Exposing Detox Myths.

2 07 2009

When you begin a raw food diet, you have to break those old habits of high-fat, cooked complex carbs and eating all that huge amount of meat and animal products.

Get Those Toxins OUT!

All the toxins from your old diet are stored in your body. Very few of these are eliminated in wastes and certainly those from the days before you begin the frugivore regimen are still in the body.

We know that habits are difficult to break. If you have ever had a bad habit such as being perpetually late or clicking your tongue and then decided to stop, you know it can be difficult. If you have ever had a really bad habit like smoking or drinking alcohol, then you know it is really, really difficult to stop. It seems the worse the habit, the more difficult to quit. But any habit can be broken.

The body loves habits and doesn’t often approve of change right away. Subsequently, we sometimes feel cravings or urges when we stop a bad habit. Or we may do the action or behavior unconsciously.

When you begin your diet, you might well find you have some cravings for those dense, high-fat, highly processed, cooked and seasons foods. You might find something you shouldn’t be eating in your hand before you even realize what you are doing!

Don’t beat yourself up about these cravings, urges or even a small set-back. You are, after all, human and only human. However, there are simple ways to help your body detox encouraging yourself consciously or unconsciously to slip.

Practical Guidelines

First of all, get enough sleep and some exercise but avoid really hard physical exercise and mental stress until your energy level recovers from the changes in diet. You’ll probably want to change your exercise practices, one you return to hard physical exercise, to muscle building rather than weight loss because the proper, natural raw food diet will maintain your ideal weight quite effectively given time.

Periods of detoxification, tissue repair, growth and healing will occur in the body. Some days you will have tons of energy and others you may have less as the body uses its energy to dispose of toxins.

The myth that this purification process goes on forever is totally false. It really only takes a short time to get all the toxins out of your body after you begin a natural, uncooked, unseasoned food diet that is low in fat.

Of course, if you fail to heed the program and eat all the wrong things, making your diet high fat, even though it may be raw, or if you mix the wrong foods, you may be problems and fail to reach that wonderful goal of great health, abundant energy and a good life.

Lack of Energy

A common complaint by people beginning the raw foods diet is that they lack energy. After only days, your body should have MORE energy; not less. Here are the most common causes of lack of energy when attempting to change to a frugivore diet:

  • Failure to get enough good, sound sleep
  • Using oil in your diet which slows digestion significantly – up to two hours per drop!
  • Eating too many fatty foods such as avocados, nuts or seeds
  • Failure to exercise at all, or to exercise very little. Everyone needs exercise. Of course, heed the warnings that the very first few days, you should avoid too much strenuous exercise. But that doesn’t mean sit in front of the TV 24/7! But over training in the first days is not good for you.
  • Depression, negative thinking or other negative emotional states including high stress situations. Chronic loneliness or anxiety can contribute to this problem.
  • Failure to get fresh air and some exercise. Here we go back to the negative affects to too much TV or sedentary lifestyle.
  • Failure to hydrate with water, fruit juices and healthy liquids.
  • Mixing the wrong raw foods causing indigestion and acid stomach. Anytime you feel bad, you don’t have energy. Eat fatty foods without combining sugary foods. For example, don’t sit down and eat ½ an avocado along with a banana.
  • Using spices, salt or other condiments that are not really raw, natural foods eaten by primates in the animal kingdom.
  • Eating when you are not hungry. This often results, even on a raw food diet, in eating the wrong things or eating too much.
  • Smoking or second-hand smoke.

Because these activities elevate the hormone that results in internal toxemia, you simply won’t feel your best. Listen to the messages your body sends to you!

Prevention

When you don’t feel your best on a raw-foodist diet, analyze recent choices and activities. Identify if any of the risk factors are present. Then, eliminate the cause and rest a little extra for a day or two. But don’t remain sedentary.

What REALLY Isn’t Normal

If you follow the raw-foodist diet for a year or longer and still experience any of the following, you probably should contact a doctor to ensure you aren’t developing a medical condition. Anyone can catch a virus or become ill; it has nothing to do with the raw-food diet. In fact, you’ll experience LESS illness if you follow the techniques outlined in these lessons accurately.

However, if you started your regimen with no serious health issues, yet you either experience the onset of symptoms which last longer than a few days OR you have these symptoms continually, seek medical consultations.

It’s just not normal to continually feel:

  • Tired in the afternoon even though you got enough sound sleep the night before
  • You have little or no energy and don’t feel you are capable of moderate to strenuous exercise on a regular basis (3-5 times per week).
  • You have many ups and downs in energy frequently.
  • You feel worse than before you changed your diet yet you have followed the diet carefully including not eating too much fat or mixing the wrong foods. This applies after the first month or few months of allowing your body to get the toxins from your years of bad diet out of your body.
  • You experience a lot of itching. This could possibly indicate an allergy, existing or new.
  • Your body odor is very strong or changes dramatically.
  • You have frequent headaches or your headaches are especially severe.
  • You have dental problems that didn’t exist previously. If you eat a raw food diet and practice good dental hygiene, your dental exams should be improved, not worse than before!

It’s not abnormal to have a minor headache once in a while or to have a body odor when you exercise and get seriously sweaty. However, when symptoms persist or are extremely severe, please consult a medical practitioner immediately.

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2 responses

3 07 2009
Body Detox

Good information you have there. I’m a staunch advocate of body detox. Everyone should do it once yearly. You’ll be amazed what it can do to your energy level and complexion.

4 07 2009
Diana

Body Detox

Thank you for the comment. Even one day twice a month is beneficial!

Diana.

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