Cleansing of the body system is done internally through fasting and externally through thorough skin cleansing. Colon Hydrotherapy can be used but is normally reserved for cases where intense cleansing is imminent, as is often the case in using detoxification as a way to treat cancer (such as coffee enema used in the Gerson Therapy).
This is best accomplished by simple fasting. Dramatic changes can be seen as masses of accumulated waste is expelled as the body rids itself of toxins. Short bouts of headaches, fatigue, body odor, bad breath, diarrhea or mouth sores are commonly accompanied by accelerated excretion. However, digestion usually improves immediately as so many organ and nerve functions.
Depending on the body requirement, toxin load, and specific health needs, fasting is used as the aid of detoxification which can be performed once a week or twice a month at needed bases, or can be performed systematically in a period of time, to rid off some particular toxins in the body.
During fasting, the release of toxins is common. This is especially so if you are overloaded with toxins or have a long history of exposure to fat-soluble toxins such as pesticides. Stored toxins in the cells are released into our system during fasting. For example, the pesticide DDT has been shown to be mobilized during a fast and may reach blood levels toxic to the nervous system. You may actually feel worse before feeling better.
The best way to proceed is to start slowly with a three-day vegetable juice fast. Longer fasts require strict medical supervision while the shorter fast can usually be conducted at home. It is essential to consult a physician especially if you have medical conditions such as diabetes that may be worsened during a fast.
Prepare for fasting on the day before with fresh fruits and vegetables on the last meal. During the fast, take a high potency multiple-vitamin-and-mineral formula to provide general support. Take 1000 mg of vitamin C three times a day and one to two tablespoons of a fiber supplement at night before sleep.
Exercise is not encouraged while fasting to conserve energy. It is also important to rest during a fast. A nap or two during the day is recommended. Less sleep will be needed at night since daytime activity is lower. During a fast, the body temperature usually falls. Blood pressure, pulse and respiration rates will also drop to reflect a slow down of the body’s metabolic rate. It is therefore important to stay warm. More rest is encouraged to yield better results as energy can then be directed towards healing instead of other bodily functions. When it comes to breaking your fast, it is important to re-introduce solid foods gradually by limiting portions. It is a good idea to eat slowly and chew thoroughly at room temperature. Do not overeat.
An excellent way to develop good health and toxin cleansing is by juice fasting. This is because juices, without their pulp (fiber), contain excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Vegetable juices are preferred over fruit as one is able to drink more vegetable juice than they are able to eat. For example, one can readily drink the juice of several heads of lettuce at one go but may not be able to consume the same amount of lettuce as a whole. Juices also contain good sources of antioxidants and enzymes needed for toxin cleansing and excretion. At the same time, they are easy to digest and thus can help to eradicate digestive problems. As a result, drinking juices allows the body to receive plenty of nutrients which minimal digestive action needed. Moreover, fasting on mono-juices allows the body to have sufficient time to process these juices and valuable digestive enzymes can be preserved. During fasting, a sense of well being, renewed energy, clearer thoughts and a cleaner body system can be resulted.
Vegetable Juicing Program
Fruit juices are very different from vegetable juices. Fruit juices should be avoided as the high sugar content of fruit juices raises the blood sugar and insulin levels. This can lead to insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes in the long run.
Although carrot and beet are vegetables, they are high in sugar content and can raise the blood sugar level much like fruits.
Take some vegetables before, during or after the juicing. The chewing motion will stimulate gastric juice secretion and aid digestion. It is also important to do some chewing during juicing.
All vegetable juices should be consumed immediately. Vegetable juice is one of the most perishable foods. Do not keep for more than 24 hours. Storage is tricky. Oxidation should be prevented. If you have to keep the juice, put it in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the brim to minimize air space. The oxygen in the air (remember air contains 20 per cent oxygen) will “oxidize” and damage the juice. Wrap the jar with aluminum foil to block out all light, which will also damage the juice and then store it in the refrigerator.
Juice Fasting Detoxification Program
Juice fasting enables the digestive system to rest and also speeds up the growth of new cells, which in turn promotes healing. A person on a juice fast should abstain from solid foods and drink fruit and vegetable juices, water and herbal teas throughout the day. While vegetable juices are superior to fruit juices on a day-to-day basis, fruit juices are often recommended in part during a fasting program. Calorie from the sugar in the fruit juice is needed to avoid hypoglycemia.. The fasting period depends from person to person although every half-hour to an hour is the norm. Frequent juicing will supply the body with adequate amounts of energy throughout the day. Drink at least 8 to12 glasses of water everyday during the fast. Avoid coffee, bottled, canned or frozen juice (primarily sugar) and soft drinks. Unsweetened herbal teas are acceptable.