Congratulations on taking a positive step towards better health by undertaking the RAW REBOOT.

Based on scientific principles of optimal Gut Microbiome (gut) health the RAW REBOOT feeds your beneficial Gut flora (beneficial microbes) with all IMPORTANT FIBRE that help to stimulate the Richness, Evenness, Diversity and Function of your Microbiome. So IT and YOU to flourish!

The RAW REBOOT combines raw plant-based whole foods rich in a variety of FIBRES, MACRO & MICRO NUTRIENTS, PHYTONUTRIENTS, ANTIOXIDANTS and LIVE ENZYMES along with the core principles of INTERMITTENT FASTING for a simple healthy way to REBOOT your health.

ALL the INGREDIENTS in the RAW REBOOT have been carefully selected…  along with the timing, duration and dosing… to upregulate and favourably support liver detoxification pathways. The RAW REBOOT is NOT a diet, nor is it a long-term way of eating, it is a way to reboot and get back on track.

Can I Expect Any Adverse Reactions or Cravings doing the RAW REBOOT?…

Everyone is different so it is hard to predict, but it is not unusual to experience a few, or many. They may come in the first few days, or even at the end of your reboot. It is hard to predict. 

but IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER… that ANY adverse symptoms is NOT from the super-healthy food you are eating!! You are now, and possibly for the first time in a long time, meeting your body’s requirements for Fibre, Protein, Omega Fatty Acids, Complex carbohydrates and hydration (that’s if you’re following the RAW REBOOT exactly as prescribed). You are flooding your body with nutrient RICH food abundant in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Here are some of the factors that may contribute to adverse reactions or symptoms…

WITHDRAWALS…Think for a moment… you’ve cut out processed foods, packaged foods (condiments etc), sugars, salt, unhealthy fats, alcohol etc and, perhaps, even cut down on tea and coffee. Guess what happens when you do that?? Your body goes through withdrawals, similar to the experience that drug-users or alcoholics go through when withdrawing from substance abuse. Withdrawal symptoms can last a few days to a couple of weeks and you can experience symptoms such as… fatigue (low energy/sleepiness), headaches, muscle aches and pains, irritability, feeling down, nausea and even digestive issues such as bloating and stomach cramps. You can end up feeling FLAT and even downright miserable!

You may not have ever added any ‘sugar’ to your diet in the past but SUGAR is abundant in so many packaged foods and in simple carbohydrates such as bread, crackers, biscuits etc.  These ‘sugars’ not only keep blood sugar levels high but can also release ‘feel good’ opioids in the brain similar to the ‘rush’ experienced when using drugs. Sounds extreme, but it is true. Reducing sugar creates the same type of withdrawals as coming off an illicit drug. You may experience irritability, nervousness, anxiety and even feel REALLY down with low energy. Sugar withdrawals may cause nausea, dizziness, extreme fatigue, abdominal pains, disrupted sleep, poor concentration and crazy cravings.

When cutting back on SALT (Sodium Chloride) it may result in ‘symptoms’ that are particularly unusual. Again salt is added in so many foods. The most common symptoms are cramps, headaches, cravings, lack of energy, sleepiness and excessive urination. Also, it is not uncommon to experience slight nausea during mealtime.

It’s possible that you may just have caught a ‘bug’ or are coming down with a cold. Even the healthiest person is subject to the ‘common cold’. On a daily basis you are coming into contact with viral bugs in the air, bacteria on food etc. It is not unusual to have a reaction to this, this is a sign that your Immune system is doing its job!! Your recovery period will be an indication of the health of your gut microbiome.

ALCOHOL has a depressive effect on your body, slowing down brain function. This in turn causes the Central Nervous System to keep the body in a ‘revved up’ mode so it can function in between drinks. When you give up alcohol your body stays in this ‘revved up’ state and as your body goes through withdrawals from alcohol you may experience some, or all, of the following…… 6hrs after last drink – Headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, shaky hands and anxious feelings.

Did you know that 24hrs after last drink your body temperature increases and you can experience palpitations and poor concentration in addition to the symptoms listed above.

You may think that you’re done but (I hate to be the bearer of bad news) even 2-4 days after your last drink you can experience a fever, extreme agitation and even hallucinations, in addition to the symptoms listed above. Even if you are 1-2 drinks a week/fortnight drinker understand your brain has been continually exposed to the depressant effects of alcohol. When you abruptly stop, your brain scrambles to adjust to the new ‘balance’ and this can, in some individuals, cause debilitating side effects such as extreme fatigue and very low mood. Symptoms can start to improve within five days, however some individuals have prolonged symptoms depending on their overall health.

