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7 Signs Your Body Needs A Cleanse

Our bodies work daily to process and expel harmful substances and toxic waste – but sometimes they need a helping hand! Thankfully, our bodies clearly communicate when they might be in need of a cleanse, so here are seven signs where that might be the case…

As we are constantly surrounded by chemicals and pesticides, it can be all too easy for the body to experience a toxin overload – especially when combined with a poor diet, lack of exercise, and further chemical exposure through things such as chemical-laden beauty goods and harmful household cleaning products. As a result, the body can sometimes struggle to effectively eliminate these substances and over time, this can lead to a myriad of unpleasant symptoms and even contribute to long-term health problems. 

If any of the following symptoms sound far too familiar, your body might be telling you that it’s time for a little spring cleaning. 

1. Digestive Issues

If you constantly feel bloated, gassy, or nauseous after eating, it
could be a sign that your gut is out of balance. Potential causes could
be a bacterial imbalance of the gut, food allergies or intolerances,
chronic stress, a leaky gut, constipation, diarrhea, or even IBS.
Substances such as antibiotics, alcohol, processed
foods, medication, and environmental toxins can cause damage or
inflammation to the gut lining resulting in an imbalance of bad bacteria
or candida overgrowth. This causes fermentation to occur and may affect
the transit time of removing waste products via the bowel. Cleansing
your body and your gut specifically will help to wipe out the bad
bacteria, repair your gut lining and reduce bloating and associated
digestive complaints, like reflux or constipation, leaving you that good
gut feeling!


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2. Fatigue

Do you struggle to get up in the mornings, or find that your energy
dwindles throughout the day no matter how much sleep you’ve had?
Tiredness or fatigue could be a sign that your body systems
aren’t functioning optimally. Your liver is in charge
of neutralizing wastes and plays a major role in the conversion of
dietary carbohydrates into energy production. When the liver is sluggish
and overburdened with toxins, fatigue can be a common by-product,
causing energy levels to slow down. Equally, poor gut health can cause
fatigue as a result of lowered nutrient absorption (which can lead to
nutrient deficiencies) and toxic build-up causing damage to the cells of
the body and affecting energy production within the mitochondria (think
of these as energy warehouses of cells). A Cleanse will help to flush
out the toxins and reset your system, giving you the energy boost you

3. Poor Immune System

Are you that one unlucky person who always seems to have a cold? If so,
it could be that your gut microbiome is out of whack - 70% of the immune
system lies in the digestive tract, so your immune health is heavily
reliant on your inner ecosystem being in tip-top shape! Your gut
microbiome is essentially a city of thriving probiotic bacteria
that helps strengthen your immune system and stop bad bacteria from
taking control...Yikes! Doing a Cleanse will help to wipe out the bad
bacteria, support good bacteria, reduce inflammation and acidity in your
body, boost your antioxidant profile, plus improve your overall immune
system – perfect for those winter months!


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4. Body Odor

Let’s face it, having bad
body odor is as embarrassing as it is unpleasant. Whilst perspiring is
normal, bad breath and noticeably bad B.O. are often signs that your
body is struggling to expel toxins. The skin is the largest organ and is
used to push-out toxins from the body in the form of sweat. The more
toxic build-up you have in your body, the more toxins that
need removing and the more prone you are to get body odor. As they say,
you are what you eat – if your balance is off, your sweat
will indicate this. If you’re eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising
regularly, and generally non-toxic, your sweat shouldn’t really have a
pungent smell. Constipation can also lead to B.O. This is due to the
fact that the waste matter is sitting in the colon for too long, and the
walls of the bowel start to reabsorb the toxins into your bloodstream.
Doing a Cleanse will help to get your bowels moving, improve your liver
detoxification pathways and decrease the likelihood of embarrassing

5. Weight

If you’ve noticed the pounds piling on despite your best efforts to
shake them, you could be a classic case of someone in need of a detox!
Fighting an uphill battle when it comes to weight loss could be due to
the high level of toxins in your body, which are preventing you from
losing those extra pounds. Your liver is the major fat-burning organ
within your body. When your liver is overloaded with an abundance of
toxins it can become inflamed, damaged and fatty – meaning it won’t work
efficiently to remove fat but instead will start to store them - Yikes!
It’s a slippery slope from there, further increasing the risk of a
fatty liver and high cholesterol levels. Doing a cleanse will help
re-boost your system whilst supporting and strengthening your liver
function to optimize fat burning. 


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6. Problematic Skin

The state of the skin is often a good indication of what is going on
inside the body. If you tend to have regular breakouts, inflammation,
rashes, or suffer from eczema or rosacea you could be in major need of a
cleanse. The skin is one of three channels that your liver uses to get
rid of toxins from the body, with toxic build-up often appearing on the
skin first, you’ll know pretty quickly that something is off! “When your
digestion is out of balance, whether the cause is stress, poor diet, or
a lack of sleep the gut becomes overrun with bad bacteria which can
lead to skin-aggravating inflammation”, says Roshini Rajapaksa MD, a
board-certified gastroenterologist and co-founder of TULA Skincare.
Repairing the gut and restoring liver function through a daily probiotic
can really help improve your skin’s health and restoring its natural
barrier, leaving you with clear skin and a gorgeous glow! 

7. Brain Fog

Unexplained headaches, migraines, or
even that ‘brain fog’ can be a sign that you are in need of a cleanse,
as this can sometimes be caused by an overload of toxins in the body
which messes with our gut-brain connection. The gut contains millions of
nerve cells, which secrete brain chemicals like serotonin – meaning
your gut flora can affect your mental health. Candida overgrowth in the
gut can lead to brain fog as it ferments the undigested food in the
digestive tract and actually produces alcohol – yep, it makes you a
little drunk! It is also a sign that your liver is not functioning
effectively. Your liver is the major blood cleanser, removing toxins
from your bloodstream. If your liver is not working efficiently, more
toxins will float around in your bloodstream and can affect your brain
function. A cleanse can give your liver a kick-start and remove the
candida overgrowth in your gut so you feel brighter and more refreshed!