Okay, this is a big one. How can we avoid the harsh detox symptoms when water fasting? Well first of all, what are some of the symptoms that we are speaking about? The detox symptoms can be expressed in many different ways. Coughing, rashes, low energy, headaches, dizziness, sore throats, joint pain, abdominal pain, temporary hair loss, puffiness around the eyes, and much, much more.
So what’s causing the detox symptoms in the first place? Well, that’s a good question and there are many different answers. There isn’t one single answer for why something happens, everyone is unique and everyone’s fasting experiences are unique. With that being said, I can throw a couple of ideas your way for possibly why you may be experiencing what you’re experiencing.
Headaches are super common, period, if you’re a coffee drinker and you’ve ever gone without having your morning coffee or your daily coffee, you probably have noticed some withdrawal symptoms, which include headaches. Just like any drug, when our body starts going through withdrawal, we tend to experience a variety of unpleasantries. When you’re fasting, you’re not putting anything in your body, that means that the sugar that we are unknowingly addicted to and the caffeine, is being purged and the result would be headaches.
Temporary hair loss. This is one of those things that happens enough for me to speak about, but is less common. People get really freaked out when they start losing extra hair, and rightfully so. While this didn’t happen to me, it happens to some people. I’ve been trying to pinpoint exactly why this happens and here’s where I’ve landed so far. The liver, which is your main elimination organ, becomes low-functioning. When you fast, you are releasing a large amount of toxins into your system that were previously being protected by your fat cells. If the liver is not functioning at a level that can handle all of the toxins being released, you may find new issues popping up in other places. It compromises the lymphatic system and directly affects the nurturing of the hair follicle. One good way to combat this is to utilize the liver and gallbladder flush that I promote, click here to check out the video.
One more fairly common detox symptom would be rashes on the skin, pimples or anything in that realm. This actually goes back to what I mentioned previously about the liver being low-functioning. One of the other elimination organs we have is the skin. If the liver is not equipped to eliminate toxins, the body will utilize the skin as a last resort. This results in pimples, rashes and all sorts of swelling on the skin. Your first reaction is going to be to run to the doctor and get some cortisol. I would strongly advise against that. I have seen this happen time and time again and while the direction is different for each individual, the result has been the same if left completely alone, which is the skin returns to normal and oftentimes returns in better condition than it was previously. If it’s itchy, you can moisturize it with something like coconut oil, but other than that I would not put any kind of medication on it, as it may have a negative effect. Also, ending your fast when you see something like this pop up, may just prolong the time it takes for your body to finish healing, so it’s advised to continue fasting for optimum results.
At the end of the day, there are many detox symptoms, there’s always going to be something unique popping up. I encourage you all to keep an open mind as we are looking to relearn the body and change our perspective on what symptoms are. One last tip for limiting detox symptoms would be to choose a fasting method that allows for a slower detox. Such methods include intermittent fasting and alternate day fasting. Feel free to ask follow-up questions and create a dialogue here in the blog or head over to the Forum section and post a question.