These symptoms may include headache, stomach ache, cough, diarrhea, constipation, skin eruptions, rashes, clogged sinus or draining sinus, fever, feeling rundown, or flu-like symptoms.
These symptoms are sometimes called a Herxheimer reaction. How long these symptoms last and how uncomfortable you are may indicate how much your body needs a good cleansing. There are many ways to cleanse and detoxify the body naturally. Whether you prefer juice fasts or fiber supplements, cleansing is an excellent way to kick-start your weight-loss and healthy-living regimen.
The cleansing process is disturbing to some because they do not understand why they are feeling bad when they are doing so many good things for themselves. We have also developed the habit of running for something to stop these symptoms as soon as they start.
We must realize that when we DO get "sick", this is our body trying to save itself. All the avenues of elimination increase their activity. We don't like it, so want to run and get something to stop it, when it may be better to just let "nature" take it's course, and let the body do the work of healing itself.
Change your diet for the better gradually. For example, if you stop coffee suddenly, you will have headaches, better to decrease a little at a time. Add any supplements you may be using by increasing amounts gradually.
It is best to seek the guidance of a health care provider during this process. Call your nutritional health care adviser if you are discouraged.