Live in Boston? Take this Health Quiz to Determine Your Toxicity Score
Want to lower your stress levels? Stop reading the labels on everything from food packaging to household cleaners. Although modern life is more convenient than in years past, we’ve paid the price by introducing toxins to everyday living.
Since toxins are everywhere, many of us are completely unaware that we’re sick. We just assume that “this is how life is.” This is common when you live in an East Coast city like Boston, which exposes you to high levels of pollution and big-city stress. But here’s the thing. Don’t settle for sickness!
Have you experienced these symptoms but haven’t found a clear cause?
- Brain fog
- Digestive issues
- Nutrition deficiencies
- Skin conditions
- Hormone imbalances
If you answered, “Yes,” to any of these symptoms, then you may be suffering from hidden toxins. What can you do about it? You can begin your healing journey by taking our health toxicity quiz.
Five Journeys has created a health quiz that pinpoints areas of toxicity in your body. This quiz takes fewer than five minutes to complete. But it will help you understand which symptoms are related to toxins.
Learn How Toxins Affect the Body
A toxin can be anything that the body considers foreign or harmful. That means toxicity covers a broad range of substances. Mold is a common toxin. Plastics found in household storage containers can also be toxic. Have a gluten intolerance? Then gluten would be considered a toxin in your case but not for someone else.
Whenever the body encounters a toxin, it must expend energy removing the contamination from the system. In many cases, the immune system will work extra hard as it tries to defend your body. If the toxic exposure is constant, then the body will be in a constant state of exhaustion. For example, if you’re allergic to dust and never sweep or clean, then your body will wear itself down.
Of course, you won’t wake up one day and automatically think, “Wow, my body is flooded with toxins.” Instead, our bodies give us clues that something is wrong. It’s up to a functional medicine doctor in Boston to help you interpret these clues, i.e., symptoms. To start, we recommend our Health IQ Quiz!
Classic Symptoms of Toxicity
Pay attention to these bodily changes and tell your Boston functional medicine doctor about them at your next visit.
Toxins often lead to constant, low-grade headaches. You might also feel faintness or dizziness, especially if the toxin affects your nervous system and gut. Finally, insomnia is a common side effect of toxicity since the body doesn’t feel safe to shut down and get the rest it needs.
We often think heart health depends only on diet and exercise. However, toxins can have a serious impact on heart health, too. Let’s not discount the role stress plays in heart health! If you’re constantly fighting off a foreign substance, then the body will have to accommodate even more stress than usual. Also, dealing with troublesome symptoms will lead to additional mental strain. The more stress your body is under, the more likely you are to experience heart symptoms.
Digestive Tract Symptoms
Many toxins enter our bodies from the foods we eat. The modern diet is full of processed ingredients we should not be eating. But we do. And many of us don’t even know our diets are unhealthy! A toxic diet can lead to diarrhea, constipation, bloating, heartburn, and intestinal pain. It may be time for a diet detox!
Weight and Diet Changes
Toxins lead to stress, and stress leads to unhealthy eating patterns. Have you binged on snacks in the past month? Or do you crave a very specific food? Your body may be trying to tell you something. If your appetite or body weight fluctuates even when you’re not trying to gain or lose weight, you may be suffering from toxins.
Any symptom related to energy is a classic symptom of toxicity. Fatigue is the number one complaint our patients have when they visit us. It’s almost always due to toxins. But sometimes toxins can make us feel hyperactive or restless as the body tries to tell us that something is going wrong.
Western medicine has unfortunately led to the common misconception that the body and emotions are two separate areas of life. But nothing could be further from the truth! Toxins can affect hormones and brain chemistry, which directly control your emotions. If you’ve felt depressed recently or experienced mood swings, it’s time to try a detox.
Brain. Fog. What adult doesn’t have brain fog, that combination of low attention span, lethargy, and poor memory? But let us ask another question. What adult isn’t exposed to toxins each and every day? If you have difficulty concentrating, making decisions, stuttering, or learning, then you may require a full detox.
After Taking the Five Journeys Health Quiz, It’s Time for A Detox.
Your Health IQ Quiz results will help identify how toxins are affecting your body. The next step is to flush those toxins out of your system. At Five Journeys, we have many services that meet that goal. From certified functional medicine nutrition coaching to refreshing IV therapy, we are able to give your body the support it needs to achieve peak health.
Stop putting up with low-grade symptoms. Being tired all the time is not a normal part of being an adult. You deserve to live life with energy and happiness.