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Signs You Need To Detox The Body Immediately

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It’s a polluted world, and the dangerous impact has been revealed: Research is starting to show the link between our increased toxin exposure and autoimmune conditions. Normally, the body does an excellent job at eliminating toxins to keep us healthy and thriving—in fact, we humans are alive because of brilliant biochemistry. Each system of our bodies has its own unique function, but they are all inextricably linked and work together to keep us alive and functioning. When one system goes awry, it often affects other seemingly unrelated aspects of our health, and this is particularly true when it comes to detoxification. Problems in this complex process are one of the biggest factors of poor health that I see in my patients.

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That’s why it’s more important than ever for your body’s detoxification systems to be working properly, and although many systems in your body are involved, the primary and most influential organ of detoxification is your body’s largest internal organ: Your liver.

Common Toxins
Xenobiotics are chemical compounds (such as drugs, pesticides, or carcinogens) that are foreign to our bodies and could trigger an immune system overreaction, implicating them in the initiation, progression, and exacerbation of autoimmune diseases and other areas of our health including:

  • Chronic inflammation
  • Skin problems (acne, rashes)
  • Brain fog
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Weight loss resistance
  • Persistent body odor
  • Thyroid problems
  • Achy muscles and joints

These chemicals are just the tip of the iceberg of the number of toxins that are in our beauty products, the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even the water we drink.

Signs You Need To Detox
The wellness world is buzzing with hundreds of different ways to detox and support your body's natural detoxification process.

The question is not if you should do a detox; it’s when. So start listening to your body, and if you are experiencing any one of these, it’s a sign to start your detox method of choice.

1. You have an insatiable sweet tooth

Constant cravings are a big sign that something is off. When processed foods are a staple in your diet it can put your blood sugar and leptin hormones on a roller-coaster ride which increases your cravings even more. When you detox you replace those junk foods with whole, clean food sources filled with hormone-balancing nutrients.

2. You are experiencing digestive distress

This is one of the most obvious signs that you need a complete diet overhaul. Symptoms such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea are not only uncomfortable they are a major red flag that things are not functioning properly. A detox will give your gut a break and hit will hit the reset button on your digestive health.

3. Allergies are no longer “seasonal” and happen often

Your sinuses are an extension of your digestive system. So it would make sense that if you have poor gut health your immunity is going to be weak as well.

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4. You don’t feel healthy despite eating clean

Detoxing can help those who already eat healthy too. Even the healthiest foods can aggravate and flare a person up. Doing an elimination diet can give your body a break and help you find exactly which foods cause you problems. A cleanse can also provide you with food medicines to help flush out toxins that build up over time and contribute to health problems.

5. You have skin problems

Toxin buildup doesn’t do our skin any favors. Too many toxins can overload your liver (your body’s main detoxing organ) and create buildup. Since your skin also eliminates waste through sweating, all of those problems can appear on the surface in the form of acne and rashes.

6. You are always exhausted

Being in a constant state of exhaustion is not normal. It’s adrenal fatigue. Toxin buildup, inflammation, microbiome imbalances, or stress can cause problems with your brain-adrenal communication which elevates your cortisol and leaves you always waiting for your next nap.

7. You aren’t as mentally sharp

If you lack the ability to focus or struggle to remember various details on a regular basis, you’re dealing with brain fog. When your body can’t eliminate toxins fast enough, they build up and increase inflammation. This inflammation leads to damage to your protective blood-brain barrier, also known as “leaky brain.” A decrease in inflammation will relieve the oxidative stress in the hypothalamus of the brain. A detox will help you flush out all of those toxins.

8. Your joints are always sore

Ongoing inflammation does a number on your joints and muscles. If you aren’t pushing yourself at the gym but are constantly sore and achy you most likely have chronic inflammation that needs to be addressed.

9. You’re constantly stressed

Not all detoxes need to be food-based. In my functional medicine clinic, I see stress as a contributing factor to all types of health problems. Stress can act as a trigger for everything from depression to autoimmune conditions. A food-based cleanse can be great to relieve physical symptoms of stress but detoxing from outside stimuli such as social media or toxic relationships as well can do wonders for your mental state.

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10. Just the thought of detox gives you anxiety

When the idea of giving up certain foods makes you sad or anxious it’s a sign of an unhealthy emotional attachment to food. For some, food is used as a reward or punishment rather than the healthy fuel your body needs to thrive. Detoxing can help you determine if your eating habits have emotional roots. If so, you can then take steps to change your relationship with what you eat.

