Historically, man lived on a sparse diet, free from pesticides, food additives, drugs and toxins. Today, we consume more toxic substances than all generations before us. Levels of built-up lead in our bones can be 200 times greater compared to those excavated from several hundred years ago. Through air, water, food and even mother's milk, there is absorption of thousands of toxins and chemicals that saturate the environment. During fasting, these toxins are released into the bloodstream making water fasting almost impossible for the first time faster.
The three ways our bodies handle toxins are neutralizing, transforming or eliminating them. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. The liver transforms toxic substances into harmless agents. And blood carries waste to the kidneys or liver, eliminating through the bladder or intestines. Elimination can also occur through sweating during exercise or heat. These are only a few examples of the built-in cleaning mechanisms, working hard to maintain the thousands of miles of tubes and membranes. If all these systems are working well, and we are taking in fewer toxins than the body can detoxify; the result will be vibrant health and long life.
During detoxification, following are eliminated:
- Dead, dying or diseased cells
- Unwanted fatty tissue
- Trans-fatty acids
- Hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall
- Toxic waste matter in the lymphatic system and bloodstream
- Toxins in the spleen, liver, and kidneys
- Mucus from the lungs and sinuses
- Imbedded toxins in the cellular fibers and deeper organ tissues
- Excess cholesterol
The Result Of Detoxification
- Mental clarity is improved
- Rapid, safe weight loss is achieved without flabbiness
- The nervous system is balanced
- Energy level is increased
- Organs are revitalized
- Cellular biochemistry is harmonized
- The skin becomes silky, soft, and sensitive
- There is greater ease of movement
- Breathing becomes fuller, freer and deeper
- The digestive system is given a well-deserved rest
People testify that after making changes toward better eating, fasting becomes easier. You could say that fasting becomes a measurement of lifestyle.
Methods of Detoxification
Juice Fasting This is the best choice for detoxification because it supplies an abundance of nutrients, including enzymes and calories to reduce the cleansing intensity to a more comfortable level. Using an enema during a juice fast will flush the lymphatic system attached to the lower colon with water and help remove hardened fecal matter from the intestinal wall, while giving the digestive tract a chance to rest and heal.
Water Fasting Water fasting demands more calories therefore cleansing will be intensified.
Raw Food Diet The same cleansing reaction that is experienced on a juice fast will also be experienced on a raw food diet of fruit and vegetables but the process is slower.
Eating Less This is a good way to start the detoxification process but can require the greatest discipline. Chew food 30 times and eat smaller amounts.
Vegetarian Eating A light vegetarian diet will also aid detoxification. For example, fruit for breakfast, a salad for lunch and a meal of cooked vegetables with some raw nuts or beans and brown rice for dinner.
Exercise During exercise the lymphatic system is being flushed and the cells are being flooded with health-giving oxygen. Walking, stretching and light exercise can benefit the body during a juice fast or cleansing diet.
Other Detoxification Procedures Homeopathic remedies, ozone therapy and acupuncture, massage, thermal chambers (sauna), herbal liver and kidney cleansing formulas, antioxidants and mega vitamin/mineral supplements.
Detoxification Aids To assist the cleansing process, we recommend fresh juice made with a juice extractor once per day. Take a high-quality multi-vitamin supplement and antioxidants such as E and Q10, and one to two tablespoons of mixed essential oils daily such as Udo's Choice (found in health food stores).
Note: For Muslims, the annual detoxification is done automatically as part of their monthly fasting every year in the month of Ramadan :)