The body is a remarkable machine that possesses an amazing self-healing power; all it needs is a little help from you! Engaging in a detox program is a life-changing experience. It enables your body to regenerate, rejuvenate and start over. We often hear from skeptical people that a “detox” program is just a myth, and that we all have a liver to detoxify our bodies. Of course, we are aware that our largest detox organ, the liver, works 24 hours per day filtering toxins and eliminating them. We agree with the skeptical people on that! However, we can’t ignore the proven benefits of fasting on the body. Abstaining from food allows the liver to focus its energy on accumulated toxins, rather than the ones you ingest every day, at every meal. Fasting does not only accelerate the detox process, it permits numerous health improvements. Understanding the mechanism of fasting is a precious tool that one should have before starting a cleanse. Here is what happens physiologically during a fast.
Fasting, step by step
On the first day of fasting, the body burns stored sugar for energy. Those reserves will not last very long, since we only store about 100 g of glucose as glycogen in the liver, which will be depleted in the first 18 to 24 hours. The body will start using muscle tissue in order to make glucose from amino acids. This will also end shortly because it would be a bad idea for the body to eat up all the muscles in order to survive (the heart is a muscle!)
Glycerol will then be produced from adipose tissue, but it’s not sufficient to meet the body’s needs. Note that the brain absolutely needs to receive glucose continuously to function. On the third day, the body will maximize the breakdown of fats and the liver will start producing ketones to supply the energy for the central nervous system. This is a natural survival mechanism called ketosis or protein sparing. Weight Loss can be impressive, but different from one person to another.
During this process, blood levels of cholesterol and uric acid tend to increase. This is because the body it stirring up stored toxic waste materials and expelling them into the bloodstream to be eliminated from the body. This can provoke symptoms like headache, fatigue, nausea and dizziness, similar to a hangover. Some people will experience skin rashes, muscle pain and joint aches. This is all part of the process of detoxification. While this is happening, the organs receive more oxygen, the tissues purify themselves, blood vessels soften and begin to let go of cholesterol plaque, the blood pressure drops and the intestinal walls loosen up and let go of mucoid plaque. While the digestive system is able to rest, the rest of the body can heal. Calcification is reduced, inflammation disappears and pain finally leaves the body.
During the fast, you might also go through an emotional detox. Negative feelings may come up, like sorrow and anger. Their manifestation is an opportunity for you to finally release them. Sometimes, you might feel like crying, for no particular reason. Everyone goes through a different process as they detox. We all have different lives, experiences and stories. We all have different problems and needs, as well as emotional, physical or spiritual blockages to work on. You should not have any expectations on how you should react emotionally during the detox. Allow the healing process to happen intuitively, without any judgment.
Want to know about the different detox symptoms you may go through? Read this
The Benefits of Fasting
- Resting the digestive system
- Cleansing on the GI tract
- Cellular Detoxification
- Weight loss
- Breaking eating patterns
- Breaking addictions
- Production of new stem cells
- Mental and emotional clarity
- Releasing emotional blockages
- Physical lightness
- Increasing energy level
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving cholesterol levels
- Improving blood sugar levels
- Inner peace
- Enhancing spiritual awareness
- Antiaging effects
- Boosting the immune system
- Better sleep
- Clearer skin
- Drug and alcohol detoxification
- Improved vision, hearing, taste
- Reduction of allergies
- Prevention of diseases
- Treatment of diseases
Want to know more about the benefits of fasting? Read this.
Books about Fasting
- Fasting – Safe and Effective Use of an Ancient Powerful Healing Therapy. By Michael Klaper, MD.
- Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease. By Joel Fuhrman
- The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting.
By Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung
- Fasting for Breakthrough and Deliverance.
By John Eckhardt
- Ramadan and Fasting – Rewards Unlimited.
- Buddhist Fasting Practice: The Nyungne Method of Thousand Armed Chenrezig.
By Wangchen Rinpoche, Dalai Lama.
Are there any Risks?
Fasting is Safe !!! When following our 7 Day Detox Program, the healing process is assisted by the addition of herbal supplements, to nourish your body, and to support the natural process of detoxification. It is not a water fast. There is no need for supervision, as long as you listen to your body. When symptoms of detoxification appear, do not be alarmed. Use this time to rest and let your body do what he does best: healing. We encourage you to add up to four green vegetable juices per day, in order to have more energy.
Both water fast and juice fast are effective methods of healing. However, water fasting is not for everyone. If a person has a history of chemotherapy, water fasting might be too intense and could cause kidney damage. Our detox program with juices followed with a whole food plant-based diet may be the best option. Some people also feel intimidated by the idea of going through a range of detoxification symptoms. Let’s be honest, water fasting is hard! Most people know that they would benefit from this kind of cleanse, but are stopped by their fear. This is why we created this program. We wanted people to feel the benefits of a fast at least once in their lifetime. We created a detox kit that provides a minimum of nutrients to the body to minimize the symptoms that come with a fast. Our intestinal cleaners will accelerate the process of detoxification, and the fibre drinks will help to eliminate the hunger. Fasting has never been so easy!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your medical practitioner if you have any doubt about your health.