11. You struggle to lose weight

One of the first things I tell my patients is, “We need to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.” Your microbiome contains a vast collection of bacteria. When you don’t have enough good bacteria, bad bacteria take over and leads to inflammation and a slowed metabolism. Start healing your gut and your weight loss will be a by-product of optimal health.

12. Your hormones are out of whack

Hormone problems can be anything from fatigue to weight-loss resistance to irregular periods. Each of these health problems can be traced back to chronic inflammation due to poor diet and toxins.

13. Your breath and BO aren’t so fresh

You know that expression “You are what you eat”? Well, in this case, you reek what you eat. Since your body is always trying to eliminate toxins body odor is a sign that toxins have reached an overwhelming level. So put down the deodorant stick and pick up some green juice instead!

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14. Your sleep patterns are off

Underlying hormonal issues like adrenal fatigue and leptin resistance can lead to irregular circadian rhythms. By eliminating toxins and reducing inflammation you’ll be getting eight interrupted hours of shut-eye before you know it.

15. You are anxious and depressed

Depression and anxiety oftentimes stem from excessive inflammation. “Leaky brain” triggers an inflammatory-autoimmune response against your brain and nervous tissue. You may find that during a cleanse you begin to feel a sense of calm.

16. You often get cold sores

About 90% of people have had a cold sore at least once in their life with 40% of people dealing with recurring flare-ups. We have the herpes simplex virus HSV-1 to blame for this. And don’t worry, this is different than the HSV-2 strain that causes genital herpes! The HSV-1 virus lays dormant most of the time waiting to strike. When your immune system is weak the virus is most likely to activate. A detox can help boost up your immune system.

If you answered yes to more than one of these, it’s time to do something! Instead of a quick-fix detox go to the next level and do something sustainable and make your entire life a cleanse.

How To Remove Toxins + Cleanse Your Life

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1. Get a comprehensive health history

A functional medicine look at health starts with a detailed health history, including an assessment of your environment at home, work, and the toxins you might be exposed to on a daily basis. Some common toxin-filled environments can be:

  • Autobody repair shops
  • Nail and hair salons
  • Dental offices
  • Factories using chemicals
  • House cleaning and janitorial service
  • Moldy buildings
  • Buildings containing lead paint

2. Find out if your body has created antibodies to toxins

I recommend running blood labs to see if your immune system is creating antibodies against some of these toxins, fueling inflammation throughout the body.

3. Address inflammation and immune dysregulation

When managing autoimmune conditions, your primary goal should be to control inflammation levels and balance the immune system. To start, I recommend healing the microbiome, managing stress, and cleaning up your diet, among other tips.

4. Clean greener

Conventional dish soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and household cleaners contain harmful chemicals. Ditch those and look instead for products labeled nontoxic, especially those with plant-based ingredients. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit group doing work on this topic, has a great guide to nontoxic cleaners.

5. Use essential oils instead of toxic fragrances

Instead of using toxic air fresheners, candles, and colognes or perfumes, opt for essential oils. They’re a great alternative to toxic fragrances and in addition, they can have potent healing qualities.

6. Bring the outside in

One way to clean the air you breathe is by having fresh, well-kept household plants inside your house and workspace. Spider plant, dracaena, garden mum, and peace lily are all great indoor plants to purify your indoor air.

7. Use non-toxic personal products

Remember, your skin is your biggest organ, and it absorbs all the toxins that are in conventional soaps, shampoos, and makeup products. According to the EWG, the average adult uses 9 personal care products daily that expose them to 126 different chemicals.

Instead of store-bought lotions, try using pure almond, jojoba, or coconut oils on your skin instead – these natural options are excellent for moisturizing and repairing dry skin. There are also great nontoxic beauty options out there for your hair, skin, and nails.

8. Wear natural sunscreen

EWG research suggests that 84 percent of sunscreen products are harmful to consumers. At the same time, many of us take avoiding sun exposure too far and are vitamin D deficient as a result, which can further trigger autoimmune problems. Opt for safe nontoxic sunscreens instead – and aim for around 10 minutes of sun exposure every day without sunscreen.

9. Make your own bone broth

Chicken stock and chicken bouillon cubes are common pantry ingredients but the chemicals in them are just not helping you. I’ve talked many times about how bone broth is a better alternative that has many gut-healing benefits, and I absolutely recommend including it in your diet. If convenience and efficiency are your priority then companies like Bare Bones and Kettle & Fire are great resources that I recommend.

