Detox for Energy: 5 Reasons Detoxing Boosts Your Energy
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Every day you are exposed to industrial chemicals, heavy metals, and other dangerous substances through the air, food, water, and your physical surroundings.
When your detoxification systems can’t keep up with the demands of the increasingly pollutants in the environment, toxins can accumulate within your body. A high “toxic burden” can deplete your energy and leave you vulnerable to disease.
According to the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people have an average of 500 environmental chemicals in their bodies.
Luckily, there are many ways you can support your body’s detoxification systems--the liver, kidneys, and digestive system, for example--to optimize detoxification and reduce your toxic burden.
When you detoxify better, one of the first things you might notice is that you have more energy. Here are 5 reasons why your detox program will make you feel more awake throughout the day:
1. Better Sleep.
Better sleep = better energy.
But you probably already knew that.
And, let’s face it, life is busier than ever. There are so many things that demand your attention and possibly prevent you from getting seven to nine hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep every night: children, work, relationships, household chores, Game of Thrones--you get the idea. It all puts a drain on your overall well-being.
What you may not realize is that a high toxic burden, especially from heavy metals like mercury and lead, can lead to restlessness and sleep disturbance. As if you needed another thing getting in the way of your Zzz’s.
See, metals and other environmental toxins like air pollution and electromagnetic frequency (EMF), can interfere with your body’s circadian rhythms. These are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle and either directly or indirectly affect your energy levels. Circadian rhythms include the sleep-wake cycle, eating habits and digestion, hormones, and other important bodily functions that can impact sleep quality and energy.
Irregular circadian rhythms can contribute, not only to sleep disorders and poor sleep quality, but also to many chronic diseases. When you support your body’s detoxifying processes, you reduce disruption to your circadian rhythms, thus improving your sleep quality and energy.
A heavy metal test is a great way to see if heavy metals might be interfering with your sleep (and likely contributing to other health problems). Knowing these levels can help you and your medical professional develop a personalized detox diet optimization plan.
2. Improved Digestion.
Digestion literally converts food into energy. So, naturally, if this process isn’t optimal, neither is your energy.
Antibiotics, pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals have been shown to alter the composition of gut microbial populations. In other words, these toxins cause imbalances in the healthy bacteria that reside in your digestive tract and play a critical in digestion, immunity, and disease prevention within your overall health.
An imbalanced microbiome can lead to leaky gut, a condition in which your intestinal barrier becomes compromised, allowing those toxins and other pathogens to leak into your bloodstream. This can result in chronic inflammation which is another major energy drain.
Most of the body’s serotonin, an energy-influencing hormone, is produced in the stomach lining. Known as one of the “happiness hormones,” higher serotonin levels are associated with a better mood and more energy.
Digestion also happens to be a key detoxification pathway: it extracts essential vitamins and minerals from the food you eat and can remove toxins and waste through stool.
Gut health and detoxification is a two way street-- better gut health a myriad of health benefits from better detoxification and visa versa. And the end result is a healthier microbiome, better digestion, improved serotonin production, all of which equate to more energy. Keep an eye on your dietary trends and see which foods lead to bloating, constipation and other problems to ensure you are digesting food properly.
3. Enhanced Immunity and Decreased Inflammation.
Immunity and inflammation go hand in hand because inflammation is actually an immune response.
Despite its bad reputation, inflammation is actually a good thing--acute inflammation, anyway. This is how the immune system heals injuries and protects you against pathogens that can make you sick.
Chronic inflammation is a different story altogether.
This happens when the immune system is working on overdrive, mounting constant attacks to perceived threats, like toxins. Chronic inflammation is associated with energy problems and, even worse, with the development of most serious illnesses like cancer, autoimmunity, and heart disease.
When you reduce the toxic burden and toxic chemicals that can put your immune system into overdrive, you also reduce the level of chronic inflammation in your body, leaving you to enjoy enhanced energy and vitality.
4. More Cellular Energy.
Have you heard of Mitochondria? They are the “energy powerhouses” of your cells. Through a process called cellular respiration, these tiny organelles convert nutrients into ATP, which is the energy source that powers your cells.
Unfortunately, mitochondria are extremely sensitive to oxidative stress and can easily become damaged. And a major source of oxidative stress is, you guessed it, toxins.
Mitochondrial damage drains your energy, at a cellular level.
A powerful way to support your detoxification processes--and thus combat oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage--is by increasing your antioxidant intake.
Glutathione, “the mother of all antioxidants,” is a game changer in detoxification. Not only does it bind to toxins and carry them out of your body, it also recycles other antioxidants and boosts immune function.
When you improve your body’s ability to eliminate toxins, you help to prevent or repair mitochondrial dysfunction. And healthier mitochondria means more energy for your cells, and for you.
5. Balanced Hormones.
Your hormones are essential to energy production and regulation.
There is a unique class of toxins called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) that wreak havoc on hormone levels. They include substances like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, bisphenol A (BPA), and dioxin and are found in everyday products like detergent, cosmetics, plastics, and flame retardants.
EDC do as their name suggests; they disrupt your endocrine system. The endocrine system is a network of glands and organs that produce, store, and secrete your hormones.
Hormones (sex hormones, DHEA, thyroid hormones, cortisol, and insulin) act as signals in your body, regulating your mood, energy, and almost every bodily function such as weight gain and weight loss. EDC can mimic, block, stimulate, or otherwise disrupt these hormones.
Your thyroid gland, a key regulator of metabolism and energy, is especially vulnerable to the effects of EDC.
Eliminating hormone-disrupting toxins from your body gives your endocrine system a chance to reset and rebalance the hormone levels in your body, improving your energy and overall physical and emotional health.