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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 October 5, 2020

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

Can I Work out While Fasting?

Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

Is Fasting Safe?

As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

Conclusion

Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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