So you've made your choice on what type of program you're doing and you're ready to start. Or you're thinking this is something you're interested in but wondering how you're going to feel. Can I still go to work? Do I need to hang close to a bathroom? All of these are excellent questions and I am going to answer them to the best of my ability without going into a lot of detail.
Your detoxification symptoms are going to be unique to you. This is based on not only what type of program that you have chosen but also on what your lifestyle has been, your past food choices, and any preparatory work that you did leading up to the detoxification such as eliminating caffeine.
Your symptoms may start immediately or once you're in the program for a few days - or even a few weeks into it. You may have various symptoms at different points during your detox. If is also entirely possible not to have any symptoms at all.
The duration of symptoms you experience will depend on your medical history, lifestyle, and what type of detox you are doing. Many common symptoms of a detox include fatigue, headaches and unfamiliar tastes in the mouth. Some also see skin outbreaks and old injuries that hurt or ache as the body releases the toxins. I had someone in one of my programs tell me she had broken her wrist as a child and during the first week of the detox her wrist hurt.
You may also notice some strange smells from your body. I had a lady that had undergone chemotherapy treatment several years before the detox program. During the program she stated she could smell the chemotherapy coming out of her. She also had symptoms from when she underwent chemotherapy such as fatigue. These symptoms lasted over 2/3rd’s of the time she was on her detox but felt fantastic once the symptoms had gone away.
Other physical symptoms may include constipation, diarrhea, or gastric discomfort. Sinus congestion, sinus discomfort, sore throats, hoarseness or flu like symptoms may also be experienced during a detox. In addition to physical symptoms there may also be emotional symptoms. This is due in part because our body stores everything at a cellular level. The cells remember whether we want to or not. If we have undergone some sort of a trauma (whether that be physical or emotional), even if we have resolved and found peace with that trauma, it is still stored in our cellular memory. Sometimes doing a detoxification program may bring up some emotions. These emotions may be sadness, anger, joy, or intense grief. Whatever that emotion is it can often be surprising when someone has this happen. It is important to recognize it for what it is, accept it, and know that it will pass.
Remember, all of these symptoms are simply part of your body's way of "letting go".