This toxic residue in the body and brain can result in hormonal imbalance, exhausted adrenal glands, and brain dysfunctions, as well as health disturbances that manifest elsewhere.
This also can lead to the premature aging, so this is why you might consider detoxing safely and effectively. When talking about detox, there should be one big organ considered – the liver. The liver is responsible for the regulation of fat storage, cleansing blood, destroying poisons, manufacturing new proteins, metabolizing alcohol, managing the chemicals in the blood, helping with digestion, producing immune factors, removing bacteria from blood, storing vitamins, minerals, and sugars, maintaining hormone balance, controlling cholesterol and regenerating its own damaged tissues.
There are 3 phases of detoxification:
- Phase 1 – toxic compounds are converted into metabolites that are either more or less potent than the original compound (happens in the liver)
- Phase 2 – metabolites from phase 1 will become polar and ready to be removed out of the body (happens in the liver)
- Phase 3 – actual excretion of toxins (pooping is key for detoxification)
People who have an intolerance to caffeine, perfumes, environmental chemicals might have an impaired or weak phase 1.
Sometimes, you are not even aware that certain behaviors can put stress on your liver and contribute to toxins accumulation. Let me mention a few of those:
- Too much protein – The liver has to metabolize proteins into simple compounds. The greater protein amount, the greater stress on the liver. How much protein is too much? It depends on the individual health condition, age, and a number of other factors.
- Alcohol – It causes inflammation of the liver and the liver has more difficult time filtering when it is inflamed.
- Overeating – can stress the liver.
- Lack of exercise – It forces the liver to do the elimination that should be related to the lung and skin.
There are 5 more behaviors which contribute to stressing the liver, therefore, contributing to toxin accumulation. The liver is the only organ in our body which can 100% rejuvenate and grow back to its regular form after being sized down up to 10%. Another important thing to remember is fat stores toxins.
There are some herbs that help to flush toxins from the liver like dandelion root, ginger, clove, burdock root, and horsetail.
Am I really toxic? There is a big chance You Are as it is very hard to avoid toxins nowadays. The food you eat, the clothes you wear, the products you use for your personal care or cleaning your home, the air you breathe, the place you live, toxins are everywhere.
The more toxins you are exposed to, the harder your body works to get rid of them.
Ways Your Body Is Showing You Might Be Toxic
- Poor digestion – you might experience bloating, abdominal pain, acid reflux, constipation or see big chunks of undigested food in your poop.
- Hormone imbalance – if the excess of hormones cannot be removed they might be stored back in your body. You may experience high blood pressure, bloating, weight gain, fatigue, sleep problems, low libido, low immune system, cravings for junk food and mood issues.
- Weight gain – toxins build up might interfere with your blood sugar and hormones which can cause extra inches in the midsection (yes, that’s the place) even though you eat well and exercise regularly.
- Skin problems – all the toxins that cannot be expelled internally might appear on your skin. All those pimples or redness associated with acne, rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis.
- Fatigue – when you just woke up after a long sleep and feel drained and fatigued or have a crush in the middle of your day.
- Bad breath or a white coating on your tongue – The tongue can show well how good is your health. The white coating and bad breath are signs of the compromised digestive system and probably too much of bad gut bacteria.
- Chemical sensitivities – Do you get a headache or feeling anxious and irritable after smelling certain perfumes or cleaning products? Are you getting drunk easily with a small amount of alcohol?
- Cravings – When you begin to crave sweets and highly processed carbohydrates, this may be caused by hormone and blood sugar imbalance that are common when the liver is not working effectively.
- High cholesterol – if you do not have a genetic predisposition for high cholesterol and your high readings appeared later in life, there might be a chance that your liver is congested.
Intolerance to fatty food – When the gallbladder isn’t functioning properly due to toxic overload, you might experience nausea, indigestion, abdominal bloating,
intolerance to fatty foods and abdominal pain.
The good news is there are natural methods to deal with toxin overload to restore good body function and proper detoxification.
For example – DYI Recipes
Ginseng Toner – helps rejuvenate, brighten, and balance skin
1 ginseng tea bag
1/2 cup of hot distilled water
Steep the ginseng tea bag in the hot water.
Cool to room temperature and put on your face with your fingertips.
Oil Pulling – The ancient Ayurveda practice – to swish your mouth to promote oral health, prevent bad breath, heal gums and detoxify the body
1 tbsp of coconut oil
2 drops of grapefruit essential oil (optional)
Swish the mixture in your mouth for at least 15 minutes upon waking. If you are new to that start with 5 minutes then increase time slowly.
Spit the oil out when finished then brush your teeth.