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Mandy Kloppers

How Detoxing May Support Your Mental Health

When you have toxic overload in your body all systems suffer, but one area you may not commonly associate with body toxicity is mental health. This article will discuss some main effects of toxic body conditions on mental health in order to help you consider if a detox regimen may be right for you. As with any health or detox program, always consult with a medical professional who can assist you in determining what is right for you.

Hormonal Imbalance

The hormonal system in your body is especially sensitive to toxins. Toxic overload in the body can impair hormonal function and lead to imbalances in hormones. When your hormones are out-of-balance you may experience symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and mood swings. Balanced hormones are key to good mental hygiene. Your doctor may be able to suggest supplements or creams that can help to regulate your hormones, but addressing the underlying toxicity that is causing the imbalance will lead to a long term solution. Detox diets and other detox regimens should help to clear out your system and keep your hormones balanced.


Toxic overload in the body can present some obstacles to body acceptance, making it harder to feel comfortable in our own skin. The body processes toxins out through the liver and kidneys, and in some cases when these cannot effectively clear toxins from the body they are sent out through the skin. Uncomfortable and unsightly rashes and blemishes caused by detoxing through the skin can cause body image issues, which affects mental health. Many people are not aware that such reactions on the skin are often due to the body’s efforts to detoxify itself. Before you spend time, effort, and money on creams and skin treatments, talk with your doctor about how a good detox program might help to clear your skin issue up.


Another self-image related aspect of body toxicity is weight. Often, a body overloaded by toxins will experience impaired metabolic function which can lead to weight gain. Healthy body weight is an obvious factor in maintaining a positive self-image. In the case of toxin-induced weight gain, normal weight loss programs may have little to no effect if body toxicity is not addressed first.


Toxic overload in the body can also often cause brain fog, fatigue, and memory issues. These symptoms can come on rather suddenly in the case of acute toxicity or may endure for longer periods of time with chronic toxic buildup in the body. If you are having trouble concentrating and being productive, a detox program may help.


Suffering from toxin-induced depression is not uncommon, but it can be difficult to recognize. Toxins can cause reduced blood flow to the brain Toxic metals are especially culprit in causing depression symptoms. You can get tested for toxic metals, such as lead, by your doctor or a functional medicine practitioner. Once you have detoxed heavy metals from your body you will be able to more accurately assess if other treatments, including drugs or psychotherapy, are effective in treating your depression.


Related to hormones, toxins disrupting endocrine function can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. Toxins that impair the immune system can also lead to anxiety, as well as depression and even psychosis. Toxic disruption of the gut microbiome also can trigger anxiety. In short, if you are experiencing anxiety, detoxing your body may go a long way in relieving your symptoms. Talk with your doctor, therapist, or a functional medicine specialist about the best detox program for you.


Stress actually releases toxins into the body. High levels of stress can damage critical parts of the brain, like the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory. Eliminating stress toxins from the body is critical for any successful detox, so be sure that lowering stress levels plays a role in your body detoxification plans. Effectively eliminating toxic stress will help all of your body systems to function in a better and healthier manner.


As you can see, mental health may depend a lot more than you ever realized on removing toxins from your body. Because of this, it is always a good idea to consider a detox strategy when you are addressing a mental health issue. While not every mental health issue has body toxicity at its root, it is helpful to rule out the possibility by engaging in a thorough detox.

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