10 Signs Your Body Desperately Needs A Detox

August 9, 2016  |  
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First off, let’s talk about what a detox means. Put simply, a detox is a period when one abstains from toxic or unhealthy substances. Detoxing doesn’t have to mean spending the week at a colonics clinic, or only drinking cayenne pepper water. Depending on the severity of your toxicity levels (are you eating a bacon cheeseburger a week or a day?), a detox could mean very different things for you. Some detoxes just require a very clean diet, while others require specific ingredients with super flushing powers. One thing is for certain, though, when you need a detox of any degree, your body tells you. Sometimes it’s so loud and clear that it’s scary, and it can affect both your mind and your body. Here are signs your body needs a detox badly.

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Soreness or stiffness

If you are an athlete or you workout vigorously, you expect to wake up with some soreness—in fact, you hope to. But if you follow a gentle exercise routine, and aren’t experiencing the other known causes of soreness like a bad night’s rest, you may need a detox.

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Why it happens

When you consume toxins, your body can have an internal allergic reaction that you cannot see—inflammation. Your organs and muscles can become inflamed, making even the tiniest movement uncomfortable.

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Difficulty sleeping

If you’ve always been a sound sleeper, it can be very disturbing when you’re suddenly tossing and turning at night. Maybe you’ve tried the usual remedies, like exercising regularly, always going to bed at the same time and avoiding caffeine in the afternoon. If you still cannot sleep, you may need a detox.

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Why it happens

Melatonin is the hormone that helps you go to sleep, but for your body to produce a proper amount of any hormone, it needs to have all of its systems functioning properly. Too many toxins in the body can inhibit melatonin production, keeping you awake at night.

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Sudden mood changes

Do you feel blue even though you can’t find a reason for it? Your work is going wonderfully, your relationship is loving and healthy, and your social life is buzzing, but you fear waking up in the morning due to overwhelming depression. It could be your diet.

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Why it happens

Many of the vitamins we receive from healthy foods play a role in our brain’s ability to produce happy hormones and chemicals. They also play a role in giving us energy, without which, many of us feel depressed. If you want to ramp up the healthy eating, try a detox first to best prepare your body to absorb all of the vitamins it needs.

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Trouble concentrating

You work with natural sunlight, you get plenty of exercise, and you play music that is meant to help you focus, but you just cannot concentrate. You may need a detox.

 

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Why it happens

Toxins prevent your brain from firing off all of the signals it has to so that you can take in and retain information. If you’re loaded with toxins, then your brain will feel very foggy.

 

 

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Low energy

Speaking of low energy, that can be another sign that you need a detox. If it seems like no amount of sleep leaves you feeling refreshed, and that the tiniest activity necessitates a nap after, your body might be loaded with toxins.

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Why it happens

Simply put, your body has to work extra hard to digest toxins. It has to work so hard doing so, that it has to focus all of its energy on breaking down this foreign item you’ve consumed. That means it isn’t directing energy to other parts of your body or brain, and that leaves you feeling tired.

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You’re constipated

Constipation is a double-edged sword because it can be caused by toxins, but it can also lead to a further toxic buildup in the body. If your bowel movements used to run like clockwork, and now you’re backed up, you may need a detox.

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Why it happens

Almost every toxic food is, by nature, constipating. Hydrating foods and fibrous foods (think water-heavy produce like watermelon and oranges and dark, grainy foods like brown rice) help move your digestive system. Toxins, like fatty meat, alcohol, and processed sugar don’t fit into any of those categories.

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Eczema, breakouts, and other skin conditions

Do you wake up to new pimples no matter how strictly you follow your face care regiment? Have you tried every topical treatment available including professional facials performed by an aesthetician? Has your eczema been acting up? You may need a detox.

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Why it happens

Skin conditions are often a symptom of an allergic reaction. Many individuals don’t realize they’re allergic to food because it doesn’t cause more commonly known symptoms, like nausea or stomach issues. Common irritants include dairy and eggs, but most known toxins like alcohol and frying oil can cause skin problems.

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New or worse headaches

If you only experience occasional headaches, you can probably pinpoint the cause—it might be sleep deprivation, stress or a hangover. But if you don’t have a history of headaches, and suddenly have regular ones, or the severity of your headaches has increased, you may have too many toxins running through your system.

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Why it happens

It is very difficult for your body to mobilize toxins in the body. This strenuous process can cause pain in a lot of different areas, and for many people, it’s in the head. That’s why people who suffer from migraines particularly need to avoid toxins (like dark or processed alcohol).

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A decreased libido

If you’re relatively young and healthy, you should have a pretty active sex drive. If you fit those specifications, and you’re in a relationship with someone you find very attractive but you have a decreased libido, you may need a detox.

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Why it happens

Your sexual organs need a set amount of vitamins and minerals to feel strong and energized. They are organs, after all. Too many toxins in the body make it difficult for your sexual organs to absorb the nutrients that they need, and that can make them feel tired.

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Stubborn fat

It can be very disheartening to restrict your calories and workout regularly, but still, fail to lose weight. If this is happening, you may want to look at where you are receiving your limited calories. Not all calories are created equal, and if you’re cutting your food consumption in half but still gaining weight, you may be eating too many toxins.

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Why it happens

If you transition from a highly toxic diet immediately into a healthy one, you may not reap all of the benefits. Toxins can sit in the body long after you consume them, so without a detox, you may not properly prepare your body to absorb all of the wonderful nutrients you’re giving it through your new diet.

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