Life is full of ups and downs and we all have good days, bad days and days which we wish we could just fast-forward! That’s normal enough, but if you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing several unpleasant days frequently, maybe it’s something more. Headaches that just won’t go away, constant stress, poor sleep and unhealthy skin – all these may be signs that your body is desperately in need of a good ol’ detox session. So how do you know your body needs a detox? Look out for these signs you need to detox your body!
What is detoxification?
Detoxification, also referred to as simply ‘detox’, is basically the removal of toxic substances, although that can be too simplistic a definition. You’ve probably heard of alcohol and drug detoxification, wherein people who are addicted to such substances go through a period of abstaining on the way to freeing themselves from the addiction.
In recent days, however, ‘detox’ has become quite a buzzword, with even people who don’t know the meaning using it in every other sentence! In case you’re wondering how detoxification is relevant to you when you’re not a user of intoxicants, here’s news – it is.
How does detoxification work?
While alcohol and drugs are the more obvious toxic substances that directly enter the human body, there are many other less conspicuous yet subtly toxins that may be entering our bodies on a daily basis. The problem with these is that we may not be aware of them harming our health, often making their presence known when some damage is already done.
Our liver, kidneys and skin perform our bodies’ natural detoxification processes and they do a pretty good job of it! However, modern life has added a whole array of toxins to our bodies, from the pollution you see everywhere to the chemicals in your toiletries. These can end up overburdening your liver, and the excess toxins start building up in your body, causing long term damage.
10 Signs You Need to Detox Your Body Immediately
Wondering whether your body is indeed suffering from these toxins? Here are 10 signs you need to detox your body immediately!
You are constantly tired.
Being tired all the time can be due to multiple reasons, but one that is becoming increasingly common is adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands produce some important hormones for various crucial functions. When your body is overwhelmed, the glands can keep up with the supply, leading to fatigue. One common sign of a toxin buildup is that you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, especially when you wake up.
You get sick all the time.
Do you find yourself sneezing or with painful sinuses all the time? Or maybe you seem to catch whatever latest bug is in fashion. Whatever the case, a weakened immunity is a good sign that your body is crying for a detox. It is estimated that a good percentage of your immune function depends upon what’s in your gut, so if that’s not healthy, neither are you.
Your digestion is all messed up.
Bad digestion is a very strong indicator of a body overloaded with toxins! A sign that you need to take action immediately! Poor digestion can appear in many forms – abdominal bloating, constipation, diarrhea and gassiness. Another downside to a sluggish digestion is slow metabolism, and a resistance to losing weight.
You are irritable and ready to snap.
Are your folks afraid to be around you during one of your ‘moods’? Blame the toxins in your body! Our body produces many chemicals that affect our mood and are responsible for how we react under stress. However, a toxin buildup slows down this process, leading to irritability, moodiness and even depression.
You have poor memory and concentration.
Yes, it’s easy to blame age for misplacing your keys or forgetting people’s names, but it’s often more than that. When your liver can’t catch up with the toxic overload in your body, it starts to buildup in the blood. This affects your brain’s neurotransmission.
Your body has unexplained aches and pains.
Groaning every time you move a muscle? You are quite likely in need of a full-on detoxification. Inflammation is a major symptom of toxin buildup. Inflammation affects muscleses and joints, causing stiffness and soreness.
Do you look for subtle signs too? Signs you need to detox your body? What are some of your tried and tested ways to detox? Share it with me in the comments.