Detox: A Cleansing Ritual

A few days ago, I started my first formal “detox”. A detox is a process in which one rids his or her body of toxins that have accumulated there over time since the last detox (or since the body stopped efficiently eliminating toxins which could be as early as in childhood). What this may involve is fasting, change of diet, and lots of crazy things. It’s great because, believe it or not, a few days in, you’ll feel amazing but only after you go through hell.

Let me tell you about my experience:

Day 1

Day 1 started well enough, I suppose. Jane and I planned on drinking lemon water and nothing else. By lunchtime, we felt terribly hungry, wanting anything and everything to eat. We craved coffee, solid food, pizza, baguettes, and basically, our usual lunch and breakfast. But alas, we stayed away and only drank lemon water.

Yet, we decided to eat because we were both extremely hungry and thus ate a couple of light salads with light organic dressing (not ranch) and some vegetable broth. We also had some fruit. We started out simply and easily. The first day was over, I did not feel anything and Jane started to feel the effects already.

Day 2

Day 2 had the most effect on our minds. We decided to continue with the salads and fruit but drink juice instead of lemon water to fill us up better (thus we could eat less solids). As for the whole digestive system intimate information, let me just tell you that I had to go to the bathroom a lot less for anything other than pee. But I went to pee a ton of times. The juice was good, the salads were great but the hunger wasn’t. You see, we ate salads, yes, but only two times a day, and that was it! No breakfast. I had a single fruit that day (between salads) and a lot of juice.

Detox, not only eliminates toxins from our bodies but also from our minds. I started to become delirious. I ended up crying that night, and releasing a lot of emotions and I’ve realized a few things I may have been subconsciously keeping from myself. Jane experience a similar release. My mind became clearer that night.

As for pains, I felt slight pain in my left knee, as I do whenever I’m hungry. And I started getting headaches, it was bearable but rather annoying. Jane experienced the same but much worse. Also she exhibited some signs of a cold ie. blocked sinuses.

Day 3

For me, day 3 was strange. I felt light and light headed most of the day. I fell against a wall a few times. Jane and I spent a lot of time sleeping. We decided to have the last salad that day and move onto juice&broth diet. My disorientation was rather funny but dangerous. At one point when I was driving, I stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake. Jane experienced a lot more pain and so did I. By the night time, my sinuses were clogged as well but not badly. I had terrible headaches and my leg bore unbearable pain.

I woke up several times throughout the night because of new pains in my knee, in my back, my leg, my shoulder, my neck, and my head. All of it hurt but I slept through a lot of it. Jane, on the other hand, could not sleep at all. She stayed up all night because of the pain and the fact that she could barely breathe.

Day 4

Day 4 consisted of pain, and finally, peace. In the morning, I woke up with terrible pains, so terrible that I did not want to even get up. My leg, I wanted it cut off, amputated. Jane felt similarly. We both had fever, and we were both dizzy, and rather delirious as well (not as badly as one day 2 but badly anyways). We realized that we had gotten sick (not from detox) while detoxing. By the end of the day, however, we were both fine and neither of us hungered anymore. Pains were mostly gone and I felt free. My mind was clear, everything around me felt real, and I was glad about everything. I still had to pee about twenty times an hour but that was alright.

At the end of the day, we decided that we should start eating salads and get back onto our regular diet the next day and onward.

The Experience

It may not seem like we “fasted” much but it was a huge difference to what we usually eat (and that is A LOT). We normally eat healthy so our detox wasn’t as bad as is usually the case. Also because of that, our detox took only four days, and not longer. Cutting back so much on food and drinking so many liquids really flushed our systems. What’s amazing is that this definitely helped with my emotional stability, keeping my sanity, and feeling great in my body. You should try it sometimes, but adjust it to your own needs.