Last Updated on December 17, 2019 by Yuvika Iyer
How to Identify Toxins in Body
Are you experiencing low energy levels, irritability, and headaches for no reason?
Do you wonder why you are unable to sleep even after a hectic day of work?
I was in the exact same situation some months back.
Depressed, sad and not knowing what was happening.
I ended up bingeing on tons of processed food to isolate myself from it.
‘Toxins in body’ – was the diagnosis from the doc.
He ended up prescribing a whole bunch of drugs for me to get back in shape.
The final diagnosis – lifestyle stress, environmental contaminants, and unhealthy eating habits.
One day I finally pulled myself together.
I had to do something to get my health back on track.
I chose all the simple and natural ways to get back on my feet. The first thing on my agenda was a simple and powerful technique of detoxification. Flushing out all toxins was essential to cleaning the body from inside out.
I make a resolve to focus on my health above everything else. Study, work, fun time everything can happen only when you are in the pink of your health.
I don’t want you to be in the same situation. I want to help you to get better by sharing my knowledge and journey. You can do this! Reclaim your life and quit making food your drug in the quest to get better.
Let me share simple step by step detoxification processes that will lead the way. In this journey, you only need yourself and your will to get things done. No drugs or expensive therapies are required. You can do this, my friend!
How are Toxins in Body Generated
Let me start with sharing what are toxins in the body and where they come from.
Toxins are a combination of environmental contaminants and synthetic chemicals. We come into contact with them by using many products such as:
- Personal care products
- Household cleaning products
- Makeup, perfumes
- Contaminants in the air
- Allergens in the air
Our kidneys and liver clean up the toxins in the body by way of urine, feces, and sweat.
Well, you may even wonder why do we need to detox, when our body is doing it for us?
Actually, today’s time and age is very different from before. Today, we are exposed to high levels of industrial pollution and harmful chemicals. All this did not exist hundreds of years ago. The levels of air pollution in cities and towns is at alarming levels.
They enter the body and become a burden on it. It prevents the organs from doing their job. Toxins damage the liver and kidneys, impacting their ability to clean out toxins.
In this situation, some toxins don’t get flushed out but start accumulating in the body. They create free radicals in the body that can cause huge damage to cells.
If the natural body detoxification system fails to work, higher toxin accumulation happens. The toxin overload then manifests itself with different kinds of illnesses.
Any illness weakens the body and its natural defense mechanism even further. It is best that you learn how to stay healthy that such toxic overload does not happen.
Before we delve deeper into how to detox, let’s understand the different kinds of toxins. Knowing this is vital so we use lesser chemicals in our daily lives.
What are the Different Kinds of Toxins?
Many chemicals contribute to overloading the body with toxins. I am sharing some of the prominent culprits:
- Exposure to harmful metals such as petrochemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, lead, and mercury
- Environmental contaminants such as molds, allergens, toxins, food allergens
- Poor or irregular eating habits, excess of processed foods
- Emotional and mental toxins – isolation, anger, hostility, jealousy, stress
- Medication and drugs can turn toxic
- Hormonal and metabolic toxins present in the body such as fungus, bacteria or yeast
Whew, that a lot, isn’t it?
You may think that with such a huge toxic load, everyone should be sick. Not really.
Each person is unique. Each person has a different gene structure, immunity, environment exposure, and body composition. So, while it may be easy for some people to get rid of toxins from the body, others may not do it well.
Now, let’s see what happens to us if the toxic overload situation is not tackled.
Warning Signs of Toxins in Your Body
Did you know that the food allergies rose by more than 50% in the 15 year period from 1997 to 2011?
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) reported that allergies are increasing rapidly. In 2012, more than 11% of the world’s children got with respiratory infections.
Increasing exposure to synthetic chemicals and other environmental contaminants is reducing people’s immunity. Their natural defense mechanism is not operating at optimal levels. All this is giving rise to chronic diseases and extreme sensitivities.
