There is an area of great misunderstanding and confusion in the nutrition field. It is the failure to understand and interpret the symptoms and changes that will occur after implementing an improved nutrition program. What can be expected to happen when a marked improvement in diet is begun? Remarkable things begin to happen in the mind and body. When the quality of nutrition or food entering the body is higher quality than the quality of tissue the body is made of, the "body intelligence" senses this, and begins to discard the lower grade materials and tissues and begins "constructing" new cells and tissues with the superior elements provided. There will be signs or symptoms that are recognizable when lower grade food elements are eliminated and more alive, superior quality food elements are introduced into the body. If stimulant use such as caffeinated coffee, tea or chocolate is discontinued, headaches may occur. This is because the body is discarding toxic residue of caffeine and theobromine, which the body is removing from its tissues and transporting through the bloodstream during its many circulatory rounds. Before these toxins reach the final destination for elimination, these irritating toxins may overwhelm the body’s filtration system. The process of removal and elimination out of the body is an incredible cleansing process that is desirable. cleansing symptoms usually do not persist more than a few days, but can include, in addition to headaches, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, lethargy, or general malaise.
During this initial cleansing phase, which lasts about 10 days on average but may last as long as several weeks in very toxic individuals, the body’s vital energies that usually exist in the external areas of the body, such as muscles and skin, begin to shift to internal organs for the purpose of the reconstruction phase. This shifting of power to the internal region may produce a feeling of decreased energy in the muscles, and the mind may interpret this as weakness. Actually, power is probably increased, but that power is being used to rebuild and reconstruct important organs and less energy is available for muscular function. Interesting feelings begin to appear as an improved diet and nutrition program gradually raises the quality of food in the daily diet. The "body intelligence" reasons something such as: "Oh! Look at this superior material I can use. I can now get rid of all the old garbage and start to rebuild beautiful new cells and tissues." The body will begin immediately to eliminate excess bile from the liver and the gallbladder and send it to the intestines. It will also begin to move sludge from the arteries, veins and capillaries. The smelly, gassy, brain-stupefying masses that have been building up in the body will be eliminated. Arthritic deposits in and on the joints will be cleaned up. The toxic residue from irritating food preservatives, pharmaceuticals, aspirin, sleeping pills and tobacco that have burdened the body for so long, along with masses of fat, will be eliminated.
This first phase is called catabolism, and the process involves the elimination or breaking down of tissue. This is the body’s way of beginning to clean house - in short, to remove the garbage deposited in all the tissues. Waste materials will be discarded more rapidly than new tissue can be made from the new food and nutrients being supplied to the body. Other symptoms may also persist for a while, and then the second phase or stabilization will begin.
During the second phase, the amount of waste material being discarded on a daily basis will be more equal to the amount of tissue that is being formed and replaced by newer, higher quality foods. This should occur after an excess of material in the tissues has been eliminated. This phase will persist for a while before being followed by a third phase, a period called anabolism. At this point, most of the wastes will have been discarded.
The symptoms that will occur from a superior nutritional program could be a tendency to eliminate poisons or harmful drugs through the skin. People who have a tendency toward recurring skin rashes or eruptions will be most likely to experience this symptom. If they were to go, at this point, to a doctor who is not familiar with this aspect of nutrition this condition may be diagnosed as an allergy. They may ask their physician, "How is it that I’m eating better than ever before and I seem to be developing skin problems?" The doctor and the patient simply don’t understand the body’s process of retracing. The skin is becoming more alive and more active and is throwing out poisons very rapidly. Understand that these symptoms are constructive, even though they may be unpleasant. But do not try to stop these symptoms because they are part of a healthy process.
Cleansing symptoms do not indicate deficiencies or allergies as a rule.
Symptoms will vary according to the kinds of toxic and poisonous materials being discarded by the body. The symptoms experienced will depend on the condition of the organs involved in elimination and the amount of physical energy that is available to complete this process. The more an individual can rest and sleep, the more tolerable the symptoms will be. Be happy you’re having these symptoms. Realize that your body can become healthier each day, as you throw off and eliminate the wastes and poisons that would eventually have brought disease or even pain and suffering. Those who have the worst symptoms or reactions and follow through to successful cleansing may be avoiding some very serious diseases that would eventually have developed had they continued their poor dietary habits.
As your body becomes more and more healthy, even if you become sick, illness should be shorter in duration followed by longer and longer periods of wellness until you reach a level plateau of vibrant health. Let us give ourselves this chance to experience just what it means to be healthy and fully alive.
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