Have you ever changed something in your diet or lifestyle and expected to feel better but ended up feeling worse? To most physicians this would be an indication to stop the new change and revert back to your old ways. To a natural practitioner this is a good sign and completely expected, especially with those who are changing destructive habits and diets. It's called a healing crisis and it means that your body is cleansing itself of the old and replacing with the new.
The symptoms may include but are not limited to, acne, weight gain or loss, boils, fevers, aches, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, diareah, gas, bloating and more. Pretty much you feel like crap! Not a professional term but an altogether true to heart way of explaining how one may feel. What is beleived to be happening is your body is replacing the malnourished, diseased and under productive tissues with new healthy and nurtured tissues. A cleansing effect takes place. The body starts to expel toxins through the liver, kidneys, colon and skin. You may experience tenderness in your kidneys as they work hard to cleans the released toxins or boils on the skin as your body may expel toxins from it. It is usually short lived around 1 to 3 weeks and then you will begin to feel better slowly and with continued efforts to change your habits and lifestyle and you will eventually feel great!
Imagine your body as a car engine, (much more simplistic than the body's systems but just go with it) when you put good, high quality gas and oil in your engine, it runs cleaner and smother. Some oils actually clean deposits off your engine. Cheap gas (cheap food) will make your engine run, but with less power (energy). Eventually putting too much stress (lack of sleep and high stress) on your engine without properly fueling it (high quality foods and herbs), cleaning it and maintaining (proper sleep, exercise and nutrition) it will shorten the life of your car (you!).