DETOX QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: "How long should I stay on this diet?"
A: Two weeks is generally recommended, however, if you are starting out for the first time, one week is often suggested.
Q: How can I possibly fit this diet into my busy schedule?"
A: By planning in advance. Purchase all the groceries that you'll need to last you each week and cook ahead. For example, boil enough brown rice for a few days. Buy organic, additive-free juices and apple sauce instead of making your own. Keep snacks handy at work, such as rice crackers and hummus.
After three weeks of healthy and simple eating, most people notice improved mental clarity and performance and are better able to handle their busy schedules.
Q: "What about fasting as a method of detoxification?"
A: Fasting can be very effective for certain health conditions, under the supervision of a health practitioner. Some people may include a one to two day fast as part of a detox, however, after approximately 24 hours the liver's detoxification system becomes impaired, specifically, glutathione metabolism. In addition, toxins stored in the body may be released too quickly for the body to handle during a fast.
Q: "How will I feel on this diet? Are there any side effects?"
A: Some people may initially experience headaches, slight nausea, poor concentration, weight loss, skin rashes or chilliness. Gradually, people will notice an improvement, usually by the third or fourth day. Vitamin C helps to reduce these temporary side effects.
Q: "When is a good day to start this diet?"
A: If you work from Monday to Friday, begin on a Friday so you have the first few days to relax at home. These are usually the most difficult days.
Q: "Is there anyone who shouldn't try this diet?"
A: It is especially important to consult a qualified health care practitioner if you have a terminal or malignant illness, genetic disease, liver disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, hyperthyroidism, mental illness, diabetes, active alcoholism or drug addiction, eating disorder, are chronically underweight, take regular medications or are pregnant.
Q: "What happens after the detox?"
A: Many of the foods that were eliminated during this diet can be allergenic. A natural health practitioner can help to systematically reintroduce food groups (wheat, dairy, gluten, corn) and note reactions to identify the food groups that may be aggravating health conditions such as sinus congestion, fatigue, skin conditions, arthritis and bloating and constipation. Flare-ups can occur, so supervision is recommended.