Let’s face it: Without being too dramatic about it – we live in a pretty toxic world. We consume toxins in our food, in our workplace, in our environment…even our thoughts can be toxic!
All this toxicity can be hard on our body and mind and sometimes the accumulation of toxins is so gradual that we hardly even notice. Feeling a little bit (or a lot) horrible every day becomes our new normal.
That’s why it’s a good idea to take time out of our regular routine every now and then to allow our digestive system some time to rest and for our bodies to undergo a little cleaning and fine-tuning. The change of season is a great time to do this and I will usually schedule in 2-3 cleanses each year to coincide with Spring, Fall and the New Year.
So, do you need to detox? This informal quiz will help you get a sense of whether your body may be functioning a bit less than optimally these days. And for many of us, that’s putting it mildly!
**The Detox Quiz is not intended to diagnose any disease or illness, nor is it meant to replace any advice that you may have received from your doctor or other health professional. **
My intention with this quiz and always, is to help you become more conscious about your overall health and wellness and to highlight how, before any disease sets in, you may experience any number of symptoms. By better supporting your body in a more preventative way and addressing any symptoms as they arise, my hope is that you can enjoy lasting good health and avoid many of the diet-related diseases which affect so many people these days.
~ Detox Quiz ~
#1. Are you tired a lot of the time? (Especially early-morning and/or mid-afternoon?)
#2. Do you lack concentration or find it difficult to stay focused?
#3. Do you get sick frequently (i.e. common cold or flu)?
#4. Do you have bad breath?
#5. Do you often feel congested?
#6. Do you often experience bloating, gas or indigestion after meals?
#7. Do you have less than one bowel movement a day?
#8. Do you have dark circles under your eyes?
#9. Do you have allergies or food sensitivities?
#10. Do you have skin problems (acne, eczema or psoriasis)?
#11. Do you drink less than 5 glasses of water daily?
#12. Do you crave lots of salty or sugary foods?
#13. Do you sleep poorly (difficulty falling asleep or waking up at night)?
#14. Do you have frequent mood swings or lack patience?
I’m going to suggest we look at the Detox Quiz Results from two perspectives – mine and yours. As with everything in life, there are usually no black & white answers. But my feeling is that everyone can benefit from eating more healthily and making a conscious effort to reduce toxic overload on a regular basis. It only makes sense that this will help your body to better maintain overall health & wellness.
So, in terms of the Detox Quiz Results, here’s my take on things:
So, could YOU benefit from a short detox? I’ll leave that for you to answer and that’s where the second perspective comes in when it comes to analyzing your results.
I’d like to ask you one question: HOW DO YOU FEEL?
That’s the most important question for you to ask yourself and I really encourage you to check in with yourself on a regular basis because your body will give you clues when it’s not doing great but sometimes those clues can be subtle and easy to ignore at first. Perhaps joint pain has set in – mild at first but getting worse. Or instead you get a headache every now and then but over time they become more frequent. Or maybe you feel tired and impatient and lose your temper more often than you’d like. For each person the symptoms can be very different.
The important thing is to catch your symptoms before they turn into disease!
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Who Shouldn't Detox? Anyone suffering from, or diagnosed with the following should not consider detoxing until their conditions are addressed: chronic fatigue, low immunity, heart problems, low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, cancer, peptic ulcers, diabetes / hypoglycaemia. Also, women should never detox during pregnancy or while nursing.
If you’d like to chat more about whether a detox is right for you, please contact me.
Jennifer Levitan, C.H.N.C. is a Northern Ontario based Holistic Nutritional Consultant specializing in a simplified approach to healthy eating. With a focus on delicious, whole, local and sustainable foods, Jennifer empowers her clients to make practical nutrition choices for optimal health and a life of JoyFull Eating!