It is natural to experience many different symptoms while detoxing. Your body is adjusting to not only a new lifestyle, but it also is trying to heal itself from the inside out. It is pushing toxins out and learning how to absorb vital nutrients that it may have been unable to for a long time.
Symptoms are unique to each individual. Some experience severe symptoms (especially if it is their first time detoxing) and some will experience very few side effects. There are ways to minimize symptoms and even treat those symptoms when they arise.
Most often disruption of your bowel movements is symptom that will have the most impact when you are detoxing. If you experience constipation in the first couple of days, you may not be drinking enough water, so make sure you are staying properly hydrated.
Diarrhea is the biggest complaint in people who are doing a detox. Make sure to follow the foods to avoid and approved foods lists that Dr. Nuzum has provided. Diarrhea can be a sign that your body is trying to expel waste at a rate faster than your system can keep up with. Consider cutting back on supplements and iintroducing more bananas and whole grains into your diet if the diarrhea continues.
Headaches are also a common occurrence and can be debilitating at times. If your headaches are being caused by tension, treat yourself to a massage or practice yoga to release the stress in your neck and shoulders. Experiment with using pressure points on your body to stimulate blood flow to the brain- such as the flesh between the pointer finger and the thumb, the crest of the eyebrows and the temples. Try to avoid taking any pain medication during your detox to avoid ingesting anything that your liver might have to work to filter out later.
Gas and Bloating:
Gas and bloating is completely natural but there are many ways to minimize their impact.
●If you have been consuming a higher number of beans or other fibrous foods, consider reducing the amount of them in your diet.
●Applying peppermint oil to the skin of your belly will create a cool and soothing feeling.
●Implement an apple cider vinegar tonic in the morning to help relieve indigestion and to help balance the pH of your digestive system.
●When feeling particularly gassy, try lying on your stomach on a firm surface and allow yourself to pass gas as needed.
As toxins try to exit our bodies through our pores, it can cause skin irritation and acne. Showering on a daily basis especially in the evening will help to wash away any dirt, toxins and impurities that may have left through your skin during the day. To help the process, consider sitting in a sauna or steam room to open your pores and raise your body temperature so you can sweat out toxins and impurities. Before entering the shower, try dry brushing to stimulate skin cells. Use the brush in circular motions on the skin over your entire body to remove dead skin cells and provide a clearer pathway for our pores.
The best advice in how to treat fatigue is to rest when you feel it is needed. When you are detoxing, treat yourself as if you were sick. Resist overly vigorous exercise if possible, and try to get as much sleep as possible. Epsom salt baths can help you sleep better due to the high amounts of magnesium they contain coupled with the comfort of a warm bath. If you continue to have issues falling asleep, try some calming chamomile tea with honey or even guided meditation.
Other symptoms may include:
●Cold or flu-like symptoms
Being gentle with yourself during the detoxification process is the best way to minimize symptoms. Eat nutritious food, avoid foods that may disrupt your body’s natural systems and get plenty of rest. Take this time to sit with your body and treat yourself well. Listen to what your body needs and what it is resisting to make sure you are doing your best to restore optimum health.