5 signs you might need a detox this fall

Lobster-roll overdose? Near emotional meltdown caused by the printer being out of paper? These are just some of the signs that it's time to hit the reset button.
curled-up-in-a-ball_detoxLobster-roll overdose. Near emotional meltdown caused by the printer being out of paper. Not enough sunscreen and too many outdoor boot camps.

Whatever ails you come the close of summer, Margo Marrone has seen it.

The pharmacist-turned-holistic guru behind The Organic Pharmacy, a health and beauty brand that began on London’s King’s Road and has since expanded to Beverly Hills, says there are signs your body commonly gives off that tell you it’s time to hit the reset button.

Here are the five most common signs that you might need a detox this fall—and easy remedies from Marrone that you can start applying to your life right away. (Taking a three-day weekend is also a great start.) —Melisse Gelula


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Stress, fast eating, not chewing properly, too much high fat, high sugar, and processed foods means indigestion and bloating, says Marrone. “The center of our well-being is our gut and if that works properly we feel lighter, we absorb the nutrients from our food better and we have more energy.”

Remedy: Supplements that include a mixture of clay, psyllium, apple pectin, and green herbs to absorb toxins in the gut and flush them out. They can be taken as an intensive course over ten days or over a month.


frazzled-womanIrritability and Mood Swings

“You’re less able to cope with day to day stress when your body’s not in a healthy state. And stress itself produces toxins,” says Marrone. How to help break the cycle?

Remedy: An Epsom salt bath. Put a big scoop of salts (500 grams) in a warm bath and relax in it for 20 minutes. The warm bath relaxes tense muscles and the magnesium in the salts helps supply this essential tranquilizing mineral. Do this daily until you feel sane again.


fall_detox_eyes_cucumberPuffy Eyes

They’re not just from that salty snack or glass (or two) of Sancerre. Puffy eyes can can be a symptom of toxicity, when the liver and kidney are overloaded, says Marrone.

Remedy: Supporting both these organs with herbs such as Milk Thistle and Dandelion, which work on the liver and kidneys. Take tinctures or sip teas for 2 weeks.


dull_skin_mirrorDull Skin

Don’t blame your moisturizer, it could be that “nutrients are not getting to your skin because of too much toxicity,” says Marrone. And your skin, the theory goes, is the last stop for nutrient delivery in the body.

Remedy: To help boost the circulation to the skin, the lymphatic and circulatory system need a massive boost. Active sports such as indoor cycling, swimming, and dance cardio all help. But then too much sport also causes acidity so after each work work out alkalize your body with the juice of two lemons in water. Skin brushing, body exfoliation, and massage are also excellent ways to get the circulation and lymphatic system activated and a fast route to glowing skin.


fall_detox_woman-desk-stress-pressureBrain Fog 

A classic sign of toxicity is inability to focus. (Do you understand what we’re saying right now?)

Remedy: All the remedies I mentioned will help massively with brain fog, too—Epsom salt baths, dandelion herbs, cardio workouts, and so on. By the end of your detox, your brain will be so clear and full of creativity.



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