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Lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, chorine, fluoride, cyanide, formaldehyde, pesticides, steroids, anti-biotics, copper, mercury, ethanol, triclosan and dioxins. These are just a few of the toxins you could be exposed to on a daily basis.

Toxins are found in the household chemicals used to clean your home, exhaust from the car you drive, pollution in the environment and even in the food and drink you consume. They are everywhere and it would be nearly impossible to avoid toxins.

All these toxins affect your immune system. With a weakened immune system, you will find it hard to fight off infections. You may notice yourself “catching the colds and flu” that go around. You may even acquire a more serious illness.

There are specific signs that may signal your body has high levels of toxins.

Signs of Toxicity

The symptoms associated with toxins in your body are very noticeable. They may come and go, or they may be persistent and cause you pain on a regular basis.

If you feel tired often, this could be a sign of toxins. They are commonly connected to fatigue and an overall sluggishness. Another sign is headaches. It is a good idea to begin documenting how often you have a headache and the intensity.

Joint pain, digestive problems, and skin irritations such as rashes or hives can also be indicators you have a buildup of toxins. Furthermore, toxins can cause serious mental health issues. Both depression and anxiety are linked to toxicity.

To avoid the damage toxins can cause, it is extremely important you take actions that will help support a healthy immune system.

One way to do this is to detox and cleanse your system.

What Are Detoxes and Cleanses?

When toxins enter your body, they are not automatically flushed out of your system like the digestion process. Unfortunately, toxins can build up in your system and can remain for long periods.

Participating in detoxes and cleanses are essential for preventing illness, maintaining longevity, reversing any negative effects caused by toxins, and helping you feel healthy so you can live life to your fullest.

Detoxes and cleanses are very similar and when combined, promote overall wellness. To cleanse means to clean. You are cleaning your system from all the bad things that are stuck inside.

To detox means to aid your body in its natural style of processing out toxins. Because toxins can hinder the body’s abilities, it sometimes needs help. Detoxes and cleanses are the way to do this. They are strong enough to eliminate toxins but gentle enough to allow your body to gain strength so once the detox is done, it can continue the process on its own.

This means your body can use the benefits of a detox and cleanse to further support a healthy immune system. Keep reading to find out how.

Digestion Controls Your Immune System

Your digestion system, when functioning properly, breaks down food into nutrients, which are sent to all parts of the body. Nutrients such as carbohydrates, amino acids, fats and vitamins.

These nutrients help provide your body in repairing damaged cells, growth, energy.  The only way to get the nutrients is by eating food.

If these nutrients cannot reach all parts of your body, then the parts quit working properly. This means your immune system cannot function properly to protect you from negative elements.

Many foods we eat contain toxins, so one of the first steps is to eliminate the remnants of contaminated foods. These typically include heavily processed foods.

Improves Metabolism

Your metabolism is related to how well your immune system reacts to diseases that can become chronic and even fatal. Examples are obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues.

Metabolism is the way your body regulates and manages energy. A strong immune system requires energy.

Detoxes and cleanses rid your body of excess toxins that tend to slow metabolism and cause symptoms such as excess fat around the waist, fatigue, frequent urination, excessive thirst, and high blood sugar. Any or all of these can be dangerous to the immune system and overall health.

Balances Hormones

Your body relies on the thyroid, your adrenal glands, and hormones such as testosterone, progesterone and estrogen, to stimulate immune functions. If these hormones are imbalanced, either too high or too low, the immune system can malfunction.

Imbalanced hormones can lead to acne, depression, anxiety, poor concentration and memory, fatigue, mood swings and weight gain. All of these are symptoms of an unhealthy immune system caused by hormonal imbalance.

Detoxes and cleanses rid the body of toxins and excess hormones. This allows your body to regain balance of hormones and restore your immune system so it can defend you.

How to Detox and Cleanse

It seems there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of people offering advice on how to complete a detox and cleanse. Trying to figure out which one to do can feel overwhelming and may deter you from reaching your goal.

The solution is to contact a licensed medical professional who specializes in getting the body back to its most natural state, so it can help you maintain quality health on its own, not with prescription medications.

A good doctor will take time to get to know you personally, not just your lab work. He or she will develop a plan of action, which can include lifestyle changes such as your diet. They will also help you get the vitamins and nutrients you can’t get simply through a diet.

To make these changes easier, your doctor should start your treatment with a detox and cleanse that will get rid of toxins and boost your immune system. In just a few days you will notice an improvement in your skin, energy levels, and you may even lose weight.

If you are tired of feeling tired, and sick of feeling sick, it is time to reach out to a healthcare provider who can manage and monitor your detox and cleanse, providing safety and encouragement throughout the process.