Cleanse or fasting is a nature’s way to accelerate recovery. It gives the body the energy and opportunity to cleanse and heal itself.
During fasting, all organs and glands get a much-needed rest, the tissues are purified and rejuvenated, the functions balanced and regulated. The entire digestive tract (stomach, small intestines and colon) being cleaned while on detox as food takes a tremendous amount of energy to digest.
Our bloodstream, tissues, muscles and cells all are overloaded with toxic chemicals – PCB’s pesticides, Dioxin, Phthalates, PFA, heavy metals etc. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body.
Within 12 to 15 hours of beginning a fast, the body breaks down fat reserves, mobilising and eliminating stored toxins. As your body eliminating toxins into your bloodstream at an accelerated rate, you may experience a temporary fatigue, irritability, muscle aches, headaches and feeling generally hung-over. Juice fasts (rather than just water) slows the rate of elimination of toxins to a level your body can handle more comfortably.
What is detox?
Detoxification (commonly known as detox) is the process of removing toxins from the body. Toxins slow functions of your major organs down making you accumulate and not able to lose weight, sluggish, irritable and bring an overall feeling of being unhealthy.
The goal of detoxification is to promote health and wellness on many levels. This includes: increased energy, improved digestion and elimination, enhanced immune system and resistance to infection or illness, improved mental clarity, improved blood circulation, healthy skin, and improved mood and sense of well-being.
Our body has a natural detoxification function which is a part of our physiological system. Theoretically, this function should perform on a regular basis guaranteeing a healthy elimination of toxins from the body via urine, faeces, exhalation and perspiration. The major organs involved in elimination of toxins are kidneys, liver, colon, lungs and skin. High pollution levels, pesticides and additives in foods, chemical toxins in medication cause an enormous stress for our body to perform a detoxification process in a natural manner.
What are toxins?
A toxin is defined as any compound that has a detrimental effect on cell function or structure. It is simply a poison that can affect the body by internal and external means.
More than 120,000 human-made chemicals have been introduced into the environment, in one form or another, and this number continues to grow each year at a phenomenal rate.
Some common toxins include:
- Heavy metals: lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium and aluminium
- Chemical toxins: prescription drug residues (painkillers, antibiotics etc.), alcohol and tobacco, additives and pesticides in foods
- Microbial compounds: bacteria and yeast
- Industrial compounds: solvents, pesticides and herbicides
- Environmental toxins: electromagnetic and radioactive currents