The first step is to understand the warning signals the body starts giving. It lets us know that all is not well. Check out if you are experiencing any symptom as outlined below.
Do you have muscle pain in your legs or arms that you can’t explain? Do you wonder why is it happening even though you may not have strained or exerted yourself?
It may be a sign of consistent exposure to polluted air and chemical laden foods. It may be possible that you are susceptible to catching allergens and cold quite easily. In such a situation, your immune system weakens.
Stress can reduce the defense mechanism of the body. It can result in reduced blood flow and cause a lack of oxygen. Once this happens, muscle spasms and physical pain can occur.
Do you feel that there is a persistent bad breath in your mouth that fails to go away? You may have tried regular tooth brushing or flossing to make it better, but failed. Try using mouthwashes or some mints.
If you still have the same results, it could be a sign of something else wrong with the body. It could even result from toxic overload in your stomach or liver. Until you deal with the root cause, you may not find respite from bad breath.
Too much of pizza with Netflix can be bad! Well, consuming oily, sugary foods increases toxin accumulation in large intestines. But did you know that too much of processed foods can also clog your colon? If that happens, the colon does not function and allows toxins to accumulate in the body.
You may feel bloated and constipated. Some people also feel nauseated with occasional headaches.
Unexplained weight gain
Do you feel a lack of change even after a controlled diet and regular exercise program?
It is possible that you are facing a toxic overload. Many toxins accumulate in the body and prevent weight loss. They also cause hormonal imbalances in the testes, thyroid, ovaries, and pancreas.
Did you know that the thyroid gland secretes fat-burning hormones? So, toxins can interfere with your body’s ability to lose weight naturally.
British Medical Bulletin reported that environmental toxins can cause contact dermatitis. The skin also deals with its share of toxins.
The skin consists of pores which allows your body to flush out toxins and excess water as sweat.
When the liver gets overloaded, you may notice rashes and pimples on your skin too. They are caused by overuse of chemical-laden make-up products and other cosmetics.
Can a simple headache signify that you have a toxic overload? Yes, it can.
In 2009, Clinical Science researchers reported that environmental chemicals can cause headaches.
The nervous system gets affected when toxins enter the body from air and food sources. Toxins can be heavy metals, preservatives or aspartame.
Presence of toxins in the liver can impact the secretion of histamine in the brain. Histamine regulates the sleep cycle. Any disruptions in histamine can lead to insomnia.
Many times contaminants present in the atmosphere get into the blood. They interfere with the brain’s working and lead to insomnia.
Feeling tired after resting can be a sign of toxins in the body. When toxins are present in the digestive tract, the normal digestion process fails.
The body is not able to receive enough nutrients from the food. The organs work harder to function and stress hormones are released. These factors make you feel lazy, fatigued and low on energy.
Research studies by Annals of Epidemiology have shown that aspartame leads to depression. It is most commonly found in drinks as an artificial sweetener.
Do you know that crisps or pop that you had for lunch can affect your moods?
Xenoestrogen is a toxin found in food additives. It tries to mimic the estrogen. In doing so, it spoils the body’s hormonal balance causing mood swings.
Sweating and High body temperature
Sweating acts as an outlet for toxin removal from the body. When it happens, it indicates an overactive liver.
When toxins enter the body, the digestive system goes for a toss. The liver becomes hyperactive, causing you to sweat even more.
A foul body odor or gas and stools indicates the toxic load on the liver. It is a signal that toxins and waste products are not exiting the body as they should.
Discoloration of tongue
The color of the tongue is a direct sign of the digestive health of the body. If your tongue turns yellow, it indicates a high toxic load on the liver and gallbladder. It may also suggest jaundice.
Sensitivity to scents
Are you sensitive to scents? You may feel nausea or a headache every time you smell a scent. You may even have stomach cramps if you are very sensitive to fragrances.
Now that we know so much about toxins and where they come from, it’s time to take action.
Small diet and exercise changes can go a long way in keeping you healthy.
Here are 17 ways to live healthy that can help.