favorite activities - the absorption of nutrients is regulated by the parasympathetic nervous system. This means that in order for the cell to be fully nourished, you must provide it with peace.

Don't underestimate the pleasure of food - don't include in your diet foods that are he althy but not tasty! Almost every "he althy" food has its equivalent - kale can be replaced with spinach, coriander - with parsley, goji berries - with other berries.Diversity is important.

The best relief is not to eat foods that strain digestion, contain toxins and harmful substances. Eat slowly and chew long.

And let's not forget that eating is the most natural state of our body. Learning to listen to our body and assess its needs is our main goal, which requires a little help, at least in the beginning.

Cleansing the body is a complex process

• The colon cleanses toxins from the digestive system and liver. Cleansing the colon paves the way for detoxification of other organs

• Blood circulation is crucial for transporting toxins out of the body through other excretory organs

• Skin - through sweating, waste products and toxins are expelled through the pores of the skin. Because of its large surface area, the skin actually flushes out more waste than the kidneys and intestines combined

• The kidneys remove waste products from the blood, obtained in water-soluble form from the liver, through the urine. The kidneys have the capacity to filter large amounts of blood. They maintain the body's water balance and release toxins and excess fluid through the bladder

• The lymphatic system transports waste and toxins from cells and the circulatory system to the excretory organs

• Lungs release toxins through exhalation. Deep breathing increases lymph flow for extra detoxification

• The liver chemically transforms destructive poisons into less harmful substances that can be eliminated through the colon and kidneys

Foods to avoid:

►All dairy products, excluding yogurt

►Everything with sugar

►Refined and processed foods

►Trans fat, heated vegetable fat, margarine

►Everything with gluten

►Soft drinks, packaged juices and lemonades

Foods we can eat but rarely:

►2-3 times a week - legumes (lentils, chickpeas, peas, beans)

►1 time a week - rice, usually when eating out, preferably wild or brown

►1-2 times a week wild fish,

►1-2 times pastured poultry and beef

►2-3 times a week - yogurt (full fat, not fruit)

►2-5 times a week - oil

►Alcohol, caffeine - rarely, if possible to exclude

Environmental poisons

♦ Substances we take in with food. These include toxic trace elements such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic

♦ Food ingredients added during food production, processing, storage, such as nitrates, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, colorings, preservatives

♦ Natural toxic food ingredients such as solanine, oxalic acid, nitrate, phytic acid, toxic proteins, histamine (biogenic amines)

♦ Industrial and automotive gases

♦ Heavy metals (vaccines, amalgam fillings)

♦ Various chemicals: cosmetics, detergents, household products, clothes, furniture, building materials, medicines, plastics, packaging, etc.

♦ Toxins that are formed in the body as a result of metabolism

♦ Acids, purines, s alts that disrupt the alkaline-acid balance

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