Are Herxheimer reaction symptoms a concern for you?
Trying to release a quantity of toxins greater than can be quickly and efficiently eliminated can lead to Herxheimer reaction symptoms.
How do you minimize detox symptoms?
Your organs of elimination - liver, gallbladder, kidneys and colon - all need some extra support during detoxification of mercury and other heavy metals, phthalates (toxins from plastics), environmental toxins such as dioxins, radioactive compounds and many others.
A Little Patience Helps Avoid Herxheimer Reaction
If a protocol is working and you are feeling better, don't change a thing. It's working, why mess with it!?
I know that if you are in pain, you want it gone yesterday. From my own personal experience with completely renewing my health I know that's true and appreciate your dilemma.
The temptation is to rush things in your hurry to feel great.
In the majority of people I work with in my coaching practice, a conservative approach is the best policy. Don't go from nothing to maximum right off, especially if you know you are sensitive to various foods, substances, etc. Try a little, see how you feel. Tune in to your body.
Herxheimer Reaction Symptoms
Herxheimer reaction can manifest in many ways, depending on type of toxin being cleansed and your individual situation. Also called 'herx,' 'detox symptoms' or 'cleansing symptoms,' they can range from mildly uncomfortable to almost unbearable (always have any suspicious symptoms checked out medically).
Factors that come into play can range from the original constitutional strength you were born with, health history, length of time exposed to a particular toxin, health of your immune system (which itself encompasses a wide range of considerations), continuing exposure to toxins or stress, lifestyle, etc.
Herxheimer reaction symptoms include headache, brain fog, depression, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, digestive disturbances, skin rashes or itching, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue, inability to sleep, nightmares, light or sound sensitivity, and nausea among others.
Herxheimer Reaction: How Do You Adjust Your Protocol?
Mercury detoxification, for example, is tricky in that we are asking an already challenged, stressed body with overburdened liver to eliminate a very toxic metal in the most efficient and safe manner possible. This is true for any toxic substance - chemicals, drugs and many others.
Frequently, my clients who are ill from mercury exposure have to move slowly and carefully in their detox protocol. For example, some of my customers who are using Medicardium Magnesium Di-Potassium EDTA find they initially need to cut the suppositories in half (across, not lengthwise if you need to do this). Also, adding a product such as Glytamins or Xeneplex gives added support to toxin elimination.
Again using mercury toxicity as an example, you may be interested to know that candida yeast is the organism in our bodies that can hold onto many times more mercury than any other. So our body grows the yeast (which do damage slowly) to save us from the mercury (which does damage amazingly fast).
What happens when we do mercury detox without taking an excellent probiotic to handle the yeast..?
Without the heavy metals to go after, the yeast are left with nothing to do - so they turn around and make trouble for YOU! This is often the reason for a Herxheimer reaction during mercury detoxification.
The reverse is also true: if you take a great probiotic that kills off the candida yeast, the disintegrating candida can release a LOT of mercury, again leading to another kind of herx called 'yeast die-off effect.'
This Herxheimer reaction is really the result of mercury freed from the yeast cells doing damage to the body.
Herxheimer Reaction Strategies
Since herx effect is in its simplest form the inability of the body to eliminate toxins fast enough, it can be helpful to assist the elimination process. A coffee enema can do wonders. Colon cleansing in the form of a colonic can also be of great help.
Making sure you get enough sleep, or take a nap when your body asks for it, are also good strategies.
If taking supplements as part of a detox protocol, it can help to cut the protocol in half temporarily or even take a few days off.
Herxheimer reaction solutions are a very individual matter. I hope this discussion is helpful for you and points you in the right direction.