Stubborn body fat.
Plastics contain what are called xenoestrogens. These mimic real estrogens and unfortunately, this means fat for the body as we can start to have ‘estrogen dominance’. The detoxification pathways excrete our hormones but if the body is overworked or not functioning optimally (poor diet, alcohol, genes, stress, medication, etc), then we may end up with a build-up of estrogen and a build-up of toxins. Another key point to remember is that toxins love fat. The toxins prefer to accumulate in the fat cells rather than the bloodstream. Therefore it only makes sense the body may hang onto your excess fat because to lose it, would mean the toxins then get released into the body. It serves as a protective mechanism as well.
Fatigue and lack of focus.
If you can’t get out of bed in the morning and feeling ‘foggy’ this is a classic symptom of toxicity. Your body is exhausted from the toxic overload, probably in body and also in mind.
Toxins increase inflammation and our brains get inflamed too, “leaky brain syndrome”. In addition to brain fog, lack of concentration it can impact our moods. Sometimes conditions such as depression and anxiety are due to brain inflammation.
A nutritionist will always ask what is going on in the mouth. Bad breath and unusual patterns on the tongue can be strong indicators of toxic overload. Undesirable bacteria in the gut produce toxins and gas. The gas has to go somewhere, that may be in the form of bad breath. It’s worth remember kidneys are one of the organs that participate in detoxification. If the kidneys aren’t working well enough the breathe may smell like sulfur or you may smell an ammonia scent in your sweat or urine.
The bowels get rid of a lot of toxins every day of our lives. When we’re constipated, we’re storing up all those toxins, allowing them to negatively affect our bodies. Bowel movements should be happening every day, any less and you’re building up toxins and may have further gut issues as well such as bloating, and wind.
Muscle aches and pains.
If you are constantly sore, stiff, and achy for no real reason, it’s a big red flag for inflammation. The toxins in your life are working away at your muscles and joints. Headaches can present themselves as well.
The skin plays a role in detoxification. It is one of the ways toxins can leave the body by sweat. Acne, rashes, and other skin problems may signal a toxic overload.