What is a detox? My husband kindly pointed out that the initial draft of this first post in my series about detoxification (detox) didn’t include a definition of detox. I then realized that to some detox means treatment for alcoholism or drug dependency and/or as my husband thought, detoxification involves putting things up your butt!  My simple definition is “the removal of toxins from the body” (Colonics and enemas are optional 🙂 ).

Detoxing is about reducing exposure to toxins and cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out, which I’ll cover in more depth in this series.

Our bodies were designed to adapt and eliminate toxins, but they need support because the world we live in exposes us to toxins around the clock in our food, air, water, soil, health and beauty products, household and industrial cleaners, drugs, lawn care products, and more. And the load is constantly increasing!

Symptoms you may be experiencing from toxic overload include:
  1. Fatigue
  2. Difficulty losing weight
  3. Fluid retention/swelling
  4. Difficulty concentrating
  5. Headaches
  6. Frequent colds/flu
  7. Mood swings
  8. Allergies
  9. Skin conditions
  10. Constipation/diarrhea
  11. Chronic backache or joint pain
  12. Hormonal imbalance
  13. Sinus congestion
  14. Abdominal pain
Over time, if not eliminated toxic overload can lead to or further exacerbate disease.

Diseases with a toxic connection include:

  • Cardiovascular disease1,2
  • Diabetes1
  • Autoimmune disease3
  • Depression, anxiety4
  • ADD/ADHD/Autism6,7
  • Neurological diseases8
  • Infertility9
  • Cancer10

Can you relate to any of this?  If so, let me know in the comments.  While this might feel defeating, there is a LOT you can do and taking a proactive approach is much better than burying your head in the sand because what matters is your cumulative load.  There’s no way to know which exposure might be the tipping point for your body – the straw that breaks the camels back.

In this series, I’ll provide lots of easy ways you can reduce your exposure and help your body eliminate toxins better so stay tuned for my other posts in this series to learn the benefits of cleansing, what not to do, and of course, tips on what to do.

I recommend cleansing two to four times a year with a gentle cleanse in the winter.  If you want to start 2018 CLEAN and CLEAR, join me in the 15-Day Cleanse Challenge I’m leading in January.  Click the button below to learn more.  Hurry!  The Early Bird Special ends December 28, 2017.

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