Need a detox now that summer is over?
How has your summer been? Have you indulged in a too many cookouts and drank a few too many cocktails?
Summertime is full of activities and social events that can make it hard to stay on track with a healthy diet. Are you feeling like you need to detox? Do you really need to consider a cleanse or detox program?
Detoxification is essential for your health and well-being. In a perfect world, your body would get rid of toxins by itself and on many levels it does have systems in place to do this.
The liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, blood, colon, and lymphatic system are responsible for eliminating waste and fighting oxidative damage. However, the problem is that they need some help because your internal organs are easily overburden by chemicals.
Every day, we ingest toxins from the air, water, food, and household products. For instance, women who wear makeup daily absorb over five pounds of chemicals into their bodies each year. This is a scary fact that most people don’t realize is a problem. That is why I also recommend Beautycounter as a safer skincare option.
What are the dangers of chronic exposure to toxins?
Over time, toxins weaken your immune system and natural detox mechanisms. This puts you at risk for heart disease, obesity, recurring infections, autoimmune disease, gut issues, allergies, stroke, respiratory problems, cancer, and premature aging.
How Toxic Are You?
The toxins that build up in your system trigger a series of reactions that disrupt hormone function, immunity, and energy metabolism. These chemicals affect every system in your body, causing lethargy, fatigue, weight gain, bad breath, sleep disorders, and mood swings.
Most symptoms are non-specific, which makes diagnosis difficult. Some toxins promote tumor growth and feed cancer cells. Some affect digestion and kill healthy gut bacteria. Others increase your risk of reproductive disorders, liver stones, premature aging, stroke, and diabetes.
When your body fails to eliminate toxins, you may experience bloating, constipation, skin rashes, brain fog, fatigue, and recurring allergies. In the long run, these symptoms can get worse and affect your everyday life. You may not be able to focus at work, have trouble falling asleep, have frequent mood swings/increased irritability and feel sick for no obvious reason.
The list of what the overburden of toxins can cause is long and can include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Body odor
- Weight gain
- Migraines and headaches
- Digestive problems
- Multiple chemical sensitivities
- Leaky gut
- Asthma attacks
- Acne breakouts
- Brain fog
- Poor sleep
- Hormonal imbalances
- Dull skin
- Hair loss
- Unexplained feelings of anxiety
- Memory lapses
- Runny nose
- Swollen joints
Some people may also experience sensitivity to noise or light, blemishes, eczema, hives, nausea, water retention, and painful joints. Toxin buildup also triggers cravings for sugar and fats. You may find yourself binging on foods that you wouldn’t normally eat, such as white bread, fries, or table sugar.
But there is a simple solution to ridding your body of toxins, decreasing inflammation and keeping your system running at its optimal level. Regularly detox your body by making healthy lifestyle choices.
Now I am not talking about extreme fasting, enemas, laxatives, and diuretics. Detoxification, done the right way and daily can help prevent developing many of the symptoms and conditions mentioned or help alleviate an existing condition.
Be aware that eating clean organic food daily is just a small part of the detox process. Toxins are also lurking in your deodorant, face cream, detergent, and cosmetics. Therefore, try to limit your exposure to environmental toxins, such as those found in household products, cigarette smoke, and contaminated water. Make your own personal care products using natural ingredients, or choose organic brands.
One of the best ways to start your day off right and in detox mode is to drink an 8 ounce glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon.
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