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11 Signs It’s Time to Clean Up the Toxins in Your Body

11 Signs It’s Time to Clean Up the Toxins in Your Body

Are you not feeling 100% and wondering why you don’t feel very well a lot of the time? You might put these little niggles down to getting older; however, it might be that your body is holding on to too many toxins. A toxin is anything that is poisonous to the body. If you detoxify your body, these niggles could very well disappear. There are many signs of having a toxic body, here are some of the main ones.

1. You have extra weight that doesn’t shift

If you have tried to lose weight by exercise and calorie counting and it hasn’t shifted, your toxic load could be the reason it hasn’t worked. Many toxins are lipophilic, which means they are stored in body fat. These lipophilic toxins include dioxins, PCBs, and many pesticides. So it makes sense when you have an overload of these toxins it would seem impossible to lose the extra weight.

2. Unexplained exhaustion

If you are getting your eight hours of sleep and you wake up exhausted, your toxic load could be the reason. A high toxic load is an extra stress on your body, which can be challenging for your adrenal glands. Long-term chronic stress from a high toxic load can lead to adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue leaves you feeling run-down and exhausted. Some toxins can directly disrupt adrenal function too. For example, caffeine is known to have a negative impact on your adrenals.

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3. Insomnia

If your body is stressed out due to a high toxic load, your cortisol levels can get out of whack. Cortisol is a hormone you release to help you deal with stress. Normal and healthy cortisol levels are highest in the morning and lowest in the evening. However, if the hormone is out of balance, in the evening its levels can be too high. This leaves you feeling really energetic and simply unable to sleep. Having insomnia can wreak havoc on your health, so it’s important to get to bed on time, and to sleep at least eight hours a day.

4. Fuzzy thinking

Many toxins directly affect the brain, including aspartame and MSG (monosodium glutamate). The impact of these toxins include feeling a bit spaced out a lot of the time. It is important to cut out aspartame and MSG as they are excitotoxins, which means they literally excite our brain cells to death. Aspartame is found in many sugar-free drinks, diet foods, and toothpastes. MSG is found in many processed foods.

5. Unexplained headaches

If you suffer from regular, unexplained headaches, it could be a sign that your toxic load is too high. Common toxins that cause headaches include MSG and aspartame, as discussed above. However, many other toxins also lead to headaches, including heavy metals, artificial colorings, and artificial preservatives

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6. Mood swings

If you have mood swings it can indicate that your hormones are out of balance. Some toxins, such as xenoestrogens, cause hormonal imbalances in women and men. Xenoestrogens are synthetic compounds that act like estrogen in your body. Sources include industrial compounds like PCBs, BPA, and phthalates. Avoiding plastics should have an impact on reducing your xenoestrogen load.

7. Bad body odor

If you suffer from bad breath or foul-smelling gas and stools, it can indicate your toxic load is too high and your liver and colon are having some difficulty eliminating toxins. You can help your liver by supplementing with milk thistle, doing a coffee enema, or doing a liver flush (using olive oil and lemon juice). Liver flushes are very aggressive and take a lot of planning. By comparison, coffee enemas are much easier. Both are very effective ways of detoxing the liver.

8. Constipation

It is really important to eliminate waste from your body every day. If you are not having a bowel movement daily the toxins are absorbed back into your bloodstream leaving you very toxic. Drinking more water and increasing your fiber intake can help resolve constipation.

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9. Muscle aches and pains

If you suffer from unexplained muscle aches and pains you could have a high toxic load. Some toxins stimulate pain receptors in the muscle leading to muscle spasms, knots, and general muscular aches and pains. The toxins could have an immediate effect on your muscles or it might be delayed. Keep a log of your daily activities to try and highlight the responsible toxin or toxins.

10. Skin reactions

Your liver should be able to eliminate most toxins that you expose your body to. However, if your liver is overloaded by too many toxins, the skin has to try to remove the excess toxins on behalf of the liver. This can lead to acne, skin rashes, or boils.

11. Sensitivity to scents

If you are highly sensitive to different scents you could be highly toxic. If your liver is not detoxing effectively you can become more sensitive to different scents. This sensitivity can lead to headaches and nausea.

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If you think your toxic load is too high, it is important to reduce your exposure to toxins. Eating clean, organic food where possible, keeping well hydrated, and getting a sensible amount of exercise really help. You could also do a safe cleanse or detox to get rid of the excess toxins.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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