Environmental Toxins

Three Major Signs That You Need a Body Detox

Three Major Signs That You Need a Body Detox: skin, fatigue, brain fog.

In a 2016 press release, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that approximately 12.6 million people died in 2012 as a result of environmental toxins¹. Most of these deaths were attributed to air pollution and water contamination, eventually leading to a multitude of infectious diseases such as malaria, strokes, heart diseases, chronic respiratory issues, and cancer. The idea of environmental toxins contributing to the poor health of an individual is vastly underrated in the medical industry. Many are under the impression that diseases are developed through physical contact, and while this is not an incorrect statement, it’s definitely not the only way that people can contract a chronic disease or infection. Continuous exposure to mold, metal, mercury, processed chemicals, second-hand smoke, tobacco, and chemicals will cause a plethora of health problems, which is why body detoxification is highly encouraged at LifeWorks.

Those who come to LifeWorks seeking treatment for fatigue or malnourishment will sometimes leave their appointment in shock after their test results reveal a high level of metal-toxicity, bacteria, or inflammation within their bloodstream. Patients who underwent weeks of detoxification have reported feeling like themselves again and have successfully returned to their usual lives.

However, many people ponder on these questions:

“Why am I just learning about detoxification now?”

“Why didn’t I know about this before?”

“Why have I never experienced any symptoms?”

“What could I have done differently to prevent this?”

The truth is, the body sends multiple hints that something is wrong, and it is up to us to listen to it. For those who are determined in fighting the invisible entity of environmental toxicity, here are three major signs that you might be due for a body detox.

Patch of irritated skin

Skin Irritation

Have you ever applied a certain skincare product on your face only to feel it burning and itching moments later? For some, this might be a simple allergic reaction, sensitive skin, or a sign that the body cannot handle the ingredients that the product is made of. If you are the type of person who constantly wears makeup, deodorant, hairspray, hair dye, or apply various skincare products on your face and body, then it’s not uncommon to suddenly notice acne, rashes or other skin blemishes emerge. While some skin issues may happen immediately, sometimes they also happen gradually.

 

Constant itching can be a symptom of many different things, however in the case of a toxic buildup, these problems begin within the liver. When the liver is overworked with various environmental toxins, this creates an accumulation and sometimes a blockage within the bile ducts. When this occurs, the chemicals are, instead, released through the skin causing a severe rash. In extreme cases, some patients may even notice their skin color change into a yellowish hue, called jaundice. Jaundice can be a sign of liver damage, Epstein Barr Virus, gallbladder issues, pancreatic cancer, and many other chronic conditions. We recommend that one speaks with their practitioner immediately at the first sign of Jaundice to determine the root cause of the condition.

Fatigue that is not usual. Tired woman at desk.

Fatigue

There is a difference between feeling a little tired every now and then, and constantly feeling weak with little energy every single day. The adrenal glands produce special hormones to regulate metabolism, blood pressure, the immune system, and response to stress. However, when they are over-worked, they become over-stimulated, causing them to slow down. This can be caused by environmental toxicity. When people are constantly exposed to toxins such as heavy metals, mold, pesticides, or processed foods, this buildup eventually causes inflammation, chronic illness, stress, or microbiome imbalances. This causes an over-stimulation of the adrenal glands and can lead one to feel lethargic or weak. This can also lead to issues with one’s brain adrenal communication which will elevate the cortisol.

When one begins feeling the initial symptoms of fatigue, this is a big warning sign that the body is trying to send. The meaning can be an abundance of things, so it is critical to speak to your practitioner to determine what might be causing it. For many individuals, all that is needed is a simple body detoxification to increase their energy levels, clean out the bacterial buildup and decrease the inflammation that is clogging the adrenal glands.

Brain Fog

Brain Fog

There have been studies that connect the increase of environmental toxins in society to an increase in neurological disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Dementia and Alzheimer’s. With that being said, it is no surprise that a toxic buildup within the body can have effects on the brain and lead to periodic memory lapses or focusing issues. Our brains contain a blood-brain barrier which is meant to protect the brain from pathogens that can cause cerebrum related infections, but still allow important nutrients to produce neurotransmitters. However, when the liver is impaired and can no longer eliminate the toxins, inflammation accumulates and damages the blood-brain barrier. An individual may have a harder time retaining information, feel scatterbrained, or experience confusion on simple things. A body detoxification will help to successfully flush out all toxins to relieve the stress and hypothalamus of the brain and create an improved sharp-thinker.

Other signs…

Other signs that your body is due for a detox are:

  • weight issues
  • irregular periods for women
  • chronic allergies
  • an insatiable craving for sweets

Sadly, our bodies are vulnerable to the thousands of toxic compounds that inhabit the air that we breathe, which is why body detoxification is extremely important to our health. LifeWorks Wellness Center provides various natural detoxification methods that have helped multiple patients improve their quality of life. Additionally, detoxing one’s body is not a difficult process. The experience may differ among patients, however as long as they exhibit the right attitude, are mentally and physically prepared to adjust to change, and have a desire to improve their health, they are on the right path for wellness. If you are interested in detoxing your body, please call 727-466-6789 to schedule an appointment.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.