When you go through a juice fast you could experience what are known as cleansing reactions and healing crises. A cleansing reaction is the more common type and it is mainly caused by toxins that are not being properly eliminated through your urine, bowel movements and lymphatic system. Usually cleansing reactions are slightly uncomfortable but are not something to be alarmed about as long as you employ effective methods to assist your body in getting rid of the toxins which are causing the cleansing reaction in the first place. Examples of cleansing reactions can be headaches, skin breakouts, minor aches and pains, fatigue, feeling irritated, anxiety and other emotional reactions.
On the other hand a healing crisis is more serious yet rarely happens when doing a proper juice fast that includes drinking at least one gallon of fresh juices a day, plenty of water and an advanced detox protocol. Examples of healing crises could be high fevers, vomiting or persistent diarrhea. If you ever have a healing crisis you should immediately stop your juice fast and seek professional medical attention.
If you have a cleansing reaction there are a few things you can do to alleviate and transcend it:
1. Drink pure water, remember that if you do not drink enough water the toxins that are being release throughout your body can build up and cause auto intoxication. Water is your best friend when it comes to flushing out the toxins out of your body.
2. Do a proper coffee enema. By doing a daily coffee enema you can avoid ever having a cleansing reaction and if you do have one, a coffee enema could be one of the fastest ways to turn a cleansing reaction back into a enlightening juice fast. This effective form of hydrotherapy will immediately assist your body to eliminate anything that you may be releasing and re-absorbing through your colon. Always make sure that you are well hydrated before doing coffee enemas, that you don’t have any distractions and that you can have your privacy for the duration of the enema.
3. Use a dry skin brush and take an alternating hot and cold shower afterwards. Dry skin brushes are known for stimulating your lymphatic system. Alternating hot and cold water is one of the simplest forms of hydrotherapy that results in the stimulation of your lymphatic system fluid to flow and make sure you release toxins.
4. Take an Epsom salt bath.
5. Drink some fresh ginger juice with some lemon and a bit of honey. Peppermint tea also helps calm your stomach.