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.

Is Pomegranate Juice Good For Body Detox? Find Out the Truth About Cleansing Your System

Your body is packed with organs, such as the colon, liver, and the kidneys, that deal with the toxins that get into your body everyday. It has its own mechanisms and processes that keep the body away from waste materials and chemicals. For example it uses alkaline materials to neutralize acids.

Detoxification is a natural process that the body can perform. The problem is, when the organs responsible for this natural process is overwhelmed by all the toxins from processed foods, air pollution, and unhealthy eating habits, the body’s ability to cope up is low. The toxins are stored in the body and will soon become toxic when they stay there for a long period of time. You need to give your body the resources it needs to get rid of these wastes.

One way of getting bio-available nutrients into your body is by drinking juices. All the nutrients that you get from fruit juices will help your cells function well in getting rid of waste products. Remember to use organic fruits or a mixture of organic fruits and vegetables to get the best amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants needed by the body.

Pomegranate juice for cleansing your system is a good idea. Though the fruit is only native to areas like Iran and the Himalayas, it has attracted a lot of attention because of its potential to fight, prevent, and heal diseases. What it can do to the body is amazing. Pomegranate juice is known to contain almost three times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea or red wine. It also has almost the same amount of potassium as a banana has. When preparing this juice, you can use the whole fruit including the shell. There are also readily made juices available in the market. However, if you are lucky enough to buy a fresh, raw pomegranate, then that would be better.

Detox Diet: 4 Reasons You Should Be Cleansing Now

Your body detox itself everyday by neutralizing and eliminating toxins through your organs. So why should you be on a Detox Diet?

Think about it.

We are now living in a polluted and “chemicalized” world. The truth is that we are actually destroying our planet. Let’s not do the same with our bodies.

A Detox Diet against toxins found in our home. You might bring toxins into your home yourself. Many of the products you buy to improve the look and scent of your home can actually harm you and your family.

Household-cleaning products might, at least partially, cause ADHD and other learning and behavioral disorders. Fabric dryer sheets contain petroleum and artificial fragrances that may interfere with hormones. Air fresheners also contain these fragrances.

And that’s not all!

Non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, furniture, food wrappers and other packaging often contain PFOA or C8, a Teflon chemical manufactured by DuPont. It has just been reviewed and upgraded from “suggestive carcinogen” to “likely carcinogen”. PFOA has been known to cause cancer in mammals. Studies have found that more than 95 percent Americans carry C8 in their blood.

The truth is that pollutants inside buildings outnumber those outside.

A Detox Diet against vaccination toxicity. Since the 1930’s, thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, has been added to vaccines. The explosion of the rate of autism could be linked to the increase of vaccine programs in the 90’s.

Have you noticed that no one took the time to calculate the cumulative mercury dose in our children?

A Detox Diet against radiation toxicity. Between 1950 and 1991, the incidence of breast cancer in the US increased by 90% due to an increase in radiation exposure from multiple sources.

Frightening! Isn’t it?

A Detox Diet against the toxins found in newborns. What a toxic legacy we leave to our kids! That is certainly the single most important reason for a Detox Diet.

One study looked for evidence of chemical contamination of the blood by analyzing 10 umbilical cords.

Well guess what?

The scientists found 287 industrial chemicals in the blood, an average of 200 different industrial chemicals per baby at birth. Of the 287 chemicals detected, 180 are known to cause cancer, 217 are known to be toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 are known to cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.

Yes! You got it!

200 chemicals including mercury, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, furans, pesticides, and chemicals from flame retardants, PCBs, industrial lubricants, plastics, Teflon, Scotchgard, industrial bleaches, electrical insulators, coal-fired power plants, vehicle emissions, and wood preservatives.

I’m sure you had enough.

In conclusion, our bodies that were once capable of clearing daily exposure to toxins are now completely overloaded. When the toxic load reaches this point, damage to the immune, neurological, and endocrine systems can occur.

While this all seems overwhelming, there are ways to approach the problem. A Detox Diet two to four times a year will make a huge difference not only for your health and the quality of your life, but also for the future of your children.