Body & toxins
Once you make sure your nutritional
status and intake are good, you can help your body get rid of toxins with various
detox protocols. It is
important to emphasize that any intense detox protocol, when
applied to a body plagued with significant toxic accumulation, will
produce more or less intense discomfort, as
toxins are pulled
out of their relatively safe fatty tissue and other storages. In
other words, it
will likely make you feel worse before you start feeling better.
Also, the importance of being well hydrated - as well as relying
on professional help if undergoing intense detox protocols - can not be
With that in mind, here is a brief overview of some
most popular detox protocols. They include:
FASTING, in one or another
form part of many traditions, is the oldest body detox protocol. In
its strict form, fasting is abstinence from any food,
solid or liquid, but with plentiful water intake, for one to seven (or
more) days. It is, obviously, a very simple protocol, and can be very
efficient in helping the body to detoxify. It should be accompanied with
limited physical activity, plenty of rest and relaxation.
However, longer-term fasts
are not advisable without medical supervision.
fasting can lead into a
toxic trap, due to release of toxins from dissolved
fatty tissues being accompanied by an overall drop in the level of
available nutrients, including those needed for detoxication. As a
result, toxicity of released toxins may effectively increase many
times, making you feel miserable, and possibly inflicting functional
organ damage. For that reason, water fast should be accompanied by
at least one - preferably two - enemas daily, to speed up toxin
Even short-term fast can
be risky for people with health condition such as diabetes, causing
their blood sugar level to fall to dangerously low levels.
Most of us have significant toxic loads, which
makes water fasting potentially unpleasant, even unhealthy. In order
to prevent released body toxins keep circulating through the entire system
due to fasting-induced inefficiency of the
detox system, it is both,
safer and more efficient to have some limited, selective food intake
maintained. That leads us to
JUICING should be done with
fresh organic fruit and vegetable juices as the only, or principal form
intake for up to three days. It should consist of three to four 8-12
ounce glasses of freshly made raw juice a day. Carrot, cabbage,
celery, cucumber, spinach and beetroot, alone or mixed with
apple or pineapple are a good choice,
but other vegetables and water-rich fruit can be used, as desired.
Adding small amounts of green
super-foods like wheat grass or green algae (spirulina, chlorella)
enhances cleansing and detox function.
Juices supply the body
with easily available concentrated nutrients and
enzymes, at the same
time minimizing metabolic waste. They also alkalize the body,
enabling it to function more efficiently.
water should be consumed as
well, so that your total fluid intake is not less than about 2.5-3 liters
(nearly 3 quarts) a day. It is needed to help eliminate mobilized toxins
through the kidneys.
The effect of juicing can be enhanced by adding to
juice 500-1000mg of vitamin C, multi-mineral/vitamin supplement and up to
30g of water-soluble
fiber (oat bran, psyllium seed
husks) a day. The later should help regular bowel
Juicing can be made easier (thus more likely to
accomplish as planned) and more effective, if combined with light raw
vegetable meals, such as salads, sprouts and root vegetables. Such fast can be
extended beyond 3-4 days; according to Dr. Paavo Airola, who supervised
many a fast, up to ten days do-it-yourself juicing fast is generally
safe, but individuals with serious diseases still should do it under
supervision of a qualified medical professional (Juice fasting,
p33). Such fast can be done once every few months, and can be combined
with one juice-only day a week.
Juice fast will cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
But the end result will very much depend on how you break the fast, as
well as on your diet and lifestyle after it. At the end of fasting
period, regular foods are gradually reintroduced, in small quantities.