A common cause of so many ‘new’ and ‘different’ symptoms is…DIE-OFF.  Die-off is a simplistic term to describe the negative reaction caused by rapid removal of the toxic metabolites. This can start to kick in from Day 3-5. The die off from pathogenic bacteria, viruses or fungi, can result in a large number of bacterial metabolites (toxins) specifically Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) entering the liver and producing pro-inflammatory cytokines which can overwhelm the liver’s ability to break it down. [1]  This can result in symptoms such as… Extreme fatigue, brain fog, muscle aches and pains, headaches, migraine, nausea (even vomiting), skin breakouts, irritability and crankiness, anxiety, rashes/itching, loss of appetite, cold & flu-like symptoms, insomnia, excess sweating, excess mucus production e.g. Phlegm (increase production of white blood cells to fight invaders), flatulence, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation.

What Can You do to Alleviate Adverse Symptoms?

FIRSTLY… BE PATIENT… As you eat more and more nutrient rich FIBRE fuelled foods your symptoms and cravings will reduce and disappear as you build your beneficial gut flora population. Stick to your RAW REBOOT and you WILL reap the rewards.  The foods are anti-inflammatory in nature, bursting with nutrients and are the key to building a flourishing and diverse Gut Microbiome and healthy YOU!!

⚠️  If symptoms persist, your condition worsens, or if you are just concerned then please seek immediate medical assistance.

IN THE MEANTIME… Implement these simple strategies to help alleviate symptoms…

▶️ REST and SLEEP. Do NOT try and push through, this will only make things worse. Take time off work and take care of yourself. Rest and Sleep greatly improve the detoxification of endotoxins through the liver. Ask friends and family for help with meal preparation. Other things such as cleaning, ironing etc. can all wait!

▶️ DO NOT reach for a pain killer, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine or cold/flu medication. Hydrate well, rest and sleep. It WILL pass!

▶️ Increase water intake, BUT (and this is a big BUT)… before you do this you must read the detailed information about WATER INTAKE.

▶️ Grate fresh Ginger into a teapot, approx. 1 tbsp then top with hot water and let steep for 15-minutes. Add ½ cup of this mix to a 600ml water bottle and sip slowly. When empty, re-fill. Have this throughout the day.  

▶️ If you’re finding it hard to eat, or feeling queasy or nauseous, then nibble on some plain Seeded Crispbread and sip water slowly and frequently.

▶️ Drink Herbal Teas that naturally soothe digestive upsets and support detoxification e.g. Chamomile, Ginger, Dandelion, Fennel, Peppermint.

▶️ Stop ANY strenuous exercise.

▶️ Do a session of gentle Yin Yoga. There are a lot of videos on YouTube. This is VERY important as it down-regulates the ‘fight-flight’ response has been proven to rapidly reduce inflammatory ‘cortisol’ and other stress hormones, helps reduce anxiety, has been shown to significantly decrease gastrointestinal symptoms and significant reduction in pain intensity.

▶️ Do a series of Deep breathing exercises as it significantly helps to reduce inflammation.

▶️ Take a bath with Epsom salts or lavender essential oil.

▶️ To reduce any aches and pains use an organic plant-based balm. I recommend (because I make it and know it’s high quality) Voi Organics Muscle Balm

▶️ Apply Lavender essential oil or Voi Relaxation Blend to the temples and massage in. Also, massage (gently) the top of the jaw (where the upper and lower jaw meet) which is termed the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This can stiffen when you hold yourself in a tight position due to pain or uncomfortable symptoms e.g. clenching the jaw is a common mechanism through these types of episodes.

▶️ Do NOT get a massage. While you may think you are ‘flushing out toxins’ the reverse is true. Firstly… you CANNOT flush out toxins, the term is bogus. Secondly by-products of minor muscle injury, often caused by massage, may add to your toxic load.

I am sure these simple measures, along with continuing with your RAW REBOOT, will make you feel better in no time at all.

Nat xx

[1] Minemura, M., & Shimizu, Y. (2015). Gut microbiota and liver diseases. World journal of gastroenterology21(6), 1691-702.

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