No one enjoys detox symptoms when you’re detoxing. Ideally, you should take a few days off from work or other commitments when detoxing to help manage symptoms. But if you’re forced to work through a detox, you might experience some annoying detox symptoms that can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing. Try these tips for making your detox easier on your body and more effective.
Fatigue is by far one of the most common detox symptoms people complain about. Because so much energy is being spent expunging all the toxic waste and buildup in your body, you might not be having as much energy as you’re used to. You probably have also cut caffeine, so if you’re used to a morning latte waking you up, it’s normal to feel tired for a few days. Make sure your calorie intake is up! Cutting out a lot of different food groups can make it so you’re not eating enough. Increase your intake of fruits, drinks, and other high-calorie foods on your detox and see if that helps manage your fatigue levels.
Withdrawal from certain food groups can definitely give you a headache during a detox. Again, if you’ve cut out addictive substances like caffeine or sugar, don’t be surprised if your head feels like it’s going to explode. Rather than take a pain killer, try a natural approach like rubbing some essential peppermint or lavender oil on your temples. The two fragrances can help alleviate your headache and help you get through your day.
Acne and breakouts are very common when detoxing. Don’t rush to cover your pimples with globs of concealer—that might only make things worse! Instead, try natural acne remedies at night that will soothe your skin and promote faster healing. Although it might sound odd to moisturize acne-prone skin with oil, coconut and olive oil are antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Swap your normal evening moisturizer with one of these oils and see if you notice a change.
Often when you’re detoxing you might experience some embarrassing diarrhea. This is your body’s way of getting rid of all the junk that’s been building up in your body for years. Make sure you stay hydrated. If your symptoms are severe, try adding some fiber rich carbs or even some ground up flax seed to your food. Foods like rice also help alleviate diarrhea.
Constipation is also something many complain about when embarking on a detox. This usually happens when too much water is extracted from the stool, making it difficult to pass. To alleviate your symptoms, make sure you’re drinking enough water. Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables can also help alleviate constipation symptoms.
Some people complain of having flu like symptoms when detoxing. Know that this is totally normal and should subside within a few days or a week. Try supplementing with ginger products like teas, supplements, or simply straight ginger root. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, and can help calm your nasal passages, thus alleviating your symptoms.
One final, but just as annoying symptom of detoxing is a sore throat. If you’re also suffering from a runny nose, chances are you're experiencing some nasal drip that’s hitting the back of your throat, causing irritation to that area. Soothing herbal teas can instantly become your new best friend as they help alleviate pain and promote hydration. If your detox plan permits it, add a little raw organic honey to boost your immune system and have you feeling better in no time.
The good news is detox symptoms are only temporary! Within a week you should be feeling lighter, healthier, and back to your old self! What are some of your natural remedies for soothing detox symptoms?