Well I have to say that sliding into Day 4, I have a few observations to make and they won’t be making me Miss Popular. I noticed excess mucous yesterday and had a bit of a headache in the evening. My armpits are also less than heavenly. My daughter was also looking very tired yesterday morning and today, something quite unusual for her.
What on earth is this detox all about if it makes us feel worse rather than better?
Well the answer is in the question. While the green smoothie is providing nourishment in the form of all those vitamins and minerals, the fibre and also the chlorophyll are stimulating a real cleansing of your body at a cellular level. The green smoothie is providing detoxification as well as being a nutrient building drink.
This winning combination will provide reassurance to your body that it is fully nourished and hydrated and this in turn will promote a release of toxins from your cells. As these toxins are released from the cell they will move out into your blood stream. In your blood stream they will stimulate some of the same responses from your body that they did on going in. I have heard stories of drug addicts getting high again just from the ‘hit’ of their detox.
So symptoms to watch out for are:
- Increased mucous
- Skin inflammation or rashes
- Disturbed bowel habits! (belching, increased elimination, diarrhea, excess wind)
- Body odour and sweating
- Strange metallic taste in mouth or tongue coated (Can go dark brown)
These symptoms will be short lived. Very shortly you should be feeling just great. If they become unbearable then ease off the smoothies a bit, make them smaller. Even drinking just a bit will be really beneficial. I have deliberately suggested that you only do a glass per day. I had this detox knowledge in mind. Victoria Boutenko suggests drinking 1-2 litres per day of green smoothies. Everyone everywhere that talks about green smoothies is saying the same thing – start slowly. We can build it up gently.
Some people have found that their bodies are craving the green stuff and end up drinking it morning, noon and night for a while. If you feel the need go with it. But start gently.
In naturopathy one of the things that I have learned is how important it is to support the liver when detoxing. Look at my Fifty Shades of Green – How many? Blog for more information on how to support your liver.
If you push your liver too hard it will either not cope at all and send you into a healing crisis – maybe flu like symptoms, or a rash as it uses other orifices or the skin to dump its toxic load, or it may end up just redistributing the toxins elsewhere in your body. One sure sign that you liver is struggling is a sore throat, or other such lymphatic issues. When the liver struggles in its job of filtering the blood; the lymphatic system can no longer drain effectively into the blood and so instead starts to back up, thicken and cause problems. So go easy, don’t push too hard. Enjoy the journey.
One benefit of the green smoothie as opposed to other detoxification methods is the sheer amount of fibre that it contains. This provides perfect support for the liver as it provides the necessary bulk and stimulation to the colon to get things moving through the bowels after the liver has dealt with it.
So worry not. For those of you who know me well, I have been on this path for over four years now and I am truly excited by this. It feels very right. So bear with me if grogginess descends for a few hours and know that the sun is shining and there are blue skies above those clouds all the time. They are there just waiting for you to see through to them.
Of course, you may just find that you only feel better and better on these smoothies. If this is the case. Keep laughing!
Have a wonderful day (and if necessary an early night).
Oh by the way a few of you have asked for a recipe. Here is one from Victoria Boutenko:
Welcome Smoothie for Beginners
Makes 2 quarts
1 cup chard
1 cup spinach
8-10 strawberries, stems included
1 mango, peeled
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups water
Blend all ingredients well.