It has been said that one does not always “see all that he looks at” or “listen to all that he hears”. As far as your body is concerned, the above statements are very appropriate. During the days, weeks, and months ahead, your system will be making many adjustments and changes. It is very important that you be aware of what can happen so you do not get caught by surprise.
Now the question comes, what are some of the things one might expect if they choose to follow the recommendations? We do not want to predispose you to experience things you might not ordinarily experience. Some people move on quite smoothly to increased vigour and health. Others find the road rockier. Some experience one thing and some experience another. A lot depends on the direct effects from one’s faith, their mental attitudes, determination, and their own individual physical make-up.
We will list a few things that some people have experienced so that, if any of these things might happen to you, you will know that it is not unexpected. As the body chemistry changes, it can affect your feelings.
The body has adjusted itself gradually, over a period of years, to its much less than ideal chemistry. As it begins to change back toward the more ideal, some unusual things sometimes happen. Some people do not understand, so they become frightened by how they are momentarily feeling and will stop the program. This only delays the changes that are good and necessary.
When the body starts taking up calcium some people get hives or break out with pimples and even cold sores. They might feel “funny”, or a bit strange, particularly in the area where energy has been lost. Old injuries of many years ago may flair up – sprained ankles or wrists, old surgeries, fingers hurt in basketball, leg injuries, back injuries, etc. They may hurt just as badly as they did originally and then suddenly it’s gone. This is the body doing its house cleaning. The liver activity is coming up, and the toxins that have accumulated in the body for years begin to be stirred up and cleansed from the body.
A person might get headaches, run a fever for a few days, become nauseated, feel like lying down, run completely out of energy all of a sudden – these are all typical experiences. In many of these cases – especially headache and fever, etc., the eliminative organs have not been able to keep up with the cleansing that is going on and an enema or colonic is the best and quickest relief to be had. Walking in the fresh air, with deep breathing, is also helpful to many. When the change is more severe, it is best to take a lot of rest to conserve all the body energy available for the body to make the changes necessary.
When one chooses to go on a lemon water fast for three days, at the suggestion of their counsellor in order to speed up the chemistry changes, often they will go through a very deep change, in which the liver reverses itself causing vomiting (even of bile) and great discomfort. It lasts but a short time and then the body makes a quick, big change, and the person feels a great deal better than before. This type of thing is very likely to happen to someone who is quite a bit overweight. This is because the fat in the body has stored up so many toxins that when the body starts mobilizing the fat it also frees the toxins. Thus, the individual can become very ill.
Despite any of these potential symptoms, one should stay right on the program. Don’t back away from it, go right through with it. You will only delay the process if you stop the program during the worst of the healing crises. You need not be frightened. Rather, you can know that healing is taking place and the crisis will pass.
When you sense that there is a critical change taking place – healing crises and you feel you need counsel, or just reassurance, get in touch with the persons you have been counselling with. Sometimes additional things need to be done to encourage the body in its chemistry changes. After a major chemistry change, it is usually necessary to adjust the program to the new chemistry pattern.
If that all sounds a bit gloomy, we certainly don’t want to frighten anyone. Be assured that many people feel better and better a majority of the time. However, everyone needs to understand that there will be down days along with the better ones, and they shouldn’t be bewildered by them.
Even when a healing crisis takes place long after the time it would be expected, don’t be surprised. Every day that you faithfully follow the program is a day closer to freedom from discomfort and difficulties. Every day you forget, or goof off, is a day lost – sometimes many days are lost, as it takes the body time to readjust again.
Some people forget how much better they are feeling until they go off the program for a few days. Suddenly, the old discomforts they had forgotten about come creeping back and take over once again. We suggest you not go off for a few days, just to see the difference. Going on and off the program can create a situation where the body may not respond later on. An on-again/off-again pattern can affect the body similarly to the way heat and cold temper metal. It hardens it. Likewise, a hardening or resisting effect can be produced in the body, so it may decide at a point in the future not to respond. Therefore, in order to gain the benefits you so desire, a real commitment needs to be made to stick with the program.
Face the future with confidence, with great anticipation, and don’t be disappointed when a little rain cloud muddies up your day.
Tegan, Nutrition Nourishment