Detoxification has been a popular method for ridding unwanted toxins accumulating in the body. Under normal circumstances of this procedure, your body will go through some undesirable effects. Luckily those symptoms usually subside after a short time. But if you detox too quickly you'll also experience some unwanted side effects. You can distinguish between the two by duration, persistence and severity.
There are several different detoxing regimens out there. People have chosen to fast, adopt a juice-only diet, take herbal and fiber capsules or eat only raw foods to detox their body. There are many commercial detox programs as well. The main purpose behind detox programs is to eliminate toxins and restore a healthy balance in the body. Toxins are everywhere and we breathe them in, drink unfiltered water, eat foods with chemicals and pesticides and consume over-processed foods and sugary products. These unwanted substances build up in our organs, tissues, blood and lymph system. After awhile, we can feel fatigued, develop skin, sleep and metabolic disorders.
Normal Detoxing Symptoms
Usually when you start to detoxify, your body goes through some normal, unpleasant symptoms. This is due to the toxins being released from your organs and body tissues. Also your immune system kicks into gear trying to eliminate these pollutants. You may feel like you're getting the flu, because some symptoms include nausea, fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, thirst, skin rashes, diarrhea and possibly vomiting. You may even have sleep disturbances or mood changes. This happens at the beginning of a detox and is known as the “healing crisis” and should slow down after a week or two. You may also go through withdrawals from sugar and caffeine which may also be contributing to these symptoms.
Detoxing Too Quickly
You may experience fever, headaches, weakness, swollen limbs or face, faster pulse, nausea, vomiting, pain, skin rashes or eruptions if you are detoxing too fast. Since some of the symptoms for the healing crisis time are the same for symptoms of a detox going too quickly, there are some ways to distinguish between regular detoxing and abnormal symptoms. The main distinguishing factor is the duration. You can tell the difference between the two, because the healing crisis period should only last the first week or so. After that you should feel better than when you started the detox. If your symptoms worsen, continue after the first couple weeks or are persistent, it may indicate that you should back off a bit on the detoxing.
What to Do
The best thing you can do is to drink lots of purified water or herbal tea.This will flush the toxins out of your body as well as prevent dehydration. Slow down on the detoxing a bit as well. If you're fasting to detox, you could cut the fasting down until you start to feel better and then start again slowly. Take a hot bath with some epsom salt to ease muscle pains and help you relax. Scrub your skin in the shower or bath to increase blood flow and stimulate the release of toxins. Eat fibrous foods to keep things moving through your digestive system and eliminated effectively. Rest to allow your body to recover. As a general rule, you should detox one to four times a year. You don’t want to detox too frequently as this may be very taxing on your body.