Detoxing While Menstruating

Commercial detoxing while you are pregnant or menstruating is generally advised against by doctors and medical professionals. There are a lot of warnings given when a person is ‘normal’, but they can be even worse if you are pregnant or on your menstruation cycle. There is always the natural, and much healthier, type of detoxing that is recommended as an alternative but even these are not advised at these times.

When your menstruation begins, and throughout the week, your body is in a state of ‘natural detox’ as it gets rid of the tissue it doesn’t need. As this occurs the lining of the uterus breaks down and dissolves and moves slowly to outside your body. Depending on the woman, there can be several different ways that the body will react; cramps, dizziness, fatigue and so on.

If you choose to attempt a detox at this stage you will be trying to make your body rid itself of things it doesn’t need. In other words, to do what it’s already doing! Women who detox during menstruation can experience more intense cramping and pain, greater weakness and fatigue and other symptoms that they normally would not have.

The only detoxing that you should be doing during your menstruation cycle is the ‘natural’ type of detoxing and then only the nutritional aspect of it. There are several things that you can naturally consume that are beneficial and may even help reduce or even eliminate menstruation discomfort.

Some foods that can give your body the ‘fuel’ it needs for its natural detoxification are usually raw fruits and vegetables but there are some supplements that can help as well. Make sure you increase your consumption of high calcium foods like milk, yogurt and vegetables that have green leaves. Keep in mind that chamomile and peppermint teas are also a good choice that not only help to naturally detox your body but can reduce unpleasant menstruation symptoms.

Also, reducing your salt, sugar and caffeine intake during the week prior to your period can help prevent cramping. You may also want to take vitamin B-complex as well as Vitamin B6. If you use supplements be sure to only take the recommended dosage and DO NOT exceed more than 100mg of B6 per day. Remember, you can experience more adverse symptoms if you do detox whilst menstruating. So think very seriously about this please!

The Side Effects of Detoxification

A change is as good as a holiday and if the change is a detox diet you will need to take some time off to do the job properly. The side effects of detoxing should not be taken lightly. Even a brief detoxification period is a major change in your life.

Before you begin a detoxing program see your doctor for a check-up. Tell him that you are thinking of going on a detox regime and listen to his advice. Most doctors will not approve of detoxing because medical research has not found any proof that it is needed. When you are listening to your doctor, try to put aside his natural skepticism but take notice of any precautions you might need to take in relation to your own individual medical condition.

One type of person who really should take medical advice before detoxing is the diabetic. Fasting will reduce your blood sugar levels and if you have chronically low levels or have liver or kidney problems you need to be in contact with your doctor.

There are lots of ways of detoxing your body and many involve some form of fasting. You can restrict yourself to drinking water, some kind of shake or juice. Or you can go for a liver or colon cleanse. All kinds of detoxification techniques carry side effects, both positive and negative.

Some of the negative side effects include muscular aches, moodiness, loss of sleep and the feeling that suddenly you are not one hundred percent well. As the detox process goes on these side effects will decrease in intensity and you will experience some of the more positive side effects.

When you change your diet or go on a fast you will suffer the consequences of changing your routine. It will take some time for your system to become used to the lesser amounts of food and the change in content of your meals. Lightheadedness is one of the symptoms of a decrease in food intake, so you need to arrange your life so you can get some rest whenever you need to.

There are emotional consequences of detoxing, too. You might feel restless and a bit apprehensive without being able to find a reason for it. If your emotional unrest is leading to a shortage of sleep you will need to have the time available during the day to take naps when you need to.

Other minor but bothersome side effects of detoxing could be skin break outs, more noticeable body odor and bad breath. You might also suffer from diarrhea or vomiting. These side effects will not only take up your time but increase your body’s needs for water. Right at the outset you need to be prepared to discipline yourself to drink water at regular intervals.

You also need to bear in mind that after your detoxing you will be left with a feeling of well being and an enthusiasm for taking on life’s challenges. You might also lose some weight, but that might not be permanent. At any rate, even though the list of negative side effects might dampen your enthusiasm for going on a detox diet, there is no need to be worried. You just need to be mentally prepared for these changes in your body before you begin.

Juice Detox Miracle for Health – Part 2 – Warning Signs That Your Body has Accumulated Toxins

Part 1 of this article (Juice Detox Miracle for Health – Part 1 – The Toxins We Accumulate) talks about the many ways we are subjected to toxins in our everyday lives.

