By Venessa Rodriguez
September 27, 2013
You might be reading this because you have a sneaking suspicion that something isn't quite right. Perhaps you’re not feeling as good as you used to, or the foods that used to satisfy and energize you now bring you down or upset your digestion. It may be easy to chock it all up to “aging,” but our bodies are really good at letting us know when something is wrong. It’s when we stop listening to our bodies’ whispers that real problems can turn up.
Here’s a truth: Balance is our true nature. Our bodies are like a masterful orchestra, playing a harmonious symphony — they're constantly moving toward balance. But daily stressors like toxins, eating the wrong foods for your body, not getting enough sleep or hating your job get in the way of achieving that balance. Instead, they can throw you into a toxic tailspin!
It’s important to get in tune with our bodies so we can start listening to the signs.
Here are four signs you can start listening to today:
1. You’re full of “it.”
Literally. Our bodies need to eliminate waste every day. This includes having a bowel movement at least once a day. If you’re not releasing the junk in your trunk, then those toxins are absorbed back into your bloodstream and can wreak havoc all over again.
Tip: If you’re having trouble with constipation, try drinking more water, exercising, taking a good-quality probiotic or sipping on an herbal tea such as senna leaf.
2. You have a “dirty mouth.”
Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, can not only ruin a perfectly good makeout session... it can also tell your date that you’re toxic. Bad breath can come from bacteria in the mouth releasing odor-causing byproducts. It can also indicate that your liver and colon are having some difficulty eliminating toxins.
Tip: You can start using a tongue scraper to eliminate excess bacteria and yeast that might be coating your tongue. Also, try getting fresh with herbs like parsley and cilantro, which are fantastic liver detoxifiers. There’s a reason for their use as a garnish.
3. You’re a little too nose-y.
Do smells often offend you? If you find yourself having strong reactions to smells like perfumes or smoke, then you might have toxic overload. Many times we become more sensitive to environmental smells when our liver is having trouble eliminating various toxins from the body. When these detox pathways are blocked, our bodies and senses can become heightened and cause reactions such as headaches and nausea.
Tip: Support your liver with herbs like milk thistle and dandelion root, both of which can be consumed in tea form. You could also try one of my favorite detoxifying practices: the castor oil pack. This oldie but goodie is a great tool to also help relieve less-than-pleasant symptoms resulting from detoxing too quickly.
4. Those extra pounds just won’t budge.
There are many reasons for weight loss resistance. Out-of-whack hormones, consuming the wrong foods for your body, and — you guessed it — toxic overload are among them. Toxins such as dioxins, PCBs, and many pesticides are lipophilic (literally “fat loving”) which means in our bodies they’re stored in our fat cells. When the body is overloaded with them, it can seem impossible to release that extra weight.
Tip: The key here is to make sure your body is releasing toxins properly. This means enhancing your body’s natural ability to detox and find balance. Doing a safe cleanse or detox can be really helpful, but reducing your exposure to toxins is super important. Choose clean, organic foods when possible and make sure you sweat, poop, hydrate and breathe well each and every day.