Dealing with Herxheimer Reactions

Well, I am on day 14 of the Hair N’ Heal program. I must say that this week has been harder than I anticipated. I did actually have Herkzheimer reactions to cleaning up my diet. They were kind of scary and pretty annoying. At first, I thought the program wasn’t working. I had changed diets before in the past with no problem, so I didn’t anticipate having some break outs and headaches. 

I was a bit nervous about taking supplements that supported MORE detox, so I didn’t order the plethora of supplements that were recommended right away. I think if I had started taking them all right away, I would have been hugging the toilet while they all came up. (It has happened before when I started taking multiple vitamins at once.)

Exercise during Herxheimer Reactions

While I was advised NOT to exercise, in the past NOT exercising has kept me constipated. I find that a daily walk helps to massage the intestinal organs and keep things moving along. So, I have been doing a walk for about an hour a day. 

The other exercise that I have included is Pilates. I love Pilates because it is low-impact and not too strenuous. When you get tired, you can easily modify the exercise to suit your abilities. For my routine, I have found some simple beginner Pilates videos on youtube that are only 30 minutes in length. I feel like this is the perfect length to get some movement into my life without overdoing it. 

Hydration and Herxheimer

Lots of people tell you to drink tons of water and it is hard to know exactly how much is enough or too much for that matter. I personally have found that I’m drinking extra water while taking the supplements. This causes me some concern about staying hydrated. You will end up peeing out the excess water and with it some of your minerals if you take too much. 

I have focused on only drinking when I am thirsty or when I’m taking supplements. I have been consuming bone broth daily and that is full of water and electrolytes, so I shouldn’t have to worry too much about dehydration. 

Sleeping and Detoxing

It was recommended to sleep a ton. Johanna mentioned that she sleeps up to 9 hours each night. I haven’t noticed much desire to sleep that much. There were just two days this week when I came home from work completely exhausted and feeling bad from the detoxing. I crashed and went right to bed. 

I will say that didn’t last long. I’m back to my normal sleeping pattern and feel pretty good with just 6-7 hours per night. I don’t feel the need to sleep during the day. I do notice that if I take a walk that I get energized and feel much better. 

Tips for Dealing with a Herxheimer Reaction

So, now that I’m in the midst of a good Herxheimer reaction, I’m going to share my tips for dealing with it. 

  1. Allow yourself to rest if you feel you need it. 
  2. Take walks to keep your body moving. 
  3. Keep a box of tissues nearby. You never know when your nose will start dripping. 
  4. Eat plenty of food. Don’t starve yourself. 
  5. Drink bone broth to keep your electrolytes up.
  6. Meditate. 
  7. Eat plenty of fats to help moisturize your skin if you have rashes. 

Herxheimer reactions don’t last forever, but they can seem scary when you go through them especially if you rarely ever have headaches like me. It is always a bit unnerving to experience something uncomfortable like a Herxheimer reaction especially when you normally don’t experience headaches. I just keep reminding myself that this is part of the healing process! 

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