Detoxing is about restoring the body’s balance by eliminating the accumulated toxins that interfere with our bodies’ natural systems. Our bodies were not designed to contain metals and poisons. Our internal organs and systems do a pretty good job of processing food, fuelling the body and eliminating waste. But accumulated toxins put an extra strain on our bodies. Our bodies are working so hard to eliminate them, or work around them, that there is little energy left over for us. We tire easily, and may feel unwell or ‘not right’. We may have serious illnesses. We may just suffer from (and sometimes put up with) minor maladies.

A lot of us do not even realise there is anything ‘wrong’ with us – until AFTER a detox, and the differences then become very clear.


Anything that gets you down is a sign that the body is out of balance. All of these ailments are warning signs and symptoms of an out-of-balance body :

Poor complexion – spots, pimples, blemishes

Mouth ulcers

Chapped lips

Itching or sore eyes

Irregular bowel movements or constipation

Tiredness, fatigue and lethargy

Dull hair

Weak nails

Headaches or migraines

Menstrual cramps

General unwell and run-down feeling

Sleeping problems

Lowered resistance to infections


Bad breath

Muscular pain


Cold perspiration


Chronic catarrh


Consider a detox as a springclean, or a cleansing for your insides. Eliminating toxins through detoxification can improve both short-term and long-term health.

Read about the many benefits of juice detoxing in the article Juice Detox Miracle for Health – Part 3 – Benefits of Detoxing

Busting Myths Around Detox

Detoxification is a process of getting rid of alcohol, drugs and their metabolites, and nurturing the body with essential minerals and nutrients. Due to lack of knowledge, many people harbor negative views about the process and hesitate taking the first and most important step of addiction treatment. It’s only after cleansing the body of all the toxins and making it stable, a patient can be administered further treatment targeting emotional and behavioral change.

Detox is crucial to monitor withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. But many people assume that it’s unsafe and some fear change in their lives. Here are some facts debunking myths surrounding detox, which can help a person to take the right decision of entering a rehab:

  • MythDetox is always difficult and very painful.

Fact – This is one of the most common myths. Detox might be painful as the body tries to get used to the absence of the substance that was once taken regularly. However, under medical supervision, it can be made tolerable where one is helped in transitioning to other steps of recovery.

  • Myth – Detox is only for heroin addiction.

Fact – Many people think that detox is only for people addicted to heroin or other strong drugs, but it is a myth. It is needed for those addicted to alcohol or prescriptions drugs as well.

  • Myth – Detox happens only once.

Fact – Many people believe that detox can happen only once and if a person fails, there is only a downward spiral. The fact is that many people who have been in recovery for years swear by the number of times they attempted a detox before finally quitting the substance for good.

  • Myth – Detox lasts for 24-48 hours only.

Fact – The length of a detox program varies from person to person, depending upon the drug of abuse, duration and dosage. It can last from a few days to a couple of weeks.

  • Myth Once detox is over, a person is fit.

Fact – This is again a misconception. Detox is the first step towards attaining sobriety; it should never be considered as a stand-alone procedure. Quitting treatment after detox can result in an imminent relapse.

Getting maximum out of detox

Here are some tips to help a person gain maximum from a detox or a rehab:

  1. It is important to keep reminding oneself why one entered a detox facility or a rehab. Affirmations help in reinstating one’s belief in the treatment and keep hopes alive.
  2. One must ask questions whenever in doubt as it will give clarity.
  3. It is important to stay focused on the present rather than ruminating over the past or getting anxious about the future.
  4. One must follow the rules and be patient. There should be no hurry to finish the program. Discipline and perseverance are essential in recovery.
  5. It is important to keep one’s mind open to all the possibilities, consequences and disappointments. It helps in learning and unlearning many things about oneself and the process, and this knowledge can be enlightening.
  6. One should not expect a quick fix solution to the problems. Clinically-administered detox gradually removes the drug effects. If it’s done suddenly, it’s bound to have repercussions.
  7. One should prepare for the best and the worst days in advance. Some days might be challenging, while some might be easy. Be grateful for each day of life.
  8. It’s important to be friendly as one might have to attend several group therapy sessions. Befriending other people offers an opportunity to share and learn from them.

Detox and recovery

Drug or alcohol addiction is a treatable disease only when a person seeks help. Though recovery can be faster during the initial days of addiction, it is not impossible to wean off the drug effects when a person has been addicted for long.