Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What to Expect From a Detox Diet

If you’re considering a detox diet it’s important to know what to expect. Detoxing can improve your health. However, they’re not easy. Detoxing can be a very big challenge. Whether you’re undergoing an extreme cleanse or a gentle detox diet, here’s what to expect.

Headache!Image by Silver Starre via Flickr#1 Headaches. Headaches are a very common side effect of a detox diet. It’s generally attributed to withdrawal.

For example, if you regularly drink a few cups of coffee in the morning and suddenly you stop drinking it, you may experience a headache. Your body is accustomed to the regular consumption of caffeine and will go through withdrawal when it is no longer present.

You can experience withdrawal from sugar and foods that act like sugar in your body as well. Any detox diet will eliminate junk food and high glycemic foods. If you’re accustomed to eating them you quite well may experience a headache.

You can reduce the effects of the headache by making sure you’re well hydrated. This flushes the toxins from your body. Also, headaches can be caused by dehydration which is also a common side effect from a detox diet. Drink a lot of water or tea.

#2 Diarrhea. Diarrhea is caused by a number of things. When you detox you’re intentionally influencing the release of toxins from your tissues so you can purge them from your body. They are expelled from your body when you go to the bathroom and when you sweat. You’ll likely go to the bathroom often as your body eliminates toxins. You may also experience diarrhea simply due to the detox products or foods you’re consuming.

For example, if you’re drinking a detox tea or taking herbs then you are promoting a laxative effect. Also, if you’re juicing then you’ll likely be consuming much more fiber than you’re accustomed to which can cause diarrhea. However, if you are detoxing using only natural and fresh foods, most people should not experience this side effect, although you may find relief from constipation if that is an issue for you.

#3 Insomnia. Often the first few days of a detox are a bit disruptive. Your body is adjusting to your new eating habits or routine. This can cause a bit of insomnia. It’s best to try to detox over a weekend when you can grab naps throughout the day and not get overtired.

detoxificationImage by sillydog via Flickr#4 Mood swings and irritability. It’s very common to feel quite moody when you’re detoxing. Not only are you dealing with the stress and emotional issues of not being able to eat normally, you’re also purging toxins from your body which can cause hormones to become temporarily imbalanced. Not to worry, when the detox is over you’ll feel ten times better and your systems will have essentially ‘reset’.

#5 Renewed energy, vitality and mental clarity. Once the detox is over most people report feeling fantastic. They have more energy. They have more mental clarity. They are also better able to manage stress and lose weight. Once your detox is complete, and even prior to completion, you will likely begin to feel quite wonderful. This is because the toxins have left your body and you’re regaining your health.

Detoxing can be difficult. Depending on the detox plan you’ve chosen and your detox goals you may experience a few side effects. Many people report that the benefits far outweigh the temporary side effects. Detox smartly. Be prepared for the side effects. Choose a plan that’s right for you and make sure you’re healthy enough to detox by consulting your doctor before staring any detox plan.

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