Wouldn’t it be great if we can be healthy and stay healthy and decrease aging right front the beginning of our heart beat? Or freeze our look and always look younger and more energetic just like a 21 years old? Unfortunately, most of us does not have the privilege of starting our life this way… I know, I didn’t. I grow up in a toxic environment with such things like fast food, pesticides on vegetables, growth hormones, or heavy metal pollution with seafood. It is just hard to stay away from toxins even if we wanted to.
If you’ve thinking of wanted to lose a few pounds, shed some extra water weight, or just reset your body after a weekend of crushing too much hot dogs or pizza, or perhaps losing some extra ex-holiday weight from last X’mas then you’ve most likely considered doing a detox at some point. But what if I told you that your body needs to detox more often than just the moments you get frustrated trying to wiggle into your skinny jeans? Would you recognize the signs and symptoms?
It’s very common for people to misread the signals that our bodies give us when it’s time for a detox because these signals are also common PMS symptoms. So, how can you tell if you need a detox? Before I answer this question it’s important to understand what a detox is and how it can benefit you.
So, what is Detox?
Detoxification is a process when your body process and get rid of impurities and toxins that have accumulated over time. Toxins are potentially harmful substances we come into contact with day to day– from pesticides on your produce, pollutants in the air, unpronounceable ingredients in processed foods, cleaning products, and even heavy metals like mercury and arsenic in the soil…
The good news is — your body is fully equipped to detox itself (considering you don’t step into a radioactive swamp somehow). From time to time, you might carelessly expose yourself to environmental toxins and skimping on nutrients and proper hydration, your body’s natural detoxification system can be inhibited.
For say, this create problems for lots of people that do a detox try-out. It’s important to remember that you can’t expect your body get rid of all the junk if you keep feeding it more junk. It’s like trying to clean a bottle with dirty water. This way simply doesn’t work. When you detox, be sure to incorporate high fiber foods with lots of vitamins and minerals, as well as drinking plenty of water.
8 Signs You Need To Detox Now
If you have experienced 3 or more of these symptoms over the past 3 months it’s possible that you might have a congested liver that needs detoxing.
1. Bad Breath/ White or Yellowish Coating on Tongue
Having one or both of these symptoms might be a sign that you have a chemical buildup in your body. There are hundreds of different bacteria that live inside your mouth. Although most of them are completely normal, there are a few that can cause a thick coat of white or yellowish matter on the tongue that can also contribute to chronic bad breath, or halitosis.
This type of bacteria is caused by poor gastrointestinal health or a diseased liver. It is very common that a diet high in fat, alcohol, sugar, and chemicals from processed foods are the underlying cause of this. When the liver is overworked, it’s unable to remove toxins as quickly as we consume it.
Our bodies have the ability to naturally combat toxins, however, when you experience toxins in excess, your body struggles to keep up.
2. Chronic Headaches
How can a headache be a symptom of a diseased liver, you ask? The pain you will feel will be in the temples or the back of your head. It can often be confused with a tension headache. But to determine the true cause of this headache you should note if it is accompanied with stomach pains, the feeling of fullness, discomfort, or nausea.
Toxins in the body can prevent the liver from performing its normal function of sending us the energy we need to the brain. This irritates the central nervous system and we experience pain and fatigue as a result.
3. Abdominal Bloating/ Gas
When poison doesn’t escape your body, it can stick around in the form of belly bloat and gas and cause uncomfortable stomach pains. According to a Functional Medical Practitioner.
“Your microbiome contains a vast collection of bacteria. When you don’t have enough good bacteria, bad bacteria takes over and leads to inflammation and a slowed metabolism.”¹
When your digestive system is slowed down or damaged, the side effects will be very hard to ignore… Hello sweatpants!
Adrenal fatigue is a very common side effect of a toxic liver. When your liver attempts to detox itself it goes into hyper drive and can create stress on the adrenal glands, forcing them to overproduce or under produce cortisol (the stress hormone). Adrenal fatigue and can cause your internal clock, or “circadian clock”, to be off. Basically what this means is that your body struggles to determine the time of day, which can lead to a lot of restless nights and cranky moments throughout the day.
