Toxins are impossible to avoid, but with a little fasting know-how, toxins built up in the body can be removed and no one needs to be a nutritionist, a doctor, or plastic surgeon to do it.
It can be done in the comfort of a home while following a daily routine. Once the digestive system begins to experience a rest from food, many natural processes take effect.
According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, the following happens:
The natural process of toxin excretion continues, while the influx of new toxins is reduced. This results in a reduction of total body toxicity.
The energy usually used for digestion is redirected to immune function, cell growth, and eliminatory processes.
The immune system’s workload is greatly reduced, and the digestive tract is spared any inflammation due to allergic reactions to food.
Due to a lowering of serum fats that thins the blood, tissue oxygenation is increased and white blood cells are moved more efficiently.
Fat-stored chemicals, such as pesticides and drugs, are released.
Physical awareness and sensitivity to diet and surroundings are increased.
In my own experience, when I fast I feel irritable, lazy, and weak once the toxins jump out of my tissues into my bloodstream and begin the removal process. Since the body is not digesting food it is not removing stuff the same way and will require extra attention.
Some common things to aid in the removal process are enemas and herbal teas during the fast or taking fiber supplements before and after the fast. Salt water flushes also work great and have become my chosen method of removal while fasting.
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Types of Fasts:
In Gandhi’s day, it was common for people to fast on water alone. I have no desire to experience how that may feel. This type of fast is not recommended, according to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, because toxins will be released too quickly and fresh vitamins, minerals, and enzymes will be lacking, causing headaches and sometimes worse.
Eating raw fruits and vegetables two days before the fast will cause less of a shock to the body. Also, if cooked foods are eaten right after the fast, the beneficial results may not be so beneficial in the end.
For me, two days before the fast I’ll limit myself to less coffee in the morning. I’ll also cut out junk food and sugar and I’ll eat a big salad for dinner.
The next day, the day before the fast, is when I get strict. No caffeine, lots of green smoothies, and a 100 percent raw food salad. If I need a snack, I eat an apple, which helps me with caffeine and sugar withdrawal, or some nuts and dried cranberries.
Then the fast is on. (Sometimes near the end I get the urge to create a grocery list of all the stuff I’ll want to eat, when I can eat again. I don’t recommend feeding these thoughts.)
I always break the fast with fresh made orange juice, except this juice has all the pulp still in it. Feeling the digestive system go back to work is mind-blowing, in comparison to normal, everyday sense-awareness. Even fun.
After orange juice, I’ll eat small pieces of fruit. The stomach shrinks and the amount of digestive fluid the body needs to digest food decreases during the fast. Working back up to large portions and cooked foods is a slow process, yet another great benefit of fasting.
The body gets used to raw vegetables and fruits, and it starts to tell the mind that this is the food it wants. Of course the mind always wins and in a few days, coffee and junk food are re-introduced. But the urges for healthier food choices at least tends to linger.
I once did a 5-day fast but I looked “Gandhi-skinny” and it mentally scared me a bit. Physically, it felt great. The weight and muscle came back in less than 2 weeks.
According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, fasting for more than three days should only be done under qualified supervision. I agree.
Most recently, I followed a one day fast and that, too, was a well-worth experience.
According to the Prescription for Nutritional Healing, the length of the fast will accomplish different things. A three-day fast helps the body rid itself of toxins and cleanses the blood.
A five-day fast begins the process of healing and rebuilding the immune system. A ten-day fast can take care of many problems before they arise and help to fight off illness, including common degenerative diseases.
Even a one day fast will energize the body and mind and tune it in for a better than average feeling of well being. (physically and mentally)
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