We all absorb tons of toxins into our bodies every day. Most are absorbed through our skin in the form of free radicals in the air and environment we live in as well as from the chemicals and additives that are in our makeup, lotions, soaps, shampoos and even skin care products. Other toxins are absorbed through our foods, supplements and certain medications. Most of us will deal with a toxic overload at some point in our lives. This is easy to do as the potential for toxin exposure is growing at an alarming rate as a result of processed foods, beauty and skin care additives and chemicals, household cleaning agents, and even chemicals in our homes. Being under consistent stress, getting inadequate sleep or dealing with emotional struggles can all lead to significant toxic buildup as well.
Toxic overload in our bodies can cause us to suffer from several emotional, mental and physical symptoms that decrease our overall health and quality of life. People who consistently eat a diet rich in processed foods suffer the most, but even those who maintain a healthy all natural diet can experience these eight major symptoms that act as flashing signs that something is out of balance in our bodies:
1. CONSISTENT PHLEM PRODUCTION AFTER EATING
While small amounts of clear mucus is normal, our mucous membranes begin to produce larger amounts of mucus on detecting the presence of pathogens from infections. Excessive consumption of oily (fried) foods causes an over production of mucus as do excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine. Consuming foods that you may be allergic to can cause a buildup of mucus as well.
Abnormal muscle contractions or spasms may ultimately cause diarrhea by speeding up the passage of stool, explains WebMD. In addition, the spasms can slow down the passage of stool which leads to bloating or constipation. Some people may have sensitive intestines, causing common IBS symptoms. (http://get.smarter.com/qa/health/causes-irritable-bowel-syndrome-38cdb02c9bb8ee0?ad=semD&an=msn_s&am=broad&o=35339).
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, stress, alcohol, foods such as cheese or chocolate, bright lights and sleep disturbances can all trigger regular headaches or even a migraine attack.
A nutritional deficiency can display specific symptoms related to a diet low in vitamins or minerals. According to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a lack of adequate fiber is a common reason for poor food digestion symptoms. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/321151-poor-food-digestion-symptoms/).
- Red meat
- Wheat and gluten
- Most grains (quinoa and amaranth are good replacements to regular grains since they are seeds that are usually digestion-friendly)
- All grain products (bread, rolls, cookies, crackers, etc.)
- All sources of added sugars
- Caffeine (green tea is fine since it is low in caffeine and very healing)
Removing these foods allows your body to rest since it will not be working overtime to rid itself of unnatural and harmful components, priming it to be able to absorb proper nutrients more efficiently. Once you have completed the process of eliminating the harmful foods and your body is ready to better absorb nutrients, it is time to begin adding foods (if you are not consuming them already) that are rich in the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Again, it is recommended that you add these foods gradually, giving your body time to react to any possible allergens. For the most part, these foods are easily digested and great during a detox.
- Wild fish
- Fruits (minimize these if you suffer from gas and bloating after eating them)
- Organic sources of poultry
- Legumes if you are vegetarian or vegan (for protein)
- Quinoa and amaranth (as a grain substitute)
- Raw nuts (as tolerated)
- Coconut and coconut products (flour, oil, shreds, butter)
- Olives and olive oil
- Fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi)
- Coconut yogurt and coconut water kefir
- Herbal teas
- Green tea
You are now in a great place to begin the practice of sticking to a whole foods (all natural, organic foods that are rich in nutrients and provide a consistent natural detox).
No matter how careful we are, there is no avoiding our exposure to certain toxins, but we can greatly minimize our absorption of certain toxins as well as taking measures to make sure we are constantly allowing our bodies to detox and flush out the toxins we gather along the way.