What are the Hydrogen Peroxide Side Effects?
You may be wondering about the side effects of hydrogen peroxide. Although, if diluted properly, it will not effect your body in a negative way, there may be several side effects. The side effects are not from the peroxide, however, they are from the large amount of harmful bacteria and toxin in your body. Once you begin the detoxification process, you will literally feel the difference each day as the toxins flood out of your body.
The Herxheimer Reaction, or as it is sometimes called “The Die-Off Process” occurs when the body tries to eliminate the toxins produced during the cleansing or detoxification process faster than the body can dispose of them. Although you may think the cleansing or detoxification treatment is not working because you feel worse than before you started the treatment you must carry on with your treatment as the Herxheimer Reaction is a good sign that your body is dumping the harmful toxins and getting it ready for regeneration.
You may experience some of the following hydrogen peroxide side effects when starting your detoxification:
- Flu-like symptoms Including joint and muscle pain, headache, sinus congestion, fever etc.
- Cramps or Diarrhea
- Flair-up of Arthritic pain
- Anxiety or mood swings
- Hives or rashes
While these symptoms may sound disheartening and you feel like you're watching an ad on TV for a prescription drug that lists all of the side effects of the drug, be assured that these symptoms are a good thing because they show that your treatment is disposing of the damaging toxins. It is just trying to do it at a faster rate than the body can handle. You just have to stick with it and realize that after this Herxheimer Reaction is over your body will be cleansed of its harmful toxins and will be ready for its regeneration.
How can you help yourself while going through the Herxheimer Reaction?
The Herxheimer Reaction can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. There are many things you can do to help you through the process and make things less uncomfortable.
- Drink plenty of water to help your system flush out the died-off toxins
- Get plenty of rest
- Take hot baths with Epsom salts and Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide solution
- Relax and massage aching areas
- Enemas can be used to cleanse the system and help expel harmful toxins more quickly
- Steam baths or hot sauna
- Lemon water and dandelion root tea will help the liver which becomes overworked during the Herxheimer Reaction process
- Do not consume any sugar or caffeine
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, turnip and dark leafy greens. These will help with your bowel movements and flush out more toxins
- Apply a hot water bottle or heating pad to sore muscle areas
- Practice deep breathing and meditation exercises
What you are doing to help you through the Herxheimer Reaction is treating your body the same way you would treat a severe case of the flu. Always keep in mind that this reaction, although it can be very distressing, will only last for a short period of time and soon you will be on the road to a healthier more more robust body and life style. Remember, if you are experiencing a negative effect from taking the hydrogen peroxide, this is a sign that you need it! If symptoms become difficult to overcome, pause your hydrogen peroxide therapy for a few days, and resume with a lower dosage. Continue lowering dosage until it becomes manageable, and then begin raising it again until your body starts functioning at a normal level,
Hydrogen Peroxide Side Effect Safety
Used in the low concentration recommended there are rarely any negative hydrogen peroxide side-effects. But, like all substances, if the concentration is above that recommended for external or internal use there can be various reactions while using it. Like everything else you must practice hydrogen peroxide safety at all times.
No one should ever use full strength 35% food grade peroxide for anything. It must be diluted with distilled water before using as the full strength can burn you severely.
Some common acceptable side effects of hydrogen peroxide include slight nausea and diarrhoea. These side effects are acceptable because it indicates the oxygen released by the hydrogen peroxide is taking effect. These slight side effects result from the hydrogen peroxide killing off more bacteria and viruses than the body can readily dispose of. When this happens you can lower the amount of hydrogen peroxide you are taking and gradually increase it to the dosage recommended so you can get complete hydrogen peroxide benefits.
So like all other medications you may take, do not overdose yourself with hydrogen peroxide. The resulting side effects could prove harmful, just as overdosing on aspirin or any other common medication can.
Keep yourself well informed about hydrogen peroxide safety and you will reap the full peroxide benefits.