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15 Signs It Is Time To Do A Detox (# 13, Who Knew?)
Are you trying to eat right, get enough sleep, and regularly exercise but you still don’t feel 100 percent? You might try telling yourself that you aren’t a spring chicken anymore or that you are working too hard but perhaps the real reason you aren’t feeling as good as you should is because your body is holding onto too many toxins.
Eating a healthy, organic diet and staying well hydrated, in addition to getting enough rest and exercise, are all important for a healthy body, but performing detox on a regular basis is just as important.
Although many of the symptoms listed below apply to numerous things and seem to be a list of the human condition, if you are living a healthy lifestyle but still do not feel right, then chances are your body has become overburdened with toxins.
If you notice any of the items below on a regular basis, you are very likely way overdue for a detox. Keep reading and see if any of the 15 signs listed below sound like you.
1. You Have Extra Pounds that Won’t Budge
If you have tried to lose weight through calorie counting, exercising, and cutting out sugar but the weight simply won’t budge, an overload of toxins could be to blame. Most toxins are stored in the fat of the body. These include toxins like PCB’s, dioxins, and many commonly used pesticides. A detox will remove these toxins so that the weight can finally be shed.
2. Skin Issues or Allergies
If you are having skin problems, such as flakiness, excessive dryness, itchy skin or red, irritated skin, and nothing seems to work, it might be that you are ready for a detox. Topical treatments aren’t going to address the root cause. Sometimes it appears that, during and immediately after a detox, your skin problems get worse, but this is generally because toxins are being removed through the skin. This will completely subside within a week or so after you complete your program. If you are having allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, or watery, red eyes, and antihistamines don’t work, this is often another sign for the need to detox.
3. Unexplained Fatigue
If you are diligent about getting your 8 hours of sleep but you still wake up feeling exhausted or if you are completely out of energy by 10AM, this is another sign you are running on a toxic overload. Carrying around a high toxic load puts tons of extra stress on the body (as if we don’t have enough already), which puts an overload on the adrenal glands. Adrenal fatigue will leave you feeling exhausted, run down, and out of shape. Some toxins have a direct effect on your adrenal function.
4. Unexplained Sore or Stiff Muscles
Unless you have been going overboard at the gym or recently started a new workout program, those stiff, sore muscles are probably a sign that your body is carrying a heavy toxic overload. Toxins cause inflammation in the body. When you don’t remove the toxins, they accumulate in many places, including the muscles, leaving them feeling sore or stiff. If you wake up in the morning feeling like you have been hit by a bus, but there is no reason for it, it is way past time for you to perform a detox program.
Although everyone has an occasional sleepless night, habitual insomnia is usually a sign of not only toxic overload, but out of whack hormones. This often happens due to stress and the environmental toxins we are exposed to. For example, most antibacterial soaps contain a hormone disrupting compound called triclosan. Excessive stress leads to an excess of the stress hormone cortisol. Your body needs sleep to balance hormones, repair tissue, and to detoxify itself naturally. You can help your body by performing a detox program to remove an accumulation of toxins so that you can get the sleep you need.
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