Nobody likes to think of their body as a poisonous wasteland—nor endure the accompanying symptoms.
Read on to discover four common signs that your body is struggling to keep up with the toxins you’re exposed to and what you can do about it.
1. Struggling With Weight
Environmental toxins (1) cause metabolic malfunctions by negatively affecting your hormones. To make matters worse, many of these toxins are fat soluble. This makes it very easy for them to be absorbed by your fat cells.
Although you may not see it this way, storing toxins into your fat cells is sometimes a protective measure that your body takes to protect your vital organs. This can happen when your body is overrun with toxins.
2. Scent Sensitivity
If certain scents have started to really get to you, it may be the toxins (2) in your stomach talking. Cigarette smoke and perfumes may smell particularly strong to you if this is the case.
Health authorities have suggested that this may be on account of reduced liver function.
This scent sensitivity may affect more than just your respiratory system, though. Heightened perception of smells combined with a headache or nausea together are a sure indication of scent hypersensitivity.
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To combat this problem, work on keeping toxins far away from your body so it can resume proper function.
3. Bad Breath
There are many potential causes of bad breath (3), among them a dry mouth, gut bacteria and, of course, toxins. If you want to freshen up your breath, consider avoiding processed foods and cosmetics to help your body flush out the waste you’ve been putting into it.
The skin, liver and gastrointestinal tract are all parts of your body’s detoxification system. If you bombard these organs with more toxins than they can handle, they will become overworked and no longer be able to properly dispose of bodily waste.
Bad breath is often a direct result of this—so if you notice a persistent foulness in the air you exhale, consider taking a hiatus from added chemicals in all aspects of your body care.
4. Frequent Bathroom Trips
If you find yourself crouching on the toilet inconveniently often, your body may be trying to flush out toxins (4) from your system.
This symptom is common to bladder infections as well, so make sure you consider that option before you jump to conclusions about the source of your discomfort.
As far as your bladder is concerned, though, infections and toxic waste are effectively the same: they are both unwanted intruders that your body is trying to flush out as quickly as possible. Consequentially, as soon as a little bit of urine accumulates in your bladder, you will feel the urge to urinate.
No matter the cause of this symptom, drinking a lot of water may help you flush out whatever it is your body wants to get rid of. To avoid further accumulation of toxins, stay away from any product that has been overly processed.
How To Fix This
The best natural way to go about reducing toxins in your body is by increasing fiber intake. Fiber acts like a sponge for toxins. Make it a goal to eat 35-60 grams of dietary fiber each day.
Make sure you also eat plenty of fibrous veggies. Not only are these high in fiber, but they’re also high in antioxidants. During this detox phase (1-3 months), you’ll also want to increase your intake of the following nutrients. These help protect your liver, brain and white adipose tissue.
- silymarin (found in milk thistle)
- quercetin (found in the skin of onions)
- grape seed extract
- vitamin D3 (sun exposure)