However, if saving money is a bigger priority simply make your own. You can use the recipe found here to get more bang for your buck and more healing with each bite. For reference, you can get over 1 gallon of bone broth plus the chicken meat from 1 whole, pasture-raised, organic chicken for about $10.

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10. Support methylation

Methylation, a biochemical process, happens more than 1 billion times a second in your body to keep you alive and healthy, and one of its primary purposes is detoxification. Many people with immune problems have genetic methylation impairments, such as MTHFR gene mutations, which makes it difficult to detox on your own. To boost your body’s ability to detox, support methylation pathways with these super detox foods:

- Green leafy vegetables

Methylation requires folate, which is found in greens like kale, collards, chard, and spinach. Make sure to fill up on lots of nutritious greens every day. If you find you can’t handle the roughage of raw greens, cooking them first can help mitigate any gastrointestinal upset.

- Sulfur-rich vegetables

Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and asparagus also support methylation. These vegetables also contain the powerful antioxidant glutathione. This antioxidant is essential for activating phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification.

- Organic organ meat

Grass-fed organ meat, like the liver, is the most bioavailable-rich source of B vitamins on the planet, which are essential for optimal methylation.

11. Use superfoods to detox your body

Make sure to bring detoxing foods into your day, such as:

  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • plantain leaf
  • spirulina
  • sage
  • red clover blossom

Whether you use them in smoothies, on salads, or with your meals, rotating these foods throughout your week is a great way to turn your meals into good detoxing medicine.

12. Drink clean water

Use a quality water filter in your house to remove at least the majority of common toxins that are found in most municipal water supplies.

13. Dump the toxic nonstick cookware

The chemical compound used to make Teflon can be very difficult for the body to eliminate. Instead of using Teflon or other cheap nonstick cookware, try cast iron or nontoxic ceramic.

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14. Eat organic

One easy but powerful way to minimize your toxic exposure is to eat food that hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. Organic food is getting increasingly easy to find an affordable, making it an option for a much greater share of the population than it once was. Still, there are places it may not be available. If you can’t find or afford organic food, try buying food in a season that is locally produced, as this requires much less chemical intervention. Check out local farm stands or farmer’s markets. The EWG’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists will help you determine which products to buy organic and what to buy conventional if you can't buy all organic.

Make sure to thoroughly wash your conventional produce. A quick scrub with vinegar water and a soft vegetable brush can remove more residue than rinsing alone.

I also always recommend purchasing pasture-raised poultry and grass-fed beef for the most nutrient-dense and toxin-free meat. If this simply isn’t in your budget though, be sure to buy lean meat. The fat is where many toxins are stored in animal meat, so purchasing lean meat is an easy way to avoid those toxins.

15. Rethink your microwave use

Microwaves can significantly reduce the nutritional content of the food. One study found that broccoli cooked in the microwave lost up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost only 11% or less of its antioxidants. Another study demonstrated that garlic lost many of its beneficial qualities after being microwaved. The extra minute or two on the stove is worth the nutritional boost.

16. Sweat more

We all contain some toxins, so while you are working on taking in a lighter toxic load, you can also work on removing what’s already there. Sweating is a great way to start. Some efficient methods for sweating besides regular exercise are to use an infrared sauna, take a hot yoga class, or soak in a hot bath. I don’t know about you, but I feel cleaner already!

17. Green up your workplace and home

Purify the air you breathe by bringing some fresh plants inside your house and workplace. Spider plants, dracaena, garden mum, and peace lilies are nature’s air purifiers.

18. Drink forest bitter melon tea

B vitamins, iron, calcium, and phosphorus act as fuel for methylation (methylation in your body’s biochemical superhighway that controls your ability to detox), and they are found abundantly in forest bitter melon. Brew up a cup of forest bitter melon tea to support methylation and optimal liver function.

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19. Take milk thistle

Milk thistle is a plant that aids in eliminating toxins that have built up in the liver. It also helps to restore liver cells that have been damaged from increased toxin exposure. It’s one of the most well-researched natural remedies for treating liver problems and has been used for years to treat a variety of liver ailments, from hepatitis to alcoholic liver disease. You can take it in a supplement or drink as a tea.

20. Target your supplements

I personally curated The Detoxer’s comprehensive formula with B vitamins to support methylation and various phytonutrients to support antioxidant activity, boost detoxification, and drive-down inflammation. The Detoxer is designed to work synergistically with each piece in The Collection to aid in mitigating all major contributors to less-than-optimal health.

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