Spring is a great time for a detox.
Once you get started you are going to need some support. Here are my top tips for managing a detox.
As you move through your detox program, there are several cleansing processes your body will experience.
The most common symptom in the early stages of a detox is affectionately called the “ detox flu”. It is not a contagious sickness but mirrors the symptoms. Headache, fatigue, body aches, chills and/or mild fever are common in the first days of a cleanse. As your body works to process out the toxins accumulated over the years, these toxins are released into the bloodstream where the body recognizes them as invaders. Inflammation increases and you subsequently feel as though you’re fighting off an infection—which, in essence, you are.
How to manage the symptoms.
Avoid the impulse to take cold or flu medicines. These often contain the sort of chemical ingredients and preservatives you are cleansing from your body. Instead, be gentle with yourself and rest. If possible, stay home and relax. Drink lots of filtered water and herbal tea, and soak in a hot bath to promote the flushing out of toxins. Infrared sauna is the best aid to rid the body of these circulating toxins through your largest detoxification organ in the body; the skin!
As you detox from addictive substances like caffeine and sugar, expect cravings and mild headaches.
These are short lived and are evidence of these substances leaving your body. Once again, avoid the impulse to take aspirin, Tylenol, or other self-administered pain relievers, as these are toxic to the body. When a headache or strong craving hits, try slowly drinking an entire glass of water. The hydration helps relieve pressure in the head and satiates the stomach against the craving for unhealthy foods.
The skin might see changes as you rid the body of toxins through the pores.
Mild skin irritations do sometimes occur but these, too, are short lived. It is proof that the substances in your body are poisonous; if it irritates the skin just to pass them through the pores, think of what they were doing to your cells! Keep your skin clean and if needed, moisturize with coconut oil or other natural oil and any irritations should clear up in a matter of days.
Most importantly, keep going!
The first few days of any restriction plan are always the hardest but the results are so worthwhile. You will experience more energy, greater focus, and better, more consistent health by continuing with this program.