Symptoms of Toxins in Your Body
If you’ve felt more under the weather than usual without any apparent reason, or if you’ve been catching every single cold that the changes of the seasons bring, your defense levels might be low due to a toxins overload.
The New York University Medical Center Family Guide1lists a wide variety of symptoms and conditions that can happen as a result of environmental toxins in your body:
- Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath
- Eye, ear, nose or throat irritation
- Chills or fever
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Hair loss
- Skin rash
- Liver disease
- Neurological dysfunction, such as loss of memory or concentration, or confusion
- Weakness or fatigue
And besides these, there are still a lot more that most of the times go unremarked or misdiagnosed as something else.
Even worse, most doctors do not take a single course on effects of toxins on the body during medical school – which could also explain why they are so often carefree when it comes to prescribing toxic drugs.
Here are some of the most common symptoms broken down, to show you the real problem underneath them:
Your body can be exhausted from constantly combating the toxins in it. And if you’re coping with fatigue by drinking a lot of coffee or eating a lot of sugar, you’re only making it worse.
Another reason for your constant fatigue could be your body responding to hormone disruptors that are hacking your immune system.
If it isn’t caused by any digestive problems, your liver is probably struggling to get rid of the toxins in your body.
Constipation could mean you’re not getting rid of all the toxins you should daily; your body is storing them up, affecting your natural body functions.
Stubborn weight gain
That extra weight that won’t go away – no matter what you eat or how many hours you spend exercising – might be due to endocrine disrupting chemicals.
They affect your body’s weight management by altering weight-controlling hormones, sensitivity to neurotransmitters, or activity of the sympathetic nervous system.2
Muscle and joint aches and pains
Also caused by the incredibly high amounts of energy your body spends trying to get rid of all the toxins you come in contact with every day.
Increased acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
Caused by chemicals used on fabric and in most skin care products, soaps, detergents, lotions, creams, cologne, perfumes, antiperspirants, cosmetics, massage oils, medical drugs, etc.
Even taking showers/baths with too hot water might help toxins get into your body, since your pores are dilated and let them pass more easily.
Frequent nasal congestion, colds, and viruses
This also has to do with all of your body’s resources trying to fight toxins in your body. Your immune system gets unattended and easily defeated by external elements like viruses.
In this same category you can find worsened PMS and vaginal infections.
Allergy or intolerance to certain foods
Toxins like gluten, lectins and phytic acid are found in legumes and grains, while some other toxins end up in your food through the chemicals used to produce them: pesticides, herbicides and hormones.
These toxins can cause a wide range of problems, like skin reactions or a leaky gut, and a lot of them are cumulative, so they’ll build up in your body over the years, without one clear cause – and what’s worse, without you even knowing what the true source of the problem is.
If you’ve been experiencing one or more of these symptoms for some time, you might have an overload of toxins in your body that you’re not currently able to eliminate.
Yes, our bodies have their own detoxification system, but because of the large amounts of toxins and other threats they’re exposed to, coming from all kinds of sources, this system gets overburdened and doesn’t function properly.
To give it a hand and make sure you stay toxin-free and keep your body in balance, consider adding a combination of active vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, herbs, superfoods and probiotics to your daily health supply.
- Staying Healthy in a Risky Environment, The New York University Medical Center Family Guide, How to Identify, Prevent or Minimize Environmental Risks to Your Health, Arthur C. Upton, MD and Eden Graber, 1993, Simon & Schuster p.275-358)
- Baillie-Hamilton PF. Chemical toxins: a hypothesis to explain the global obesity epidemic. J Altern Complement Med. 2002;8:185-192.