Identify common toxins that enter your body and symptoms you may be toxic + how the body detoxifies itself.
Are You on Toxic Overload? Look for These Signs…
It’s a given that in our industrialized society everyone is exposed to toxins, contaminants, and synthetic chemicals. These dangerous substances enter your body from a variety of sources and are inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. Scientists call this body burden and estimate that most of us carry a staggering 700 different contaminants and toxins in our blood, fat tissue, semen, muscle, bones, brain, and other major organs.
Is it any wonder then that so many of us are plagued by various aches and pains, allergies, fatigue, and malaise? Let’s take a closer look at some of the symptoms of toxic overload and you may have a better idea of why you just don’t feel good.
Symptoms of Toxicity from Non-Dietary/Environmental Sources
- Pesticides. Pesticide overload affects digestion, the nervous system, bones and joints, and neurological functioning. Symptoms include nervousness, irritability, headache, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, moodiness, and soreness in joints.
- Prescription Drugs. Symptoms of drug residue stored in your fatty tissue include hormone disruption, increased hunger, cravings, fatigue, weight gain, and moodiness.
- Cosmetics/Personal Grooming Products. Industrial chemicals found in these products can lead to skin rashes, swollen watery eyes, and irritation of the nasal cavities. Hair dyes and hair straighteners can cause asthma-like symptoms. Eye make-up containing traces of mercury, lead, and parabens is especially dangerous and can lead to blindness with prolonged use.
- Heavy Metals. Toxicity from heavy metals can affect nearly all major organ systems. Symptoms include gastrointestinal distress, food allergies, brain fog, pain and burning in the extremities, pain in muscles and other soft tissues, headaches, visual disturbances, dizziness, chronic malaise, and mood swings.
- Environmental Residue/Pollution. Symptoms of over-exposure to noxious pollutants include burning eyes, chronic respiratory infections and allergic reactions, headaches, earaches, and nausea.
- Cleaning Supplies: Since many household products contain neurotoxic substances look for symptoms such as memory loss, lack of concentration, disrupted sleep, brain fog, depression, confusion, personality changes, fatigue, and numbness of the hands and feet. Other symptoms include headaches, respiratory irritation and asthma, and hormone disruption.
Symptoms of Toxicity from Dietary Sources
- Bacterial Toxins. Common symptoms of foodborne bacterial illness include vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and chills. Campylobacter from raw or undercooked meat can result in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and muscle weakness or paralysis.
- Parasites. Cyclospora, a common parasite hidden in fruit and vegetables usually causes severe symptoms of gastrointestinal distress including nausea, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Fatigue may also be a lingering symptom after initial exposure. Intestinal tapeworm infestation has multiple symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hunger or loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness, and fatigue.
- Yeast. Yeast (Candida) overgrowth can break down your intestinal wall and then enter the bloodstream causing a variety of unpleasant ailments and symptoms. Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, urinary tract infections, skin and nail fungus, mood swings and irritability, severe seasonal allergies, fatigue, poor memory, and skin disorders like eczema, hives, and rashes are all symptoms of yeast overgrowth.
- Food Additives and Preservatives. Reactions to food additives are common and can include hives and other skin reactions, swelling of the eyes, lips and hands, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, and hyperactivity in children. There is thought to be an increased risk of cancer from long-term ingestion of aspartame and certain artificial fats and preservatives.
- GMOs. After GMOs were introduced into our food supply in 1996 the percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13%. The Institute for Responsible Technology says that genetically modified plants “can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies.”(1) In other words, we are dealing with an endless cycle of compromised health from a growing list of illnesses and symptoms.
What You Can Do
If you believe you are suffering from toxicity due to any of the sources mentioned here, see your physician immediately. He or she may order specialized tests to confirm a diagnosis and then will decide on the best course of treatment.
Remember that many of these toxic chemicals can cause serious long-term illnesses when they are ingested over time. In the interest of your own good health, avoid them as much as possible.