5 Signs Your Body is Overloaded with Toxins (and what to do about it!)
It seems everything contains some toxin or another these days. From pollution to perfumes, coffee lids to cutting boards - there is a lot of daily products that we suddenly have to beware of! In fact, 80,000 different toxins have been dumped into our environment in the past few hundred years.
But how do we know if the levels in our body are reaching dangerous levels? The best way is to check. If you are preparing to have a baby then it is paramount that you check these before getting pregnant.
Here are 5 signs that can indicate your body is being overloaded with toxic compounds:
- Poor Gut Health
When we try to discern what is causing our gut problems the first thing we do is scrutinize our recent food intake. However, heavy metals have been shown to harm our healthy gut bacteria and cause constipation, diarrhea, ulcers and poor absorption. If your tongue is covered in a white or yellow substance this is a key indicator that toxins are disrupting the delicate mucous membranes of our digestive system.
- Hormonal Imbalances
Many environmental toxins can lead to widespread endocrine disruption, which is a term for hormonal imbalances. Furthermore, certain toxins like BPA found in plastics are xenoestrogens. These xenoestrogens mimic estrogen in the body and can lead to PMS, weight gain in the hips, sleeping problems, and even breast tissue development in men.
Although heavy metals can persist in our tissues for many years, our body does know they are there. The immune system will immediately recognize them as foreign substances and attack them. Unfortunately, this prolonged activation of the immune response can lead to skin, nose and food allergies. Fortunately, elimination of these toxins can greatly improve your allergy severity!
- Troubled Skin
When the liver can’t deal with all of the toxins in your system on its own, the skin will step in to help. As another elimination organ, the skin will proceed to try and excrete toxins for our pores which can lead to rashes, increased acne and dull skin.
Struggling with low energy is one of the most common symptoms of heavy metal toxicity and the cause is multi-faceted. Some of this will be due to the excessive work by our immune system and liver to try and cleanse the body. However, these toxic elements can also displace and deplete important nutrients like iron and zinc, which will make us increasingly fatigued. Many people suffer with chronic fatigue for years even though a thorough heavy metal detox could solve their problems.
If some of these sound like you or you have reason to suspect heavy metals and other nasties are making a home of your body, it is always best to check first. Once we understand which toxins are high and how long these have been in your system, our team at Younibody will develop a personalized detox program. This will involve dietary changes, lifestyle modifications and hand-picked supplements to support your elimination organs during the process.
Our bodies are truly remarkable and can handle almost anything we throw at them but the levels of heavy metals in our environment nowadays are hitting unprecedented levels, seriously overtaxing our liver and other organs. That’s why our body sometimes needs a bit of help getting those toxins out. But before you start your juice cleanse or buy a crate of grapefruit stay tuned for our follow-up article on common detox myths and how to detox safely!
- Rachel Erwin, Nutritionist at Younibody.
Rachel is a Hong Kong-based Nutritionist with a Postgraduate Degree in Human Nutrition from HKU. She is also an alumnus of University of Toronto, graduating with distinction to earn her Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree. Spending much of her life in both Canada and Hong Kong, she developed a keen interest in traditional healing methods that led to a holistic and highly individualized approach to health and wellness.