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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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