Why aren't we that concerned about fat-soluble toxins?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

A high-fat diet optimizes the absorption of fat-soluble toxins such as dioxins and some heavy metals. We can avoid these toxins by diet alone: we're exposed to some of these toxins environmentally, e.g. through car exhaust, second-hand smoke, lawn treatments, industrial packaging, etc.. Even grassfed beef and pastured eggs can contain significant amounts of these toxins. An accumulation of these toxins can slowly destroy the liver, disbalance hormones, and contribute to cancer. Is there an explanation why this isn't a very big deal for PH-ers who consume a high-fat diet?



on August 10, 2011
at 07:49 PM

because our bodies have detoxification pathways in place that work beautifully if we give them excellent nutrition. FE mercury is not absorbed into the brain if we're getting sufficient selenium. C protects us from lead and on and on and on.

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on August 10, 2011
at 06:21 PM

From what I understand (notice the huge caveat) If you avoid taking in new toxins - pastured meat, avoiding the EWG dirty dozen, other ways, then eating fats to lose weight is not a problem. Note that plenty of toxins are water soluble also.

There's some discussion of liberating toxins while losing weight here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/9087/body-fat-toxicity



on August 10, 2011
at 06:14 PM

You may be right but what would your solution be?

Wreck your metabolism instead?

I think you have to eat what is right for your body and then try to mitigate any other "side-effects" of doing so. Possibly something like intermittent fasting would help to counter-act these effects? Also, buying the best meat you can afford.

I don't really have a good answer, but avoiding something that is metabolically essential for optimal health is surely not an answer.

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