Do you need a Detox?
When we think of toxins in our bodies, we often think of them as causing some terrible disease but the truth is that toxins can cause annoying illnesses such as weight gain, skin problems, irritability and trouble sleeping - something we don't typically associate with them. So how do you know when you need to detox your body?
Before deciding whether or not you need to detox your body, take a good look at how you feel. Some of the things that indicate you have toxins in your system are as follows:
- Bad digestion
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Excess weight
- Food allergies
- Bad breath
- Acid reflux
- Parasites (you might see them in your stools if you look close enough!)
- Trouble sleeping
- Frequently getting colds and flu's
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin rashes
All of the above can be caused by the taxing effects that too many toxins have on your body. You see, your body needs to work harder to try to remove the toxins when they build up and this means that it might not be able to take care of some of the other things that it normally should.
Plan what you are going to do
A detox isn't something that you should do on a whim. Doing it too frequently can cause more harm than good. Doing one yearly or even twice yearly depending on the detox program is usually enough. Of course, if you live a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy organic foods, you won't need to detox quite so often.
Ways to detox
Using a vegetable juice fast or herbs to detox your body can be a great way to get back on track and regain some of your health. When fasting, though, you want to be careful not to do it for more than a couple days as this can do more harm than good. When you start any detox program, you might actually feel worse the first couple days as the toxins are being purged from your body. So it's important to stick with the program for the full amount of time (usually one to four weeks) so that you get all the toxins out and start to feel vibrant and energized again.