Why your detox is making you sick: The dangers of aggressive detoxing.

I can’t tell you how many people have told me that a “detox” protocol made them feel extremely ill. They take detox supplements, pills or tinctures, and within a few hours they suffer dizziness, diarrhea, chills, outbreaks or even vomiting. These symptoms range from mild to severe, depending on the person and what they’ve taken. Such is the legacy of what I’m calling “extreme detox supplements” that seem to be designed to cause as much suffering as possible while framing it all as a “healing crisis.”

I’ve always had a problem with the idea that such symptoms are routinely explained away as a healing crisis; as if you must suffer before you can heal. In this must-read article, I’m going to blow away detox myths and reveal why many people suffer such extreme illness during a detox. I’m also going to teach you how to detox safely and get away from the serious health risks found in extreme detoxing protocols.

Also, I urge anyone reading this who is considering a liver detox, kidney detox or heavy metals detox to pursue such activities only under the supervision of a licensed naturopath or integrative medicine M.D. who can guide you with a personalized protocol that’s right for you. Don’t “wing it” when it comes to the serious business of an aggressive detox.

Detox basics: Your liver dumps toxins into your small intestine

To understand why an extreme detox can make people feel so sick, you first have to understand how detox really works. This is an oversimplified explanation, but the fundamentals are correct: Your liver filters toxins out of your blood, including pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, ammonia and chemicals.

Your liver then dumps these toxins into your upper GI tract as part of a bile mixture used for digestion. Importantly, this reintroduces these toxins into your digestive system, where they can be quickly reabsorbed through intestinal walls and cause acute toxicity where you are essentially being “re-poisoned” with the same exact toxins your liver just pulled out of yo
ur blood.

(Note: Your kidneys also remove many toxins and flush them out of your body through urine. This is why kidney function is so crucial to your health. The heavy metals cadmium and mercury cause severe kidney damage, by the way.)

If you are eating a holistic, whole-food diet at the same time your liver is dumping toxins into your GI tract, then food fibers will tend to capture those toxins and trap them, ultimately transporting them out of your body through bowel movements. But if you aren’t eating any fiber — for example, you’re on a “juice fast” or a “juice cleanse” — then you have a potentially huge problem: You have no fibers to trap the toxins your liver is dumping into your small intestines! So those toxins get reabsorbed right back through your intestinal walls and into your blood.

I’ve also done pioneering food science research on identifying which natural foods can absorb dietary heavy metals.

Click here to read my article on how strawberries naturally bind with dietary mercury.

All this helps explain why drinking nothing but fiber-less juice (i.e. “jucing detox”) during an aggressive supplement detox can be disastrous. If you aren’t eating fiber during your detox, what you are really doing is:

1) Collecting all the heavy metals, toxins and poisons from your body’s cells, tissues and organs.

2) Concentrating them in your liver (and bile).

3) Dumping them back into your small intestine all at once where they can now cause acute toxicity and poisoning.

This is all made even worse when the detox supplements you’re taking are more effective at pulling toxins out of your body’s tissues because then your liver is concentrating more heavy metals into bile and dumping them into your intestines. In effect, your body is concentrating the toxins, making them even more dangerous than they were before.

Fiber-less juice fasting while taking detox supplements may be a really bad idea

What makes all this worse is the fact that many detox protocols demand that you drink only fiber-less juice such as wheat grass juice, celery juice, carrot juice, etc. at the same time you are taking aggressive detox supplements. The lack of fiber in these juices means that many of toxins pulled out of the blood by the liver will be reabsorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, possibly at acutely dangerous concentrations.

After the diarrhea and cramping finally stops, people will often say, “I feel SO much better now! The detox worked!” Except for the fact that everybody feels better after diarrhea stops. Feeling better after making yourself sick is not exactly my definition of getting healthier.

As part of a daily diet, of course, juicing can be incredibly healing. I’m a long-time advocate of daily juicing or even short-term juice fasts, but juicing is by definition a fiber-less diet, and as a result it should never be used in conjunction with aggressive supplements that are going to increase the toxin load in the GI tract.

In other words:

* If you are juicing, don’t take aggressive detox supplements at the same time.
* If you are taking detox supplements, make sure you are eating whole foods with plenty of natural fiber.

Sometimes feeling like you’re poisoned means you are actually being poisoned
I believe it is extremely unfortunate that detox participants who suffer extreme symptoms are always told those symptoms are, in effect, “GOOD!”

Sometimes that’s simply not true. Many participants in James Arthur Ray’s sweat lodge spirit journeys were also told that their extreme dehydration and hallucinations were “good” as well, but it turned out they were on the verge of death. Indeed, three people died in his sweat lodge experiences, and James Ray was convicted of negligent homicide. (He was released from prison last year.)

Even as they were on the verge of death, these people were told that their symptoms were all part of the “spiritual journey” from which they would emerge as stronger people. This is nearly identical to the extreme detox message told to many consumers, in which even serious illness is excused away as part of the healing journey.

As I’ve examined this issue more closely over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that the detox supplement industry is in a worrisome state of denial about the safety of its more aggressive products. This is probably why the FDA banned cascara sagrada in 2002 for use in laxative products (but it’s still legal to use in herbal supplements).

Although it sounds bizarre, customers of extreme detox supplements made with cascara sagrada are actually taught that diarrhea is a sign of healing and is therefore something to be sought after when taking detox supplements.

I strongly disagree with this: diarrhea is never a sign of good health, and removing toxins from the body should never need to involve extreme suffering, nutrient loss or the kind of dehydration and cramping that comes with diarrhea.

Anyone who tells you a detox has to hurt to be effective should not be trusted.

Skip the extreme supplements and detox with real food

The longer I’ve examined the detox industry, the more confident I have become in the fundamental idea that your everyday diet is the only detox you really need.

