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How Weight Loss Challenges Lead to Toxin Overload

How Weight Loss Challenges Lead to Toxin Overload

Obesity is at an all-time high – varying between 30-40% of adults in the United States being obese. So many people are struggling to feel better in their bodies. They even say they’re “willing to try anything to lose the weight”. As a result, they sign up for these unfounded weight loss challenges. And many of these weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload and prevent fat loss

When it comes to sustainable fat loss, healthy eating and exercise are a necessary part of the equation. If you feel like you’ve tried everything (including healthy eating and exercise) and you’re still at a standstill, I have one question for you… Have you thought about your toxic load? 

In this blog, I’m sharing how weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload and prevent you from sustaining fat loss. 

What is Toxic Load? 

So, what is a toxic load? Toxins are impossible to avoid. They are unnatural chemicals that are everywhere we look. We live in them every day. We wear them in our clothing and in the products we put on our skin. Without realizing it, we even eat these toxins. 

They contaminate water, soil, and even organic farms where we grow food. When we raise animals to eat, we also expose them to toxins and stressful living conditions. This leads to toxins and stress in our bodies when we consume them.  

The seriousness goes even beyond the things we’ve purposefully altered. It is impacting animals in the wild. We damage wild animals with toxins when we feed them by mistake. They rummage through garbage cans to fill up on goodies we leave behind. In the ocean, they fill up on plastic that didn’t make it to the recycling bin. When we study these animals, they are filled with high levels of the same toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis. If we consume these animals, even from the wild, we are still getting exposed.  

Why do I tell you this? I want you to understand that toxins are unavoidable. We all have some amount of toxins in our bodies. This is your toxic load. Now that you know, the best thing to do is lower your exposure to those toxins. 

Why Does Toxin Overload Matter for Weight Loss?  

When toxins are at high levels in your body, they will quickly bring an unwanted plateau in your health. Toxin overload prevents even the most determined person from reaching their desired level of fitness and fat loss.  

 

We try to go on a walk during our lunch break, but have trouble breathing because of unbearable allergies… 

When we finally have a night open to try that ZumbaTM class, we’re  sore for weeks after because our joints can’t keep up with our rhythm…  

We want to make a healthy meal full of whole foods for our families, but we are so tired by 6pm that ordering takeout seems like the only option. 

Many people don’t know that allergies, joint pain, and exhaustion – which already weigh us down everyday – are related to toxin overload. It has been clearly documented in scientific literature that environmental toxins are linked to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADD, diabetes, allergies, and so much more.  

Decreasing toxin exposure is the first step to clearing these all too common set-backs from your path to wellness. What would having that kind of freedom help you achieve? 

If you’re ready to decrease the amount of toxins in your daily life, then let me tell you one of the most important things to avoid: weight loss challenges

How Weight Loss Challenges Lead to Toxin Overload 

As you hear me say often, the body is a very intelligent piece of machinery. It tries to naturally get rid of toxins through our poop, sweat, breath, and urine. But so many people live their lives every day constipated, working sedentary jobs, and getting very little water intake. What do you imagine that does to the body’s natural detox pathways? I imagine we either use them or lose them.  

When our detox pathways are closed (or “sludgy” as I like to say), our body is not given the chance to rid of toxins naturally. The body has to find another way to stop them from harming us. 

So, what does this have to do with fat? When the body can’t detox, it stores toxins in our fat instead so they won’t burden our organs. That means fat is actually a protector when it comes to toxic overload on the body.   

This is how weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload… When people do extreme weight loss challenges, they aren’t just signing up for fast fat loss. They are also signing up to overflow toxins into their organs. This is why one of the first things I do with every client I meet is help them understand detox and take them through it rather than focus on the weight loss first. Weight loss becomes a side effect of detoxification, which is many times a root of excess body fat.  

6 Ways to Detox Your Internal and External Environments 

So let’s talk about some of the ways you can begin to detox your internal and external environments. 

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1. Eat Antioxidant Foods 

Even though some of the foods we eat can expose us to toxins, the right foods will have the opposite effect. Focusing on foods that naturally detox the body (antioxidant foods like leafy greens, beets, and grapefruit) is a simple way to get started. If we take more detoxing nutrients in, we can naturally let more toxins out. Thus helping you reach a healthier body weight.  

2. Herbal Support

Next, try adding extra herbs into your diet. Herbal teas like dandelion root can help you cleanse and detox the body on a regular basis. You can find dandelion root herbal tea on Amazon here.  

