Anytime 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 detox symptom in the early stages of detox is affectionately called the “ detox flu”. It is not a contagious sickness but mirrors the symptoms. The following are common symptoms of body detoxing within the first days of a cleanse:
- body aches
- Mild fever
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!
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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.
How Toxins Impact Your Health – Detoxing & Hormones
Even though you feel bad now, it’s important to eliminate toxins for several reasons. The most important is that toxins are a stress to the body and trigger our stress hormones. They also disrupt the normal functioning of our sex hormones.
These hormonal imbalances result in things like daily fatigue, mood and sleep issues, weight gain, and much more. Plus, toxins directly cause weight gain by increasing fat production as a protective mechanism.
But detoxing alone won’t balance your hormones. Seasonal detox programs are an important component of a healthy lifestyle, but balanced hormones are crucial to achieve vibrant health.
Find out if Toxins are Causing a Hormone Imbalance
Top 3 reasons why you need a detox
There are many reasons to detox but most people don’t know the signs their bodies are giving them that a detox is in order. Unfortunately, the biggest signs that you need to detox can also point to other issues but since this is something you can do relatively safely on your own, it’s a good place to start.
By looking at the top 3 reasons why you need a detox, we can better understand the signs that our bodies give us that a detox could be helpful.
#3. Body composition
A toxin can be defined as a poisonous substance or chemical that damages an organism. The reason why most environmental toxins cause damage to animals is because our natural detoxification systems do not have a way to get rid of toxic chemicals or they become overly burdened with them. If we can’t rid our bodies of these toxins, they build up and interfere with important functions.
One of the ways in which our bodies try to handle toxins it can’t get rid of is to produce adipose tissue (fat cells) around the offending molecule to hide it and protect the body from further damage. So the big takeaway here is toxins cause weight gain! Plus, when you do burn fat, the toxins stored there are released into the system causing some of the pesky detox symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, joint pain, and headaches.
#2. Brain health
Most of the time our brain and central nervous system are protected by something called the blood brain barrier. However, there is a sneaky way that toxins can affect our mental and emotional state. Things like foggy brain, inability to concentrate, memory problems, and mood disorders all require the proper functioning of neurotransmitters.
Environmental toxins negatively impact neurotransmitter function in multiple ways. Toxins degrade the microbiome of the gut, they damage DNA of cells causing them to malfunction, and disrupt hormones by blocking hormone receptors. All of these aspects are directly or indirectly involved with neurotransmitter production and regulation.
#1. Cellular energy
Finally, the top reason why you need a detox is, to maintain energy levels. Energy is produced in cells in the form of ATP. We turn the food we eat into ATP but it requires cofactors such as vitamins and minerals as well as the presence of certain enzymes. Toxins disrupt the enzymes required for energy production inside the cells. Toxins also deplete vitamins and minerals since detoxification functions require these nutrients as well.
In addition to this, toxins do a lot of oxidative damage, creating free radicals in the body. When you have more free radicals than antioxidant power, this leads to cell death and can result in body and muscle fatigue. The more toxins we have and the older we get, the less antioxidant fighting power we have.
Detoxing and eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants is the best way to help your body detox and prevent premature aging.Lots of healthy cells equal lots of ATP and energy so you feel youthful and vibrant.
Common mistakes while on a detox
So you’ve decided to do a detox. Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it? Different people have different detoxification abilities, toxic burdens, genetics, lifestyle, etc., so since no two bodies are the same based on all these factors, the biggest mistake people make while on a detox is using a one size fits all approach.
Going too hard and too fast on a detox that was not designed specifically for you could make you sick. Detox programs should not make you feel like you are dying. Can you have detox symptoms? Yes, but you do not need to feel miserable. In fact, if you use detoxing correctly you should only feel mild symptoms if any during a detox. Properly detoxing should improve your energy, moods, sleep, and pain levels, not the opposite. All of the feedback we receive from customers that purchase our juice cleanses have been absolutely happy with the results, and the enjoyment of the taste
My best tips to avoid these detox mistakes?
- Detox at least a couple times per year. That way you don’t let a year or more (or a lifetime) worth of toxins build up that need to be dumped into the system and eliminated
- Live as healthy as possible in between detoxes. Don’t use detoxing as a cure for unhealthy eating or drinking too much, etc. This will lessen the side effects when you stop doing those things all of a sudden and you won’t be yo-yoing with feeling good and feeling like crap.
- Don’t do severe fasting, at least not at first. Ease into a detox. Eat clean for several days first. Your body will thank you when it doesn’t feel like you have the flu!
- Don’t use detox supplements right at the beginning unless you have been taking them already. Starting too much too soon will make you feel bad. However, I do think that good quality supplements can be great to aid the organs of elimination. Just start them later in the detox and start small with dosing then ramp up if needed.
- If you are new to detoxing, find a program that has experts to guide you and that is customized to your needs. If you are considering your first detox, we can support you with our High Quality Raw Cold Pressed Juice Cleanses. They are gentle, delicious detox that will help you safely and effectively eliminate the toxins in your life and dramatically decrease inflammation.
Do you need a detox or is something else going on? Why GI health & hormone imbalance may be a factor
Regular detoxing is an important part of a healthy lifestyle because, let’s face it, we are all toxic. Regularly encouraging the organs of elimination to do their job better is the only way to manage the toxic burden we all face. Signs and symptoms that toxins may be playing a role include things like fatigue, headaches, brain fog, joint pain, GI issues, acne, heart palpitations, recurring infections, autoimmune disease, muscle cramps, and the list goes on.
However, if you have any of these things it does not necessarily mean just doing a detox will make it go away. Our bodies are complex and there usually is a lot more going on than just the toxins. Toxins affect other systems that need to be addressed as well.
For example, toxins can disrupt your GI health by causing damage to the microbiome (the trillions of organisms that make up the gut immune system). Not only could this cause digestive symptoms such as gas and bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and acid reflux, but can also lead to other more serious issues. Disruption of the microbiome results in nutritional deficiencies and leads to an inflammatory response. This inflammation over time causes something called Leaky Gut Syndrome and has been associated with autoimmune syndrome.
You can see just addressing toxins and not GI health and immune health would be only part of the picture. In addition to this, some of the symptoms like fatigue and headaches are very non-specific. If doing a detox does not improve these or only partially improves them, then a much more common thing may be the cause, which is a hormonal imbalance. Toxins can disrupt hormones causing an imbalance but the bigger cause is stress. So if you are struggling with things like low energy, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, foggy brain, weight gain, acne, and of course specific issues with menses, then most likely hormones need to be addressed. No amount of detoxing will fix these issues.