Toxins are everywhere around us – in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the body care products we use.
To be more specific, toxins enter your body through the following:
Inhalation: Toxins are found in abundance in the air you breathe. Living near factories or industrial areas puts you at even higher risk of toxic inhalation.
Ingestion: One of the easiest ways for toxins to enter the body is by consuming processed or canned food, and food that has been chemically treated. Your risk of ingesting toxins is even higher if you eat in contaminated areas.
Absorption: Aside from the airborne toxins that can enter your system through your skin, skin care products are also loaded with toxins that are readily absorbed by the skin.
Toxins compromise the proper function of your body and may cause some serious health complications including death.
Toxic buildup in the body can lead to severe skin, eye and stomach infections, tumors, asthma, neurological diseases, heart complications, DNA alterations and infertility.
Knowing your body and reading the warning signs of distress it sends is crucial for addressing the health issue promptly and accordingly.
These are the 10 most common signs that point to toxin accumulation in the body.
1# Weight Gain
Continual exposure to toxins can interfere with your natural weight control mechanisms. If this is accompanied with sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits it can easily lead to obesity.
One thing toxins do is adversely affect your hormones – they either slow down or completely stop the function of your hormones. This in turn triggers problems with your thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, cortisol and insulin.
For one thing, the thyroid gland produces fat-burning hormones thus controlling the entire metabolism. On the other hand, toxins inhibit these hormones leading to weight gain.
In addition, the pancreas secretes insulin, which is vital for keeping the blood sugar levels in check. In fact, insulin removes the extra sugar you ingest through your diet from the blood and stores it in the cells for future use.
As found in a 2015 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, children to women who breathed in or ingested pesticides through their diet during pregnancy were directly linked to childhood obesity.
One of the most important organs for elimination of toxins from the body is the colon or large intestine. This organ is in charge of disposing of the waste from the body by regular bowel movements. But, when your colon function is compromised, the waste remains in your body instead of being eliminated.
This eventually causes waste accumulation in your colon or in its pockets leading to constipation, gas and bloating.
Constipation actually means that you don’t have regular bowel movements; your stools become hard and require straining. Drinking more water, doing regular exercise and including probiotics and fiber-rich foods in your diet are the best ways to treat constipation.
3# Headaches and Migraines
Your central nervous system is exposed to environmental and food toxins, which make your brain tissues hypersensitive.
So, when we exert your brain as a reaction to some stimuli, it causes an intense pain through your brain tissues, a condition typically referred to as a migraine.
Plus, your body releases toxins of its own. For example, the nerves release waste and chemicals, such as nitric oxide, into the central nervous system, high levels of which can lead to migraines.
According to a 2009 paper published in Clinical Science, exposure to environmental allergens and exposure to chemicals can trigger headaches in sensitive individuals.
4# Constant Fatigue
Constant fatigue is also one of the symptoms of toxic overload.
The thing is, the digestive tract breaks down food to enable the body make use of the nutrients vital for its proper function. But, when the digestive tract is inhabited with toxins, it can’t properly break down food, which leads to tiredness and low energy levels.
Toxins interfere with the many systems in the body whether it’s digestion, bowel movements or hormone secretion. This in turn triggers a stress response which makes the body work much harder to complete basic functions, which eventually weakens your immune system. This turns out to be the main cause of fatigue.
As found in a 2001 study published in Science of the Total Environment, five patients with chronic fatigue syndrome in Italy (average age of 37.5) had a compromised immune system as result of excessive exposure to food and environmental toxins.
5# Mood Swings
Your mood and general wellbeing can also be affected by toxins from processed foods, i.e. foods with additives and artificial ingredients. For example, xenoestrogen is a food additive which is actually a toxin that acts like estrogen, thus interfering with the natural estrogens levels in the body. It’s known to cause extreme moods swings ranging from depression to exuberance.
Aspartame is just another additive that affects a person’s mood. In fact, it releases toxins that trigger extreme depression disorder. According to a 2013 study that examined the effect of sweetened drinks in American adults, drinks containing aspartame increase the risk of depression. The study was published in Neurology.
An earlier study of 2002 in Colorado, published in the Annals of Epidemiology, reported high clinical depression in farmers and their spouses exposed to environmental toxins via pesticides.