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Top 5 Warning Signs That You Need A Detox
After the holiday period, you’ve probably overindulged on just about everything, but especially the food and the booze, right? This overload of fats, sugars and alcohol can leave you feeling tired and sluggish with mood swings and a lack of motivation, but these are just a few of the signs that your body transmits when it’s in need of a serious detox. In a healthy body, the process of detoxification runs smoothly, but if too many toxins build up in your body at once then it struggles to break them down, allowing them to build up in your tissues and cause these symptoms. Let’s take a look at some of the others and what they mean.
1. Problems with sleeping
Insomnia, restlessness, and other sleep disturbances are a common symptom that your body is need of a detox. This type of symptom can be caused by too much alcohol, a lack of exercise and loading the body up with heavy foods which slows down the digestion. A great way to beat sleep problems is to have a hot bath with some aromatherapy oils and Epsom salts. This not only relaxes the mind and body, but also draws toxins out directly through the skin. It’s also best to avoid drinking alcohol and eating heavy meals right before bedtime to allow your body to effectively cleanse itself through the night.
While acne can be cause by hormonal fluctuations, it can also be brought on through a build-up of nasty stuff in the body which shows itself through your skin. Acne is cause by inflammation, a classic symptom of an overload of toxins in the body, and oxidative stress. High levels of sugar, saturated fats and milk and consumption of other dairy products are all closely linked to acne, so cutting back on these is the first step to relieving this symptom of toxification of the body. A lack of vitamins A and E can also cause acne, so be sure to eat plenty of nuts, seeds, and leafy greens to give your body and skin the helping hand it needs.
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Intestinal bloating can be incredibly uncomfortable and most of us will experience it at some point or another, but consistent bloating means that something is unbalanced in your body and that it’s time to reign in any toxic habits. It is caused by excess gas in the digestive system through ingesting certain types of foods or drinking too much alcohol. To ease bloating, don’t guzzle down unhealthy snacks high in fat and sugar, but rather eat lighter meals at a slower pace, drink plenty of water, and cut back on the booze. Trust us, your body will thank you for it!
4. Headaches/brain fog
Persistent headaches and a feeling of fatigue and moodiness (also known as brain fog) are symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, a lack of sleep, and sugar overload. All of which prevent your body from detoxifying itself. To cure this symptom, it’s important to cut back on caffeine, refined, processed foods, and alcohol to allow your body to restore natural balance and to re-optimize your brain function.
5. Skin problems
Many types of food and drink commonly consumed in Western society, along with toxins in the air and water, cause inflammation in the body as toxic substances build up in our tissues. This in turn manifests itself in the form of skin problems such as rashes, eczema, spots, and pimples. To treat this, try drinking antioxidant-rich herbal tea such as dandelion and burdock root and always have a glass of filtered water at your desk to swig on for proper kidney function. Eat plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables as well for proper digestive function and watch any skin problems slowly clear up as your body regains control.
It’s easy for toxins to build up in our body and, in many ways, very hard to avoid in the environments that many of us live in. But that doesn’t mean we should let it get out of control. By watching out for these common warning signs, we can easily notice when our bodies have had enough of the toxins that are avoidable in our lifestyles and we can work to give ourselves the proper detox we need.