Signs That It’s Time to Cleanse
Although our bodies detoxify naturally on a daily basis, it’s not enough to clear out the stagnation we experience from junk food, overeating, pesticides on our food, pollution, stress, medications and other harmful chemicals in our environment.
Even if you’re a healthy eater, you would be surprised at the amount of toxins that work their way into our bodies.
For example, I have clients that are conscious eaters; however, the body care products they use are very toxic which is problematic considering the skin is one of the body’s largest organs. So think twice before you slather on that artificially, fragrant lotion because the skin is permeable and chemicals will penetrate this barrier and seep into your bloodstream. Cheese and crackers. I know – sometimes the seemingly most benign things are no good. You feel like you can’t win and wonder what the heck you’re going to have to give up next!
The good news is that regular detoxification can keep your body running optimally and get rid of toxins stored in your fat tissue that you consciously or inadvertently introduced to your sexy self.
So how do you know when it’s time to detox? Here are a list of common signs and symptoms of toxicity:
- angers easily
- autoimmune disorders
- bad breath
- body odor
- coated tongue
- dark circles under the eyes
- dark colored urine
- difficulty losing or gaining weight
- foggy thinking
- frequent colds
- gum disease
- hormonal imbalances (i.e. hot flashes, PMS, night sweats, fibroids)
- high blood fats and elevated cholesterol
- hypoglycemia and blood sugar imbalances
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- immune system weakness
- indigestion and heartburn
- irritated eyes
- itchy nose
- loss of skin elasticity
- oily skin
- puffiness around the eyes
- joint pains
- kidney stones
- mood swings
- muscle aches
- premature aging
- runny nose
- sinus congestion
- skin rashes
- sore throat
- stuffy nose
- swollen lymph nodes
- tight or stiff neck
- tiredness after meals
- varicose veins
Do any of those sound familiar? Don’t be alarmed if many of them sound familiar. Most of us are in the same toxic boat. If these symptoms haven’t convinced you that it’s time to get busy cleansing, be sure to check out my Top 5 Reasons to Detox.
If this post grabbed your attention, consider a gentle detoxification program this Spring. What do you have to lose? You may have to give up a few things and will most likely feel crappy for a day or three.
But, by the end of week one you will have so much more energy, clearer thinking and your digestive system will be working like a well-oiled machine sans bloating, constipation and other windy disturbances.
Of course weight loss is a bonus! My favorite thing about detoxing is that it educates us on what foods work for our bodies and how to transition into a healthier way of living. Of course, you won’t stick to the program all the time, but at least when you stray from your healthy habits, you will know what you’re getting yourself into and have the knowledge to correct it.
One of my favorite tried and true detox programs that I use both personally and with my clients is the whole foods-based plan in Elson Haas’ New Detox Diet.
Check it out and if it’s something you’re interested in trying, contact me about one of my upcoming group detox programs. It’s a supportive, informative and we always have a good time learning about ourselves and each other. And believe it or not, once you get into the groove, you’ll feel like awesome sauce.