Last Modified on Jul 13, 2014
Aspartame Detoxification Overview
As health conscious individuals, we are all constantly looking for the best food substitutions to keep calorie counts down and maintain a healthy diet. Out of that desire, a great conundrum has arisen around the use of sweetener substitutes, in particular aspartame. Created as a “safe” alternative to regular sugar, continued research has shown that aspartame is actually more harmful than helpful.
Scientifically speaking, aspartame is the name given to the artificial, non-saccharide sweetener, aspartylphenylalanine-1-methyl ester. As such, it is a methyl ester of the dipeptide of the two amino acids phenylalanine and aspartic acid. With the fairly recent upturn in health concern, aspartame has been and continues to be used in a number of products including many trademark brands: Tropicana Slim, NutraSweet, Equal, diet sodas, condiments, and even some vitamin supplements.
Side Effects of Aspartame Toxicity
Being that aspartame is a sugar alternative designed to be safe and present in so many products, it may seem that little problem exists with the product. However, recent research has uncovered a number of harmful side effects associated with continued aspartame consumption. According to a recent FDA report, aspartame can cause any number of the following:
- decreased vision
- pain in or behind the eyes
- impaired hearing
- confusion and memory loss
- paresthesia of the limbs
- shortness of breath and heart palpitations
- abdominal pain
- skin allergies and reactions
Detoxing From Aspartame
Whether experiencing those types of effects or not, you should consider detoxing your body from aspartame to prevent further influence of the harmful chemical. A number of natural methods for aspartame detox exist. One effective method for detoxifying is using activated charcoal – ingested orally or applied topically. Additional methods include taking 2-3 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide followed by vitamins such as B complex, E, and C. Amino acid supplements are also an effective route for rebooting the system and repairing the damage of aspartame. In any case, though, avoiding aspartame laden products and eating a clean, healthy diet is the best step toward healthy toxin-free living.
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[YEA] I have attached a brief note on the ability of charcoal to adsorb aspartame. Will it help curb some of the withdrawal effects? It should help to continue to detox the body, but there are some other things to consider. When leaving off certain chemicals such as alkaloids (nicotine, caffeine, cocaine,...) if the person is on an animal-based diet (acidic) the body quickly dumps the poisons, sometimes resulting in profound withdrawal symptoms. On the other hand if a person is on a plant-based diet (alkaline) the toxic chemicals tend to leave the system more gradually without the strong negative effects that so often lead the person back to the offending drug/chemical. This way the body tapers off more naturally.
What Regina is describing are classic withdrawal effects from caffeine. It would be best for her to leave all caffeine off as hard as that may be. For one Doctor I worked with it took 6 months before he was free of headaches, but he was glad he persisted.
My personal thoughts would be to:
1. consider a purely plant-based diet for 2-3 weeks until she is well away from the withdrawal effects.
2. substitute the tea for some other herbal hot drinks. The black tea is only perpetuating her craving for caffeinated drinks. She will eventually go back to the pop if she does not make the break. There are plenty of tasty substitutes to choose from. Again, a plant-based diet will dramatically reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
3. taking a warm bath will ease the headaches
4. taking a hot/cold shower, or a brisk morning walk will help with the depression.
Hope this helps. If I find out more info I will let you know. .