By Carla Oates
Every day, your body is exposed to a vast array of chemicals, pollutants and pesticides—be it through the foods you eat, the air you breathe (sorry, city dwellers!) or the household cleaning products you reach for. And while there’s plenty you can do to reduce your toxic load, some of this exposure is simply unavoidable. It’s essential, therefore, to support your detoxification organs—namely your liver, lungs, kidneys, gut and skin—to ensure that your body is excreting chemicals, hormones, toxins, pathogens and allergenic food substances (like salicylates, histamines, amines, sulphites and glutamates) as efficiently as possible.
But how do you know if your body is struggling to detoxify? And what can you do to support the elimination process? Below, we uncover five common signs to look out for if your body needs a cleanse…
You’re Dealing with Elimination Frustration
The occasional bout of tummy upset is nothing to worry about, but if you regularly experience ongoing constipation, this could indicate that something is off balance. As one of your body’s main elimination organs, your liver sends processed chemicals to your bowels to be excreted, but if your bowels aren’t moving properly, your body will struggle to eliminate them.
You’re Fatigued Or Listless
Your liver is in charge of neutralising wastes and toxins, but when it becomes overburdened, fatigue is a common symptom. As the body faces an ever-increasing build-up of harmful substances, it can struggle to devote enough energy to other important bodily functions, leaving you feeling tired and lethargic.
You're Dealing with Dysbiosis
Certain types of gut bacteria are responsible for metabolising and neutralising chemicals and excreting heavy metals from your system, but if your gut is in a state of dysbiosis (meaning the hardworking community of microbes residing in your microbiome is out of balance) it’s possible that it’s underperforming on its duties. Signs of an imbalanced gut include everything from bloating, fatigue and reflux to headaches, allergies and skin conditions.
Your Complexion isn’t Cutting It
The state of your skin is a good indicator of what’s going on inside your body. If your liver is struggling to eliminate waste and toxins, your skin will attempt to pick up the slack by pushing waste and toxins out through your skin cells, but if your bowels aren’t moving properly (as a result of an unhappy gut), toxins may be retained in your body systems—including the lymphatics, which sit just under the surface of your skin. When this happens, your skin attempts to pick up the slack by eliminating waste through your skin cells. And while you can slather on any number of topical lotions, the best way to clear your complexion and take the burden off your skin is by supporting your body’s internal elimination organs.
You Have a Metallic Taste in Your Mouth
Fish can be delicious, nutritious and convenient, but many varieties are also high in mercury, which can leave a metallic taste in the mouth. Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that accumulates in the body and can lead to long-term health problems. To avoid heavy metal build-up, be sure to consume fish that is both low in mercury and sustainably sourced.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you don’t need to lock yourself away in a toxin-free room to find relief! Fortunately, you can support your body’s natural detoxification channels by making a few simple lifestyle swaps in order to reduce your toxic load.
Double down on your diet by minimising alcohol and caffeine, while also avoiding common allergens and gut irritants like wheat and dairy. Steer clear of inflammatory foods like refined vegetable oils and sugar and opt for produce that’s organic or pesticide-free. And of course, apply the same principles to any cleaning or beauty products you buy to ensure you’re not undoing all of your hard work.
Lastly, give your body a helping hand with a daily dose of CLEANSE Inner Beauty Support, which has been consciously created to support your body’s natural detoxification process and promote a healthy, happy gut. With fibre from green banana starch and Jerusalem artichoke, choline to aid liver function and fat metabolism, as well as enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics for a healthy belly, our bio-fermented super-greens powder is a powerful and potent way to eliminate, purify and realign.
Keen to embark on a committed cleanse? Download a free copy of our 14-Day Cleanse Program e-Book. And remember, we always recommend checking in with your chosen healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing unpleasant symptoms or feeling unwell.