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Body detoxing, symptoms, withdrawal and problems from a detox.

Updated on March 7, 2017


What toxins may you be harboring?

Lots of things assault our bodies every day.

  • Excess Salt
  • White sugar
  • All heavily processed food
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Heavy Metals
  • Medications and drugs (legal or not)
  • Red meat
  • Air pollutants

All of these things put stress on our bodies, and organs...which changes the way our entire bodies function.


Headaches are common when detoxing
Headaches are common when detoxing | Source


Headaches are usually from withdrawal from caffeine, colas, nicotine, sugar, and fried food.

Mucus and allergies


Mucus and sinus issues

Mucus and sinus issues are usually from dairy withdrawal, or from quitting a habit such as smoking. Mucus build up happens when milk is consumed. This symptom can last up to two weeks. However, as it is expelled it's a really good sign because old mucus is an internal breeding ground for bacteria and disease. You may notice when you quit consuming milk you are suddenly full of mucus for a few weeks, that's a normal dairy detox symptom.

Healthy changes


The Most Common Detox Symptoms

It is natural to feel some unpleasantness when you detox your body. Most humans are bombarded with toxins and pollutants on a daily basis. Add in diet, medications, and recreational activities and it's no wonder you feel gross when you detox. All those toxins need to go somewhere. And your body wants them O-U-T!

Here are the most common detox symptoms, which are temporary, and generally clear up once toxins are expelled from your body. You may have some, few, a combination or none of these symptoms. They may appear random, combined, or with a pattern. When I detox, I always have headaches, fatigue, mood swings, stomach issues and sweating, sometimes I have the others listed below. But almost always have the ones I mentioned. Once you really get in tune with your body, you'll be able to spot the symptoms you typically get, and treat yourself appropriately to speed up recovery.

  • Migraines or headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Boils
  • Dry or oily skin
  • Body odor
  • Muscle soreness and pain
  • Excessive mucus and sinus issues
  • Dry mouth and a feeling of the tongue being "coated"
  • cold and flu-like symptoms
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Drastic weight loss
  • Strange cravings
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • gas and bloating
  • Acne
  • Excessive sweating
  • Bad breath/halitosis

Weight loss

Rapid weight loss is not uncommon when detoxing. It's not unheard of to lose 5-15lbs of old fecal matter alone! Your body will also eliminate as much sick and diseased tissue as possible. And everyone knows as your body regulates salt, you will lose weight in the form of water. If rapid weight loss causes you a particular amount of stress (as it does me), slow down on your detox!

Dealing with the symptoms

It's important to understand that when you detox, your body is working very hard to eliminate toxins. You may actually feel quite sick before you feel better. Do NOT take over-the-counter medications to deal with unpleasant symptoms during a detox, doing so will only cause your body to have to work harder. For headaches try a warm or cold compress on the head and lay down in a dark quiet room.

If you find the symptoms come on to fast or are unbearable, you are most likely detoxing to fast. So slow down. You must drink plenty of water during your detox, no tap water! Have plenty of fresh filtered or bottled water. You will want to drink half your body weight in ounces of water (this is preferable to do daily, regardless of detoxing). Herbal teas are also nice. When you feel tired you should listen to your body and rest. Hot showers with skin exfoliation are helpful, prayer or meditation can help to cope with mood swings or emotional disturbances. If possible, eat plenty of broth based soups, fresh fruit and vegetables, and light meals. If you are having excessive gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, halt or stop food intake and increase your consumption of fresh water.

Exercise (if you have the energy for it), fresh air, nature and sunshine are also beneficial.

Try to be as relaxed, stress-free, and as peaceful as possible throughout your detox. Stay positive and keep in mind you are restoring yourself to an ideal state of health. Your body wants to be healthy, but thanks to our current lifestyles may require some time to do so.


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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      Nice hub on detoxing. I am familiar with the Master Cleanse, but reading more on its history was interesting.

      Voted useful and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Very useful information on detox. I have experienced some of the listed items when I detoxed from unhealthy eating habits. I find exercise to help and also saunas when ridding your body of unwanted toxins, as you mentioned. Thanks for the share.