Are you transitioning to a vegan or raw vegan diet? You will notice when you make either transition your body will experience a detoxification period.
During your detoxification period you may feel like a vegan or raw vegan diet is not for you because you are not feeling well. Don’t worry because it is normal.
I am on day 7 of my 30 day raw food challenge and I have experienced some detoxing symptoms. The main symptoms I have had thus far are nausea and diarrhea. I know I am getting a little detailed, but I want you to know that a detox period is normal and that you are not sick.
What is the detoxification process?
The detoxification process is when the lymph fluid (intercellular fluid) removes impurities from the blood. As the impurities are removed, your body is lightened of the blockages within the cells are removed, resulting in improved health.
During detoxification your blood is getting cleaner and as a result of this the blood becomes thinner and less thick. Fasting and juicing also helps thin the blood too.
The cleaner and lighter the foods are that you are consuming, the cleaner and lighter the lymph will become. This will result in thinner and cleaner blood.
How will I feel during the detoxification process?
As the lymph removes the impurities you will think that you may need to see a doctor, but don’t rush to the doctor too soon.
The symptoms that you will experience during detoxification are normal.The toxins are circulating throughout your body which can cause you to feel ill.
You may experience the following:
- Coldness or hot flashes
- Desires for poor food
- Tastes of old medicines
- Mucus discharges
- Variety of emotional releases (anxiety, depression and other imbalances)
- Bad breath
- Cold symptoms
- Momentary aches
- Unclear thinking
- Weight loss
During the detoxification process the body will use the eliminating systems for your cleansing. These systems include the integumentary system – skin (largest organ), digestive system, circulatory and respiratory systems. A good way to aid in elimination through the skin is to work up a sweat and dry skin brushing.
The symptoms listed above will occur during your transition to a healthier and cleaner diet. Embrace these symptoms as your body’s way of detoxing.
Detoxification also helps heal some conditions that you may have been dealing with for years.
Example: I use to have allergies and sinus problems, but I don’t have these issues. Eating the wrong foods can cause these conditions to return.
I am having a few symptoms, but not as many as I had when I did my first 40 day raw food challenge in October 2008. This time around things are much better. I’ve only had diarrhea and nausea. These symptoms are not constant symptoms.
Don’t worry about detoxing symptoms because it is a normal process. I know some people who have ended a 1 day fast because they felt sick. Remember it is your body doing what it does best, repairs, eliminates and rejuvenates.
What have been your symptoms while detoxing?
Source: Sunfood Diet Success System
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