Recovering from an Inadvertent Detox

For the last two days, I have been a real grump.

I’ve been super irritable and annoyed by things that don’t normally bother me. This is strange for me, because I’ve been feeling really good for a while now. For example, I usually walk a few miles a day but the past few days, I’ve barely had the energy to get off the couch.

Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images

Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images

I wondered why the sudden change? I tried to think back and recreate what may have caused the sudden lack of energy and lethargy. I finally figured it out: I recently started to rotate in some supplements I haven’t taken for a while. Two that I started up again were NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) and ALA (Alpha-Lipoic Acid).

I remembered that these two are known to be chelators of heavy metals. A-ha! It started to make sense!

So my theory is that I inadvertently released some toxins and that was why I was feeling so awful. I remember this happening before when I’ve done detox protocols. But I certainly wasn’t trying to do a detox right now, and it took me by surprise.

Here’s what I did to feel better today (and why I have the renewed energy to write this blog post!):

-I stopped all supplements except for vitamin C, which is known to help the liver.

-Even though it took a lot of energy, I juiced some fruits and veggies. I used the following ingredients: apples, beets, carrots, ginger, celery, and parsley. I keep these items in my fridge all the time.  Sometimes if I don’t use them, I have to throw them away. However, I find it’s so helpful to have them on hand at times like these when I really need quick nutrients and don’t have the energy to go to the store.  I managed to clean-up quickly and then went back to the couch.

-An really important thing I did was to be gentle with myself. I had so many things I wanted to do, but absolutely no energy or motivation. My brain was really upset that my body couldn’t check some things off my to do list. However, I didn’t want to add shame and guilt to the mix of not feeling good. I gave myself permission to just be a lump on the couch. I felt a sense of relief just by doing that.

-As I was lying on the couch struggling with trying to gather the motivation and energy to get up and do things, I decided to make the best of it. I put on a castor oil pack with a flannel on top of my liver. I kept it on for approximately 30 minutes. This seemed to make a big difference and I was able to get up and do the dishes. Hurray!

-At about 6pm, I brushed my skin with a dry skin brush and then took a hot epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil. I stayed in the bath until it was no longer warm- about 20 minutes or so.

Then, I felt so good, I jumped up and wrote this post! : )

I am so grateful to have a variety of tools in my toolbox for times like these. Once I recognize that I’m not feeling good, I am usually able to take an action to change the way I’m feeling. I’m getting really good at knowing what works for me with certain symptoms. If one things doesn’t work, I try something else.

Of course, toxin elimination isn’t the only piece to my complex individual depression puzzle, but these last few days remind me that it is indeed significant. I was amazed at how just a few simple actions got me feeling back to normal again.

What kinds of things work wonders for you when you’re feeling down?

This entry was posted in ALA, angry, chelating, detoxing, fatigue, grumpy, heavy metals, NAC. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Recovering from an Inadvertent Detox

  1. Lisa Ellison says:

    I commend you for listening to your body and taking all of these steps to help yourself recover from a bit of toxin overload. I will look up the castor oil packs. Sounds helpful. I wish you a speedy recovery. lisa @


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