Stop the Herxing: Your 5 Step Emergency Action Plan
If the thought of doing a detox or kill protocol makes you a little nervous, for fear of herxing – not to worry – there are ways to minimize this reaction, should it occur. It’s all about having a plan!
What is Herxing?
Before we get started with the action plan, a little about herxheimer reactions, also known as herxing. You may also be familiar with these terms: detox reactions, die-off reactions, a healing crisis, or herx reactions. No matter the name, the experience is all the same – your body reacting poorly to the flood of toxins being released. This includes things like parasites, viruses, bacteria, mold, and any by-products these toxins produce.
When you are detoxing, you want these toxic products to be shuttled out of the body quickly. But if your drainage channels aren’t open and ready for the release, they can get stuck in the pathways and ultimately, be reabsorbed back into the body.
As a result, you may experience “die off” symptoms, such as:
Here’s the thing – while herxheimer reactions can make you feel pretty miserable, it does not mean your protocol isn’t working. Instead, it is a signal from the body that it needs support and you may need to slow the detox down.
So what should you do if you experience the dreaded herx?
Overall you’ll want to focus on three areas: drainage pathways, mitochondria support and binders. Follow the action plan below so you can calm the reactions, get back on your protocol, and achieve the healing you desire.
Your 5 Step Emergency Action Plan:
If you notice a reaction brewing, simply increase your binder dosage. This dosage can also be adjusted, as needed, throughout your protocol. Just listen to what your body needs. If you notice constipation, that’s a sign you need to back down on the dosage. Find what works for you.
Remember, detoxing does not have to be an unpleasant experience and you don’t have to suffer. But if you do start noticing die-off symptoms, follow this emergency action plan to get yourself back on track. And if you haven’t begun your detox just yet, first start by opening those drainage pathways – this will help minimize herxing all together.