Dr. Hyman is well-known for his book “The Blood Sugar Solution.” Below is a portion of his article and in it he discusses symptoms of chronic toxicity, diseases that are linked to toxicity, and the basics of detoxifying. We are exposed to so many toxins every day — whether from pesticides in our foods or environmental factors. Learn more about how toxins could be affecting your health and your energy levels below.
Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Lesson 5: Detoxification
The role of toxins and detoxification in health has been largely ignored by medicine. But thankfully scientists and practitioners are starting to recognize its importance in health. But how do you know if you are toxic?
Many of you probably have symptoms of chronic toxicity that you don’t label as being toxic. Here is a list, and if any of these sound familiar, keep in mind that detoxifying might be critical for you to get healthy and feel good again.
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Sinus congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Excessive sinus problems
- Foul-smelling stools
- Sleep problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Food cravings
- Water retention
- Trouble losing weight
- Skin problems
- Canker sores
- Puffy, dark circles under your eyes
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Other menstrual disorders
- Bad breath
When you hear the word “detox” you might think drug detox or alcohol detox or wheatgrass enemas. That’s not what I am talking about.
I am referring to the science of how our bodies get rid of waste. If waste builds up, we get sick. And the key is to figure out how to enhance our body’s capacity to detoxify and get rid of waste while minimizing our exposure to toxins.
And why is this important?
It’s because many diseases of our society are actually related to toxicity. Here are some of the diseases that are linked to toxicity:
- Heart disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Fibromyalgia syndrome
- Autoimmune diseases
- Food allergies
- Digestive diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcers, colitis, and inflammatory bowel
- Menstrual problems like heavy bleeding, cramps, PMS, menopausal symptoms, mood changes, and hot flashes
It might seem that everyone is toxic. That may be true to differing degrees.
Problems with detoxification is one root of illness. The gut is one of the core systems in the body that must be working well for you to be healthy. If you feel lousy, it’s likely you’re toxic.