Possible Detox Side Effects

I had recently written about a detox diet I was on. It actually was not really a diet, but a way to cleanse the toxins out of my system. Since our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, yes I said organ, it comes into contact with so many toxins throughout the day, let alone our lives. The air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink, the things we touch, all contain some form of bacteria as well as toxins whether we realize it or not. While some bacteria is a good thing for us, there are many that are not. Same goes for the toxins.

Being in my mid forties now, realizing I had never detoxed, I felt I had wanted to try. I had read so much about a variety of detox modalities, liking this one the best, I chose a natural detox that I would be willing to share with you if you contact me. The thing about this detox as opposed to others is you are able to eat on this detox. You are never food deprived, however if you eat foods that are “bad” for you, for example fried foods, or heavy, rich, fat laden foods, you may experience some cramping from any drinkable detox. The reason being that you intestines are working overtime trying to get the poisons out of your body and here we are adding more into it…hence the cramping.

What people also tend to forget about detox is that you are removing all essential vitamins and minerals from your system. These vitamins and minerals MUST be replenished in the form of healthy foods and/or a vitamin mineral supplement. If you forgo the supplement, you may initially feel like you have more energy, but after a weeks time you may being to feel lethargic and fatigued once again.

Another point about detox is the need for rest. While your body is working overtime cleansing itself, it needs additional rest in order to recuperate and become more energized. Sleep is essential during a detox period. A few people who had done a variety of detox products along with me during the week of my detox treatment had mentioned that they were now feeling more fatigued. After speaking with them about their experiences it came to light that indeed they were not getting enough rest and they were not taking a supplement of any type to replenish their systems.

Another thing to avoid during detox is caffeine, chocolate, alcohol and meats. These tend to alter the effect of the detox and may also induce more cramping and slight abdominal pain.

Following the suggestions listed above, your detox should go smoothly. Feel free to add comments and tell us your favorite detox therapy.

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detox = water, and a lot of it

When people detox you must always remember that you have to drink plenty of water!  I recently got an email from someone who told me that they had severe abdominal cramping from using a detox drink.  The suggestion I told her was to drink more water.  Water will push the detox through your system faster, thereby affording you the benefits of the cleanse along.  The idea is to cleanse, not to store the detox herbs in the body.  The herbs and marine botanicals in some detox can cause some cramping.  The answer for ANY detox is drink more water.  If of course you are on medications, it is always advisable to consult your doctor to see if there are any contraindications between the detox ingredients and the medications you take.  But always remember W-A-T-E-R, and at least 64 oz in total per day.

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Who does not love a massage?

I have a weekend ritual I share with my husband. Saturday mornings we work out for 1 hour with a personal trainer. Afterwards we try to go for a massage in a couples room at a local massage studio. Although the massage I get is amazing, a good friend of mine is a massage therapist and her massages truly take you another level. I just feel badly imposing on her all the time since she is a good friend.

The benefits of massage are countless. Massage not only does great things for your body, it’s good for your skin too. Massage increases circulation, which improves skin tone by bringing more nutrients to the skin and removing toxins. Add the hydrating creams and lotions used in most massage sessions, and you’ve got a great combination that nourishes and hydrates your skin.

Massage is perfect for those people who work out. Whether you are dong weight training or cardio training, your muscles can get sore. A sports massage can greatly help reduce your recovery time. Paired with a detox bath, the lactic acid build up can be eliminated from your muscles and make you feel like a million bucks in no time at all.

One of my favorite types of massage is a hot stone massage. This a deep massage technique that uses smooth, water-heated stones, which are applied to key muscles and muscles groups on your body to help reduce stress and restore balance. The massage therapist then performs a massage using the hot stones, where the heat of the stones is relayed through muscles leading to deeper tissue, providing greater relief and relaxation, not to mention improved circulation. This type of massage is especially ideal if you have back pain, arthritis, insomnia, depression, anxiety, or circulatory problems.

