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One of the most common side effects of a detox is a mild dull headache within the first few days of starting the detox diet, this is often because of caffeine withdrawal. For this reason, practitioners often suggest gradually decreasing the amount of caffeine prior to starting a detox diet. In addition, some people opt to take time off work to begin a detox diet or start the diet on the weekend.
Do you drink over three cups of coffee a day? You may want to reduce by a cup every two days for a week before you start.
Other small initial aggravations can include bloating or flatus. Constipation may occur if people consume excess fiber without also increasing their fluid intake. Other issues which may arise can include tiredness, irritability, acne, weight loss, and hunger. Any worsening of symptoms or new symptoms that occur during a detox diet should prompt a visit to a qualified health professional.
If a detox diet is continued for a long time (over 6 weeks), it may cause nutrient deficiencies, particularly protein (some detox diets omit all animal products) iron and calcium.
First, it pays to reduce your toxin accumulation and then eliminate coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and saturated fats. This is because these substances act as toxins and are barriers to healing. In addition, minimize using chemical-based homemade cleaners or personal health-care products and use natural shampoos, cleansers, toothpastes and deodorants, washing powders and other natural alternatives.
Another obstacle to a sound health is stress and adrenal fatigue, which causes the body to emit stress hormones into our system. As these hormones may provide adrenaline, they produce a large amount of toxins and slowdown the natural detoxification of your body. Hence, it is a wise idea to tackle traumatic life situations by detoxifying your body. The effective means to relive stress are meditation and yoga by resetting the physical and mental reactions.
As I mentioned, you may develop fatigue, indigestion, cough, muscle pain, and/or experience insomnia, particularly if you have never undergone a detox or it has been some time since you last completed one. If your trivial complaints have not improved in a few days after you begin the detox, consult with your health care professional to make sure that there are no underlying signs of a serious illness.
Your diet for the week does not have to be boring. We have found that certain foods are the best to have during your detox period. You will feel better (especially if you keep this dietary regime going for a further two to three weeks) as your body releases more & more accumulated matter, clearing digestion and restoring vigour & energy.
For many, a well-performed detox is a completely invigorating and rejuvenating process for the whole body & mind, particularly when combine with two or three saunas during this period, some dry skin brushing, take it easy on yourself and particularly when you drink plenty of fresh clean water. Keep your cooking fresh & simple. There are plenty or recipes for you to be found on-line or at your local library.
1. Have ample amount of fibre foods along with brown rice, fresh fruits and vegetables which have been lightly steamed, stir-fried or raw. Some of the best detox foods include beetroot (not from tin cans, fresh please), cabbage, radishes, artichokes, broccoli, chlorella, spirulina and seaweed serve as the best detoxifying foods. The best diet is a healthy diet based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein.
2. Practice hydrotherapy regularly by having a hot shower followed by tepid and cool. While having a shower, allow the water to flow across your head, neck and back for about 4-5 minutes. Follow the same with cooler water for fifteen to twenty minutes, if you can gradually reduce the water until it is cold. Do this two to three times a week and then rest on a bed for half-an-hour.
3. You can also protect your liver by having herbs such as burdock, dandelion root and milk thistle and by drinking green tea. Try a good quality Liver Support product.
4. Keep that bowel working. Is it sluggish? Then take some good quality constipation relief product.
5. Alkalise your body with Green Barley Powder. This is good if you were consuming lots of meat, or coffee, tea, flour products, sweets and alcohol. Green Barley Powder is an excellent alkalising drink and can assist with detox. Take one drink daily.
6. Take more Vitamin C, as it is a premium antioxidant and helps your body produce glutathione, which drives toxins away from your body.
7. Breathe deeply, so that oxygen flows throughout your body.
8. Drink at least two to six glasses of water every day.
9. Reduce stress by emphasizing more on positive emotions.
10. Take a steam bath in a sauna to eliminate toxins and waste materials through perspiration.
11. Dry-brush your skin or buy a detox foot spa. You can also buy special brushes (loofah or a natural sea sponge) available at all natural product stores to eliminate toxins from your body.
12. One of the most effective ways to detoxify your body is to exercise. Skipping rope and yoga are two of the best ways to get rid of wastes from your body. You just have to spend a half an hour daily to do these exercises and witness remarkable outcomes within a month’s period. In addition, these workouts give many health benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and remarkable zest.