Every food item you eat every single day, in other words, should be part of a cleansing and toxin elimination lifestyle. My view on this has evolved over the years, of course, and today I no longer believe we need to suffer through “detox” regimes to experience lasting health. A healthy, whole foods diet that’s rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and plenty of clean water is, all by itself, a “daily detox.”

Truth be told, your daily diet is either helping you eliminate toxins or accumulate toxins depending on what you eat. A diet of processed foods and contaminated supplements will increase your toxic burden, but a diet of fresh whole foods will naturally and automatically eliminate toxins.

Engaging in regular exercise that causes you to sweat will greatly magnify your body’s detox capabilities, by the way. Many toxins are released in your sweat, and that explains why people who exercise regularly (or who use saunas as therapy) tend to be far healthier and less toxic than those who never sweat.

People who drink plenty of fluids also tend to be healthier: water helps your kidneys eliminate toxins with high efficiency.

Bottom line: Detox should never be a crisis

My bottom line in all this? As one of the most widely-read voices in the natural health industry, I want to encourage us all to think in a more clear-headed manner about detox supplements and detox experiences. I have become increasingly convinced that extreme detox supplements may actually be causing more harm than good. Diarrhea is not healing, and the explanation that you need to suffer through a “healing crisis” just doesn’t hold water.

In truth, every glass of clean water you drink is a “detox” elixir. Every stalk of celery you chew and swallow is a detox food. Every glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice you drink is a detox beverage. Every algae superfood you eat is a “detox” superfood. Every exercise that produces sweat is a detox exercise, and every hike into nature where you are surrounded by trees is a detox hike.

Your body is already programmed to detox itself automatically (which is why you have a liver and kidneys), so if you embrace a healthful lifestyle, your body will automatically detox itself with every breath, every heartbeat and every bowel movement.

Learn more: https://www.naturalnews.com/044788_detox_myths_feeling_sick_healing_crisis.html#ixzz2zYnk8O00

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Editor of Natural News.com

93 thoughts on “Why your detox is making you sick: The dangers of aggressive detoxing.”

  1. What can I take supplement wise ,over the counter or food wise that will capture and take heavy metals out of the small intestines when they are dumped there

  2. As mentioned in the article, this is a very delicate process that is best done with the guidance of a professional. You need to use cilantro-gen or a form of a greens product that will act like a sponge and prevent the toxins from being reabsorbed.

  3. Hello

    I was taking a liver supplement with various herbs and vitamins as well as molybdenum from 150mcg to 500mcg a day for 4 to 6 weeks following a disastrous sugar detox followed by probiotics which landed me in bed very sick with physical and mental symptoms, anxiety depression, spaced out, drugged up feeling, derealisation etc

    I stopped the probiotics a month ago but continued with the liver supplements and the molybdenum as I assumed my symptoms were “dead yeast” and whilst I made a VERY slow recovery physically the anxiety and depression was not going anywhere.

    I have now stopped ALL supplements as I believe I was still detoxing just by taking the liver supplements and instead of cleaning up toxins they were just releasing them from my liver into my blood.

    What adds another layer of concern is I am taking prescribed antidepressants and anxiety meds (and progesterone via a patch) which I have taken with no issues for 2 years. I can only speculate that the liver supplements may well have interfered with the enzymes needed to metabolise these drugs and I am possibly dealing with accidental withdrawal symptoms.

    I have read a lot of scholarly studies about how benzodiazepines need a certain enzyme in the liver to be absorbed and I wonder just how much these liver detox supplements have affected how much of the drugs are absorbed. Apparently molybdenum will chelate a % of pharma drugs out of our body keeping only what we need (?)

    Bottom line I have had to stop everything as in a bid to improve my health has made me very sick anxious and depressed. I am female and 49 and whilst I had some menopause symptoms they were nothing like what I have experienced these last weeks. I am not sure exactly what has happened but I can only hope in time things settle back to how I was prior to this nightmare.

    I warning for ALL I think.

  4. Sorry the ingredients of the liver supplement were

    Black Aged Garlic Extract
    Turmeric Powder
    Dandelion Root Extract
    Ginger Root Extract
    Choline Bitartrate
    L Glutamine
    L-acetyl – L Carnitine
    Vitamin C
    Artichoke (2.5% Cynarin)
    Vit D
    Vit B1
    Folic Acid

  5. This is exactly why it is important to work with a trained professional when embarking on this type of a cleanse!

  6. Thanks so much for this article, as it is true you hear that if you get sick it is normal but now I am starting to hear how not normal it is. I was drinking “dirt” water like DE is supposed to detoxing. Anyway, I do not garden nor have the time to go to whole foods or money. Is food from HEB or walmart going to be ok ? I mean like vegetables and fruits that are fresh or frozen? also I stink when I sweat and do not want to sweat…. EVER. so. anyway.. I will stick to salads for now.

  7. Does this still apply to a 7 day cleanse like Magic Detox?

    Ultra THC Detox pills mention it is all natural and not too aggressive.

  8. I have been contemplating joining “The Healthy Phatt Living programme for quite some time. There are three stages to this diet which is taken over a course of three months. There are a range of supplements to be taken, but because I have Genetic Haemochromotosis and have asked whether there is iron added to these supplements, which apparently there isn’t. I am wanting to lose about six kilos. Should I just stick to going to the gym and progress onto gluten free eating/cooking?
    Kind regards
    Alison Evans

  9. I started the wild rose herbal d-tox yesterday as I cannot seem to eat much food without being seriously bloated and ill.
    During the night I was awakened by profound dizziness and then the diahhrea started. I am not feeling well this morning and wonder if it would be unwise to continue.