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Day 5 – 7 Detoxing

I gotta tell you, I have so much more energy then I did before starting the detox. Just wondering how long it will last! I have an easier time falling asleep and a much easier time waking up. I feel like I can jump on my treadmill and just run run run. This all came after the last few days of running to the bathroom. It seemed that the detox did catch up with me. Maybe it was cause I was drinking less water. Instead of having the 32oz detox and another 32oz of water I was drinking less. My sister in law suggested that maybe cause I was drinking so much water that I was feeling better. I guess that can also be the case. Water would flush the system and everyone always says you need drink a bunch during the day to stay hydrated and well. It all makes sense, but I have to have some faith in the fact that drinking products from the sea including algae and marine botanicals has to do something good for your system? From everything I have read online about the detox drink ingredients, it is all good stuff, each with its own benefits to our bodies. All I can say for sure is that I am going to drink more everyday regardless of detox or not and I will try the detox again next month just to see if there really is a difference.
Viva la Detox!
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Detox Day 3-4

Well I am well on my way to health, or so I am thinking!  I am feeling a lot better, less tired than I typically get during the later hours of the day.  I just contributed that to my kids running me ragged. 🙂  I am running to the bathroom a bit more then I did when I started this program, but thats fine, its not terrible.  My stomach has never grumbled like some other people were telling me it would do from the drink.  I feel fine and the taste of the tea is not bad at all.  It tastes like a strong tea with a lot of lemon in it.  Its scent is very herbal though.  The best part is i am down about 3 pounds and I am eating normally.  I am thinking I can do this once a month as it is suggested.  Read more about the detox program here.
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Detoxing in 30 minutes

Things can get crazy in life, I know and am speaking from quite a lot of experience.  We tend to overlook the simple things in life that can help us feel better and even heal our bodies.  After all who has time for themselves these days.  All my friends are always saying they wish there were more hours in the day.  Well with more hours in the day, comes more stress and more fatigue.  I am always telling everyone, “aren’t you worth taking some time for yourself?”.  I rarely ever take my own advice, but who does?  

With all the stress and fatigue, our bodies are bearing the brunt of it all.  Toxins invade our bodies and create all types of other problems for us…illness, weakened immune systems, more fatigue, even disease. To keep your body and soul happy, all you need is 30 minutes!  IN that time you can sit and meditate, do yoga, watch your favorite television show (although I like the first 2 options better) or DETOX!  

Detoxing will improve just about everything, mind, body and spirit.  Finding a great product like Arbonnes Detox Sea Soak Bath makes all the difference in the world.  It combines  a variety of sea rich minerals and botanicals that draw out all the impurities in your body, it can even draw out lactic acid helping fatigues muscles after working out.  As the water from your warm bath cools even more toxins are drawn out.  The effect afterwards is a renewed spirit, more energy and best of all you did something for yourself!  Aren’t you worth 30 minutes?
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Day 2 of the Detox

And I thought I got away easy and needed no cleansing…HA! It all hit about 11 pm last night. I started using the detox cleanse late morning, and should have waited until right before bedtime as it was suggested on the box. But I knew better, right? Well since I started it so late, it hit about 11 pm and was not as bad as I would have thought. As I was sitting playing my nightly game of literati on yahoo, I had felt a gurgling in my stomach and ran! Ended up forfeiting the game. 😦 But that was better then what may have happened should I have finished. lol As I sit here sipping day two of detox I am debating leaving the house to run a couple errands.

The detox itself tastes a bit like tea that was heavy on the lemon. Its all of 32oz when mixed with the water in my pretty blue bottle. Then when I finish this, I have to drink another 32 oz of water. The thing is, had I started drinking before bed, I most likely would have ended up all night peeing if nothing else, so I started much earlier.

Tonight I may treat myself to a detox bath using the detox sea salt/mineral in the tub. It smells awesome, like a french spa I once had the pleasure of visiting. It brings back a bunch of memories. Smells do that for me, more so then anything else.

Gotta go run some errands before it gets too late! Will keep you informed on how this detox is going! Any tips?
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