WHAT SYMPTOMS TO EXPECT WHEN YOU IMPROVE YOUR DIET
Excerpted from an article by: Dr. Stanley S. Bass. ND. D.C., PhC
Perhaps the greatest misunderstanding in the field of nutrition is the failure to understand and interpret the symptoms and
changes which follow the beginning of a better nutritional program. A remarkable thing happens when a person
IMPROVES the quality of the food he consumes. When the food you ingest is of a higher quality than the tissues from
which the body is made, the body DISCARDS the LOWER QUALITY TISSUES, to make room for the higher quality
materials to make HEALTHIER TISSUE.
During this process of regeneration, lasting about 10 days to several weeks, the emphasis is on breaking down and
eliminating lower quality tissue. The vibrant energy often found in the external parts of the body, the muscles and skin,
moves to vital internal organs and starts reconstruction. This movement of energy produces a feeling of less energy in the
muscles, which the mind interprets as weakness. At this time, more REST and SLEEP is often needed, and it's imperative
to AVOID STIMULANTS of any kind which will abort and defeat the regenerative process. Remember, the body isn't
getting weaker, it's simply using its energies in more important internal work rather than external work involving muscle
movements. With patience and diligence, a person will soon feel more energy than before.
By ingesting higher quality foods, the body begins a process called "retracing". The initial focus is on eliminating waste
and toxins deposited in the tissues. However, the process creates symptom that are often misinterpreted. For example, a
person who stops consuming coffee or chocolate may experience head-aches and a general letdown. The body begins
discarding TOXINS (caffeine or theobromin) by removing them from the tissues and transporting them through the
bloodstream. However, before toxins are passed through elimination, they register in our consciousness as pain. In other
words, a headache. These same toxins also stimulate the heart to beat more rapidly, thus producing the feeling of
exhilaration. The letdown is due to the slower action of the heart which produces a depressed mind state.
The SYMPTOMS experienced during "retracing" are part of the HEALING PROCESS! They are NOT DEFICIENCIES.
Do not treat them with stimulants or drugs. These symptoms are constructive, even though unpleasant at the moment.
Don’t try to cure the cure. The symptoms will vary according to the materials being discarded, the condition of the
organs involved in the elimination, and the amount of available energy.
They can include:
The symptoms will be milder and pass more quickly if one gets more rest and sleep. Understand that the body becomes
healthier by eliminating wastes and toxins. Had they remained trapped in the tissues, eventually they would have brought
about illness and disease, thus causing greater pain and suffering.
The body is becoming healthier by eliminating TOXINS
Finally, don’t expect to improve your diet and feel better and better every day, until you reach perfection. The body is
cyclical in nature. Health returns in a series of gradually diminishing cycles, for example, you may begin eating better
and start feeling better. After some time, you experience a symptom such as nausea or diarrhea. After a day, you feel
even better than before and all goes well for a while. Then you suddenly develop a cold, the chills, and lose your
appetite. Without the use of drugs, you recover from these symptoms and suddenly you feel great. This well-being
continues for a time until you break out in a rash. The rash flares up, but finally disappears, and suddenly you feel better
than you’ve felt in years. As the body becomes pure, each reaction becomes milder and shorter in duration, followed by
longer and longer periods of feeling better than ever before, until finally you reach a level plateau of VIBRANT
Actually not usually. Usually it is a very good sign, a sign that your body is finally working properly and starting to eliminate built up toxins.