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5 Signs You Should Detox Now

 

The new year always brings a sense and feeling of renewal, rejuvenation, and a re-charging of the mind, body, and spirit. We set goals, intentions and plans for the year ahead and have confidence that “this is our year.”

In the spirit of renewal, tons of individuals vow to take their health seriously and set plans to lose X amount of pounds, workout X amount of days, and eat healthy. And that’s a very noble and admirable goal!

When moving towards our health/fitness goals, it is important to take inventory from where we are currently. For some of us, we are “starting from scratch” in a sense. For others, we are simply picking back up some habits we abandoned due to careless oversight (it happens). And for some, this will be our real first try at making our health a priority and, sometimes, this can be confusing.

One may find themselves lost about where to start on their health/fitness journey, unsure of what it means to “eat clean” or what a “superfood” actually is.

For some, it may be a lack of awareness about what is actually going on with and in their body. This is a common problem for a lot of us. We have become so disconnected from bodies, it’s oftentimes difficult to understand what we actually need.

A detox is great way to start out. It helps individuals to really get in touch with how their body feels when you treat it like you a give a damn!

When individuals set out to detox their body, they often don’t understand the impact that it has on their mind and spirit as well. And if you believe that these are all connected in a holistic manner, then you’ll see how when we are congested physically, everything else is affected.

Detoxing is simply the action or actions of taking deliberate efforts to remove toxins from your body. This can happen daily by eating foods, taking herbs and engaging in practices that encourage the constant removal of waste and by-products from your body.

But, when we have been neglectful of making it a daily practice to facilitate the steady removal of toxins from our bodies, we experience physical and mental symptoms that alert us that we need to hit the brakes, put it in reverse and back up! Our bodies are extremely intelligent and will give us notice in seemingly subtle ways. If you are not sure if you need to take action to be intentional about detoxing, take note of the following five signs that give us a clue about how our bodies are functioning internally.

1. You’re over-weight.

A healthy, properly functioning body works to release fat as opposed to storing it. And, ironically, toxins love to hang out in the fat stores in your body. It becomes a cyclical problem, as the addition of more toxins in our bodies encourage the increased storage of fat cells to house the toxins. Being over-weight is not only a result of increased toxins, but is due to chronic over-eating of denatured food (food that has been depleted of vital nutrients and minerals). The continuous eating of “empty calories” will cause a “starving body” to remain ravished with hunger. When you are consuming foods that have high nutritional value (such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc.), you will find that you will feel satiated. An over-weight body is generally sluggish in its functionality which leads to the next sign that indicates that you could be pretty toxic.

2. You’re constantly tired.

A body that is physically sluggish is fighting an up-hill battle. Our bodies spend an enormous amount of energy just in the breaking down of the food that we consume for use (this process is called digestion). If you find that you are always tired, both mentally and physically, you may need to detox (this indicator can be indicative of other problems as well). A body that regularly dispels toxins feels renewed and refreshed each day. Constant fatigue is not our natural state of functioning and indicates that our body is working over-time with some internal issues that may not be as obvious, especially if fatigue is chronic. Oftentimes, in an effort to remedy exhaustion, we reach for carbohydrate laded foods to give us a “rush,” only to come crashing back down later (huge negative impact on our blood-sugar system). If you find that you are constantly tired, even after getting sufficient rest, in need of copious amounts of caffeine, and can’t find the energy to move your body on most days, you may need to reset.

Constant fatigue can also be an indicator of mental exhaustion and the affects on the body with chronic mental fatigue are real. Detoxing your body can also mean taking inventory of where you are mentally with respect to what you encounter daily and may give you insight regarding what may be causing constant fatigue.

3. You’re not having regular bowel movements.

Nobody wants to talk about it, but daily voiding of waste is normal! A properly functioning toxin removal system allows for for the passage of waste an a daily basis (upwards of 2-3 times daily).

If you find that you are not having regular bowel movements, you are putting yourself at risk for disease. Think about it: you eat tons of food daily. To some degree (with some people at a higher rate than others), we consume/ingest a certain amount of toxins in our foods, beverages and products that we come in contact with. Our digestive tract is one waste removal system that allows the most obvious passage of the waste and toxic by-products from our body. If we are not “taking out the trash” daily, we are housing it with our body. Once it has remained in our body for a period of time without removal, our body will re-absorb it back into our blood-stream and we are back to square one (increased fat storage due to increased toxins). To constantly remove bodily waste is to ensure the health of our entire body. Click To Tweet

4. You have brain fog.

If you find that you are constantly forgetful,  you have difficulty with focusing on tasks,  or you feel like you are always in a “fog,” these may be  signs that you need to detox.

