If you’re embarking on a detox for improved health and wellness, there are several dangerous detox symptoms that you need to watch out for. Sure, sometimes when we detox we experience unpleasant side effects, like a minor headache or feeling a little tired. But there’s a fine line between unpleasant side effects and dangerous detox symptoms that could indicate something more serious is happening. Stay on the lookout for these symptoms to make sure you’re staying safe while detoxing.
1. Extreme Fatigue and Brain Fog
One of the most common, but dangerous detox symptoms is extreme fatigue or brain fog. Sometimes, your extreme fatigue could be linked to something like caffeine withdrawal. But if you’re having serious issues getting out of bed in the morning, going to work, and can’t seem to function or concentrate on basic tasks, step back to see if your detox is safe. Sometimes a detox can be too intense, and perhaps you need to modify your plan.
2. Major Weakness and Pain in Joints
Another dangerous detox symptom linked to fatigue is extreme weakness and pain around the body. Many detox plans temporarily restrict your caloric intake for a few days. For some people, this drastic change in calories is again too intense, leading to nasty and dangerous side effects. If you live an active lifestyle, this might not be a good time to start a detox.
3. Lightheadedness or the Feeling of Fainting
If you feel lightheaded or like you’re going to faint, this is a very scary detox symptom. It can be especially dangerous if you feel this way when you’re driving or completing a task that requires diligence and concentration. Many people who detox experience very low blood sugar levels from the lack of calories. If this is the case, stop the detox.
4. Very Low or High Heart Rate
If your heart rate suddenly gets really high, really slow, and you’re feeling chest pain, pressure, angina, or other cardiovascular problems, you should definitely stop the detox. Chest pain and angina are nothing to joke around with. Because detoxes often deplete you of electrolytes, that could be the culprit behind your heart symptoms Stop the detox and check with your medical doctor before resuming.
5. Trouble Digesting Solid Foods
Some detoxes incorporate solid foods, while others involve liquids like juices, smoothies, and teas. If you experience trouble digesting solid food after a detox, this could be a sign of other digestive complications. Check with your doctor if you’re feeling intense stomach pains when resuming with solid foods after a liquid detox.
6. Shortness of Breath
If you’re suddenly feeling short of breath or dizzy during your detox, stop the program immediately. Activities that didn’t give you problems before, like walking up a flight of stairs, shouldn’t give you major problems when detoxing. If you notice a dramatic decrease in your strength accompanied by shortness of breath, it might not be a good idea to continue with your detox.
7. Not Feeling like Yourself
At the end of the day, we know our bodies best. If something just doesn’t feel right about your detox, there’s no reason to continue with it. Listen to your body and do what feels right. Don’t torture yourself through a series of dangerous side effects—it’s not worth the potential risks and damage on your body.
Done properly, detoxing can be a safe and effective way for boosting weight loss and releasing toxins. How do you deal with unpleasant side effects and potentially dangerous symptoms?