There are 4 major factors that contribute to illness. This list includes nutritional imbalances, stress, lack of a mind-body connection, and environmental toxicities. We will discuss why everyone should detox and the top 10 signs that your body is overburdened by environmental toxins.
Toxins are substances that enter the body, like chemicals, or are produced by the body in certain biochemical processes. The problem with toxins is that they cause damage to our organs, so they must be eliminated as soon as possible.
Now, the body comes equipped with an organ, the liver, to deal with toxins and eliminate them from the body as quickly as possible. The problem comes in when our bodies become overloaded with toxins and the liver cannot get them out faster than they are coming in. They begin to store up in the body and do more damage, while liver function slows down even further.
Unfortunately, the world we live in is full of eternal toxins like air pollution, pesticides, chemicals in processed food, carcinogens from plastic, chemical cleaners, etc. It has been found that we currently come into contact with more toxins in 1 day than people living 100 years ago came into contact with in their entire lifetime!
So, the question is actually not “am I toxic?” The question is “how toxic am I?” and “is this toxic overload affecting my health?”
How do we know if we have toxic overload? Below are 10 of the top signs that the body is having a hard time eliminating toxins and they are sticking around to wreak havoc on the body.
3. Slow metabolism
5. Digestive symptoms
6. Skin blemishes
7. Difficulty sleeping
8. Chronic infections
10. Emotional highs and lows
The above is not a complete list, but is a basic way to assess your toxic load. We already know that some cancers are definitely caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. And, there is even some research being done now that shows that Diabetes Mellitus may be caused by toxic overload in the body and the damage that toxins cause to the mitochondria. For these reasons it is recommended that everyone do some sort of detox at least once a year to give the body a good cleaning and improve organ function.
If you would like guidance on how to pick a detox that is right for your body and how to properly conduct a detox, please visit a naturopath or alternative healthcare practitioner.