When you think about toxic waste you’re probably thinking of big chemical factories churning out industrial waste. You probably never think that your very own body is a host of many toxins and metals.
There are many ways these toxins enter our system:
- Inhalation: The air you breathe in every single day is contaminated and full of toxins. People who work or live close to factories or industrial areas are more prone to toxic inhalation.
- Ingestion: Did you know that most common way to get toxins in your body is by eating processed foods, food that have preservative and canned foods. Most people go to the store and by the bust looking produce not even realizing that it’s laced with pesticides. Also eating in areas that are contaminated will also increase the amount of toxic ingestion.
- Absorption: the skin and eyes on every person’s body can take in many airborne toxins every single day. Skin care products also contain a good amount of toxins that your skin absorbs.
Toxins interfere with the body’s proper functioning and, in the end, may even prove fatal.
Over time, the accumulation of toxins in the body may contribute to severe skin, eye and stomach infections, tumors, asthma, neurological diseases, heart complications, biological mutations and infertility.
It is important to know your body in order to respond to its distress calls.
Here are the top 7 warning signs that indicate your body is overloaded with toxins.
Headaches may be the cause of toxins. MSG or aspartame are notorious toxins that are in food and may even cause cancer. Heavy metals, artificial colors and preservatives may also cause headaches. Eliminating these from your diet may prove hugely beneficial to getting rid of headaches.
The colon, or large intestine, is responsible for processing toxins and eliminating them through regular bowel movements.
However, when the colon becomes unhealthy, it cannot properly eliminate all the waste materials from your digestive tract.
This leads to buildup of waste matter along the wall of your colon or in the pockets of the colon, which in turn causes constipation as well as gas and bloating.
Constipation means your bowel movements are not regular and stools are hard and require straining. To treat constipation, try drinking more water, exercising daily and including probiotics and fiber-rich foods in your diet.
Cortisol may increase due to toxins. They can cause hormonal imbalance leading to you staying up late at night, unable to sleep, with too much energy present. A detox may be the key to clear out the toxins, allowing for proper sleep.
4. Weight Gain
Being exposed to harmful chemical and toxins can cause a lot of damage to the body, one being natural weight control mechanisms. With little exercise, bad eating habits, exposure to harmful toxins will lead to obesity.
Toxins are able to change your body’s natural hormones, it can cause it to sow down drastically of stop it all together. When hormones are affected by an overload of toxins it can also cause problems with thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, cosrtisol and also insulin.
The thyroid gland controls the metabolism by secreting fat burning hormones. Toxins can block these hormones and causes weight gain.
The pancreas produce insulin. When a person consumes unhealthy foods the sugar climbs drastically. Insulin moves the extra sugar from the bloodstream in to the cells for later use.
A 2015 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives evaluated children of women exposed to airborne and ingested pesticides during pregnancy. Results found a direct correlation between toxins in the mother’s womb and obesity in their children by age 7.
5. Constant Fatigue
Constant fatigue is also one of the symptoms of toxic overload.
The thing is, the digestive tract breaks down food to enable the body make use of the nutrients vital for its proper function. But, when the digestive tract is inhabited with toxins, it can’t properly break down food, which leads to tiredness and low energy levels.
Toxins interfere with the many systems in the body whether it’s digestion, bowel movements or hormone secretion. This in turn triggers a stress response which makes the body work much harder to complete basic functions, which eventually weakens your immune system. This turns out to be the main cause of fatigue.
As found in a 2001 study published in Science of the Total Environment, five patients with chronic fatigue syndrome in Italy (average age of 37.5) had a compromised immune system as result of excessive exposure to food and environmental toxins.
6. Skin Problems
Aside from the liver, the skin also functions as a detoxifying organ. When the liver can’t remove the toxins inside your body, your skin takes over. When the skin tries to eliminate toxins, it can lead to rashes or excessive sweating.
If toxins can’t be eliminated in any other way, and they have to exit the body through your skin, it means that there’s a toxic overload in your body. Toxins can also clog the pores during the process of elimination leading to other more serious reactions.
That’s why toxins are generally seen as the root cause of acne, inflammation, eczema, wrinkles and dark circles regardless of how they’re absorbed.
7. Bad Breath
Digestive issues, and not improper tooth care, are often the cause of bad breath.
The thing is your digestive tract hosts a combination of beneficial and harmful bacteria. By consuming processed food you increase the amount of carbohydrates in the body. Then carbohydrates break down into excessive sugar, which harmful gut bacteria thrive on. It’s these bacteria that release toxins which deposit in your digestive system and mouth resulting in bad breath.
This condition can also be accompanied by white plaque buildup. Intestinal toxicity and indigestion can also be manifested through excessive burping, which is another vent for bad breath.
Last, but not least, bad breath may also be a symptom of kidney dysfunction, your kidneys being an important detoxifying organ which eliminates toxic chemicals from the blood by creating urine.