5. Low Energy/Mental Fog
When your body can’t eliminate toxins quick enough, they can build up and cause inflammation. This type of inflammation causes a condition known as “leaky brain” which occurs when there is damage to the blood-brain barrier (the filter that prevents toxic substances from reaching the brain). If you find that you aren’t able to focus or if you are experiencing chronic fatigue you this might be due to toxicity in the liver.
6. Skin Breakouts/ Itchy Skin
Your liver is your body’s main detoxifying organ. When there is a build up of toxins, it needs to eliminate waste in other ways. Since your skin also eliminates toxins through your sweat, you may experience issues with your skin. Breakouts, rashes, and dry skin are common side effects of excess toxins being released.
7. Muscle Aches/ Pains
If you aren’t pushing yourself at the gym but constantly feel sore and achy, you most likely have chronic inflammation.
8. Sticky Stool
Consuming too much toxic fat can be a hindrance in storing it which can make the poop sticky and greasy. The daily intake of fats and calories should therefore be very specific. The recommended intake for the average adult should be around 20 to 35 percent of total daily calories. Foods high in fats such as oil and butter are full of bad cholesterol and contains fat that is difficult to convert into energy, on the other hand the amount of calories obtained from fat in foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products contribute towards good cholesterol. Fries such as potato fries, cheese fries and chips should be avoided as much as possible since they contain the maximum amount of bad cholesterol that are intoxicated to our body.
How Can You Treat The Symptoms?
1. Eat Clean
Eating clean basically means choosing foods that are in the most natural state as possible when you acquire (eat) them. For instance, eating a whole, fresh peach would be food in a more natural state compared to eating peaches from a can. The less processed the food, the more natural it is.
2. Increase Your Intake Of Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are packed with micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals). These micro nutrients help your organs and body function more efficiently allowing your liver to properly detox. They also provide copious amounts of fiber that regulate your digestive system and flushes toxins.
3. Eliminate Added Sugar, Alcohol, Junk Food
This might seem slightly obvious when you’re trying to detox, but it’s an important reminder to leave the unhealthy diet behind you. This means eliminating foods that make it harder for your body to digest.
4. Take Care Of Your Gut Health
When it comes to detoxing, it’s important to take care of your gut. Belly Balance activates the body’s digestive system to flush out toxins, promote your body’s overall balance, calm bloating, and even help you lose excess pounds.
5. Detox Naturally
When you begin a detox regime, your body will be adapting to new things which means, it will need some help to regulate. Drinking more tea is the perfect solution. Especially green tea helps with excess bloating that comes with adapting to a healthier diet.
How would I feel after Detox?
The most noticeable benefits from a detox are typically physical ones. Toxins tend to build up in major organs, like your liver, stomach and brain. However, as you progress with Detoxing, you may experience more noticeable changes in these areas. For instance, you may experience less bloating, feeling more energetic, and clearer beautiful skin. Less fatigue, sleep quality improved, and better concentration have all been associated with detoxing.
Once people begin to feel better physically and mentally, the feeling can be addictive and can often lead to a healthier and younger lifestyle altogether. It is common for people to kick bad habits that contribute to the toxicity, like smoking, unhealthy eating (pizza, fast food, fried food, etc.), and drinking excess alcohol.
Benefits after Detox
- Boost metabolism and speed up calorie burn
- Flushes out toxins
- Nourishes skin
- Gives you more energy without a crash
- Boosts body immunity
- Fights bloating
- Clear skin
Let’s get all the toxic stuff out of our system and start over with a fresh new body! Imagine: If our body is a bottle of water and all the toxic material are the impurities in this bottle. Our goal will be to get rid of all the possible harmful materials from that bottle, so we won’t get sick easily which lead us to stay young and healthy!