Detoxing sounds great, but how do you know if it’s really something that you need to do?
The thing is: it’s not really a question of if you are toxic, but how toxic are you. We’re all a walking toxic waste dump these days.
We’re being assaulted with toxins every single day, from every single direction of life.
Even with how careful I am about avoiding toxins, I still can’t escape it all. Unless you’re a monk living in the himalayan mountains (that’s where they live, right?), then you haven’t escaped. And even then the smog and pollution from India would probably still get you.
With these toxic chemicals and heavy metals seeping into every area of our lives, our food, our water, our homes, our workplaces – how could we NOT be affected by this?
“Problems with detoxification form one root of illness. If you feel lousy, it’s likely you’re toxic.” – Mark Hymen, MD
How much toxins actually affect you depends on a few factors, mostly it’s affected by how well you’re body detoxifies, if there are other illnesses playing a role and if you’ve had any significant exposure to toxins that may push you’re body past it’s tipping point.
So how do you know how toxic you are and if you need to detox?
Let me ask you this: how do you feel?
Symptoms are clues, and besides getting tests done, they are the best way to understand what’s going on in your body. Always go by how you feel.
When I was ill these are the symptoms that I was feeling:
- I had developed celiac, which at its root is caused by leaky gut (which is in part caused by toxins) – so I had all the digestive symptoms like constipation, gas, bloating, pain
- I was feeling intense inflammation all over (puffy, like my cells were on fire, waking up with my eyes glued shut)
- I was tired and fatigued all the time (and sleeping 11+ hours PLUS naps and still tired)
- I had headaches constantly
- I had brain fog – to the point where I couldn’t remember what I did the day before, I couldn’t remember things I’d done in the past, was losing things all the time, and could never concentrate (instead of working, I’d just stare off into space)
- I’d gained a ton of weight and was retaining a lot of water (edema) – 15kg (33lb)
- I had severe anxiety, depression, anger and mood swings (it was super fun)
- I just generally felt toxic
- I also eventually developed chemical sensitivity, so all these toxins would give me a immediate reaction with all of the above symptoms
It could be that you feel there’s just something not right about your health, or you feel like your body isn’t working properly, or you feel you’re not performing at your best. Maybe you just have these little niggly symptoms that you can’t quite figure out.
Or maybe you have a more serious illness going on – leaky gut, thyroid, hormone or adrenal issues, autoimmune condition, a neurological illness etc.
Where ever you land on that scale, you can bet your bottom dollar that toxicity is at the very least playing a role in it – and usually it’s the causative factor (along with nutritional deficiency).
Signs & symptoms that you are tox-sick
Symptoms of being tox-sick range from mild and annoying to health-destroying and debilitating.
Non-specific symptoms can actually be signs of overall toxicity (the result of which will manifest as some form of illness eventually). You’ll notice these symptoms can be the same ones for things like leaky gut, autoimmune, thyroid conditions – because they’re all connected.
If you have any of these symptoms, it means that toxins are affecting you – but it doesn’t mean that it’s just toxins.
What do I mean by that? Well if you have these symptoms, you could be suffering from leaky gut, an autoimmune condition, thyroid disorder, or another illness like these.
But all of those illnesses are caused in part by toxicity – so no matter what the resulting illness is, toxicity is always a root cause (along with diet and emotions).
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog, difficulty concentrating
- Joint pain
- Weight gain / inability to lose weight
- Edema (water retention)
- Sleep problems
- Sinus congestion, sinus problems, post nasal drip
- Emotional instability – depression, anxiety, mood swings
- Digestive symptoms – constipation, bloating, gas, diarrhoea
- Skin problems – eczema, rashes, psoriasis, acne
The major warning signs of toxicity
Not being able to think clearly or concentrate (brain fog), being tired and having no energy and weight issues.
Waking up tired in the morning and feeling like it takes you awhile to get going, even after 7+ hours sleep. Feeling tired and having no energy throughout the day.
Inflammation – toxins cause chronic low-grade inflammation at the cellular level.
Trouble losing weight – when the liver can’t keep up with processing the toxins, it stores them in fat cells to keep them ‘safe’ and from doing harm in the body. If the liver never gets a chance to catch up and detox properly, the body won’t release the toxins from the fat cells because they are dangerous and can harm cells and organs if they are running loose around the body.
The liver is where all toxins are sent to be deal with, so toxicity will affect the liver the most. Imagine a worker who is being given too many tasks to do at once. How does he deal with all the backlog of tasks? He puts them on the back burner, to be dealt with when things slow down a bit. This is what your liver does with toxins, and ends up storing them in fat cells.
As Mark Hymen says – “If waste builds up, we get sick.” It’s as simple as that. It may take years of toxic build-up to get there, but eventually we all reach our toxic tipping point.
The liver is also connected to our mental health, so signs of emotional instability like depression, anger, mood swings can be a sign that the liver isn’t functioning well.
Almost all health conditions are associated with poor liver function.
Also known as chemical belly – is triggered by toxins like heavy metals, chemicals (including pesticides), alcohol, stress, food toxins like gluten, sugar and polyunsaturated industrial seed oils. These toxins kill off the good bacteria in the gut, causing gut dysbiosis, they cause chronic inflammation in the gut (throwing a spanner in the body’s detoxification system, meaning you become intoxicated), and by actively destroying the lining of the gut.
Extreme PMS symptoms
Women with high levels of toxicity (from things like pesticides, chemicals, xenoestrogens, heavy metals ect) have more challenging PMS symptoms.
Are an underlying factor in health conditions like acne, insomnia, low energy, migrains, ovarian cysts, weight gain, bone loss, cancer, cellulite, cardiovascular disease. Toxins like birth control, oestrogen replacement therapy, xenoestrogenic pollution, bad oestrogen and bad health habits create hormonal imbalances that cause these problems.
HOW DO YOU FIX THIS?
Detoxing means your body is getting rid of the waste and toxins.
When you’re toxic it means that you’re liver is already overburdened and can’t process all the toxins coming in, so you need to actively focus on detoxing to help the body correct itself.
There are two main parts to detoxing:
- Remove toxic exposures in your environment and stop new toxins coming into the body.
- Remove stored and accumulated toxins in your body.
We need to remove toxins from your food, home, beauty and environment before we can even bother talking about detoxing the body. Because without first removing the toxic exposures, any detoxing efforts will be completely useless!
That’s why I created the free 5-day untoxblocked challenge!
Before we even talk about detoxing the toxins out your body, we need to reduce your toxic load – the new toxins coming in to your body from your environment.
If we talk about detoxing methods of how to get the toxins out of your body without first reducing the new toxins coming in, it is totally pointless.
You’ll just be going round in circles, instead of detoxing the backlog of toxins stuck in your cells.
Plus, when you start removing these major toxic exposures it is like instant detoxing – you can start feeling better so quickly!
And keep in mind: just one major toxic exposure is enough to block you from healing completely. Even if you think you’ve started reducing toxins, there’s always more to learn and be aware of!
In this challenge I’m going to help you tackle the biggest toxic threats in the 5 major areas of your environment – you’re food, home, beauty, cooking + water.
Join the free challenge here: http://detoxdonedifferent.com/challenge/