If you’ve been feeling tired, cranky, or can’t explain your recent weight gain, these could all be signs you need a detox. Detoxing is a powerful tool to help reboot your system and when done the right way, they can be a safe and healthy way to boost any weight loss or healthy program. Many of the chronic systems you suffer from, like fatigue and joint pain, are actually signs you need a detox. Keep reading to figure out if any of your latest symptoms, like a lack of energy or food cravings, could be alleviated by a simple detox.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms plaguing women—and also one of the classic signs you need a detox. Regardless of if you stayed up late for a work project, partied all night with the girls, or had to take care of a sick child, chronic fatigue is not something that should be overlooked. Sure, many people are chronically sleep deprived. But if you’re sleeping enough and still feel tired all the time, a detox could be just what you need. As always, check with a medical professional to make sure there’s no underlying cause of your fatigue. But for many people, fatigue is a sign that their system has been bogged down by all the processed food and synthetic additives they’ve been ingesting.
2. Brain Fog
Ever experience a day where no matter what you do, you can’t seem to concentrate? Brain fog can be another sign that it’s time for a detox. We’re only learning now that many neurological disorders can actually be linked to the food we eat and a lack of nutrition. Detoxing is one way to get the bad out of our bodies and replace it with good, wholesome food.
3. Mood Swings
Stop blaming your mood swings on PMS! If you’re experiencing mood swings frequently, a detox could definitely set you straight. Often poor diets and food intolerances can affect not only our bodies, but also our minds. A simple lactose intolerance may not affect your gut too much, but it could explain your rapid mood swings. If you’ve tried other methods for controlling your mood swings and haven’t found a solution, see if altering your diet could be the culprit. Some of the most common mood swing inducing foods are junk/processed foods, animal products like meat and dairy, grains (even gluten-free grains), and certain nuts and seeds. Most detoxes eliminate all or a majority of these foods, which could help you feel better in the long run.
4. Food Cravings
Food cravings, especially for rich, carbohydrate-dense foods, are another sign you need a detox. When your gut and its healthy bacteria are out of whack, the body might send signals for all sorts of obscure food cravings, usually for junk and/or processed food. A detox can help ease the withdrawal symptoms you’re feeling. Sure, things might get a little worse before they get better. But in the end you’ll feel much better when you’re food craving-free!
5. Upset Stomach
Are you constantly suffering from bouts of diarrhea or constipation? Chronic stomach pains like IBS are one of the most common reasons people visit their doctors—and yet doctors don’t really know how to treat these patients in the long run. Go to the source of your problems by examining your diet. A detox could help you determine which foods gives you problems and help you eliminate them altogether.
6. Joint Pain
Did you know that joint pain is another common symptom of Celiac disease (i.e. gluten allergy)? Problems with your diet can manifest themselves in all sorts of ways, and joint pain is definitely on that list. Detoxing for a week or so might help alleviate your symptoms or give you better insight about your symptoms.
7. Chronic Headaches
If you experience chronic headaches, this could be a sign you need to embark on a detox. It’s not normal to always be in pain! Chronic headaches have been linked to excess caffeine consumption, and most detoxes can help you kick or reduce your caffeine habit. Try a detox and see if your headaches become less frequent.
Done safely, detoxing can be a wonderful aid to fixing all sorts of chronic health problems that medical professionals can’t seem to explain. As long as you don’t have any underlying health problems, detoxing for short periods of time can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Have your chronic aches and pains improved after a detox?