“It can be strongly said that the health of an individual is largely determined by the ability of the body to detoxify.” -Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., And Michael Murray, N.D., Encyclopedia Of Natural Health
Cleansing and fasting are integral to holistic healing. The basic principles of functional medicine are clean the body; remove any irritants, whether they be food, medicine, or microbes: provide the proper nutrients for the body to use as building materials; replace missing intestinal flora, enzymes, hydrochloric acid; and give the body the time to heal itself.
We are exposed to toxins everywhere- from the air we breathe to the foods we eat, even as a result of metabolism. These toxins cause irritation and inflammation throughout our bodies. Each year, we consume, on an average, 14 pounds of food additives, including colourings, preservatives, flavourings, emulsifiers, humectants, and antimicrobials.One of the many functions of the liver is to act as a filter, to let nutrients pass, to “humanize” other substances if possible, and to transform toxins into safe substances that can be eliminated in urine and stool.A thorough cleansing program works systematically, cleansing all the cells in your body of harmful toxins.
REMOVAL OF WASTE MATERIAL- DETOXIFICATION is essential to the healthy functioning of our bodies.During a cleansing program, your body more rapidly recycles materials to build new cells, take apart aged cells, and repair damaged cells.
Most detoxification programs focus on liver or colon. The liver is, in my opinion, the most overworked organ of the body. It has responsibility for :-
- manufacturing thirteen thousand different enzymes
- producing cholesterol
- breaking down estrogen
- regulating blood sugar
- filtering blood
- manufacturing bile
- breaking down old red blood cells
- detoxifying harmful substances.
When the liver loses its ability to easily perform these functions, we begin to feel ill, with many systems out of balance.
It is the best if you follow a detoxification program under the supervision of a medical or health professional who can guide you through the process. Toxins released too quickly can make you feel worse than when you began and can aggravate your symptoms.
Detoxification programs such as fasting, modified fasting, metabolic cleansing, colonic irrigation, steaming, mud packs, sauna herbal detoxification programs, and hot tubs all have therapaeuti benefits.
When choosing a detoxification program, it must meet specific criteria: it needs to :-
(1) work with your life and your values,
(2) be thorough, and
(3) be gentle and nurturing to your body.
I personally recommend three main detoxification programs that are effective and gentle:
- fruit and vegetable cleansing,
- metabolic cleansing. and
- low-temperature steams and saunas.
- I also recommend vitamin C flushes between cleansings.
- Other professionals may prefer fasting programs or colonic irrigation, which in the right hands can be powerful tools for healing.
Fruit and Vegetable Cleansing
In this challenge, you may eat all you want of FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, RICE AND USE OLIVE AND SAFFLOWER OILS as condiments for 7-10 days.
Fruits and vegetable juices are excellent source of easily assimilated nutrients and alkalizing minerals and can enhance the detoxification pathways.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO EAT EVERY 2-3 HOURS TO KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS NORMAL.
The main benefit of this detox method is that you can do this on your own without professional supervision. Of course, if you are under a doctor’s care or taking medication of any kind, you’ll need to let your physician know of your plans.
The first few days may require mental and physical adjustments to your new regimen, but most people feel a sense of general well-being. You may notice that many of your outstanding symptoms have disappeared or become less aggravated. You may also experience some discomfort during the first three or four days. Headaches, bad breath, skin breakouts, and changes in bowel habits are fairly common and may be the result of withdrawal from caffeine, sugar, alcohol, or other substances. They are indicator that toxins are being flushed out or that your body is going through withdrawal. To facilitate this, drink a lot of water, diluted juices, and all herbal teas except those containing caffeine. Dandelion tea is especially useful. Some people develop rashes or pimples as the skin works hard to eliminate toxins. Taking saunas, steam bathing, and massaging your skin with a soft, dry brush or loofa can help your skin. If you are constipated, make sure you eat enough fiber-rich fruits and vegetables (apples, broccoli, pears, sweet potatoes, peas, brussels sprouts, corn, potatoes, carrots, greens, blackberries, bananas strawberries, raspberries, and spinach).
Constipation opens up a chance for toxins to be reabsorbed into your bloodstream, causing symptoms such as headaches and nausea. So add a fiber supplement; psyllium seeds or psyllium seed husks work well. Begin with 1 teaspoon in water, and drink up quickly before it turns into a gel. Aloe vera juice may also help regulate your bowels.
After the cleansing, slowly reintroduce healthful foods such as beans, tofu, chicken, and fish. Then add healthful grains, nuts, seeds, and cultured dairy products.
Metabolic cleansing is a gentle yet deep method of detoxification, and it is the best, and most thorough program.
The first week, you consume only the drink and all you want of rice, all fruits except citrus, all vegetables except foods, and small amounts of oils. Citrus fruits are excluded because many people are sensitive to them. Night-shade vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, green peppers, and chili peppers are excluded because 10 to 15 percent of people with joint pain become pain-free when these vegetables are removed from the diet.
If you know that you are sensitive to bananas, melons, or other foods that are allowed on the plan, then avoid them as well. It is possible for people to continue their normal daily routine while on this program. This program is administered only through health professionals who can monitor your progress, determine when you should quit, and help you adjust if you have any difficulties.
Most people find a dramatic alleviation of symptoms and a distinct improvement in energy levels. The high levels of nutrients found in the rice protein drink and in the fruits and vegetables help the liver activate its detoxification pathways and move unwanted materials out of the body.
The intention here is to allow your digestive system to rest, relax, and heal itself.Once you have completed the cleansing, it is important to slowly reintroduce foods back into your diet.
Being a food sleuth takes a lot of patience; it’s not always apparent which foods cause adverse symptoms.But with persistent detective work you can discover many of them.
Food sensitivities often display delayed reactions, so it may take up to 48 hours to feel the effect of a newly introduced food.
High levels of vitamin C help detoxify the body, rebalance intestinal flora and strengthen the immune system. The vitamin C flush can be used between metabolic cleansing therapies or the first sign of a cold or infection. If your immune system is weak or you’ve been exposed to a lot of toxins, you may want to do a vitamin C once a week for a month or two. Humans are one of the only animal that do not produce their own vitamin C, so we need to replenish our supply daily.
You’ll need to purchase powdered mineral ascorbate C, which is more easily tolerated by most people because it doesn’t change your pH balance. The amount you take varies depending on your personal needs that day.
Many of us require about 5,000 mg; others need 15-20 times as much.
To do a vitamin C flush :-
Take 1/2 teaspoon, about 2,000 mg of vitamin C powder, mix with water or fruit juice, and drink. Repeat in 15 minutes.
Keep taking 1/2 teaspoon of ascorbate every 15 minutes until you have watery diarrhea. Do not stop with just gas. Adding vitamin C rapidly helps prevent bloating and cramping. Stop once you get diarrhea.
Keep track of how much Vitamin C you take.
This will help you determine your optimal dosage.
Take daily one-half to three-quarters of the amount it takes to produce a Vitamin C flush in divided amounts.
Over time your needs may increase but then substantially decrease as repair occurs.
Low-temperature saunas or steam baths are useful to eliminate fat- soluble chemicals from our systems.
They are commonly used to help detoxify those who have had high exposure to pesticides solvents, pharmaceutical drugs, and petrochemicals. Slow, steady sweat encourages the release of fat-soluble toxins through the skin from their storage sites in our tissues.
If you have extreme toxicity from environmental chemicals, you’ll need to detox under the supervision of a physician.
Some clinics specialize in using saunas for medical detoxification.