In my last blog, Don’t Diet… DETOX! (Part 1), I shared with you how toxins affect our everyday lives. So, in this blog, I’m going to let you in on the top 10 signs of toxic overload, as well as the empowering steps you can take today to help your body detox in a natural and healthy way. If you want to get rid of that extra flabbiness on your tummy, bottom, arms and legs, then read on…

Signs of Toxic Overload

Unfortunately, it’s a fact that middle-aged women like us often experience various health challenges, including weight gain, but it’s also due to the significant amounts of toxins that accumulate in our bodies over the years. Toxic overload occurs when your body’s natural detoxification systems (like urination, defecation and sweating) become overwhelmed, which can lead to a range of symptoms that can impact daily life. That’s why it’s crucial for you to understand these signs, so you can take any proactive steps necessary to support your body’s detoxification processes for optimal health and wellbeing.

The top 10 signs of toxic overload include:

1. Chronic Fatigue
One of the most common signs of toxic overload is chronic fatigue, which is characterised by persistent tiredness and lethargy. When toxins accumulate in the body, they can impair the energy production of your cells and disrupt normal bodily functions, which leads to feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm.

2. Digestive Issues
Toxic overload often manifests in digestive issues, such as gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation or diarrhoea. These symptoms indicate that your digestive system may be struggling to eliminate toxins through defecation efficiently, resulting in discomfort and disruption of your gut flora, which means more bad bacteria than the good ones needed to keep things flowing properly.

3. Skin Problems
If you have persistent skin issues like adult acne, eczema or rashes, then these can be indicative of toxic overload. This is because toxins can disrupt the balance of hormones and inflammatory responses in your body, which will manifest as skin disturbances that persist over time.

4. Mood Swings
It’s not just menopausal symptoms that include mood swings. Toxic overload can also affect your mental health, contributing to increased anxiety, depression and/or brain fog. If you have too many toxins in your body, then this can interfere with neurotransmitter function and hormonal balance, which influences mood regulation and cognitive processes.

5. Unpleasant Odours
Toxins accumulating in the body can also result in unpleasant odours, such as bad breath and BO. These situations often stem from sluggish digestion and a congested liver, highlighting the need for a detox to be done — and fast.

6. Excessive Urination
Increased frequency of urination can be a sign of the body’s efforts to eliminate toxins, because the kidneys work to filter waste products from the bloodstream and excess toxins can be excreted through urine.

7. Sore Throat and Nasal Congestion
Toxin accumulation can even show up as symptoms like a sore throat and nasal congestion. These respiratory symptoms indicate that your body may be trying to expel toxins through the respiratory tract if you don’t have a cold, flu or hay fever.

8. Memory Problems
Cognitive impairment, including difficulty in remembering things, may occur as a result of toxic overload. Toxins can impair your brain’s neuronal function and disrupt the signals of its neurotransmitters, which can affect cognitive processes such as memory formation and retrieval.

9. Muscle and Joint Pain
If you suffer from general aches and pains in your muscles and joints, which can cause you discomfort and reduced mobility, then this could be due to your body’s inflammatory responses being triggered by toxins, which can also exacerbate existing musculoskeletal conditions.

10. Weight Gain
This is the big one that is often overlooked. If you’re finding it a struggle to drop the excess flab, then it’s probably because your weight gain is a consequence of toxins building up in your body. Toxins have the ability to disrupt your metabolic processes, hormone regulation and appetite control, which over time will lead to changes in your body composition.

Natural Remedies for Toxic Overload

And now for the good news — just because you may have a toxic buildup problem, there are ways in which you can release them from your body naturally, which will help you to shed even more pounds and flabbiness all around!!!

The main thing you need to do is minimise your exposure to toxins wherever possible. As I mentioned in part one of this blog, we’re surrounded by toxins in our environment on a daily basis, so it will be impossible for you to avoid them completely. However, by proactively doing things like eating organic foods as much as you can, or at least not consuming processed foods, using only natural household products containing essential oils, making sure that your personal care products are natural and paraben-free (so that you don’t absorb more toxins through your skin) and drinking only filtered water will help you to reduce your toxin intake dramatically.

It may sound simple, but even practicing deep breathing, regularly exercising and spending time in nature to soak up the fresh air can aid in toxin elimination through the lungs. When you are able to properly oxygenate your body’s tissues, it supports cellular metabolism and the detoxification process. Of course, adopting a nutritionally healthy diet that’s rich in colourful organic vegetables and fruits will also supports your body’s detoxification processes. Incorporating dishes like this Tuscan White Bean and Butternut Squash Soup with Kale will give your body the essential nutrients and antioxidants it needs for detoxing.

Finally, you can support the function of your body’s natural detox pathways, which include the kidneys, lungs, skin and digestive tract, by using herbs and supplements, such as activated charcoal, which is known for its ability to facilitate the removal of toxins by binding with them in the digestive tract to prevent their absorption and promote their excretion. And seeing as your liver is your primary detoxifying organ and is responsible for filtering out toxins and waste, keeping it healthy is crucial for detoxification. A healthy liver will help your body to break down harmful substances, including alcohol, medications and environmental pollutants, ensuring that they’re safely eliminated from your body. Maintaining liver health will also support your overall wellbeing and prevent health issues related to toxic buildup and impaired detoxification processes. A great product that I always use is Nature’s Sunshine Liver Health Formula, which contains 11 herbal ingredients that have been specially chosen to keep your liver in good condition.


Final Words

Toxic overload is a significant concern, especially for us middle-aged women, because it can manifest in various signs and symptoms that can impact our overall health and wellbeing. But by recognising the signs mentioned in this blog, implementing natural remedies and using supplements to support detoxification, you can take the empowering proactive steps needed to optimise your health and vitality. Remember, it’s essential that you consult with a professional like myself for personalised guidance and recommendations tailored to suit your individual needs and health concerns. So, if you’re wanting more information on how detoxing with B-Fit can promote your long-term health and vitality, then I’m always here to help.

Love, Gaynor x


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