  10. How does this apply to a parasite detox?
    I am in agreement about detoxing naturally through diet but this does not address parasites.
    I also read recently that the detox pathways needed to be opened and that Methylated B14 and methylated Folate suppliment should be taken for a few weeks before detoxing. What are you views on detox preperation?

  11. Hi ,I used fresh wheat grass juice for a month ,which caused me severe dizziness,fatigue and mild nausea ..then I had to stop using it still after two weeks these weird symptoms are still there ..I had fatty liver and new blood test showed liver function back to normal..I m wondering how long these systems can last ..plz give some advice on it thx

  12. Do you have sdvice for someone living a very low, fixed income? I’m desling with lyme, heavy metals, and mold. I experience detox almost constantly. I don’t use detox products, just juicing, coffee enemas. The sweating is hard to accomplish without a sauna. Thanks!

  13. I want to reply to Paula. In the article it says not to juice fast because there are no food particles to attach toxins to. The toxins get reabsorbed. As for cost, fresh vegetables are very inexpensive. You might consider joining a coop garden and grow your own. I am on day 3 of a 7 day detox from a traditional Chinese medicine doctor. It’s been intense. I’m 62 and this is my first detox. Most of my meals are vegetable based. The only animal protein is 5 oz of chicken breast or wild samon. Remaining food sources are beans, grains and legumes. Fruit is only apple or berries. Really affordable way to eat. Good luck to you.

  14. I’ve suffered a big crash during a parasite cleanse which didn’t have much fibre in the diet and used very strong supplements.
    I’m wondering what I can do to recover?
    I’m extremely fatigued, anxious and derealised. It’s horrible 🙁
    The nutritionist who recommended this regime has basically told me I’m in my own and she doesn’t know what’s going on.
    Please reply.

  15. Hi Michelle:
    From what we understand, medical testing for parasites often look for specific diseased strains. We are happy that your protocol is helping you eliminate parasites that could be impacting your health. As we are not in the US, we cannot refer you to a practitioner near your home but suggest that you might contact Naturopaths or Nutritionists in your area.

  16. It seems that your cleanse was too strong for you and caused aggravations. We suggest that you take a break from cleansing, drink lots of water, get lots of rest, and eat a healthy diet before trying another program. If you are still feeling unwell, you may want to make an appointment with your medical doctor to make that nothing else is going on.

  17. Each type of detox protocol involves different methods of preparation. We suggest that you work with an accredited practitioner before beginning a parasite detox and let them know if you exhibit any aggravations along the way.

  18. It sounds as if this detox is too aggressive for you at this time. I am not sure if you have been assessed by a practitioner or are doing this on your own. I would discontinue the detox, get your strength back, and find a professional who can determine why food is making you seriously bloated and ill. Are you eating food that you are allergic to? Is it Candida? Are you taking any medications? There are many reasons why you could be experiencing these symptoms. It is best to understand exactly what is happening before you try to treat.

  19. If you are not able to purchase organic produce, we recommend that you clean your fruit and vegetables thoroughly with food grade hydrogen peroxide. Also, try to buy ones with thicker skins so less likely to absorb toxins from pesticides. Check out the website for The Dirty Dozen (listing the fruit and veggies with the highest amount of pesticides) and The Clean 15 (those with the least toxicity). Frozen food is found to be as nutritious as fresh and less expensive. Drinking clean water is also one of the most beneficial things you can do for your body.

  20. Hi Michelle, sorry I do not know of a specific practitioner or doctor there. I would suggest you google search and ask local residence for referrals.

  21. Hi Emma, it sounds like the cleanse was too aggressive without enough support to insure elimination. It might be helpful to take some good probiotics, psyllium and drink 1 cup of warm water with half a fresh squeezed lemon everyday. Depending on where you are located, you could come and see us for a consultation. http://www.healthhouse.ca/

  22. After spray-painting a bumper for my car 2 months ago, I started getting dizzy whenever I blew my nose. Since 1 month I am almost non-stop dizzy (independent of head movement or blowing my nose).

    A few days ago, a naturopath at a chiropractor suggested I take Antronex for liver detox. My dizziness is now worse than before. I am considering just stopping this stuff, since it’s making my body feel worse. What do you advise?

  23. Hi Anna
    It does sound like you may be suffering due to the toxic spray paint. Often it is an accumulation of many toxic events that could cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, etc. The spray paint may have been the thing that took you over the top. I am not familiar with the effectiveness of Antronex. The problem is that if your liver and kidneys aren’t functioning properly, the toxins may be detoxing but the body isn’t able to remove them from the body. We prefer gentle homeopathic remedies that open the doors first before you try to throw out the garbage. You may wish to see a registered nutritionist who can help guide you through the process. Try contacting The Health House in Markham, ON

  24. Hi Marlene,

    I was dealing with significant hair loss all over my head, fatigue and joint pain after switching a hypothyroid medicine. Not 100% sure that it was the thyroid medicine as my doctor thinks it is menopause coming as my estrogen was super low. I have since switched to a different medication, started estradiol, progesterone and 8 oz of celery juice each morning and the hair loss has stopped but the fatigue still remains. I have been on the celery juice for about a month. Could it be contributing to the fatigue? Otherwise I have eaten my normal diet which is pretty clean. I am definitely not myself with brain fog too.

