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Symptoms of a Whole Body Detox

by
author image Tina Morin
Tina Morin started writing in 1995. She now writes on various topics for several websites. Morin wrote for her college newspaper, tutored and performed at her college Writers Symposium. She earned her bachelor's degree in communication (emphasizing creative media) at Crown College and is finishing her master's degree in organizational leadership at Northwestern College while looking into the doctorate communications program at Regent University.
Symptoms of a Whole Body Detox
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Overview

A whole body detox is very helpful in weight loss and ridding the body of toxins. The process of detoxification is not generally pleasant, but the end result is worthwhile. However, before you begin detoxifying, it is important to know the symptoms that often come along with it and to ask your doctor or physician if you are concerned about anything. Some symptoms often associated with a whole body detox include irritability and moodiness, tiredness and some other physical symptoms.

Irritability and Moodiness

A whole body detox can cause excessive irritability and moodiness. It is actually the toxins in the body that cause this problem in the first place. As Naturalbodydetoxfacts.com states, detox symptoms are simply manifestations of the body's self-cleansing and self-healing process to get rid of toxins. When you begin the detox, all the toxins get pulled out of your system so the irritability and moodiness can become much worse before they get better, though it will only be for a short period of time.

View it like cleaning a house. In the process of cleaning, everything becomes more messy and cluttered than before you started cleaning. But in order to enjoy a clean house you have to deal with the messiness in the cleaning process. Likewise, in order to help with irritability and moodiness, you have to get past the beginning phase of the whole body detox.

Fatigue

Fatigue is another common symptom of a whole body detox. This includes having a lack or even loss of energy. The severity of this symptom depends on what your lifestyle is like before the detox and how quickly you make the change into the detox, as stated by Naturaltechniques.com. This source also says that if you more gradually start a detox and prepare your body ahead of time, you will not be as negatively affected by symptoms.

This can be compared to soreness from exercising. If you never exercise but then decide to go for a run one day, you will most likely feel sore the next morning. However, if you exercise on a regular basis, the aches and pains will be lessened. This is how it is with detoxifying your body. If you slowly start a detox rather than fully jumping into it right away, the symptoms will not be as severe.

Other Physical Symptoms

When you begin to detoxify, the cells in your body start to eliminate toxic substances. However, before they make their final exit, the toxins are released into the bloodstream then carried through the circulatory system and this may result in other physical symptoms, according to Naturaltechniques.com. Some of these symptoms include body aches and pains, cravings or withdrawal, nausea or vomiting, clogged sinuses, constipation or diarrhea, coughing, fever, flu or cold-type symptoms, bad breath, gas, headaches and stomach aches. Naturaltechniques.com also says that toxins are often eliminated through the skin as well and this can result in acne, rashes, or other skin issues. All of these symptoms do not occur for everyone, but it is at least good to know what to expect ahead of time or what others sometimes experience during a whole body detox.

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