Overeating is a no-no. Finally, juicing will have little effect if after
it one falls back to unhealthy
diet and eating
A few important tips will help define successful
regular bowel movement
prior to and during fast is essential; beside taking water soluble
fiber, mentioned above, it can be accomplished by taking one or two
tablespoons of raw linseed with plenty of warm water before bed time, or
vitamin C near the individual bowel tolerance level
it is not
unusual that the release of toxins, as well as possible withdrawal
symptoms from ceasing consumption of foods that don't agree with your
body (thus forcing it to make a metabolic switch of some kind), produces
adverse effects within the first several days; they include nausea,
vomiting, headache, eczema, foul-smelling stools, joint and back pain,
fatigue, confusion, and others. These side-effects of detoxification can be relieved by taking a teaspoon
of alkali salts - 2 parts sodium bicarbonate to 1 part potassium
bicarbonate - in a glass of water, followed by another glass of water
(half to one hour after meal, not more than twice daily and separate
from taking vitamin C, which would react with bicarbonates)4
attitude alone can make a difference between fasting experience
being success and failure; you probably shouldn't give it a try
unless you believe that it will make you feel better (this is not to
imply it is "all in your head"; rather that such attitude makes it
more likely that you will adhere to it, and that you'll be willing
to follow up with improved diet/lifestyle)
DETOX DIETS are, in general,
based on organic fruit and vegetables. They reduce intake of
food-related toxins (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, food
as well as toxic by-products of the metabolism, while, at the same time, increase
the intake of nutrients. Since they are mainly plant-based, detox
diets also alkalize the body. This
multifaceted action, again, helps the body
to reduce toxin accumulation, and to improve its overall function. However, it does require
longer term commitment to be effective.
COLON CLEANSE is the removal
of sticky residues imbedded into intestinal lining that impair
absorption, attract harmful microorganisms and accumulate toxic substances. The cleanse is
accomplished by the joint action of
fiber roughage (psyllium husk) and,
usually, special toxin-absorbing clay (bentonite). The mix should be
taken in between meals, for five to seven days, with a glass of water.
After that, it is recommended to replenish
friendly intestinal bacteria,
which also has been taken out in the process.
An alternative to bentonite is
which is reported to absorb wide range of toxins, including methyl
pesticides residues, as well as some
viruses. It is taken with
water, up to one tablespoon once a day,
before bed time.
The purpose of the
LIVER/GALLBLADDER CLEANSE is to loosen and cleanse stored waste materials from the
liver and gallbladder. It is accomplished as follows:
it begins with 3-4 glasses of pure
apple juice daily (best taken between meals), for three to five days to
loosen fatty/calcium deposits
the last day,
Epsom salts, or
disodium phosphate - for relaxing the sphincter muscle of the
gallbladder and bile ducts - is consumed during the afternoon.
1/2 cup of olive oil is consumed at bedtime, to stimulate liver and
gallbladder contractions, and expulsion of the wastes into intestines.
The protocol can be enhanced by adding phosphoric acid to the apple
juice, and calcium, creamy fruit mix and bentonite during the
A simpler version, so called
GALLBLADDER FLUSH, consists of taking half ounce of olive oil and
lime juice mix each day for a week, then an ounce of it each day for another
week, then ounce and a half for yet another week - as long as it takes
to pass a tarry stool filled with gallbladder waste.
PURGE protocol, in Dr. Kelley's
version, consists from taking only citrus punch, Epsom salts and water
for two days. Calcium can be added. Other than mobilizing toxins, it
also has strong alkalizing effect.
WARM BATH with one cup of each,
baking soda and sea salt added to the water, helps the body excrete toxins
through the skin. The bath shouldn't last more than half an hour.
SWEATING can really unburden your body from toxic overload
by coupling enhanced detox function with accelerated toxin elimination.
If you for any reason cannot have
exercise-induced sweating on a regular basis, use
sauna. If you find it
difficult to tolerate regular sauna, consider
Make sure to compensate for body fluid loss and
related nutrient loss - especially minerals - resulting from sweating.
Another very effective - and equally unpopular - method
for elimination of accumulated body toxins is
COFFEE ENEMA. If you
have serious health problem, such as cancer, detox enema is definitely
something to consider. While seemingly repulsive, it is actually a
quick, simple procedure, and did help many to recover, even from
Coffee enema can be combined with juicing, or other detox
protocols. All that you need is enema bag and two tablespoons of regular
coffee per session. After you lay down and inject coffee liquid into your colon,
you rest for 10-15 minutes, then have it expelled into the toilet, and
repeat one more time. This simple procedure, even in a short period
of time, can substantially reduce your toxic load.
Detox efficacy of
the coffee enema
is not only result of minimizing re-absorption of toxins by speeding
up intestinal discharge. Phytonutrients from coffee, directly
absorbed through the intestinal wall, stimulate both, synthesis of
glutathione and bile flow. This combined action of intensified
detoxication and prompt elimination makes coffee enema a single most effective