We all go through phases where we’ve gained some extra weight or don't feel our best, but what happens when these issues linger for years? A detox may be the best option to help you meet your health and fitness goals.

If you’re ready to make a change and turn your health around, here are five signs that your body is ready for a detox.

Your Cravings Are Overwhelming

Many of the processed foods and unhealthy ingredients we consume on a daily basis are quite addictive. Much like nicotine, your body can become addicted to processed sugar, flour, and a number of other unhealthy ingredients. Cutting sugar from your diet is not easy—there will be some withdrawal with can leave you feeling restless, irritable, and stressed—but if you can pull this off, the health benefits will make the whole process worth it. By omitting sugar (or at least limiting your intake) you will find your memory will improve, lose weight, clearer skin, and boost your cardiovascular health.

Chronic Fatigue

Feeling sluggish when you first wake up is completely normal, but many people struggle with chronic fatigue throughout the day. Instead of reaching for a strong cup of coffee or energy drink, you might want to consider flushing out your system with a detox. In most cases, people who suffer from chronic fatigue have too many heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and other environmental chemicals in their body. To help combat this and eliminate these toxins from your body, a detox is an excellent way to help your body restore itself.

Difficulty Losing Weight

Many people decide to detox to help them lose those extra pounds. For those who have tried multiple diets and exercise programs with no success, it might be time to accept the fact that you are fighting an uphill battle. Maintaining a caloric deficit is the only way to lose weight, but a healthy body burns calories and stores energy much differently than a body that is filled with toxins. Many of the items in your current diet could be slowing your metabolism and creating unbearable cravings. A detox is specifically designed to eradicate these cravings, speed up your metabolism, and flush out your digestive system.

Unusual Food Allergies

A healthy digestive system has a balance of good bacteria which allows your body to efficiently break down food. When your digestive system is filled with toxins, it will disrupt the good bacteria and cause issues such as inflammation. Over time, this process will trick your body into creating allergic reactions to foods you’re not actually allergic to. Anyone who has severe allergies can use a detox to wipe the slate clean and get a better idea of what they are really allergic to. Once the detox is over, they can then slowly reintroduce specific foods to see which they have a problem with.

You Have Never Detoxed Before

Many of us have never set aside a week or two for our own personal health, and this means you might not realize just how good it feels to be at your healthiest. A detox can be a quick and effective way to put you on the right dietary track. When combined with a little exercise and good sleeping habits, a detox could turn your life around. Some of the discomforts you’ve experienced for years might disappear in as little as ten days with the proper diet plan. This includes issues such as joint pain, insomnia, mood swings, constipation, and even depression.

When you eat clean and exercise regularly, it shows. A clean diet is the foundation of good health, and a detox could be a great way to get you back on the right track. Remember, before beginning any detox diet, talk with your doctor, nutritionist, or health professional to help you decide which detox would benefit you the most.

About the Author: Emma is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. She is passionate about health, yoga, and all things related to wellness.

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Comment by Emma Sturgis on May 11, 2016 at 12:04pm

Added--thanks for letting me know, Lisa :)

Comment by Lisa Shaw on May 11, 2016 at 11:33am

Hi, Emma. I love the article and want to send it forward to the publishers, but I need you to add a brief bio at the end.  Thanks.

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