How Do You Know If You Need A Detox
If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen an advertisement for detox water or juice. These days detox is used so often that it has become casual. However, when you understand its full essence and meaning, you can harness it and transform your life.
So what is detoxification? Detoxification is the natural removal of toxins from your body. The liver, kidneys, and intestines' lymphatic systems work daily to remove these toxins; however, constant exposure to chemicals overwork your organs, and they have a hard time keeping up.
Where do toxins come from?
Toxins can come from many different sources - exposure can happen through water, air, products, food, and alcohol.
Water has also become increasingly polluted with heavy metals. Heavy metals are chemicals with high atomic weights and are considered toxic to humans. Sources such as mining wastes, landfills, urban runoff, industrial wastewaters, and metal-finishing industries are spewing out heavy metals into our environment. Exposure to heavy metals can lead to irreversible brain damage, renal disease, and can cause cancer.
You can also breathe in toxins from the air. Air pollution has become a real issue due to increased energy production and fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels releases little particles of gasses and chemicals into the air. The main sources of air pollution are vehicle exhaust, factories, mold spores, dust, and wildfires. Air pollution can cause long-term damage to the human body, including heart disease, liver damage, lung cancer, and emphysema.
Additionally, toxins can be absorbed through your skin. It takes 26 seconds for your skin to absorb a chemical into your bloodstream. Personal care products like shampoo, deodorant, make-up, and perfume contain parabens, formaldehyde, and phenoxyethanol. As these products absorb into your skin, so do the toxins.
The World Health Organization (WHO) monitors food and water supply for toxins and have found that a large percentage of food contains raised levels of pesticides. Pesticides are often used on agriculture, highways, parks, and playgrounds to kill weeds.
These pesticides are heavily concentrated in animals and fish because their food and water supply now contain pesticides. Farm animals are fed crops like corn and soy, sprayed with pesticides that are not easily digestible for animals. Hence, when people eat animal protein, they can be exposed to high levels of toxins. This is why it is important to eat organic food.
Another toxin we consume, albeit more willingly, is alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can affect your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and even your immune system. After consumption, toxins from alcohol can be found in your urine for up to 5 days and in your hair for 90.
Signs you need to detox
If you feel tired and often reach for caffeine, chances are your body needs a detox. Caffeine often worsens your problem so be mindful if you using this as a crutch.
Difficulty in Concentration
A build-up of toxins in your body can lead to difficulty concentrating or focusing. You can experience brain fog, feeling like your brain is clouded by “fog”.
When toxin builds up in the body, it disrupts the natural production of melatonin. It may be time for a detox if you stay up all night and sleep through the day. This will reset your natural rhythm and help you get a better night's rest.
Another common sign of toxic overload is persistent headaches. Some people pass this off as a common occurrence; however, it’s your body’s way of sharing there is something wrong.
Most digestive problems indicate that our digestive tract is out of balance. This means your body is creating nutrients that it can’t properly utilize, accumulating excess tissue. A build-up of toxins can also lead to constipation.
Your body’s lymphatic fluid helps collect pathogens, toxins, and cellular waste from around your body and carries them to your lymph nodes, which break down and dispose of the “trash.” When it’s not working properly, lymphatic fluid doesn’t flow as easily and can build up, causing stiffness.
Getting started on your detox journey
We recommend starting a detox if you could check off one or more of these symptoms. However, avoid extreme plans that offer instant results when starting your detoxification journey. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Instead, incorporate the gentle detoxing practice of taking epsom salt baths into your routine. The skin is the largest organ of the body and acts as a porous passageway. Epsom salt contains minerals like magnesium sulfate that help remove harmful toxins and balance the body. We recommend using our Bye Bye Toxins soak for the best results.