Basics of detoxification:
When you begin to properly suppliment your diet, your body begins to detox itself due to it recieving what it needs for its function.
Detoxification is an ongoing process that takes place continuously within the liver, kidneys, intestines, lymph, blood, and in every cell. The primary pathway of the elimination of this waste is through the liver, where we transform the waste into bile.
Bile contains the vast majority of the body's metabolic waste, deceased blood cells, and toxins that the liver has filtered out from the system. Once formed, bile moves from the liver to the gallbladder and is then secreted into the intestines where it is used to break down fats and lubricate bowel movements before it is eliminated. Bile is the primary agent for giving our bowel movements it's classic dark brown color and imbalances can often be detected by the presence of green or straw colored fecal matter. Bile is a natural laxative, has a normalizing effect on the intestines, and any increase in its production and secretion leads to an increase in our body's ability to cleanse out toxins and waste.
Detox can create a number of symptoms as your body goes through the process of purifying itself and eliminating toxins.
Some common detox symptoms include:
• temporary muscle aches
• mucus or other discharge
• a coated, pasty tongue
• flu-like symptoms
• difficulty sleeping
Coping with the Healing Crisis
A healing crisis occurs when the body tries to expel toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of.
The more toxic your system is, the more severe the healing crisis may be. Healing crises are characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during the process of detoxification. You may actually feel worse for a time and conclude that something is wrong. However, the opposite is true. The symptoms are a sign that the body is cleaning itself of all the old, hidden, accumulated toxins.
This reaction is temporary, and usually passes within one to three days. To cope with the healing crisis, it is important to drink plenty of fresh water, juices, and herbal teas. These will help to flush the body of toxins. It is best to use pure water, and not water that comes from the tap. Bottled spring water is ideal. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day.
Hot showers may be very helpful. Have the water as hot as you can stand it and scrub the skin well. This will help to eliminate toxins through the skin.
Do not eat too much through the crisis. Eat light meals that are easy to digest. Increase the amount of fibre that you are eating and take supplements that cleanse the colon and kidneys. Meditation can also help with the mood swings and emotions that you may experience during the healing crisis.