Is this you? You struggle to get out of bed in the morning because you still feel fatigued even though you just had 8 hours of sleep. You move lethargically through the day feeling like your brain is in a fog and it’s beginning to effect your work and/or relationships. People don’t stand close to you because you suffer from embarrassing strong body odor or bad breath. You have skin issues or acne that just won’t clear up. You alternate between chronic constipation and diarrhea. If you identify with one or more of these symptoms, and these are just a few of the possibilities, chances are you might be suffering from toxic overload! What’s toxic overload got to do with it? Our bodies are remarkably designed. We have our own amazing built-in detox system that works to remove toxins from our bodies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This detox system is composed of our large intestine, the liver, the kidneys, the lungs, the lymphatic system and the largest detox organ of all – the skin. They are all constantly working to rid our bodies of waste so that we can maintain abundant energy and good health. You may wonder, “If I have such a remarkable built-in detoxification system that is constantly working how could I possibly have toxic overload?” The answer is simple. If you live on planet Earth you are constantly being bombarded by toxins more than ever before and from every direction! These toxins can effect our health and are everywhere – in the air we breathe, the water we drink, common household products and cleaners, the food we eat, the medications we use, even skin care, makeup, perfumes, and hair products. So what do we do if we are in toxic overload? The answer is quite simple – DETOX. That’s right! You heard me correctly – D.E.T.O.X. “So what exactly is a detox?”, you may ask. According to Dr. Edward Group of the Global Healing Center, “A detox is a process in which a person makes lifestyle changes to clear their body of toxins. These lifestyle changes typically involve abstaining from certain harmful things and optimizing body processes. Some changes are temporary, such as following a cleansing diet, others are permanent.” In the coming days we will be exploring more about toxins – possible sources and how they impact our health – and toxic overload – signs and symptoms, ways to prevent it, ways to minimize it if you are already suffering from it, as well as things you can do to naturally of rid yourself of toxic overload. We will also be sharing favorite recipes, tips, and tools to aid you in overcoming toxic overload and regaining vibrant energy. Until next time – Be well and blessed!