How to handle the symptoms of detoxification
Decide on some strategies for dealing with detoxification symptoms before you start. Work out how you will slow the process if necessary.
It makes sense that as poisoning substances are drawn out of your body during the detox process there will be some detoxification symptoms associated with the flush of toxins. You can view these symptoms as a healthy part of the process, but you may also need to manage them.
Prolonged symptoms may not be associated with detox at all and you should seek professional medical advice.
The detoxification process involves the flushing of the lymph system into your bloodstream. Some toxins will circulate through your system before being discarded as waste. Your eliminative organs are used to release toxins too; skin, kidneys, liver, bowels, lungs, sinuses and mouth.
Detoxification symptoms include:
- hot flushes
- food cravings
- pimples or skin rashes
- bad breath
- mucous discharges
- muscular aches
- weight loss
- lack of concentration
Sounds great, doesn’t it!
Handling detoxification symptoms
Be kind and gentle with yourself through the detoxification process. Remember that you embarked on this journey in order to reach radiant health. You may have many years of physical and emotional stress to shed from your cells.
Watch out for symptoms of detoxification and have some strategies for handling them should they arise. You may need some quiet time away from your usual responsibilities in order to handle the initial detoxification effects. It can be helpful to commence your detoxification plan on a weekend when you're not working.
Sometimes you may feel as if you’re detoxifying too fast and can’t handle the symptoms. You can slow down the detox process by consuming healthy whole foods with a high fat content; nuts, avocadoes, seeds and coconut. Eating these foods can help you detoxify more comfortably.
Make sure you're getting enough sleep. Your body is working harder than usual as it cleanses itself, and you'll need more rest.
Also check that you're drinking enough water, about 2 litres daily. This gives your body a vehicle for flushing the toxins that are being drawn out of your blood and eliminative organs.
Have a detoxification plan so that you are clear on what your goals are. You may need to gradually increase your periods of detoxification rather than leaping into a lengthy detoxification time.“Your own detoxification process will allow you to take on a wider vision of yourself and your potential.”
David Wolfe, The Sunfood Diet Success System
Motivate yourself by thinking of the person you are becoming as you remove toxic obstructions from within yourself. When health, energy and lightness flow smoothly around your system, you will be able to become the best person you can be. New ideas, plans and talents will reveal themselves to you if you persevere through the process.
You may realise as you detoxify your body that there are other elements of your life that are blocking your progress.
Don’t be surprised when a few days of detox has you feeling so energised and opened up that you begin to realise there are other areas of your life that you need to detoxify; your home, your garden, your workspace and even your relationships.
As you actually look around yourself with fresher eyes you may recognise changes you want to make. You may perceive that some of the situations you find yourself in are actually quite uncomfortable.
Detoxifying your life often takes the form of shedding, rearranging and making room for the new in a proactive rather than passive way. You start to create the space and energy for that which you want to attract into your life.
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