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Headache is one of the most common signs of detox during a cleanse.
The number one concern when doing a detox cleanse is,“What side effects will I experience?" It is important to know that there are normal symptoms during a detox cleanse. Knowing these are a normal part of detoxification will help to alleviate worry. Anything outside of these symptoms may be a sign that a different reaction is happening in response to the ingredient used. Often, detox symptoms are heightened during a cleanse because most people also choose to eat better and eliminate some bad habits like drinking alcohol, consuming sugar and eliminating coffee at the same time.
Signs You Are Detoxing
A dull, prolonged headache is one of the most common detoxification side effects. Headaches during detox are most common in the afternoon and evening, as the body has been active all day. One reason this happens is because you have altered your normal daily routine and most likely ditched some bad habits such as drinking alcohol, caffeine, smoking or cutting out sugars or processed foods, etc. This creates a situation of withdrawal, which can cause a headache, as your body is no longer receiving these.
Second, you will find you will need to urinate more frequently and perhaps experience loose stools, both of which can be dehydrating to the body. Dehydration will cause a headache. It is imperative to drink a lot of water, that being a minimum of 8-10 full glasses of filtered water daily.
2. Fatigue & Disrupted Sleep Patterns
Stimulating the body to purge toxins requires a larger internal workload than the body is used to. This creates fatigue and sometimes disrupted sleep. Expect to feel more tired and respond to the feeling by resting more than you normally do. Take naps when you can and get to bed at the very latest by 10pm. Go to bed with a plan to get a full 8 hours of sleep a night. When you are sleeping, your body is able to work efficiently at repairing and cleansing itself. Scheduling more rest that you are used to will help ensure you are getting enough down time, so that if sleep is disturbed you are still getting in enough rest.
Adding any additional tasks may cause the fatigue to be worse. Stick to a moderate exercise routine, don’t overdo it. Increasing your workload is not beneficial to the workload required of your body during detoxification. Stress in any form, whether physical, emotional or mental is counterproductive.
3. Frequent urination, Loose stools & Digestive upset
As discussed already, urination and loose stools are some ways the body eliminates toxins. Some of the herbs in a cleanse may be slightly diuretic, which stimulate the body to urinate and have a bowel movement.
It can be a shock to the digestive system to introduce herbs, nutrients, more fresh, whole foods, while eliminating processed foods and bad habits. The stimulation of purging toxins and excess hormones also stimulate more frequent digestion and the body works hard to get rid of the bad stuff.
This is why hydration and eating a nutrient rich whole foods diet is so important. These will help ensure you are replenishing nutrients. A great way to support your digestion while doing a cleanse is to drink fresh vegetable juice and smoothies rich in pea isolate protein, and to make sure you are taking your probiotic daily.
When choosing to do a cleanse it is important to eliminate poor dietary and lifestyle habits such as drinking alcohol, coffee, processed sugary foods and perhaps smoking. Eliminating stress is also an important part of cleansing. Changing diet and lifestyle practices can create a situation of temporary withdrawal. This will most definitely trigger cravings associated to those areas you have changed and eliminated. For example, if you drank coffee every morning, it makes sense that your body, being used to that, will desire it once again.
The change in diet and lifestyle, along with the introduction of herbs and nutrients may cause some slight nausea.
The best ways to avoid nausea are through hydration, diet choices, resting more and taking any necessary capsules with a little food and water. This should pass in a few days. If it advances to vomiting, something else may be going on. See Signs and symptoms you may be detoxing too quickly below for more information about this.
Signs and Symptoms You May be Detoxing Too Quickly
Sometimes the body tries to expel toxins faster than they can be properly eliminated. When this happens, more serious symptoms may appear. These are a warning of caution by your body to slow down and change what you are currently doing. Make sure your health coach is aware of any unusual symptoms. These symptoms include rash, flu-like symptoms and very rarely vomiting. Any of these symptoms may also be a sign of a reaction to one of the ingredients in the cleanse.
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