We all know modern life is filled with toxins. Environmental pollutants like PCBs that raise the risk of cancer and hinder brain development in babies. Other culprits include pesticides implicated in cancer, birth defects and Parkinson’s disease, as well as the endocrine-disrupting chemicals in personal care products. Toxic heavy metals also accumulate in the soft tissues of your body.
Studies show these toxins, along with cigarette smoke and benzene, cause premature aging. The danger is greatest to pregnant women and young children. A 2012 paper published by the National Institutes of Health estimated children in America have lost a full 16.9 million IQ points to common agriculture pesticide exposure.
Your amazing body is self-cleansing, and it detoxifies itself daily. This gift of nature deflects illness, provides energy and enhances clear thinking. But when your toxic load begins to overwhelm your body’s ability to detoxify, you begin to feel unwell.
Here is a list of signs you may need to detoxify your body:
Adrenal Fatigue – Exhaustion, difficulty losing weight, problems focusing, and sometimes sexual problems, can be signs of adrenal fatigue. The adrenals work in concert with your thyroid, liver, digestive system, brain, and reproductive system. When the liver and other cleansing organs are overloaded with more toxins than they can process, adrenal fatigue can result.
Cravings: Food cravings can be emotional or physical. The physical cravings often result from eating too many processed and concentrated foods, as those artificially stimulate dopamine and create a food addiction. When you resist addictive foods, and add fermented foods into your diet, you teach your body to crave foods that make you feel really well. Cravings disappear when you detoxify.
Depression: Depression, anxiety, and even some eating disorders can be a sign of toxicity. When harmful chemicals accumulate in the body, they block the release and absorption of good chemicals, and that imbalance negatively impacts your emotions.
Food Allergies: Food allergies are an indication your body lacks beneficial microflora, usually because toxins like Candida yeast has proliferated and is causing a leaky gut. As you detoxify your body and restore the good bacteria in your gut with a balanced, probiotic-rich diet, your allergies resolve.
Heart Disease: A toxic body increases your risk of heart disease. When your diet lacks living and fermented food, that leads to poor absorption of nutrients. This creates a domino effect of nutritional deficiencies and eventually cardiovascular disease.
If you experience any of these conditions, work with your natural health professional and design a detox program to support your good health.