  25. Hi Lynn
    I very much doubt that the celery juice is causing your fatigue. Your thyroid medication and hormone creams/pills have helped stop the hair loss but remember that your liver still has to process your medication. What are your blood tests showing? Are you getting enough sleep? If you have brain fog, there may be some Candida at play here. Are you having sugar, grains/starches, in your diet? You may wish to have a full nutritional assessment. We would welcome your call for a session at our clinic The Health House

  26. I had done isagenix and it worked great the first time. (Although the first day made me sick but that was because of the extra women’s essential vitamin packet) but I stopped it and when I got to the cleanse I was fine and lost weight. The 2nd time I was profusely vomiting for hours. Then I tried a natural cleanse with celery carrot beets ginger lemon apple and parsley. It worked but it took for me sick. So if I need to add fiber, what’s the solution. Is there a fiber product you can add to this making it healthier or a complexity different recipe or cleanse on the market that is high in fiber one can get? I’m sure they may of been comment the answer this but sadly I’m way to ADD to read all of this. It’s just too long. Thanks

  27. If you would like to add fiber I would suggest you purchase Psyllium Hulls in powder form. Mix 1 tsp in 1 cup of warm water, drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning or before bed.

  28. Please research modified citrus pectin. So surprised this is not being given as advice to help with heavy metal or chemical detox. I was exposed to an agricultural chemical and was quite ill until after using this to safely detoxify. I was so thankful that research on this was readily available online when I was searching, but very sad to see how few people know about it. People that think it doesn’t work do not understand the difference and importance of the word modified. Plain citrus pectin does not work. The modified citrus pectin holds on to the toxins and they go out safely in the urine.

  29. Thank you so much for a such article about detox pills warnings.
    I just experienced the same as there described.
    I started with a parasite detox course with pills for 18 days which made me feel nausesus, depressed.
    After I finished that course I started just normal detox course pills – since I started this program I suffering 3-4 days with nausea, body shaking inside, insomnia, depression, mood swings, anxiety ..
    Of course I am not sure if that’s 100 procent affected my body because of the detox pills but I can feel intuintevly that better I do stop taking it and will do trough a healthy food and juices, sauna and excersizing and right nutritionist suggestions.
    What do you think ?

  30. Hi Susan
    Yes, I am familiar with Modified Citrus Pectin. It is an excellent product but very few companies produce it. It was also recommended to me years ago for one of my MS clients. The main thing is to make sure that that the kidneys are draining efficiently when doing a heavy metal cleanse.

  31. Hi Diana
    Sounds right to me! Your symptoms during detox indicate that it is happening much too quickly for your body to handle, particularly your liver and kidneys, the exit routes of your body. Don’t forget to drink lots of water during this gentle cleansing process.

  32. Hi,
    I did Epsom salt and Olive oil Liver Cleanse and now I’ve diarrhea for past one day after the cleansing is done. Is it normal to get diarrhea for couple of days after the cleanse ? I’m trying to eat fruits and normal non spicy food… but no help. I also took Psyllium hull and trying to stay hydrated but I am getting diarrhea still. Hope you can help me out. Thanks

  33. Hi Sibi
    It sounds like this detox was too intense for your digestive system. Psyllium Hulls is not a good idea while you are having abundant loose stools. Even fruit can make things worse at this time. Start with foods that are gentle to your system like vegetable soups, rice, bananas, chicken – very basic foods – drink water, herbal tea – no caffeine.

  34. Oh my gosh I have felt ill for 4 days ( achy, headache, no energy)! I started the liver cleanse last week! It finally occured to me that maybe to look up side effects! I am grateful for this site! Sincerely Judy

  35. I’ve been sick for at least a year on and off. Finally was tested, and it turned out I had mono. I started doing the medical medium cleanse, and drinking celery juice and eating the foods on his list. I woke up this morning( day 17) to juice and nearly vomited halfway through drinking it. Shakes and sweats, I had to lay on the floor. Plus at work I’m exhausted and irritable, and my stomach feels distended. And, I got a nasty canker sore like I haven’t had in years. I was at a loss if I should continue with this or not. Everything out there says it’s just detox and to be expected. Well, I still have to continue working and functioning. Your article is the one that makes the most sense. I’ve always been extra sensitive so I need to dial it all back and move forward with balance. Thank you so much. It’s common sense, but with so much information flying at you, it gets very confusing.

  36. Hi Jennifer, I hope you are feeling better now! Yes there is a lot of information out there but it does not apply to everyone as everyone is different. Best to work with a qualified holistic nutritionist to get guidance that is correct for you.

  37. I started an herbal liver detox 3 weeks ago. First week no side effects. The last two weeks I have had joint pain and fatigue and just sore all over. I haven’t finished the bottle. One more week left. Will these side effects go away after the detox? Is this normal? Also I continued to take my probiotic, vitamin c and D. And my prescribe meds.

  38. Hi there. Boy I wish I would have found your website BEFORE this mess I have gotten into. For the past 8 months I have been constipated on and off, dry skin, and constantly bloated. I have slowly gained 10 lbs, when before I could not gain a pound. I attributed these symptoms to my pain meds I have been out on long term for back issues, as common side effects are constipation, and hormonal issues which could cause all of these. I found a colon cleanse online that had great reviews to help with my issues and I’m currently on day 5. My colon is definitely “cleansing” but not yet to a horrid diarrhea state. BUT after day 2 I began having a sore throat, fatigue, foggy head, feeling hot without fever, joint/muscle pain in right arm, and just plain BLAH! Not to mention with this Corona Virus, the symptoms have caused horrible anxiety while still trying to make it through the work day. The ingredients are listed as all natural (Senna leaf, CASCARA SAGRADA BARK 10% EXTRACT, psyllium husk powder, flaxseed powder, aloe Vera gel, lactobacillus acidophilus, licorice root and MCT) 2 pills before bed for 15 days. Could these be causing such symptoms? Should I just stop now, or continue on? I have not changed my diet, as once again, I only did a little bit of google research (eyeroll). I don’t have a homeopath, I barely have a regular doctor….which is basically off limit due to the circumstances right now. Any advice would be much appreciated. Not only do I feel like a complete idiot, but also worried I might be doing damage to myself. While doing more of my fantastic research I stumbled across Candida die off, which describes me pretty closely at the moment…..although I am not taking (that I know of) a yeast cleanse product. Which of course now sounds more like what I needed to begin with. Please help ASAP!!!

