Your First Week Taking a Nutritional Supplement – The Loading Phase

This article provides some suggestions on taking your nutritional supplement during the first week to first month. This period is often called the Loading Phase and consists of taking a Loading Dose of your nutritional supplement. While this article concentrates on starting an Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetable supplement it can be effectively applied to starting a variety of liquid nutritional supplements. This article shows you how to get the best and the most from every serving you take during those important first few weeks of starting your vitamin supplement.

So, how much should you take during the loading phase?

First, if you have not already done so, complete a Health Evaluation Questionnaire and determine your health index. Once you complete the questionnaire and have determined your health index, view the article on “Evaluating Your Health Index and What to Do with the Results.” With the results of the questionnaire and the evaluation of your health index, you will have an exact idea of the amount and frequency of your liquid nutritional vitamin that you should be taking on a regular basis. If you simply wanted to taste the supplement to see if it is right for you, a serving of one to two ounces is adequate. You will not receive any immediate health benefits but at least you can see if you like the taste!

How to Take Your Loading Serving:

1. For most people, but confirm it during the evaluation process of your Health Index, they will consume two ounces of an Aloe Vera and Sea Plant supplement two to three times per day.

2. Measure two ounces of the supplement and pour it into a drinking glass. Drink this all at once or sip it. Holding it under your tongue is the best way to start the absorption process of a liquid vitamin. There are special cells under the tongue designed to absorb nutrient dense liquids such as your favorite liquid nutritional supplement.

3. Take your second two-ounce serving at least four to six hours after your first. Your body has probably used up the nutrients you consumed earlier in the day. It craves more nutrients to continue the regeneration and healing process it started earlier. More fuel is required during this first phase. You want to saturate your body with the nutrients, which is why it is called the Loading Phase. You are loading your body with the nutrients it needs to kick start the healing process.

4. If you want to or feel you need to, try a third two-ounce serving late in the evening.

5. Follow this Loading Serving Procedure for at least one week. You can then transition to the Maintenance Phase taking a Maintenance Serving. A Maintenance Serving is typically two to four ounces once per day, usually in the morning.

Loading Serving Tips

The Loading Serving is a relatively large amount of Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetables. Many people are rushed from the start of the day until their head hits the pillow. Ideally, you should take a few minutes to hold at least a few sips under your tongue. If you are rushed, you can drink the rest, but try to hold some of the supplement under your tongue as recommended. You will maximize absorption and the benefits to your body by holding the liquid supplement under your tongue for at least 10 seconds.

Another way to maximize the benefits of taking your supplement is to spread these initial doses throughout the day. This provides your body with a more consistent supply of nutrients and healing compounds. Your liquid nutritional supplement is (or should be) a whole food. It is not a time released capsule full of binder and filler materials that enable a slow release. Your body will begin to absorb and make use of your liquid nutritional supplement almost immediately. So spreading the doses out throughout the day will provide your body with the maximum effects and enable a more consistent healing and regenerative process.

Listen to Your Body

After taking the Loading Dose for a few days, you may sense that taking six or even four ounces per day is too much. This may be a subtle feeling but you should trust your body in telling you the right amount of supplement to consume. Cut back to two or three ounces for the day. The next day, try to resume the Loading Dose regimen. After a few days, your body may already be telling you that the Loading Phase is done and you are ready to start the Maintenance Phase. It may help to refer back to your Health Evaluation Questionnaire and note any changes you may be experience as a result of Loading with your liquid nutritional supplement.

Getting Rid of the Toxins in Your Body through Cleansing

It is worth spending a moment to discuss cleansing. For some individuals when starting an Aloe Vera-based supplement they experience a cleansing reaction. Common cleansing reactions include: bad breath, increased body odor, sinus or chest congestion, emotional release, fatigue, foul smelling urine, headaches, heavier than usual menstruation, intestinal gas or bloating, loose stools, sudden joint pain (not due to injury), mucus discharge, skin rashes, and swollen glands. Not a pretty picture! That almost sounds as bad as one of those drug commercials on TV! Naturally, these symptoms can be caused by other health conditions which may need the attention of a physician. But if these symptoms begin suddenly and within a day or two after starting the Loading Phase or an increase in your daily serving, it is possible they are indeed cleansing reactions.

When you examine the list of cleansing reactions they all have one thing in common ‘ your body is trying to get rid of some type of toxin or toxins stored within your body. Hence the name, cleansing. Your body is cleansing itself of the toxins. Why now? Why during the Loading Phase? The reason is that until you started the loading phase, your body did not have the tools, the nutrients, it required to remove the toxins it had previously absorb and stored. Now that it has the nutrients, the tools to do the work, the toxins are being released. It is a good thing that your body is going through cleansing. The alternative is that you continue to store the toxins, gradually increasing the aging process, and gradually getting sicker. Your body needs to get rid of the toxins by completing the cleansing process.

It is important that if you are experiencing a cleansing reaction that you do not stop taking your liquid nutritional supplement. If you feel you can comfortably live with the symptoms for a few days, then continue with your current serving amount. If you feel you need to manage the reactions a bit more closely, then try cutting your servings in half on a temporary basis allowing time for your body to more gradually remove the toxins. In either case, increase the amount of purified water that you drink. Your body uses water to flush out the toxins and providing extra water will enable your body to do it efficiently.

Remember to take the Health Evaluation Questionnaire to determine your Health Index for the recommend amount of nutritional supplement you should take during the Loading Phase. Hold it under your tongue for maximum absorption and take it every day as recommended. The benefits to you of any nutritional supplement will come over time, so consistency is very important. Follow these guidelines and enjoy your Way to Wellness.