How to Know if Your Body Is Overloaded with Toxins

· August 16, 2015
Do you get headaches often? Is your skin dull no matter what treatment you use? Are you having trouble concentrating? Do you suffer from swelling or fluid retention? Be careful because you could have an excess of toxins in your body.

Find out a little more about this common enemy that few keep in mind in this article. In particular, learn how to know if your body is overloaded with toxins from the information below.

There are many chemical reactions that occur in the body for the purpose of keeping it balanced internally and healthy. However, this can be affected by different triggers that come from within like viruses, bacteria, environmental contamination, or sun radiation. It also has a lot to do with what you eat.

Consequently, you can be your worst enemy and not realize it. Organs like your liver (as well as your lungs and kidneys) are in charge of filtering, neutralizing, or controlling the things that can damage your body. Unfortunately, with the kind of food that is available on the market, sometimes the tasks of those poor workers makes them get overworked.

Your body does not know how to react to preservatives, artificial sweeteners, dyes, additives, or the so called “flavor savers”. These are the myriad of letters, numbers or strange names on the products that you buy everyday. Although they are processed like any other food, they leave behind residues that build up in your body as toxins.

How to Know If Your Body Is Overloaded with Toxins

If you look at the actual definition of poisoning it would be: a disorder, change, or reaction caused by a harmful substance when ingested, breathed in, or touched. Similarly, it is a change in the body, an imbalance, that causes symptoms. 

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Sometimes people don’t pay attention to the signals from the body and think that it’s due to other factors, for example a lack of sleep or too many responsibilities. The signs that your body is overloaded with toxins include:

  • frequent headaches
  • changes in sleep cycles (insomnia or fatigue)
  • anxiety
  • apathy
  • irritability
  • lack of concentration
  • memory problems
  • eczema or skin dryness
  • cold sores
  • allergies
  • changes in hair or nails
  • weight gain
  • difficulty losing weight
  • fluid retention
liver

Your first step should be to find out if these symptoms are really from being overloaded with toxins, or if another problem is causing them. In fact, a general check up will determine this. Whereas in most cases the tests might fall within the normal limits or nothing jumps out at the doctor,  the patient continues feeling bad. The symptoms can be mild but also progressive until they become chronic.

How to Prevent Toxins from Building Up in the Body

We are not talking about being poisoned from spoiled food or that has been left out, but rather the residues that harmful food leaves behind. The good news is that you can do something about it and avoid consuming more toxins, so you’ll enjoy better health.

Keep a Balanced and Natural Diet

The quality of food that you eat has a lot to do with the amount of toxins you’ll accumulate. Try to eat organic food as much as possible, not the processed kind, but rather the products you find at small markets or farmers’ markets instead of supermarkets, etc. Meanwhile, leave behind the packaged, frozen, or microwaveable options.

Eat more fruits and vegetables that haven’t been sprayed with chemicals and always pick the ones that are in season.

mediterranean-diet

Get Physical Activity

This is also important because one of the ways your body gets rid of toxins is through sweat via your pores. Meanwhile, exercise makes organs like your lungs have greater capacity and work more efficiently. Aside from the fatigue that this activity can cause, you will realize that many of the symptoms will disappear. You’ll see this in the state of your skin, weight loss, and that you feel better in general.

Discover: How much should you exercise every day?

Get Enough Sleep

At night, your body takes advantage of being in bed to recover and regain energy. It’s important to sleep between seven and eight hours a day. Respect the time that you go to bed and when you wake up. A lack of sleep will tire out the organs in charge of cleansing your body while building up cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone”. This is what causes or even worsens your toxic build up.

Old woman whose body is overloaded with toxins

Be Happy

If you want to stay happy, smiling, relaxed, and learn to be grateful, you also eliminate the negative aspects from your life. It may sound spiritual or holistic, but staying happy keeps you away from bad habits like alcohol abuse, fast food, sweets, or salty snacks.

Detox Diet

If you have confirmed that the symptoms are because you’re overloaded with toxins, you can follow a special diet for a week:

  • Breakfast: unsweetened green tea and two slices of wheat bread with sugar-free cranberry jam.
  • Mid morning: an apple or pear if it is hot outside or a cup of green tea with gluten free toast and a few drops of cold-pressed olive oil.
  • Lunch: You can choose between steamed vegetables with grilled white fish, hamburger with amaranth and salad, brown rice with vegetables and grilled cold water fish, or a lettuce, carrot, onion, olive oil, and a little bit of salad.
  • Snack: The same as breakfast.
  • Dinner: Some of the options are grilled vegetables with mushrooms, brown rice with olive oil and bay leaves.