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How do I Know I Need to Detox?

written by Head Health Nutter March 4, 2008

Earlier this week, we defined what it means to detox and discussed why we should detox. Then there was an unscheduled post explaining how hot baths help detoxing as well as their dangers. The last post clearly defined the differences between detoxification and body cleansing, why we need to cleanse and some of its benefits.

Update: Since writing this post, I’ve realized I may be mistaken or at least unclear in my understanding of cleanses and detoxes. I once believed they were basically the same but now question if there’s a difference between a detox and cleanse, and wonder how important it is to differentiate them. If you have any insights, please feel free to comment!

But how can we tell when our bodies are congested with toxins and could use our active assistance with detoxifying?

What it feels like to be toxic

In short, I equate toxicity to feeling old. But if you have 3 minutes, take this about.com detox screening test to find out if you might benefit from a cleanse.

Here are a few common symptoms of toxic overload:

  • Feeling tired, sluggish, lethargic
  • Trouble concentrating and staying focused
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Catch colds easy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant body odor
  • Frequent gas, bloating or indigestion
  • Allergies and/or food sensitivities
  • Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • Constipation and other gastrointestinal irregularities
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Recurrent respiratory problems
  • Back pain
  • Mood changes
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sinus congestion

Experiencing several of the above symptoms may be evidence that you have a build up of toxins. But all is not lost – you have the power to make yourself feel better! You can regain your health, balance and youth through several means, including detoxing.

What YOU can do to change things

Here are a few suggestions to get you started in assisting and strengthening your natural detoxification process (which also boosts your immune system and overall health):

  1. Seek professional guidance from a Naturopathic Doctor
  2. Adopt healthy living practices (don’t know what these are? Stay tuned for the upcoming post, “10 Tips for Optimal Health“)
  3. Spring clean your body! This may include:
    • A detox diet
    • Regular, partial fast day or juice fasting (like the Master Cleanse or Live Lighter’s Safe, Enlightening 3 Day Fast)
    • Seasonal cleansing programs for colon, liver, blood, kidneys, parasite, candida, heavy metal, etc.
    • Using herbs and supplements to draw toxins out of the body
    • Learn about proper elimination and vitamin support on a detox/cleanse
    • Replenish gut flora balance
  4. Read Live Lighter , especially the next post titled “ How to Detox

These suggestions seem like a lot. They are. But it’s important to remember that it’s taken you years to accumulate these toxins and it will take time to unload your body of this burden. Plus, it will take education, several attempts and various methods to find what works best for you.

For example, it took me two years (without the help of a doctor so if you can afford it, get one!) to formulate an effective (for me) specialized health plan that combined some of the above elements.

Keep in mind that your health is a lifelong journey. Even though you may experience a few failures, they ultimately tell you what doesn’t work so you can figure out what will.

And when you finally succeed in rebalancing your body, you and those around you will see the results and feel the benefits of health. I guarantee, you will live lighter.

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Sandy January 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Great information you are sharing on your blog. There is no doubt these days that we all need to detox to stay healthy. Glad to see you recommend supplement support. Supporting the body with the right nutrients during detox will go a long way in preventing those dreaded detox symptoms.

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) January 29, 2009 at 10:14 am

Thanks for your comment, Sandy! Yes, if we can lessen the detox symptoms, it makes it a whole lot easier to get healthier. 🙂

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Mariella M November 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Been using the Dr Max Powers 15 Day Cleanse for 3 years now (about 3 x per year) and I am SO happy I discovered it on the internet. I had never been regular even as a child, but these pills work magic for me. I’m guaranteed results the next morning. No cramps or other problems, just good results.

In the past 3 days I have lost 6 pounds of waste. My appetite is down and I feel great. I’m taking 2 pills a day, 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening. There is no stomach cramping, although my stomach has made a couple of growling noises at me..giving me a warning that it is time to go to the bathroom..but other than that..no real problems

Looking forward to more waste (weight) loss…hip-hip-hooray!!! I definitely recommend them for women looking for a great cleanse to do!

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) November 11, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Congrats, Mariella!

And thanks for sharing this wonderful information. I will have to research Dr. Max Powers and these magic pills you speak of! 🙂

Joanna December 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Just finished a 30 detox. Used Jane Scrivner’s book “Detox Yourself”. I feel great and my skin is amazing. I have lost weight and am happier in general. Now I have stopped the detox however, I have sores in my mouth and feel bloated again. I only introduced back one coffee a day and a little bit of salt. My body is rejecting I think so looks like I will have to avoid these things altogether!

Head Health Nutter (Steph Miller) December 20, 2009 at 8:06 pm

@Joanna: Congrats on completing your 30 day detox and for sharing your source. I’ll have to check out Jane Scrivner myself.

I’m sorry to hear about your reaction to coffee and salt. It sounds as if you’re right, you may be sensitive or even allergic to these substances.

Before cutting them out altogether though, if you haven’t already, may I suggest that you try organic coffee and sea salt?

You may just be sensitive to the processing of these foods! *fingers crossed*


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