A raw detox can be a great way to cleanse your digestive system. By concentrating on eating only raw foods for a period of 7-10 days, you may be able to recharge your whole system.
Many people find that they experience an energy boost from eating a raw food diet. Some people report feeling “cleaner” or more alive spiritually. In addition, it often helps with digestive problems. Nevertheless, there can be side effects.
If you are somebody who eats healthy all of the time, you should not suffer too many detox symptoms. However, most of us have not followed a healthy eating plan all of our lives and we do have some toxins stored.
If you have had a very unhealthy diet until now, or have been eating badly recently, you could suffer from “detox flu” or other symptoms. In this article we will look at some of these symptoms so that you are well prepared before you start.
Why do we suffer from side effects on a raw detox or other cleansing diet? Some experts say that when we consume a lot of toxins along with our food, the body cannot process and excrete them all. For safety, it stores them, often in a protective fat cell. When you begin a detox diet, it’s as if the body thinks, “Way to go! Now we can unload all of those stored toxins!” So it pours them out into the bloodstream for processing by the liver and other organs. With all those toxins in your bloodstream, you are likely to suffer from some side effects.
One of the most common side effects of a raw detox (or any cleanse) is headaches. Often these are caused by caffeine withdrawal. If you are used to having a lot of coffee or other caffeine drinks (including cola) then you are likely to suffer from headaches when you stop. Even stopping three cups of coffee a day can give you withdrawal symptoms.
The headaches from caffeine withdrawal can be annoying and you probably want to avoid them. But you will not want to take painkillers during your raw detox. So what is the solution?
The best thing to do is to cut down on your caffeine consumption slowly before beginning a detox or cleanse, until you reach the point where you are having only 1-2 cups a day. Then start your raw detox and you should have no caffeine-related headaches.
If you don’t want to do this because you want to start your raw detox right away, then you may have to drink some coffee during the time of your detoxification diet. This means that it will not be a 100% raw detox, but maybe that’s not so important. You will want to avoid adding pasteurized milk, sugar and sugar substitutes to your coffee, because these are not raw ingredients.
Other common side effects of a raw detox include tiredness, digestive upsets and cravings. These may be caused by toxins exiting the system or simply by the sudden change of food.
Provided these symptoms are only a side effect of your raw detox, they will not be dangerous. If you are concerned about the severity of your side effect symptoms, you can easily end them by adding some cooked or prepared foods to your diet at one meal per day. This will reduce the power of your raw food cleanse, but it may make it more comfortable for you.
If you are feeling very tired, ask yourself whether you are eating enough, and consider adding more higher calorie raw foods like banana, nuts and avocado. (Try a banana and avocado smoothie with raw cacao powder – it’s delicious!) If you are craving salty foods, go for foods that are naturally higher in sodium, like celery.
Of course, if you have any health issues you should be sure to consult with your doctor before starting a raw detox or any other special diet.