The body has natural cleansing abilities that help to expel unnecessary or harmful substances. Four eliminative organs of the body are: the bowels, the skin, the lungs, and the kidneys. These systems are in use all the time, working to keep the body clean and healthy.
When an invader enters the body, the natural process is for the body to remove that invader through eliminative organs. This can happen through diarrhea, vomiting, perspiration (fever), coughing, mucus, or nasal discharge. These natural healing abilities are often under used, as the common response to illness or discomfort is to take chemical medications for symptom relief. We suppress the body’s natural eliminative processes through anti-diarrhea drugs, antihistamines, fever reducers, antibiotics and others to keep our bodies from cleansing in the natural way. The “stuffing drugs” that we use drive the virus and bacteria back into the tissues where it can remain until the next immune system crash. Immediate symptoms are managed, but long-term health problems are often the result. For instance, a steroid (cortisone) ointment used for a skin condition may clear up immediate symptoms, but later a more serious problem may occur, such as asthma. In turn, bronchodilators may control the asthma, but may cause depression. In the effort to relieve a patient’s symptoms, the real causes of the patient’s condition have been overlooked. In addition to environmental toxins and the unhealthy foods that we consume, these types of chemical stuffers contribute to our need to detoxify regularly. A cleansing process such as Detoxification takes these substances out of storage and into circulation to be eliminated. This occasionally causes unpleasant symptoms for a short time. The consumption of caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol and other substances also contributes to the effect that is known as a “healing crisis.”
During detoxification and the days following, many people experience some of the signs of a healing crisis, which may include: headaches, skin breakouts, bowl sluggishness, diarrhea, fatigue, sweating, frequent urination, congestion, nasal discharge, or body aches. A few may also briefly experience anxiety, irritability or mental depression.
You must understand that your body is going through cleansing and detoxification. It is throwing out poisons using the energy it has saved from the hard-to-digest meals that have been discontinued. This is your body’s natural way of cleansing, and is a positive occurrence.
The best way to encourage your body’s natural cleansing methods is to not use over the counter drugs to stop the cleansing process. (Prescription medication should NOT be discontinued without a medical doctor’s approval). They may make you feel better in the short term, but to do so by driving toxins back into the tissues. Drink plenty of water to facilitate the process and get some rest.
The healing crisis generally lasts from just a few hours to a few days. The healthier one’s body is to begin with, the fewer symptoms there will be. The more the body has to clean up, the harder and longer the cleansing side effects will be. Symptoms will also be more pronounced if the change in the diet is abrupt, and less so if it is gradual. This is why detoxification preparation days are so important. Each healing crisis is followed by increased vitality and improved wellbeing.
Please be aware that it is just as important for your body to come off detoxification correctly as it is to detoxify. Your body is in a cleansing mode and will continue until clogging foods are reintroduced. As you finish Detoxification, continue taking the herbs until they are gone. Many of the ill-feeling symptoms that you may have been experiencing will have already begun to disappear. In fact, the three day cleanse is pretty dramatic. You will have lost 2-8 pounds, and will have begun eliminating some of the 5-27 pounds of waste that are being stored in the colon. If you are on medication, ask your prescribing doctor to work with you as you go through this program Start consuming fresh fruit, salads and vegetables. Some people choose to juice live foods for a few days before eating solid foods, allowing the body more time and energy to heal and gain strength. Slowly work your way back into foods after detoxification. Your body is now clean and will no longer tolerate abuse. A couple of beers will make you drunk, and you may become ill after eating pizza, and a candy bar may give you a headache. All these foods are very unhealthy and your clean body is simply more sensitive to toxins.
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Detoxification is a wonderful way to begin a healthy lifestyle. Cleansing the body should be done a few times per year at least. We like to do one at the beginning of each season, such as January, spring summer, etc. But doing a detox even a one day cleanse should be done after a weekend where you may have over done it. There are also holidays, birthdays, cruises, etc. A cleanse after any of these events will keep you feeling great, on track and ready to resume a life of energy and feeling good. Done 3-4 times per year, the body is stronger, cleanser, and better able to resist illness.