Never start some kind of detox program suddenly. You should prepare well to get the most out of any detoxification plan you are choosing. Your body is also going to experience the release of toxins and if you follow step by step approach, you will find it easy and simple to start with.
If you have never tried detoxification before, here are few tips that can help you before start with a detox diet.
Smoking makes any detoxification plan less effective. So you must quit the evil weed. Several books, tapes, complementary therapies and herbal remedies can help you quit smoking. To reduce cravings and suppress the irritability on the first nicotine free days, oat straw can be of great help. It has a concentrated source of vitamins and can be found from alternative chemists and health food shops.
Men consuming more than three units of alcohol and women consuming more than two units of alcohol everyday, or if you ever drink more than six units in one session, then you are putting your health at serious risk. One in three heavy drinkers will die in their middle ages because of heavy drinking.
Stop taking alcohol at least a week before you plan to detox. This will start the recovery process of your liver. If you have problem in cutting out alcohol, take help from doctor or call Alcoholics Anonymous. Kudzu, a Chinese remedy can be available from TCM centers or alternative chemists, is often useful for combating cravings when you totally give up alcohol.
Over the counter drugs
Around 30,000 people in the UK are addicted to OTC medications, where painkillers and cough medicines toping the list. You may have to experience serious side effects because of such kind of dependency. For instance, it has been found that if you regularly use ibuprofen, it doubles your risk of a heart attack and considerably increases the chance of a stroke.
If you are misusing painkillers you may fall into physical and psychological dependency, headaches, chronic constipation, liver dysfunction, nausea, and all various gastrointestinal disorders. You may also be a victim of depression, chronic lethargy, mood swings and restless limbs.
If you go through the packet, you will find a warning that if you are taking these drugs for more than three days you should go and see the doctor and treat the underlying disease that is causing the symptoms. Speak to a homeopath, herbalist or neuropath if you want to explore a holistic way to a healthy detox. In this way you will no longer need OTC medications.