Aspartame is a toxic chemical that has been used for many years to sweeten diet foods and beverages. Toxic effects due to the consumption of aspartame can occur regardless of how long you’ve been consuming diet products. The most common signs of aspartame toxicity are fatigue, joint pain, dizziness, headaches and menstrual problems. Before your symptoms get worse, perform this step-by-step process to detoxify from aspartame.
Avoid all products that contain aspartame and artificial sweeteners. This can be tricky but it is possible. First, abstain from any product that has the word “diet” on its packaging. This commonly includes diet sodas, jello, yogurt and pudding. Also, carefully check labels on “sugar-free” products. Common items that are artificially sweetened are sugar-free gum, candy, ice cream and syrups.
Avoid all other chemicals in food that are considered excitotoxins. This list includes MSG (or monosodium glutamate), hydrolyzed proteins, autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, glutamic acid, aspartic acid and cysteine supplements. Restaurant foods many times include MSG in their foods so ask your waiter, or eat at restaurants that only use natural ingredients. Places that refrain from using preservatives and even go as far as only cooking with organic produce and meat are becoming increasingly common.
Take natural tonics to help your kidneys and liver recover. The liver and kidneys are responsible for most of the body’s detoxification processes and can become sluggish if you consume high amounts of artificial sweeteners. Tonics such as water mixed with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar taken first thing in the morning will help your organs recover their optimal function. Combine this approach with a balanced diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains and stay away from processed foods and beverages.
Start using a natural sweetener. Sweeteners such as stevia leaves, Lo Han fruit extract, agave nectar and maple syrup are great alternatives to artificial sweeteners. Although it may take you a few days to become accustomed to the different taste, it is well worth the effort. Natural sweeteners do not have the side effects caused by their artificial counterparts and are no longer relegated to health food and specialty stores. They have become increasingly available, and chances are you’ll find at least one of these options available at your neighborhood supermarket.
Consume detoxifying nutrients. Some foods are higher in detoxifying nutrients then other. To aid the detoxification process, consume foods rich in manganese such as pineapple, brown rice, garbanzos and spinach. Foods high in vitamin E--including sunflower seeds and almonds--are also excellent to speed up the cleansing process. The omega fatty acid component DHA plays an essential role in membrane repair and repair of synapses. Take 200 mg a day to support your detox efforts.
Please consult your primary physician before making any major changes in your diet.