I start people on a Two Week Sugar Handling Protocol to start the healing process that most people need after a lifetime of sugar, processed foods and food in-tolerances. When these irritants are removed from the body, the body quickly initiates a detoxification reaction that can manifest itself in many ways.

Most people do not understand the healing reaction because of their experience with conventional medicine.  Where the focus of conventional medicine is on eliminating discomfort and curing disease, holistic medicine seeks to address the underlying cause of pain and illness.  It aims to balance the body’s energy flow so that the body can restore itself to a healthy state.

The aching body, headaches, nausea and fatigue often felt during a healing crisis are primarily the effects of detoxification. In the healing process, the body is working to eliminate its storage of toxins – materials that have been collected in the colon, the tissues, and in individual cells.  In a sense, the body becomes temporarily more toxic until the toxins are excreted.

Once you understand that some discomfort is normal, and that symptoms can be a positive sign that healing is taking place, there are a number of things you can do to help your body during a healing crisis. First, try to follow your prescribed program correctly.  Taking medications, such as antihistamines, aspirin or other painkillers, delay the healing process and may actually prolong the discomfort.

Sufficient rest is very important since your body is under a great deal of stress during the healing process. Similarly, your diet should consist of light, easy-to-digest meals; heavy, hard-to-digest foods should be avoided.  Plenty of hot water should be consumed throughout the day.

Exercise is often helpful especially if the reaction presents itself on an emotional level.  Because many toxins leave the body through the skin, light brushing of the skin with a natural bristle brush can help stimulate blood and lymph flow.  Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salts or Sea Complex BathTM salts may also be helpful.

Reducing environmental stresses can help a healing reaction pass more quickly.  Take a good look at your daily stress level. Your diet, smoking habits, alcohol intake and other lifestyle elements may need to be changed.

Attitude can be one of the most beneficial factors in coping with healing reaction.  A positive attitude will allow you to relax and to recognize that the symptoms are temporary, and your treatment is on target.

Keep the lines of communication open with your doctor.  Report your symptoms and allow the healthcare practitioner to help you if your symptoms become intolerable. Adjustments in the degree or frequency of treatments may be possible to lessen your discomfort.

The road to good health is an exciting and rewarding journey, but like any worthwhile endeavor, it has some challenges.  The healing reaction is an opportunity for you to understand the process your body is going through to reach a state of health.  Despite symptoms, you should experience more areas of improvement than discomfort.  These brief episodes of symptoms should be considered signs of progress and an indication that you’re on the road to good health.

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