View Full Version : Detox vs reduced immunity
08-23-2009, 12:16 PM
When going through periods of detox, is the immune system temporarily weaker? I know that detox can produce, say, "flu-like symptoms," but is one actually more susceptible to viruses etc during that period?
As always, personal experience as well as peer-reviewed studies welcome!
08-23-2009, 11:31 PM
Well. I can't say either way, but the body is in a weaker state trying to fix itself, that if a virus was thrown into the equation, the chances you got sick are probably higher. Just a guess though, I'm not an expert =]
I believe the term 'healing crisis' describes that phenomenon quite well.
Detox can be taxing on the body, that's why intensely cleansing things like enemas and colonics are so important, plus loads of water and habits such as mono eating, juicing and fasting to support and help the body to expel the circulating toxins faster.
08-24-2009, 10:24 AM
I wonder, though, if sometimes it comes to a point where in fact the immunity is indeed weakened due to the body not receiving enough nutrition. If you're not ready to do a fast, don't do one--and even an extreme transition to the raw diet can have effects similar to a fast. It would be interesting to, in such cases, test to see whether bacteria/viruses are actually present or not. That would give a hint at the answer.
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