Chronic Fatigue: If you’re getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night but still find yourself battling chronic fatigue, a buildup of toxins can be behind this. When the body is full of toxins it puts stress on the adrenal glands which over time can lead to adrenal fatigue and leave you feeling tired.
Brain Fog: When there are toxins stored in the body the brain can be negatively impacted. Toxins such as MSG or aspartame can kill brain cells and prevent oxygen from reaching the brain. In turn, memory and cognitive function can be greatly diminished.
Weight Gain: Toxins in the body are lipophilic meaning they are being stored in body fat. These toxins possess pesticides and dioxins which lead to an increase in the production of fat cells in order to store more toxins within them. This means an increase in weight and significant difficulty trying to lose weight, even when watching caloric intake and exercising.
Mood Swings: Hormonal imbalances that lead to mood swings might indicate the need for a detox cleanse. When toxins such as xenoestrogens are present within the body it can lead to imbalances that lead to frequent or drastic shifts in mood throughout the day.
Dull Skin/Breakouts: When the body is filled with toxins the liver, which is primarily responsible for removing toxins, is unable to purge toxins from the body. Other organs like the skin then attempt to purge these toxins which can mean breakouts, rashes, inflammation, eczema, and other skin issues. Frequent skin flares may very well mean that a detox cleanse if needed so the liver is able to regain proper function.
Constipation: When waste builds up in the body it poses a huge threat, and severe constipation is one of the major signs of this. A lack of antioxidants, fiber, and poor hydration can create this buildup of toxins which are absorbed into the bloodstream. In addition to constipation, bloating and cramping often coincide with this symptom.
Chronic Headaches/Migraines: If you find yourself constantly getting headaches or migraines it could be a sign that a detox cleanse is needed. If toxin levels are too high, they can impact the brain leading to stress and inflammation that causes headaches and/or migraines.
Inflammation: Inflammation throughout the body which can present itself as chronic pain or soreness might also be a sign of toxin buildup. Toxins can actually stimulate pain receptors in the muscles, leading to spasm, knots, and cramps.
Insomnia: Persistent bouts of insomnia could also be an indicator of the need for a detox cleanse. In healthy people, levels of the stress hormone cortisol are high in the morning and decrease throughout the day.
This allows the body to be able to drift off to sleep without interruption. However, when toxins are built up in the body there is an imbalance in cortisol meaning that its levels at night are elevated. This can prevent sleep by leading to feelings of energy and activity, even when the physical body is exhausted.
Unpleasant Odor: A chronic bad odor in the form of foul gas/stools, bad breath, or body odor can be an indicator that the body is suffering from a buildup of toxins. When the liver and colon have trouble removing toxins it can lead to persistent odor that is impossible to rid even when good hygiene habits are practiced.