Ask the Expert: Out With the Bad, In With the Good

This is the time of year when cleanses or diets are at the forefront of our minds.   Just by changing your eating habits for the better or ‘eating clean’ some might experience ‘detox symptoms’.  When you eliminate or cut back on certain foods, your body eliminates toxins.  Your body will try to expel toxins in any way it can: from your liver, via bowel movements and through your skin’s pores.

While you are detoxing, your body focuses on releasing toxins, so you might feel under the weather because you have all of this garbage traveling throughout your body.  Some people may feel the ill effects of drudging toxins up and out.  Once they’re out you’ll feel better.  This usually takes a few days.

Some common detox symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Temporary muscle aches
  • Mucus or other discharge
  • A coated, pasty tongue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weakness
  • Cravings
  • Nausea
  • Constipation and/or Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Skin breakouts
  • Bloating, stomach pains

What to do to relieve the symptoms?   Drink lots of water, exercise lightly and rest.  It will pass before you know it and you will feel better than you’ve felt in a long time.

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Alisa Davies is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert and has been in the health and wellness field for many years.  She specializes in natural nutrition, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases, healthy eating habits for kids, weight loss, inflammatory conditions, custom eating plans and recipe development.  Contact Alisa at Movement Unlimited Inc. at 905-892-1239  or 905-964-2026 or email her at