When someone has trouble opening certain pathways that need a little push, I also like using personalized detox formulas based on that person’s specific needs. Interested in learning more? Let’s chat about it! 

3. Mental & Emotional Healing 

Detox is more than just a physical experience… It is also a mental and emotional one.  

Emotional release takes place when a person begins to realize the reasons for their pain and suffering. They then begin to choose and create new patterns by releasing old belief patterns that are no longer serving them. 

Some people are more open to this process than others. For those who are open to the emotional aspects of healing, the benefits will be clear. Afterall, everything we feel and think impacts our physical being.  

4. Clean Up Your Skin Care 

Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? It is also like a large sponge when it comes to the things in the environment – absorbing everything we put on it. One of the best things you can do is make sure the things you use daily on your skin are clean. They should be free from carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and other toxins that lead to disease in the body. I use clean products for bathing like castile soap. I’ve also recently partnered with wonderful line that has EWG certified skin care products that give amazing results.  

5. Get in a No-Stress Sweat 

Of course, exercise is a great way to break a sweat; however, one of my favorite ways to sweat is with my infrared sauna. Infrared rays penetrate your core, sending internal heat to your body which often only receives external heat. This targets the release of toxins, which has a different impact on the body as a whole. Plus, it’s a great way to relax and get in a no-stress sweat! 

6. Understand Your Physiology 

When our immune system gets bogged down with toxic burden, it suffers. In turn, it impacts our organs negatively. Everyone is different in the way they respond to these stressors. So the stress on the body, along with the toxic burden, can then lead to bigger issues within.  

Taking a look at your internal environment through functional lab tests on a regular basis can help you determine where the body is being impacted so you can detox those areas specifically.  

For these tests, you’ll need to partner with a medical professional like myself to look at the health of your gut, hormones, and potentially food and environmental sensitivities. You can also test sources of inflammation, the health of your liver, and the impact of oxidative stress (AKA stress related to toxic overload) on the body.  

Bottom Line: Food is Only Half the Battle When It Comes to Weight Loss 

Bottom line is this… Our obesity epidemic is not only getting worse because of the foods we are consuming. That is only half the battle. Our environment is filled with chemicals. And more and more chemicals are being dumped into our environment every year. Many people will not lose weight or resolve their medical problems because they have damaged their bodies with toxic burden. If you’ve tried everything and your weight won’t budge, you may be dealing with more of an issue than what’s on your plate.  

If that’s you, I have created something with you in mind. My “Jumpstart Your Health” Program is back, and we’re doing something new. If you’ve been around for any length of time, you probably figured out that I don’t talk about weight loss often. There are usually other root cause factors that we need to fix that will actually correct most weight and metabolism issues.

In this 90 day program, we’re diving head first into reaching your goals of sustainable weight loss. When we start to correct some of the issues we discuss in this blog, you’ll start to see your body respond the way it should.  

Choose to invest in yourself. You’re the only one who can. 

Learn more about this program today! 

 

Silently Suffering With Toxic Burden Doesn’t Have to Be Your Story

Silently Suffering With Toxic Burden Doesn’t Have to Be Your Story

I suffered – silently – for years.  

Hiding behind a sweet smile.  

On the inside, the only thing sweet was the sugar that filled my belly from my sugar addiction – the candies, cookies, brownies, cake, and ice cream.  

At one point, I thought… “there’s nothing wrong. It wasn’t the sugar or anything else. There was simply something going on that I would suffer with for the rest of my life.”  

Health or the lack of health doesn’t always show itself on the outside. From the naked eye, you would have never thought I was suffering. I’m not a complainer, so none of my friends or family were aware that I was suffering in silence.  

Migraines, constipation, irritable bowel, debilitating PMS symptoms, hair loss, chronic fatigue, sugar addiction, emotional eating… 

This same story is one that many people experience, but it doesn’t have to be your story forever.  

Silently Suffering with Toxic Burden Doesn’t Have to Be Your Story 

I think about my grandfather who was diagnosed with a rare cancer the day before his death. He had been silently suffering with toxic burden, and for how long, no one knows! 

It’s interesting now that I’ve experienced my silent suffering, I can see it clearly in the people I interact with.  

Today, I watch people with their energy-depleted faces. I physically see their tired eyes, dull skin, and pain on their faces. I hear the hurt in their words. And I can see the suffering through their tough exterior. 

Maybe it’s a gift I gained because I know it so well. 

