Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about our products and cleansing regimens. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please visit our Contact Us page and we will be happy to help.
You may experience an increase in frequency of urination and bowel movements (not diarrhea) as your body eliminates toxins. In some cases, you may experience headaches, fatigue, and itchy skin/rashes. Symptoms typically subside within a few days.
Exercising during your detox is an important step in eliminating toxins from the body. Light exercise can help remove toxins by activating the lymphatic system, stimulating bowel movements, encouraging deep breathing, and activating sweat. We recommend that you take it easy and avoid anything too strenuous. Keep it to 30-minute walks, yoga, or a few sets of body weight exercises like sit-ups and push-ups. Remember to always eat a healthy post-workout snack after your exercise.
Although detoxification is not a weight-loss diet, the elimination of toxins often leads to shedding pounds during the cleanse. Each person starts with different levels of toxicity, metabolic rates, hormone balances etc., therefore how much weight is lost during the program depends on the individual.
The best way to curb weight loss while on the program is to make sure you’re eating enough and getting enough protein. You may want to add protein powder to your shakes, or good fatty foods like avocado or coconut oil.
Social functions and eating out can be challenging during the program. Here are a few things that we suggest to keep you on track: When eating out, try to choose restaurants that serve foods allowed during your detox. Look up their menu online or call ahead to see if they will cater to your food needs. When traveling, make sure to bring fruits, sliced vegetables, and nuts (after day 11) to snack on, plus a bottle of water to keep hydrated. When attending a social dinner, eat something before you go or bring a tray of food that you’re allowed to eat during the program (like a fruit/veggie tray or chicken skewers).
Cut down on your coffee intake a few days before starting the program. Cutting the caffeine intake by half each day should make the withdrawal more manageable. If your caffeine withdrawal symptoms become too strong, take a tablespoon of coffee every day for the first two days. This small amount of caffeine in you system will ease the symptoms until your body adjusts, which should only take a day or two. Drinking lots of water and getting enough rest will also help.
Staying hydrated during the program is essential for eliminating toxins and maintaining good health. Drink at least 2.5 to 3 liters of water a day.
Sugar cravings are usually caused by the following: cleansing, under-eating, stress, or emotional imbalance. It can take up to 4-5 days for the body to lose its dependence on specific foods—so don’t give up! Drink plenty of water and eat enough nutrient-dense foods to replace the unhealthy sugars your body craves.
Consult your doctor prior to beginning the detox if any of these conditions apply to you:
- If you are pregnant or nursing
- Children under the age of 18
- Have any active cancers or liver disease
- Have Type 1 diabetes (you’ll need to be on a modified protocol)
- Are on any medications requiring specific blood levels, like medications for bipolar disorder, anti-seizure medications, or anticoagulants.
Do not discontinue any prescription medication during the program without consulting your doctor. Any change in diet can cause a change in absorption of medications. Diabetic, antihypertensive, and other medications may require dose adjustments during and after the program.
Drink plenty of water. Eating fruits and vegetables like papaya and beets and adding 1-2 tablespoon of coconut oil to you detox shake can encourage a healthy bowel movement.
For the question: Can I continue to take my medications while on the program? Please change the last sentence to :
Consult your physician before starting any cleanse if you are diabetic, hypertensive and on other medications as you may require dose adjustments during and after the program.