Part One: What are Toxins and What is Detoxing?
First off, let us talk about toxins and detoxing. Toxins are what your body naturally detoxes and are usually referred to as all metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, and pesticides that can cause harm to your body. Toxins are everywhere in the water we ingest, from the air we breathe, and the clothing and make up we wear.
There are 2 types of toxins our body needs to deal with: Exotoxins and Endotoxins. Exotoxins are toxins that enter the body through toxic foods, drinks, and cosmetics. Endotoxins are toxins that are created within the body during our metabolic process and through the body’s own chemical reactions. These reactions consist of hormonal and metabolic toxins such as bacteria, fungus, and yeasts inside our intestines.
So what does this have to do with breast implants? Breast implants have over 40+ toxic chemicals and heavy metals these are just some of the components found to be in high levels of the concoction of their form. However, detoxing is something our amazing bodies can do naturally because it is equipped to do so. Or, we can make the choice to do a detox protocol.
Good news is, there are organs in our body that assist in the detoxification process, naturally. These organs include: the liver, kidneys, intestines, and skin. As well as systems such as the respiratory system, immune system, and lymphatic system. With this, each body part has a special job gathering the toxins throughout your body and then expelling them out through your sweat glands (the liver filter), bowel movements (the colon filter), and urine (the kidney filter).
The reason why we need to naturally detox is because our body is telling us we need to reset and go back to its original state. Our bodies will naturally detox a bit more after we complete the explant process since we are not feeding into the chemical imbalance of having had foreign toxins in our bodies. Everyone is different in the way they naturally detox and for how long. Essentially, it is up to our own bodies! Most of the signs of a natural detox occurring in our bodies, are similar to BII (Breast Implant Illness) symptoms, so it can be hard to tell the difference after the explant surgery. Symptoms can most likely include brain fog, insomnia, and fatigue with muscle aches. These signs of detox will bring on symptoms you will find line up with past BII symptoms (if you have explanted), so they may confuse you.
Here are some natural detoxing symptoms, just to name a few:
- Heart arrhythmia
- Muscle and joint pain
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Low libido
- Brain fog
- Environment and chemical sensitivity
Something to note is if you have not completed the explanation process yet, make a strong list of your current symptoms and describe them in detail when they happen, how they happen, and the duration. I recommend making a spread sheet!
Listening to your body is the number one thing. You will find throughout your natural detoxification process that your body will be expelling the toxins as before your explant surgery with similar signs your body may not have been expelling them, at least properly. Through this process remember that your body needs this time to reset, so relax, stay hydrated (but not too hydrated) and lean into the process. It may take some time and your body will let you know when you are through the worst of it, and you will start to gain energy back. It is always good to talk with your surgeon, doctor, or natural care provider if you feel like something is not right. You know your body best and it is up to you to be your own advocate!
Since BII is new, there are no real answers to questions we have regarding the proper way to manage ourselves after explanting. The more we talk about our individual stories the better we can all help to educate others about the process. I believe that this will be a testimonial of our senses, common sense, your personal sense, and experience-based knowledge. Most of what you will hear in these blogs are stories from my personal experience and from other women who have had their own experiences with BII. If you have any feedback, questions or want to contribute to any of our blogs with your personal story, we are happy to have you speak your truth! This is a community of people wanting to help beautiful people with their journey’s.
Stay tuned for my next post, where I will speak on my experience on being able to differentiate between BII symptoms and natural detoxing symptoms, and how you can too.