I’m asked a lot how long does it take to get aspartame out of my system?
Basically, it comes down to 3 things:
- How much aspartame did you use daily?
- How long did you use diet sweeteners?
- How long has it been since you stopped using them?
So let’s dig into this.
How Much Did You Use?
Break this question down even further –
- how much did you use every day;
- what foods or drink products did you use the diet sweetener in;
- what form did you use – liquid, inserted into foods (like diet colas), or in a powdered form, like in dry drinks (lemonade mixes) or in the colored packaged sweeteners (like Equal®)?
Initially, I was shocked when people told me that they drank a 12-pack of diet colas every day. Did you know that some people drink 1 to 2 liters of diet colas a day?
Have you noticed that people start off with one packet of the powdered colored packets in their coffee or tea, and then slowly increase that to 2 or 3 packets?
And gum. Most people think that merely chewing diet gum isn’t going to harm them as much as using the diet sweeteners in other products.
Well, that’s incorrect.
You have digestive enzymes in your saliva that are designed to begin breaking down your food as you chew. Today, most all gum in the mainstream grocery stores have 1, 2 and 3 diet sweeteners in them.
So as you chew diet gum, your body begins to break the chemical sweeteners down in your mouth, and these toxins are sent into your body when you swallow – the toxins spread very efficiently, too, if your saliva is healthy.
Here’s a second point about gum – you chew gum for longer time intervals; you are slowly poisoning your system as you swallow throughout the day.
What Did You Use The Sweeteners In?
Awareness makes all the difference when detoxing from the toxic sweeteners. The powdered forms – in the colored, paper packets – are more concentrated, so they are stronger.
This means that you are exposed to more of the toxins in one serving as opposed to exposure in diluted amounts, like in diet colas or manufactured food products, such as yogurt or ice cream.
Now, that’s not saying that the toxins are any less toxic – I am saying that the amount that you get in one serving is stronger.
What Form Do You Use?
Revisit how much you are using daily and in what form. This helps estimate the time that it takes to detox from the diet sweeteners.
Are you chewing sugar-free gum? Do you drink several glasses a day of powdered drinks, like fruit punch or diet lemonade? How many diet colas do you drink daily?
How Long Do You Detox?
I recommend having a hair analysis if you are beginning any detox program because you want to KNOW what you are detoxing. It is important to discover if you are still exposed to any toxin inside of your body.
If you have been using diet sweeteners, you could have other toxins present, such as aluminum from cola cans.
Knowing this information will help determine how long you need to detox, and it also helps you remove the source of toxic exposure.
If you have been using diet sweeteners for more than a year, I recommend detoxing for 4 to 6 weeks. If you have other toxins present, you can increase the detox time by 7 to 10 days based on what other toxins are present.
One way to tell if you have successfully removed toxins deposited within your tissues is by how you feel.
Initially, you may feel like you have the flu; you might be lethargic and experience addictive withdrawals.
Hang in there and ride this out because one day you will wake up with more energy. Your moods won’t swing as severely. You’ll start losing weight.
You’ll start feeling like your former self again.
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