I am soon to be embarking on a 1 month fast. I am going to be coconut water fasting, water fasting and juice fasting over a 30 day period. I have done many 30 day fasts before and now know how important it is to prepare yourself to detox.
What does detoxing mean?
Detoxing is the process in which your body goes through when expelling toxins. Toxins build up in your system from many different sources over time.
Some sources of toxins include:
- Processed foods
- Chemicals such as fungicides, pesticides
- Chemicals found in processed food products such as food colourings
- Artificial ingredients such as aspartame
- Prescription drugs
- Recreational drugs
There are two types of toxins:
Exogenous toxins- Chemicals that are made outside of your body and can harm your cells if they are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed into your bloodstream through some other channel.
Endogenous toxins- Toxins that are produced inside of your body. Some of these toxins are waste products from normal metabolic activities – carbon dioxide, and lactic acid are some examples of endogenous toxins that your body excretes very quickly.
Everyone detoxes at different rates and contain varied amounts of toxins depending on their lifestyle, age and body.
I learnt at the Gerson Institute that detoxing too fast can be detrimental to your health, especially if you are sick. Easing yourself into a detox program or diet is essential.
Detoxing can be very uncomfortable and unfortunately can discourage you to continue eating healthy or healing your body on a detox program such as a fast or whole-food, plant-based diet.
There are many many detox symptoms.
Common detox symptoms include:
- Tiredness/ fatigue
- Flu like symptoms
- Brain fog
The human body is incredible at preserving your health. Your body will excrete what it can through your organs of elimination first. Then your body will store excess toxins as fatty tissues. This is because your fat tissues are less vital to your immediate survival.
And when it has more toxins to excrete than it can fast enough it then produces symptoms such a diarrhoea, skin rashes and cold like symptoms such as a runny nose and cough to excrete the remaining toxins.
When on a detox program such as a Juice fast or Water fast your body will excrete toxins very fast.
I suggest to start your detox a week earlier in a more subtle way.
Here are a few ways to ease yourself into detoxing:
- Start the day with a green smoothie or juice for breakfast everyday until you start your detox program.
- Intermittent fast every day a week prior to juice fasting.
- Drink 2 liquid meals a day up until your fasting/ cleanse begins.
- Eat 100% raw
Choose what is best for you and your lifestyle.
Love & Light
Vegie Girl xx