Naturopathic Detox Day 2
By Shawna Clark, ND
I started day 2 of my detox with a slight headache, but it resolved once I drank some water. I took some detox supplements before bed last night and a long night’s sleep without water could cause a small build-up of toxins, resulting in a mild headache. Detox protocols always run the risk of some small side effects including headache, increased fatigue, irritability and many others that cover a wide spectrum of symptoms. Each person has their own unique experience depending on how their body reacts and what imbalances they are dealing with. Although many people, don’t experience any negative effects at all.
Drinking lots of water can help reduce the risk of effects. The body eliminates waste through 4 ways: urination, bowel movements, breathing and sweating. Encouraging these elimination pathways helps to ensure that toxins are being removed from the body rather than reabsorbed.
Another way to reduce the risk of side effects is the increased use of anti-oxidants. This can be in the form of foods and teas, but supplements carry larger doses. The anti-oxidant support should complement the detox protocol. The stronger the detox, the higher the doses of anti-oxidants desired.
The word anti-oxidant refers to a chemical behaviour certain substances have. All molecules aim for a neutral charge and to get there, they exchange or share electrons or atoms like hydrogen. This starts a chain reaction not unlike musical chairs. There is always 1 leftover that has no chair to couple with. These are called free radicals. As one molecule steals electrons from another, that molecule follows suit and so on. These are oxidation reactions and they cause damage to our bodies. Anti-oxidants stop the chain by neutralizing the free radicals and thereby reducing the damage they cause. Common anti-oxidants are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, green tea, alpha-lipoic acid, glutathione and many others. They are abundant in our whole, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes. Another important reason to eat healthy!
Speaking of eating healthy, here’s my diet plan for today:
Bob’s Red Mill Tasty Hot cereal with cinnamon, berries, apples, ground flax seeds, flax seed milk and a touch of stevia
One cup of jade snow green tea
Sandwich on Silver Springs gluten-free flax bread, double toasted with hummus, avocado, lettuce, cucumber and tomato. (I find most gluten-free breads need to be double toasted to be ‘toasted’)
Various veggies and hummus on rice crackers
One cup of herbal tea
Rice and vegetable pasta & homemade tomato sauce with onions, garlic, mushrooms, red peppers and green onions
Tip for non-wheat pastas: boil in double the water you would normally use, moderate carefully to ensure its not overcooked, rinse with a little cold water and spin in a salad spinner to eliminate excess water.
Exercise: 25 minutes on the rowing machine + 20 minutes stretching
Evening Sauna: 20-35 minutes in the Far-Infrared Sauna
Water: at least 3 liters
For more info on detox or other health concerns, contact me at:
Shawna Clark, ND. Forces of Nature Wellness & Naturopathic Clinic
2447 Yonge St., 2nd floor Toronto ON M4P 2E7