5 Signs of Toxic Overload and What you Can Do
Hands up if you over-indulged over Christmas and New Years? Don't worry, you aren't alone. Most of us are feeling worse for wear after all the celebratory champagnes and third helpings of Christmas pav! And a lot of that feeling has to do with an over-burdened liver and detoxification systems in the body.
The body is well equipped with elimination and detoxification processes. The liver, digestive system, lungs, kidneys, lymphatics system and even our skin all help to rid the body of toxins. However, as prepared as the body is to detoxify itself, our modern lifestyle of coffee, processed foods, alcohol, medication, not enough sleep and all the chemicals in our cosmetics and household products that we come into contact with daily means that the body has considerably more to deal with than it has before. Now, combine that with excess alcohol, refined sugar and excess fat which come in copious amounts over the silly season, and you have got one burdened body!
Here are some signs and symptoms of possible toxic over-load in the body -
1. Skin issues such as acne, skin rashes, eczema or psoriasis flare ups.
2. Digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation, excess gas and smelly stools.
3. Inflammatory symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, gout and muscle stiffness/soreness.
4. Excess weight gain and difficulty losing weight.
5. Allergy flare-ups, sinus congestion and dark-circles under the eyes.
What can you do?
Firstly, make some simple dietary and lifestyle adjustments. Increase your water intake to 2 liters per day, more if you are exercising vigorously, and reduce your alcohol consumption to a maximum of 2 standard drinks a day. Also, reduce your coffee intake to 1 per day and preferably drink it before 2:00 pm to reduce caffeine's effect on sleep latency and sleep duration.
Remove processed foods from the diet as processed foods are notoriously high in refined sugar, saturated fat and sodium, all placing unnecessary stress on the body. Instead, increase your intake of whole foods, lots of fresh vegetables and add spices like turmeric and ginger to your meals. A turmeric and ginger afternoon latte instead of a coffee is a great way to get more spice into your life!
Increase your fiber intake from fruits and vegetables. Fiber encourages daily bowel motions which reduces the risk of toxins being recycled back into the body. Kiwi fruits are an excellent source of soluble fiber. Eat two a day to get those bowels moving!
Sweat it out.
Exercise sessions that increase your heart rate will promote toxin excretion though the skin. Regular exercise will also help to encourage daily bowel motions.
Also, talk to your naturopath about herbs and supplements that are specifically beneficial for liver, kidney and lymphatic support. Some of our favourite herbs to help support the body's detoxification and elimination systems include Dandelion root (for liver, gallbladder and digestive support), Poke root (for lymphatic drainage) and St Mary's Thistle (for liver detoxification and blood sugar regulation).
We specialise in personalised medicine at Barangaroo Pharmacy and our naturopaths would love to mix up a herbal formula specifically targeted to your needs. You can also book a one-on-one consultation for an in depth assessment of your health and a personalised treatment plan. We take bookings online here.
About the Author - Casey Morgan-Kellow (Naturopath & Nutritionist)
You can find this blog and more on Casey's website The Natural Path Health. Casey is a university qualified naturopath and nutritionist and has been consulting at Barangaroo Pharmacy for over 3 years. She writes content for her wellness website as well as other health and gym websites. She loves educating clients on all things natural health and encouraging people to lead their happiest healthiest life.
Disclaimer - The information provided here is general only. For specific health advice and before beginning any new supplements, diet or lifestyle changes, always consult your health practitioner or book in a health consultation with our university-qualified naturopaths and nutritionists.