Not all the oxygen that enters the human body is used there. Around 6 – 7% of inhaled oxygen is converted in the organism into effective ionising oxygen. These ions are called radicals.
Oxygen radicals have vital functions. The oxygen radicals remove toxins and dead cells, as well as foreign substances, viruses, bacteria, allergens, etc. At the same time, there is a further system in the organism that can prevent an excess of radicals in healthy humans. This is called the antioxidant or scavenger system.
In healthy people and in biotic breathing, this regulatory mechanism functions extraordinarily well and safely. The scavenger (antioxidant) system prevents an excess of free radicals. If your body’s own natural antioxidant system no longer functions, because it is disrupted or destroyed by external influences, a build-up of excessive free radicals occurs. This state is called oxidative stress, which damages cells and tissue.
The following factors may trigger oxidative stress:
- Environmental pollution
- Attendant symptoms in the case of illness
What can excessive free radicals do to the human body?
- Accelerated aging
- Auto-immune diseases
- Restricted spermatogenesis
- Skin diseases, eczema, melanoma
- Increased susceptibility to viral infections
- Diseases of the respiratory tract
WHAT IS DETOX (DETOXIFICATION)?
Toxic situations in the human body are caused by damage to the metabolism through various chemical substances from daily life, medication, colourants, artificial flavourings, preservatives, domestic cleaning agents, excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco, various environmental factors and various types of radiation.
Detox is the abbreviation of the term detoxification and means the detoxification of the body. Detoxification occurs in that the body is supported in excreting harmful substances and toxins and in cleaning itself. Toxins are the organism’s waste products: Bacteria, dead cells and waste products caused by digestion or the metabolism.
The majority of toxins present in the body are due to poor food choices, the consumption of cigarettes and alcohol or too little sleep. But environmental toxins and external harmful substances also lead to an additional load on the organism and these lie outside our control. The misuse of medication (e.g. antibiotics, anti-depressants, anti-inflammatories) and many additives in industrially produced food promote the build-up of toxins in our organism.
They are removed from our bodies through our organs of excretion, such as the bowel, the respiratory tract, the liver and the skin. Essentially, the body is able to cleanse itself. Only when toxins get out of control are they deposited in the cells and cause toxicity. The body can no longer cleanse itself – and it needs external help. There are various indications that we are suffering from toxic overload.
These include, amongst other things, stomach and bowel problems, weight fluctuations, skin irritations, sleep disturbances, headaches and a general lack of drive. This can cause chronic illnesses and allergies. However a detox can also help in many chronic diseases and allergies, as resources can be released in the body for regeneration.