Detoxification or detox is the process of removal of toxic substances from a living organism, and additionally can refer to the period of withdrawal during which an organism returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance.
Detoxification can occur in many different forms including but not limited to acne breakouts, low energy, headaches, cold sores, mouth sores, diarrhea, high fever, all sorts of temporary skin rashes, coated tongue, mucus discharge through the nose, mouth or eyes, irritability, cold symptoms, etc.
Detoxification sometimes manifests as an auto-intoxication, caused by poisoning one’s body with internally released toxins as a result of insufficient food intake. In this case the body is breaking down massive amounts of body fat for fuel and therefore toxins stored in the fat are being released too quickly.
You can’t eat a diet that is “too clean” — this is a myth. But you can under-eat and therefore start experiencing constant “detox” symptoms and low energy. If you are convinced that you need to detoxify, go on a cleanse under a proper supervision, otherwise — eat enough to support your lifestyle and goals.
Try not to sabotage your detoxification attempts by going back to foods that you are trying to detoxify from.
When you make a big change in your diet — expect some adverse reactions, stick with it, and have faith from other people’s experiences that it will get better.