It all comes back to the health of our digestive system. An enormous amount of our brain “bugs” (neurotransmitters) are reported to live within our gut (called our microbiome). When our gut is not healthy, our brain suffers. Our neurotransmitters control certain processes in our body that allow proper function of mood, mental energy (our brains require a specific amount of energy to function),  and regulation of the rest of our body! If we have a body that is toxin-filled, our brains ability to function in it natural capacity are greatly impaired.

Our brain is arguably the most important organ within our body. It is the control center of our temple. It is responsible for automatic communication of every, single process that occurs in our body. If we don’t ensure the health of our brain, we put our entire body at risk for malfunction. The “brain fog” is just the start (remember our bodies work to get our attention in subtle ways). Allowing the clear and regular passage of toxins from our body helps to reduce the impact of these toxins affecting our mental capacity (this has a huge impact on our habits and mindset indirectly).

 

5. You’re constantly getting sick.

A toxic body will have great difficulty fighting pathogens (germs within our body that can be harmful). When we are debilitated due to lack of steady removal of toxins, our immune system is tired. It is working overtime (or the efficiency is greatly decreased) with the constant stream of toxins that are within, that when we are exposed to viruses or germs, we aren’t able to fight it off! If you find that you are chronically sick (or having allergies that constantly flare-up), you need to clean house.

We come into contact with tons of germs and viruses each day. And a normally functioning body can fight these off without much difficulty. But when we are repeat offenders of the unintentional introduction of toxins and continued exposure to waste by-products in our body, our defenses are useless. If we don’t support our body in its daily fight, we will eventually suffer more than a cold! Remember, illness is a sign that our bodies are aware and working to fight the harmful products in our bodies. If all we do to remedy this is push down our symptoms with cold poisons  medicine, we are ignoring critical signs that we need to change course and implement some healthier habits.

Some will argue that our body is able to normally detoxify and doesn’t need any added help to facilitate this process. But research shows that a compromised body is not able to carry out normal bodily functions appropriately due to chronic neglect on our behalf (usually not intentional). You may be suffering from one or all of the signs that your body is more toxic than normal, but the good thing is, you can self-correct. Having compromised health is not something that we have to live with. It will require that we get clear about what is going on, being intentional about a specific course of action, and then exercising discipline to carry out these actions. We can’t wish our way to better health. And most of the time, it requires help to gain clarity about where we are so that we know how to move forward in a way that supports a healthy lifestyle!

If you have finally decided that your health needs to become a priority for you, or you are just tired of not feeling and being your absolute best, I encourage you to take advantage of my free 7-Day Detox Challenge! Over a period of just a week, you reset your body to facilitate healthy removal of toxins, lose weight, increase your energy, improve your mood and focus, and start to feel good in your body again! You can expect to lose up to 7lbs within  7 days and start your momentum towards blasting fat and reducing toxins. I challenge you this year and  years going forward to really commit to healthier habits that will in turn lead to an increase in an improved quality of life.

Join the free challenge here!

Happy detoxing!

What does it mean to be WELL?

Living well…what the heck does it mean to live well?

 

Wellness: the current buzzword that you can’t avoid. Everywhere you look, someone is telling you how to improve this or that in the name of wellness!

What I’ve come to learn is that wellness is both subjective and objective. It’s both fluid and static. It can mean one thing to me and another thing to you.

Since you’re here, let me provide some awareness about what wellness means to me. I will break down the 6 areas of wellness I focus and teach others to focus on, what each area is composed of, and a few ways to improve each specific area. Sound good? Great!

What does it mean to be well?

Let’s begin with the definition of wellness (my personal definition): the practice of moving towards a state of self-actualization as we make decisions to become healthier, happier, and purposeful versions of ourselves. Simple enough. Let’s dig into each area.

 

Lifestyle

This area pertains to how you live. What you do (career). The health of your relationships. Our social networks and our philosophy regarding life. It is the area that highlights the “visual” of what our life looks and feels like on a daily basis.

Mental/Psychological

This area pertains to our state of mind. Our patterns of thinking. Our level of mental resiliency. It deals with the mindset and the level of control that we feel we have over our lives.

Emotional

This area pertains to how we feel and our level of awareness of our feelings. This area influences our level of control over our feelings as well as our feelings of connectedness to our environment and others.

Spiritual

This area pertains to the care and management of the human spirit. This area could impact our morals, values, level of spiritual/religious guidance and our understanding of the meaning of our lives.

Physical

This area pertains to the state of our physical health. Our physical health impacts the level of functioning within our body. It deals with the way we provide nutrition to our bodies, the presence (or lack thereof) of disease in our body, our sexual health and the way we use our bodies to live.

Financial

This area pertains to the management of our fiscal resources. Our financial health impacts our ability to tend to our current and ongoing financial obligations as well as our ability to sustain financial emergencies or setbacks. It deals with how prepared, or not, we are to take care of our needs as well as have the opportunity to make choices that allow us to enjoy life.