  39. You are probably taking too much of the bowel cleanse, you should not be getting diarrhea. Try cutting the amount in half, it is important to change your diet focus on vegetables, a little fruit and some protein (chicken, fish, eggs). Avoid all dairy and grains (bread, pasta, especially wheat). Make sure you are drink about 2 liters of water per day.

  40. Hi Cyndi, you should not have these “detox” symptoms. usually it means you are taking too much or your body is not able to keep up and the toxins and they are recirculating.

  41. Hi. I started a fruit cleanse 7 day ago. And the first day I felt great. Then 2-4 I had withdrawal of sugar and caffeine and a lot of diarrhea (I’m flexitarian) but in the cleanse I only eat fruits and drink lemon water and herbal tea. Yesterday (day 6) I started to feel very bloated and hot. And like tense in my head, like hot and bloated there as well.. I feel depressed and it’s nothing like when I have been fasting for 24 or 48 hours (then I have a lots of energy) or when I did a 3 day juice cleanse (also a lot of energy after) this is something else. And I now worried about the toxic not be able to leave my body and is now in my blood.. How can I in that case make it better? Or what should I do? I feel really bad today and I have no energy. Can I go back to normal and in that case how do I do that? Big love and thank you for this site! ❤️ /Nerina

  42. I have been taking a very low dose of Advanced TRS for almost 3 weeks now. The first 2 weeks were fine but this last week has been horrible. Joint pain, chills, headache, extreme anxiety, back pain, nausea and fatigue. I have not taken it for 2 days now and just now starting to feel better. Any thoughts on this product?

  43. Thank you for your information I did a body cleanse over two weeks now it has burn all my flesh now I want to rebuild how do I go about that please

  44. Hi i was experiencing pains and headaches so idid a check up and found i had parasites in my small intestine i was given detox but the pain is getting worse

  45. I drank a colon cleans detox thats advertised all natural (plan detox) I feel horrible. Lethargic and my anxiety is through the roof. I am on metoprolol and metphormin can anyone help me. I am drinking smoothies with flax seeds
    and hemp protien.

  46. Hello i have bern taking a detox pill since july18
    It’s the total body cleanse from [ biocellfoodsolutions ] the first 3 days felt not normal but then i started to feel weird and felt hot without fever i hade some muscle pain and light headaches and also a nauseous sensation and felt bloated, i stopped talking the pills on the 23th i would like to know if its normal or should i stop or continue with the process ??
    But reading through your article i did not know i should not have eat certain things and also focus more on fiber and vegetables.
    Is there any recommendations? And also what do you think its the best detox process someone could do.

  47. Hi. I have been doing coffee enemas to help detox for a few months now and they always make me feel better afterwards. Yesterday I read somewhere to take a binder (zeolite) half an hour before the enema which i did. Felt better afterwards but approximately 2 hours later started to feel unwell. By evening I was extremely sick. Fever, shivers, headache, vomiting. Day 2 and i am still pretty sick. Can you please tell me if the zeolite caused this? I did do the enema due to having some candida symptoms lately, itching, brain fog, sore gums after eating alot of sugar lately. Thank you

  48. I went to my local Health Food Store looking for a product to boost my Immune System. The owner recommended SilverBiotics, ingest 2 tsp daily. I took as recommended, 12 hours later I woke in the night with a terrible case of Vertigo. I spent 5 days in bed and 3 days more before I could walk across the room without falling down. I’m 50 and have never experienced Vertigo or any type of dizziness. The owner is adamant it had nothing to do with the SilverBiotics and I’m unable to find any information showing Vertigo as a side effect. It just seems like too much of a coincidence to me?

  49. Hello! Thank you for the article. I do hear and read that having certain symptoms is normal during detoxing, but it didn’t make complete sense. I am drinking a lot of supplements in form of capsules and powders. Yet, it is difficult to see if they are helping or not. Plus, I drink cucumber with lemons and ginger juice in the morning and maybe another glass during the day. I have modified my diet, but like twice a week I do eat bread or sugar. I eat a lot of vegetables, I love them! And I exercise 2 or 3 times a week, with running or hiking, and I sleep pretty well most of the time. However, I feel so tired, my throat is somewhat sore, I am now sneezing randomly and getting headaches, my body aches, and I’ve been having abdominal pain here and there. My nutritionist said I have adrenal fatigue and something about thyroids, and that these symptoms (at least the being tired and abdominal pain) are normal when detoxing. I went to her because I was having a lot of digestive issues during this COVID situation (probably stress and all the comfort food) and wanted to improve that. I’ve been doing this for almost a month, but from reading the article and comments, perhaps the supplements are too aggressive and I should cut down on them. I will look more into this, but if you have any advice I’ll take it 🙂

  50. Hi Deidra
    Detoxes can cause some very unpleasant symptoms, such as the ones that you have described. It is never a good idea to begin with a detox, even a “natural” one. You are best to work with a practitioner who can guide you to move the toxins out of the body in a gentle and healthy manner. Email us at http://www.healthhouse.ca and we can arrange to have one of our registered practitioners work with you.

  51. Hi Andrea
    If you are feeling sick than you are detoxing too quickly and your supplements may be too aggressive for you. In Homeopathy, they call it aggravations and refer to the new symptoms as a new disease. The idea is to clear the toxins from your body in a way that your body can handle which also means that your liver and kidneys are able to clear the toxins at the same pace. Detoxing is not something that you should do lightly without supervision which is why working with a health professional is so important. If you would like, email healththouse@healthhouse.ca for an appointment with a registered nutritional consultant.

