Discomforts Worth the Trouble


With all this talk about Detox-ing and diet cleanses – let’s discuss the Detoxification Process.

When you begin making positive changes in your diet like adding more fruits and vegetables, and drinking a lot of water; it is not unusual to experience some degree of discomfort.  This is the beginning of a detoxification process that may cause some common symptoms like:  gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation – it’s a natural part of the process of improving your health.

One of the reasons for this is that during the years when you may have consumed a diet deficient in water, plant-based food, and fiber the colon accumulates a lot of waste because it does not have adequate tools to clean itself out properly on a regular basis. Increasing water, vegetables, fruit, and fiber intake begins to ‘chip away’ at the accumulated fecal mater, causing gas and diarrhea. There are two options to consider:  1)  get the detoxification process over as soon as possible, or 2) take small steps in making changes in your diet and lifestyle.

Most people will experience some type of discomforts during detoxification and this is natural since all of the toxins such as; pharmaceuticals, artificial food additives, environmental pollutants, etc. stored in the fat tissues are now circulating in the system.  The length of time of the unpleasant symptoms varies from person to person.  A person who makes a shift to a more plant-based diet and begins an exercise program at the same time will detoxify faster than a person who begins the process more slowly. Also, it is not unusual to experience detoxification several times during a few-year period based on your dietary and activity changes.  Changing your lifestyle is like peeling an onion, and as the body heals and rebuilds it may, from time to time, continue to purge. The hard part is sticking with it until the symptoms resolve. But, it is always better to have the “stuff” out rather than in, and discontinuing will only mean starting the process over again at some future time. There really is no short cut to improving your health.

“Unlike drugs, nutrients do not have rapid effects. No quick fix. The business of nutrition is to build a better body. This process has to wait on nature to turn over body cells. A blood cell lasts 60-120 days. In 3-4 months your whole blood supply is completely replaced.  In 6 months almost all the proteins in your body die and are replaced, even the DNA of your genes… When you start feeding it better, you have to wait on your body to grow new improved cells.” ~Dr. Michael Colgan, Author of Optimum Sports Nutrition

Taken from an article by Dr. Pam Popper, Owner and Founder of the Wellness Forum


  1. To get the detoxification process over ASAP jump start your healthy living with a safe detoxification and rejuvenation program we call SHRED10. Clean eating, exercise, more rest and Juice Plus+® Capsules and Juice Plus+ Complete® Shakes.
  2. Take it slow and make simple changes, add Juice Plus+® Capsules and one or two changes at a time to ease into a healthier lifestyle.


Need help in making the best health choices for your individual needs?  Contact me for a complimentary consultation.

Dorothy Ruggiero, LMT, CHC / SeaStones Natural Therapies & Health Coaching


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