Your body has the ability to self-cleanse but sometimes, the accumulation of toxins may be too much so that extra help is needed. Toxins are harmful foreign substances which when not excreted can be stored in the body for years. After a period of time when the toxin levels have increased, the body is unable to keep up with them which leads to various symptoms.
There are different sources of toxins which include:
- Environmental toxins especially from industrial places, areas with air pollution or products that can be found at home such as cleaning products
- Lifestyle toxins which come from substances ingested into the body like sugar, medicine, processed foods, alcohol and other unhealthy substances
- Metabolic reactions like the breakdown of proteins, sugars and fast which naturally produces toxic waste. If a person is not taking sufficient nutrients, these toxic waste can buildup in the body.
- Intestinal microbes found in the gastrointestinal tract and is responsible for food digestion. Excess growth of bacteria or these microbes provides an opportunity for toxins to enter the bloodstream and result in various health conditions
- Emotional toxins like stress, fear or trauma affect the nervous and hormonal systems which then affect the body’s ability to detox.
Every day, we are exposed to these toxins and we need to take time to do a detox. Otherwise, without detoxification, our bodies experience negative effects like:
- Weight gain
Toxin buildup can lead to persistent weight gain. Excess toxins can be stored in the body as fat which hinders any attempt at weight loss.
Toxins lead to constant fatigue such that the number of hours a person sleeps does not matter because they still wake up feeling tired. A toxic overload creates stress on the adrenal glands which leads to adrenal fatigue. As result, you develop exhaustion and fatigue.
An accumulation of toxins can lead to a cortisol imbalance which makes you feel hyper and energetic in the evenings rather than in the morning. Long term insomnia is associated with serious health issues like heart disease.
- Impaired thinking
Toxins can have a direct effect on the brain. Constant spacing out during the day for no particular reason is a result of high intoxication. The toxins that have this direct effect on the brain are monosodium glutamate and aspartame with the former being present in highly processed foods and the latter in sugar-free beverages, gum and toothpastes.
Inexplicable headaches could be a result of toxin accumulation. The toxins that affect the brain also lead to persistent headaches. Other foods like food color, preservatives and heavy metals can also cause headaches.
- Mood swings
Constant mood swings throughout the day indicate hormonal imbalance resulting from buildup of toxins like xenoestrogens. These toxins are found in industrial compounds like phthalates and BPA.
- Unpleasant body odor
Bad breath of bad-smelling stool and bad-smelling gas or stools result from toxin buildup in the colon.
The other conditions associated with high toxification include skin reactions, muscle aches and constipation. You need to detox more than once a year if you can considering the amount of toxins that accumulate in your body.