  52. Hi Heather
    SilverBiotics is a type of colloidal silver. Colloidal Silver is used as a “natural antibiotic” product to kill off bad bacteria when you have a cold or flu. If you have no symptoms, you don’t need to “boost” your immune system, just to eat a healthy diet and eliminate, sugar and processed foods. It is always best to start any such product slowly, not at full dose. Also, Colloidal Silver, like antibiotics, kills off your good and bad bacteria so requires extra probiotics. If you google SilverBiotics, you will see: What are the side effects of Silver Biotics?
    Colloidal silver can cause serious side effects. The most common is argyria, a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin, which is usually permanent. Colloidal silver can also cause poor absorption of some drugs, such as certain antibiotics and thyroxine (used to treat thyroid deficiency). It sounds like it may just have been too strong for you at that dose. It is impossible for any store owner, practitioner, or medical doctor, to anticipate every side effect that any health product, food, or drug can cause. It may possibly have exacerbated a dormant condition. Get lots of rest, good quality water, and easily digested good quality, probably cooked, fruit, vegetables and protein. I hope that you feel better soon. If not, check with your medical care practitioner.

  53. Hi Caz
    It sounds like you were too aggressive with your detox. Your body couldn’t handle both products at the same time and was pushing out the toxins faster than it could handle. It is never good to do this without the support of a trained practitioner. Get lots of rest and good quality water. I hope that you feel better soon.

  54. Hi Thalia
    The symptoms that you describe are never welcome from any cleanse. It sounds like your body was detoxing too quickly and it couldn’t handle all those toxins leaving at the same time. It is important that your liver and kidneys are able to handle the speed at which the toxins are leaving the body. If it can’t, the toxins are reabsorbed into the body through the bloodstream causing some pretty nasty side effects. Take care of yourself.

  55. Hi Victoria
    No product, no matter how natural or healthy, should cause those symptoms. If it were me, I would throw away the product. It is difficult to give you additional information because I don’t know why you were taking it in the first place. If someone is very toxic, they should not start aggressively pushing the toxins out of their hiding places. The liver and kidneys may just not be able to eliminate them fast enough and that will cause aggravations.

  56. Hi Nerina
    After 4 days without protein, the body cannibalizes its own organs. It needs proteins and will get it from wherever it can. Add to that, a bundle of toxins that had been safely hidden in your cells, shooting out with no place to go so that the body has to reabsorb them back through the bloodstream and find a new hiding place that is safe. Get lots of rest, drink clean water, and carefully chew easily digested food, like cooked fruit and vegetables, and proteins like a soft boiled egg.

  57. I’ve been working with an amazing NP for 2 years to heal an autoimmune issue. While I’m grateful for being healed, I am also 20lbs heavier, which is very difficult considering I’ve been fit my entire life. Every time I attempt to loose weight, or go into ketosis, I end up with massive diarrhea. It’s a scary experience when you feel fine then suddenly you become dizzy, disoriented, and you’re on the toilet and stuff is coming out of you like a faucet. After reading your article I have a better understanding of why that happens, which I appreciate. But the experience tells me that there’s something toxic in me that needs to get out. Are you suggesting that a slow approach will eventually get me there? It seems like it would take years. Is there a program you recommend?

  58. Hi Leanne Congratulations with your success and the improvements that you have made. With most autoimmune conditions, with the help of nutritionists or naturopaths, they can go into remission but if your toxic load increases, the condition can return. If you are getting dizzy and disoriented and are experiencing massive diarrhea, there is more work to be done to continue the progress that you have made. Has your Naturopath suggested things to work on? Are you still seeing him/her? Slow and steady wins the race. If you are experiencing these types of side effects, than whatever you are doing is too strong for you at this time and you need to change your protocols or methods or slow them down.

  59. Diatomacious Earth “Food Grade” (the other is for pests) on Amazon. I drink one 8oz of milk with either a little flavor like chocolate or strawberry or the carnations instant breakfast drink with 1 Tablespoon of Diatomacious Earth Food Grade powder added to flavored milk. I have drank it with many thinks. I lime milk the best. It takes up to 2 weeks. I’ve been drinking this for nearly 4 years now. Have torn rotator cuff tear in shoulder, pain in joints, degenerating disks, herniated disk etc, pinched nerve arthritis in joints and hands my grandsons acne, etc., have had no pain since about 1 1/2 weeks after drinking it no pain, no lethargy or sluggish more energized better movement all over good intestinal and organ health, waste release, breathing, elasticity in skin, nails and hair omLord Grows. I believe it protects against anything bacteria or virus (yes covid) or diseases caused by bacteria remaining in your body. I’ve not had any issues with flu, any winter ailments, or allergies to outside as I did years ago. And let me say I always research where stuff originates and how it’s processed and do all my homework and thoroughly research reviews even if it is something I was told about like this. And this was told to me by a man in the waiting room and I asked the doctor and to my surprise he said I was not the first to ask and he had heard good results. Just complaints about chalky taste and advised me that I might want to split the dose of 2 Tbsp to 8 oz 1x day into 1 Tbsp in 8 oz 2x day It works but if you take medication don’t take it close together for it kills its effectiveness and it has to get in your system. You can not start drinking it and expect immediate recovery. I was out of it for 2 month and a half because of Covid and shipments, believe me I could tell the difference that break made. Finally got an order through and about 6 days noticed a difference and relief in small waves and each day movement and the return of my left arm use returned. And once again felt like a million bucks. I preordered a 6 month supply. For rainy days. May make you have the blahs! Every now and then but that is just it slowly detoxing and serving it’s purpose within. Ha! The capsules I’ve been told are not as effective cause of gelatin I guess. I’ll stick with my powdered drink. I have never needed medications for anything since. My Daddy borderline diabetic eats anything he wants now bill of good health. My brother COPD. Breathes fine. Neuropathy less pain he’s only been drinking it 2 months. In one of the thousands of reviews I read 4 years ago a woman said she was told her x-ray showed she had a small spot on her liver and was told about this and started drinking it and when she had went back in for more testing the spot was no longer there on her MRI. God Keeps and Loves Us All.
    Blessed, Sonya Champion Thomas

  60. I just started a biote Liver detox DIM SGS. I had sudden colon attack 5 days into taking. I had no control on movements. Is this from taking this pill? I also eat pretty low carb/keto.

