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Detox Side Effects

Detox Symptoms

Detoxifications symptoms vary from person to person.  They also may differ in the same person depending on among other things the level of toxins to eradicate and the detoxification method used. 

Toxins will accumulate in our bodies and may not leave our bodies unless we actively encourage them to do so.

Accumulated Toxins

Modern living brings unavoidable toxins such as pollutants, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, artificial fragrances and avoidable toxins such as alcohol, processed foods, BPA from plastics, trans fats, prescription and even non-prescription drugs.

It is advisable to avoid sugar, processed food, junk food and alcohol when starting a detox supplement.  

When we undertake dietary changes and start the process with specialist detoxification supplements the organs in the body eliminate the toxic substances. Flushing toxins from our bodies can lead to outbreaks of spots and rashes and other symptoms as the toxins are eradicating.  As the body works to eradicate the toxins and to cleanse itself, you can help the process by eating easily digestible light meals.


One of the main concerns people have before starting a detoxification cleanse is what the side effects may be.  It is important to remember that the symptoms you experience during detox are normal and should be welcomed as proof that the detoxification process is working.  Please don’t worry.

6 detox symptoms

Six Main Detox Symptoms That You Might Experience:

1 - Headache

A headache is a common detox side effect.  The headache is often a symptom of withdrawal from things like caffeine, alcohol or sugar.

2 - Increased Thirst

This is a great one to have; it just means that your body is craving the additional water to help the supplement to flush out the toxins.

3 - Need to Urinate More Frequently

A need to urinate more is a positive sign the detox is working.  Keep drinking plenty of water or warm water with a slice of lemon to aid the process.

4 - More Frequent Bowel Movements or Soft Consistency

Again, this is an excellent sign that the detox is working. 

5 - Tiredness or Disrupted Sleep

The process of purging toxins creates a workload for the organs in the body. Be prepared to nap or rest a bit more than usual.  Why not take a luxurious bath using detoxing bath salts to help you relax before bedtime?

6 - Nausea

The introduction of the organic natural ingredients to your system may occasionally cause nausea, try taking the capsules with water and a little fruit to help or drink ginger tea.

are detox symptoms good to have

Sometimes, when we detoxify, our bodies react unexpectedly.  Any side effects are a sign that the process is working and should encourage us.


Note:  Not experiencing any detox symptoms, does not mean that the detox is not working for you.


Other Possible Side Effects:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Myalgia
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability & tension
  • Anxiety


Remember:  It is equally normal to have an effective detox with minimal or no side effects as it is to experience symptoms.

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If you feel the detoxification is going too fast for you, reduce the supplement dosage and drink plenty of water or water with lemon. Once you are comfortable at a lower dose, you can increase to the suggested dosage.

Majdi Shahein | Naturopathic Doctor and a Detox Specialist with Detoxification Works ®

Majdi Shahein | Naturopathic Doctor and a Detox Specialist with Detoxification Works ®

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  • Jon D. on

    Thanks.. I’m sure many read your blog and many other blogs with valuable information but they don’t say thank you. I don’t understand it… Maybe they have the sense of entitlement :).

  • Reema J. on

    Really informative. Thank you 🙏🏻

  • Dolly R. on

    I had a headache for a few hours but I just went to sleep and when I got up I felt awesome.. I didn’t have any other detox symptoms so I continued using your Detox Kit capsules which I’m in love with..I also want to thank you for your support and tips before this blog came out via emails and one good phone call. You guys are the best and I love you all

  • Julia R. on

    Thanks for this blog…very informative!

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