When an intense physical exercise program causes a large scale slaughter of bacteria, huge amounts of endotoxins (stored within the bacteria) release into your bloodstream. The more bacteria stored in your tissues – and the more intense the session, the stronger their endotoxins, producing even more stronger symptoms in the body to try and process out all the junk. When an intense physical training program (or for that matter, even fasting and detox treatments) causes your organs (such as the liver – your poison warehouse) to discharge their stored poisons, then these crisis symptoms can happen...
There are a wide variety of reactions that may manifest during a healing crisis, the most common are:Thankfully I have not experienced the rage and anxiety, but there have been quite a few things on this list that I can point to and say, "Ohhh...that explains it!" For instance one day I was getting out of the shower and doing my thing to get ready for the day and I had this weird rash down the side of my face and neck. It went away without incident, but it was very puzzling. I have also experienced a recurrence of arthrits-like joint pain in my hands from time to time since starting CF. Especially when I first started, my gut was definitely out of whack (I'll spare you the details) and the congestion and head-cold symptoms, well, here we are again for the second time in just over a month.
- Joint Ache
Another correlation for which I must take full responsibility is that on Wednesday evening I attended a cookie exchange (albeit all the cookies we brought were GF). I ate more sugar that night than I probably had consumed all year. By Thursday I was miserable. I have long known the effects of sugar on the immune system and have severely limited my own consumption of the stuff, but I don't know that I have ever seen it so directly played out in my own body! This article by Marcel Hernandez, N.D. succinctly explains the effects of sugar on the immune system.
Honestly, I look at this journey as a battle that I must fight with my own poor choices over the last few years. If this is what I must endure to get healthy in the long run, then bring it--I'll take a few head colds if it means that in the end my body is stronger, more fit and better able to resist disease.
I'd love for you to comment and share your experiences with getting started with an exercise regimen. Have you found that you also were prone to getting sick? How long can I expect this to last?