    Please advise

  61. Hi Cathy
    Every cleanse is different and reactions also differ. It sounds like the liver detox was too strong for you or that you might have needed to start with smaller doses. It is always advisable to work with a health practitioner when doing a detox. If you are interested, please contact one of our consultants at http://www.healthhouse.ca

  62. I started feeling sick after starting blood pressure meds.
    I have terrible gas and bloating.
    I stoped the meds.one day i feel fine next day sick..i have a fatty liver.
    I changed my diet from sodium,sugar,fat.

  63. If that is the only thing you changed it likely is from the cleanse. Sounds like it is to aggressive.

  64. Hi Marlene..Thank you so much for this information. I did go to a nutritionist for one consultation to establish a cleansing diet with probiotics and a basic tab for balancing acid. I was suffering from extreme bloating after eating anything although I wasn’t feeling terribly bad I was a bit tired out. I’ve been doing a no sugar ,Dairy, fruit or grain for a month. I was feeling a lot better with more energy. Also my inflammation was going down even in the form of my joints pain. After the month I decided to switch it up and start having fruit. I was only eating fish and chicken and making lots of soups and having a lot of salads. Just recently I started doing the celery juicing cleanse added to my protocol. I thought it would help get rid of toxins. I know that it can’t hurt you! However now I’m having all day pain in my side. It feels like either gallbladder or kidney… I have a weak kidney on my right side as I’ve had surgery on The ureter that’s is attached to it because I was having a congenital problem. I think I might have been overdoing it here .. although the surgery over six years ago. I have done a bowel cleanse two years ago and was fine. . I’m taking a lot of of supplements but they’re all just healthy supplements like b12 ester, C lysine, D K and fish oil. I am also drinking a litre of lemon water a day as well as water. I think I’m doing everything right but this pain isn’t going anywhere today. I had a little bit of pain at the beginning but is worked itself out…After reading your article I realize I could be changing it all too fast!I will get in touch with someone to help soon. Do you have any advice for me in the meantime. I am doing castor oil packs too. Much thanks for all your comments! Read them all! Blessings

  65. Hi Sheila
    It does sound like you are cleansing too quickly but you should not wait to see someone since your pain is not getting better. One thing I did notice is that you mentioned having a litre of lemon water daily. We always recommend one cup per day. That may be part of the problem. It is important to see a consultant more than once. I would suggest that you check with a doctor to make sure that the pain isn’t due to something organically wrong, especially because you have had surgery. If your kidney and gall bladder are fine, then slow down the cleansing and increase the water and call your nutritionist to guide you.

  66. Reintroducing toxins into our system is why I do mild coffee enema’s 3 times per week in the mornings followed by a water only rinse. I get so many bad smelling toxins out every time. At 64 and having fatty liver, it works quite well for me as my digestion is much improved in the last year. And if I should get an occasional liver dump of toxins and feel sickly, the coffee enema will relieve those symptoms in a matter of minutes…

  67. Hi Michael, thank you for sharing your experience with coffee enemas. It is very beneficial for the liver as it does help to get the toxins out.

  68. Hello! I am currently detoxing from toxic mold exposure. I am working with a naturopathic doctor, but still have my reservations as I have never done any type of detox before. The protocol she has me on is 1 hour infared sauna daily, 3x a week Glutathione IV therapy, and GI detox binder 2x daily, all assisted by a paleo diet. Does this seem like a healthy effective detox or is it aggressive/dangerous?

  69. Does activated charcole not help to bind the toxins? I ask cos I saw so many comments where myself in my ignorance kept thinking “charcole” but as far as I see noone said it.
    It’s probably something to do with the specifics of the diets or detoxes of those here I guess.

  70. I’m so glad I found your article.

    I have many medical problems including NAFLD, adrenal fatigue/very low cortisol, diffuse brain lesions w/ frontotemporal degeneration, several AI diseases (Hashi and possible Sjogrens or lupus), DISH, cervical and oromandibular dystonias triggered by Zoloft in the 90s, possible hepatic encephalopathy, severe constipation.

    I’ve been exposed to mold (aspergillus/penicillium, Candida, bipolaris) and positive for mycotoxins.

    I’m in a Facebook mold group and one member (no medical background) has repeatedly touted her “Apple Protocol” to everyone regardless of comorbidities or mycotoxin. She claims that they open up liver channels (which may be helpful for some, but too much for others..?).

    I’m generally not very sensitive to foods, but I tried one small organic Fuji apple (washed well) and had a terrible reaction several hours later, including extreme rage, mild hallucinations, depression, and flu-like symptoms (the least of the issues).

    When I mentioned it, a few others came forward to say that they had similar reactions to apples (and vomiting after blueberries). It was met with “that means it’s working”. ?

    I suspect that the apple may have released stored liver toxins and/or the quercitin (or NAC or glutathione) in apple may have been too much for my toxic body. I have been unable to tolerate glutathione, NAC, or any liver supplements in the past. Possibly interfered with meds..?