When we’re like this, we feel there’s no hope. We’re trying to feel better. But everything we try seems to fail us… once again.

The thing is, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore. 

There’s hope, life, and light at the end of the tunnel. Your story is just getting started… 

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Getting Out of the Cycle when You’re Suffering

How do you get out of this cycle? I spent many years throwing every supplement I could possibly get my hands on at many of the symptoms I was experiencing, hoping to get well.  

I call this a hodgepodge approach now.  

Fighting symptoms with supplements is no better than fighting them with medication.  

All it takes is a little detective work and working with someone like myself to get to the root of your health issues so you can live a quality life. It’s time to take authority over your health. Schedule a complimentary consultation to start the detective work. 

Root Cause Analysis 

We hear a lot about root cause analysis in today’s health and wellness world. The truth is, we may not always know the exact root of a person’s illness. Why is this?  

We come into contact with stressors on a daily basis that may or may not push us over the edge enough to drive a disease process. It’s my experience that a major life stressor can be the turning point for someone when it comes to illness. Major life stressors might include moving to a new city, changing jobs, growing your family, divorce, or a death in the family.  

So how does all this work? 

Those who want to heal the body naturally from the inside out would likely work on things like detoxification, gut healing, and hormone balance. 

In the event that cleaning up a person’s environment doesn’t work, then I, or other wellness practitioners, will do a little more detective work.  

This usually happens when we discover that there is an environmental culprit preventing you from getting well. For example, this could look like constant exposure to mold or allergens in a person’s environment. It can be viral infections, parasites, or any number of other invaders. 

Maybe you’re holding on to extra body fat that won’t seem to budge. Did you know there’s much more than diet and exercise when it comes to weight loss? That’s why we have an obesity epidemic on our hands. 

Cancer & Toxic Overload 

What about more serious illness like cancer? The C-word – cancer – is one that seems to creep into our lives. I recently lost my grandfather due to cancer. Like I said previously, he silently suffered for a long time. I’m sure of it. He even seemed to be in severe pain last time we were together. 

As my family is recovering from this loss due to cancer, here are some things that I want you to think about today. 

Cancer is Preventable 

Did you know that we can prevent cancer if we live a life of health? I also don’t imagine that cancer has to be a death sentence, although many people do die from it. 

“More people live off cancer than die from it.” 

Deepak Chopra

Our bodies are in a very acidic state as a whole. We also lack nutrients, are depleted in our hormones, in toxic overload, and are bogged down with life stressors. 

Did you know that when many oncologists are interviewed they say they would not subject themselves or their family members to the same treatments they give their patients? 

Isn’t that a shocking statement?  

The truth is, whether it’s cancer, autoimmunity, diabetes, or high blood pressure, treatment with medications is no fun.  

What if you could prevent diseases like this though?  

What if basic lifestyle adjustments could actually be what would bring the body back into balance so these symptoms and the underlying disease could clear up? 

Would it be worth it to you to give up those sodas and drive thru window meals to get rid of some of the things that are preventing you from feeling your best? 

Choosing Health Over Sickness

I know that’s what it took for me. And that’s what it takes for the people I work with today. It’s a simple decision we can make every day to choose health or sickness.

It’s your choice. 

I remember meeting a man about 5 or so years ago. During our conversation, I mentioned that I don’t get sick. He said, “You can’t say that. That’s ridiculous!” 

Well as ridiculous as it is, it was true. 

If you’re at your wit’s end with your health – whether it’s your weight or you’re experiencing a more complex issue – there’s hope for your story. 

Improvement is possible when you partner with someone who can help you.

If you resonate with the information I shared today, I’ve designed programs that allow us to work together anywhere from 90 days to 9 months or longer, if you choose. I’d love to take some time to get to know your story a little better – whether you want to work with me in one of my programs or become part of the Chelsie Ward Wellness community by commenting below. It’s time to take action and reclaim your health.

Healing doesn’t take place overnight. 

If you feel like you’re doing all the right things and still aren’t seeing improvement in your symptoms or your weight won’t budge, it means you may need to dig deeper to find the cause. 

I help busy, healthy-minded people like you get to the root and restore your gut and hormone health so you can feel good in your skin and live your best life in joy!

If you’re looking for a root cause approach so you don’t have to continue chasing symptoms or following confusing and conflicting advice, then fill out this short application and schedule a complimentary call with me today so you can finally take control of your health and live in happiness and confidence like you deserve.