Symptoms of Detoxification

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Detoxification is the term used to describe the process your body goes through to get rid of toxins.
Detoxification symptoms both physical and mental may appear when you alter your lifestyle by starting something new such as changing your diet, or by discontinuing a current habit, such as eating processed foods or drinking coffee/soda. These symptoms include headache, stomach ache, cough, diarrhea, skin eruptions (rash), clogged sinus and fever, as well as feeling rundown and irritable. The symptoms may be of short duration and slight irritation, or they could last longer and cause you considerable discomfort.

Because these symptoms are the same as those that show up in certain illnesses, changing your diet or lifestyle can result in misunderstanding: If I am doing something that is supposed to be good for me, why do I have these symptoms? Why do I feel worse, and not better? Understanding this apparent contradiction is perhaps the first, and most important, hurdle you must get over when making a dietary or lifestyle change.


  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Flu symptoms
  • Cold symptoms
  • Gas
  • Bad Breath
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Moodiness
  • Skin rashes
  •  Clogged Skin/pores
  • Stomach ache
  • Fuzzy Thinking
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Insomnia or Sleepiness
  • Hives
  • Acne
  • Join Pain
  • Backache
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest Pain

Why does this happen?

Diet and lifestyle choices can influence our ability to detoxify, but so can genetic make-up and extended exposure to toxic elements. If toxins build up inside the body, a wide range of effects are possible, with some potentially serious consequences.  A common sign of excess toxins is unwanted weigh gain.

Many other conditions are also related to toxicity in the body: thyroid dysfunction, arthritis, heart disease, eczema, allergies, asthma, cirrhosis, fibrocystic breasts, gastritis, pancreatitis, multiple sclerosis, and the list goes on.

As we live, toxins accumulate in our bodies. Some of these are due to our diet and others are due to the environment around us.  Of course, our lifestyle also fits in, if you smoke or use alcohol you are accumulating even more toxins.

When you make a change in diet or lifestyle, through stopping a bad habit or eating better, your cells begin to eliminate the toxic substances. Before finding the exit, however,  the toxins are released into the bloodstream and are carried through the circulatory system.

This transportation and elimination may result in headachediarrhea, or constipation, and often toxins are eliminated through the skin, resulting in rashes or skin problems (especially if you are prone to such problems).

You may also feel a lack of energy, especially if you consume/eat a lot of red meats or are eliminating them from your diet. (The protein found in meat is more stimulating than that found in vegetables.) You may also find that, with the absence of toxins, you absorb substances more easily. Thus, the sugar and caffeine in a soda might really set you off.

In a nutshell, we could say that the body always goes for quality, and when the food coming in is of higher quality than the present tissue, the body will discard the present tissue because it wants to make room for tissue created by the higher-quality food.

How severe are the symptoms and how long do they last?

How long the symptoms last and how severe they are depend on your lifestyle before making a change .  At first you may feel great and then experience some detoxification symptoms. After the initial toxins are flooded out, you will feel good again, if not better.

However, the body goes deeper and finds more toxins to eliminate; the symptoms may reappear again, and after more toxins are eliminated, you will feel better  as things progress, you will find that the period of symptoms is shorter and the period of well-being greater.

What can I do during this period?

The hardest thing for many people to do is accept that they are not sick and realize that the body is cleansing itself.  Once you get beyond this psychological barrier, the process becomes easy.  The most important thing to do is rest, and let the body do what it needs to.  If you have the luxury of staying home, do so! If not, cut back on social engagements. Give your body as much energy as possible to do its job.  Eat light foods that are easy to digest, consume fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water.