We have both found that a four-week detox is a good length of time to achieve an excellent shift in wellbeing. Sometimes we detox for longer - six to eight weeks - and sometimes just for a week if we feel a bit sluggish and tired.
If you are planning your first detox, then stick with the program for at least four weeks to reap longer term benefits.
managing side effects
Headaches Take 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin C powder in a glass of water twice a day. Have a snooze if possible. Rub a drop or two of lavender pure essential oil on yourtemples and neck. Dip a face cloth in chilled water, squeeze it out and place over your forehead. Take a homeopathic headache remedy (from health food stores).
Diarrhoea It's more likely that you may experience loose bowel movements rather than diarrhoea, and possibly more movements than usual. However, if you do have diarrhoea, drink lots of water, whisk 1 teaspoon of slippery elm powder, 1 teaspoon psyllium husks (excellent natural soluble fibre, from the health food store) and 1 teaspoon acidophilus bifidus powder (friendly bacteria, from the refrigerator in the health food store) into a glass of water and have 3 to 4 times a day. The symptoms usually don't persist beyond a day or two.
Flatulence Reduce the amount of legumes you eat if this is a problem. Chew your food slowly and don't drink fluids with your meals (many people feel more comfortable in their digestive system by following this advice). You may be reacting to extra vegetable fibre, in which case, eat lightly cooked vegetables until your body settles, then gradually increase the amount of raw vegetables you eat. If raw vegetables aren't commonplace in your diet, you may suffer with excess flatus. Sometimes fresh vegetable or fruit juices can create flatulence. In this case, make half the amount and dilute with an equal quantity of water.
Bloating Whisk 1 teaspoon acidophilus bifidus powder into a glass of water and have before each main meal. Some people feel bloated when they have psyllium husks. You can reduce the amount of psyllium you have by half or more. If you do this, increase the amount of freshly ground linseeds (from the health food store or supermarket) or slippery elm powder (excellent soluble fibre, from the health food store) you have (see 'Extra fibre and supplements' on page 12 - you need to have soluble fibre each day to absorb toxins in your digestive system). Don't overeat. Avoid too much soda water (the gas may exacerbate a bloated feeling).
the detox program
We list here all the foods that will help support detoxification and will provide your body with wonderful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some foods are common allergens and so we've put them on the list of foods to avoid. When these foods are ingested, they can add to the load on your liver and are best avoided during a detox for this reason. Some foods are okay in small amounts, but could be problematic in a larger quantity - we've listed these as the ones to limit. We have included a few foods that contain gluten in this list (rye, barley, spelt and oats), however, if you know that you are sensitive or allergic to gluten, please omit them entirely. If you're unsure of this, once you start your detox, take note of any digestive reactions you may have after eating these foods. If you do react, leave them out of your diet for the remainder of your detox.
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