Why is this even important?

If you find value in self-improvement like I do, taking steps to improve your state of wellness can have multitudinous effects, the most important being improving the quality of your life. An improved quality of life helps you live fully as I believe we were intended to live and ultimately created for. Awareness of each individual area allows us to assess where, and if, we need to make changes to improve. Additionally, all areas of wellness interact with one another, so changes in one area inevitably elicit changes among the other areas.

A few ways we can improve

As mentioned above, taking steps to improve your state of wellness can positively improve the quality of your life. Making the decision to improve is one that does not need to be complicated! I know with everything that we deal with these days, adding more to the plate could sound a bit overwhelming. It can be as simple as committing to 1-2 actions that may have the greatest impact across multiple areas. Start small–pick one action that you can realistically commit to and make that a habit before make any additional changes. The goal is to start where you are and improve from there. Listed below are several actionable items in each area that can help get you started!

Lifestyle Wellness

  • Making time for the things that get you excited.
  • Network within your professional organization by attending events and/or conferences to expand your reach.
  • Make plans with friend you haven’t seen in awhile.
  • Shut down the amount of time you engage on social media–engage face to face!
  • Seek out and engage in healthy, positive relationships, both platonic and romantic.

 

Mental/Psychological Wellness

  • Learn time-management skills. Make a schedule you can stick to for classes, studying, work, exercise, running errands, appointments and all other things that you do.
  • Challenge yourself to try something new.
  • Seek out and read a book on a topic that interests you, just for fun!
  • Learn to prioritize the tasks that are necessary and pertinent to make sure you are hitting on the things that need to be addressed first.
  • Play games (word games, critical thinking, etc.,) that stimulate you mentally

Emotional

  • Set limits, boundaries and know what you are able to handle at any given time. Say “NO” when necessary and stand behind it.
  • Realize that you cannot do everything, all the time. Prioritize what’s most important in the present moment.
  • Practice positive self-talk and give yourself a break. Watch the language that you use and be kind towards yourself.
  • Find a healthy way to manage stress. Stress is inevitable, but don’t wait until it reaches critical mass before you intervene.
  • Seek out and get help from a counselor or therapist if you feel overwhelmed with your emotions and/or your ability to cope with them. Don’t allow continuous ill feelings to fester.

Spiritual

  • Meditate, engage in prayer, or any spiritual practice that you find helps you become more grounded.
  • Find a yoga class online or locally to connect with other likeminded spiritual wellness seekers!
  • Practice gratitude. Keep a daily journal and daily list three things that you are grateful.
  • Practice mindfulness. Make sure you are present when you are in different spaces with people, even yourself. Make a concerted effort to focus on what is happening now.
  • Give your time to a worthy cause by giving back to those less fortunate.

Physical

  • Engage in fun, purposeful movement to get some sweat going! Join a gym, attend a class, or find a video online to help you get moving.
  • Try to cook a new healthy recipe that you haven’t tried before! Use vegetables that you may be unfamiliar with.
  • Practice mindfulness while eating. Eat slowly, and pay attention to how your body feels as you eat.
  • Take time daily to stretch! Long, strong muscles help you with fluid movement, flexibility and keeps you from feeling stiff and rigid.
  • Get your rest. We often have too many tasks that we put on our plate daily, but without sound rest, we can’t even begin to handle the tasks at our fullest capacity without nightly rejuvenation.

Financial

  • Develop a budget and stick to it! It may be challenging at first, but once you see where your money goes each month, you are better able to make adjustments that are consistent with your financial goals.
  • Visit financial websites to assist with a variety of financial concerns, tips, services:

www.thebudgetnista.com

www.livericheracademy.com

www.daveramsey.com

www.darrellclaytor.com

 

  • Put your savings on auto-draft. Don’t give yourself a chance to spend money you should be saving. Start small (5%) and eventually increase the amount that you are able to save as you improve your financial wellness.
  • Downsize and reduce accumulation of materials things that are not necessary. Identify what your “needs” are versus your “wants.” Be clear of what falls into each of these categories.
  • To curb impulse purchases, give yourself time to decide if it’s something that you really need or want. If 1-2 days later you feel that the purchase is a worthy one, feel confident in your decision.

 

What we should always be mindful of is that living well is something that we practice forever! Wellness is not a place or destination to arrive at, it’s a journey as well as a practice to implement for the length of our days. Our wellness journey is ours and ours only and should not be compared to others. Our situations will affect us and be unique to us, as we are individually different! Focus on the areas that may have the greatest impact, take action in these areas, and then continue to work on other areas as progress is made. There is no such thing as perfection when it comes to wellness, so do not set your sights on this un-achievable goal. Take intentional action and begin to improve the quality of your life, one day at a time!