    I’m curious if you have come across this reaction to apples in someone very ill and if you have an explanation.

    Thanks very much.

  71. Hi Barb, yes some people do have very strong reactions to apples especially if they are not organic. I would only buy organic and peel the skin. You could also be histamine intolerant and that could be triggering the reaction from fruits.

  72. I would also suggest buying the older variety of apples such as red delicious or granny smiths. Some of the newer variety of apple’s can cause more issues. Purchase wild blueberries rather than cultivated.

  73. Some people do used activated charcol to heop draw out the toxins. I would work with a practitioner that is familiars with it.

  74. I am certainly no health expert, but I did recover from Chrons Disease. For years, it was bad to the point I need to write a will. When I found something to take, my symptoms got worse before they got better. All I took was a Primal Defense pill in the morning and night. So… I don’t know about not having to deal with the body reassuring what its getting rid of in the intestines.

  75. I’m appreciate your article and am thankful I found it. I believe my body has recently experienced a ‘healing crisis’ while I’ve been using a blue algae whole food supplement (New Earth) and wearing phototherapy patches (Lifewave). I wore the daily patch most week days since March with no issue, and thought a blue algae supplement would be a good one to take. I’ve had a history of different foods causing digestive issues in my lower intensities, so I’m mostly grain free, cow dairy free, sugar free. We buy mostly organic when we can find it, and I would only experience an occasion cramping in my stomach that may have been triggered by caffeine. Three weeks ago, I began having diarrhea, which was on and off, tightness, ‘feelings of movement’, and mild cramping in my upper abdomen, and muscle soreness that would move around. When I finally stopped all protocols completely (I tried lowering my dosages and frequencies at first), two day later I experienced nausea (first time) loose yellow stools followed immediately by vomiting. My husband took me to urgent care, and they did a thorough exam and tests and found nothing wrong, all tests were normal. This was last night…today I feel better and am wondering if those were toxins that had been let back into my system. I’m not going to use those supplements any more, and I’m wondering if you have any thoughts about these products/methods. Thanks again.

  76. It is possible you were taking too much of the blue green algae or it may not agree with you. It could be that your protocl has pushed your liver to eliminate more toxins. Often yellow stools can be an indication of toxins being released.

  77. Hi Marlene,

    I did a detox a while ago, over three years ago now. This was a very aggressive 2 week detox supervised by a naturopath at the time, in conjunction with a very low carb diet. Next to no fiber. I noticed at the time I got extremely tired and started to sleep up to 10 hours per night. I am in my 40’s and never before needed that amount of sleep, normally 6 to 7 hours since I can remember.

    Ever since this detox, I have needed a min of 9 hours of sleep per night, otherwise I feel I need to take a nap during the day. Is it possible that the detox could have altered my sleeping pattern? If so, how can I fix this and go back to normal?

  78. Hi Sam, it is possible this detox could have effected your sleep cycle, hormones and in particular your thyroid. An aggressive detox with very low carbs and low calories can put your thyroid in conservation mode, I would go back the the naturopath and have your thyroid tested.

  79. I am 61 y/o male who has had NAFLD showing up on several liver ultrasounds over many years. I have since been using coffee enema’s and had a routine Liver ultrasound/Abdomen performed which shows I no longer have any ultrasound evidence of Fatty Liver Disease. I have done many coffee enemas over the last year but also have taken Milk Thistle for several months during that time. I do not believe the milk thistle had anything to do with eliminating my NAFLD, but it is possible it may have had some affect or any number of other supplements. But in looking at what comes out following a coffee enema, there are almost always tiny yellow fats floating on top of the toilet water. Varying size but almost looks like corn germ even though I have not consumed any corn….

  80. This would be the fat coming out of the liver. Milk thistle would help to cleanse and rebuild the liver.

  81. I started eating nothing but fresh food a few weeks ago, from 41 years of eating anything I want, in the Deep South. I’ve been sick ever since. I’m not taking any dietary supplements except my regular vitamins. I don’t do juicing or fad diets. Just fresh, fresh dried, or fresh frozen. I feel horrible. I’ve thought I had flu or covid for two weeks now. I felt better eating crap. I’ve never felt worse in my life. I’m going to give it some more time, but if I don’t get to feeling better soon I’m pretty sure there’s a pizza and a liter of soda in my future. Purely for health.

  82. Hi Trina, good for you in making these changes! You are feeling the way you are because you have gone from one extreme to the other. Your body is eliminating very rapidly and probably cant get the toxins our fast enough so they re recirculating plus all the fruit is effecting your blood sugar levels. Reduce the fruit and increase more vegetables and add a little protein at each meal such as an egg, fish, chicken or turkey. A few ounces will be enough to stabilize your blood sugar. Make sure you are drinking lots of purified water to move the toxins out. All of that crap food has lots of chemicals in it, now it is coming out of storage so let it go just be a little more gentle with yourself.

  83. Hello,

    This article is what I needed to read. I’m upset with myself because I’m trying to heal after using miralax for over a year due to hemmoroids. I paid a lot of money to see a functional Med doc who prescribed Nat Colon CLR. Ive only used it maybe twice but this week of taking it has been horrible. Severe anxiety, large stool which aggravated the hemmoroid, naeusous and off balance. Mainly before or near the time I have a BM. After reading your article, I’ve thrown this supplement out. My concern now is will I go back to feeling normal again in a few days? What if I don’t. My anxiety like I said is through the roof. Thank you!

  84. This is often the case when pushing the body too hard or too quickly. Hemorrhoid’s develop when there is a back in circulation to the liver and liver congestion that creates pressure in the veins. Rather than working on the bowel try working of the liver and change you diet to lots of fruits and vegetables and some protein but avoid the grains to create softer bowel movements.

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