It would be unthinkable for anyone to go for decades without cleaning their house or drive thousands of kilometers without an oil or filter-change in their cars. Yet most of us go through our entire lives without once cleaning out the 190,000 Km of piping inside our bodies!
Most experts agree that toxicity should be a primary health concern in the modern world filled with chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, air and water pollutants. Add to this the fact that we overuse pharmaceutical drugs; eat lots of sugar and other refined foods.
Diseases of Toxicity
Cancer and cardiovascular disease are two of the front runners, followed by arthritis, obesity, allergies and skin problems. Headaches, fatigue, pains, coughs, gastro-intestinal problems and a weakened immune system can all be related to toxicity in one way or another.
What is Toxicity?
Toxicity can occur on two basic levels: internal and external. Internal toxins are acquired through normal everyday metabolic functions of the body. External toxins are acquired from the environment through breathing, ingestion or physical contact.
The body’s various activities, such as digestion, repair and movement produce toxins as by-products that need to be eliminated. Some of these toxins are known as “free-radicals.” When free-radicals are not eliminated or neutralized, they can cause irritation or inflammation of the cells thereby interfering with the body’s normal functions. The buildup of internal toxins can also give rise to opportunistic parasites and yeasts. This leads to a weakened immune system, resulting in a dramatic loss of energy and focus. Negative emotions and stress can also generate bio-chemical toxicity.
Most of the toxins that exist in our food and water originate in the air: industrial heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, etc. Add to this automobile exhaust fumes and you have overwhelming waves of pollution! Chemicals in our diets pose major health risks; eg: Cadmium can cause kidney disease. Lead, a well-known poison, is found in prepared foods, fast foods, certain fats and oils. Drinking water is a major source of toxins such as Mercury.
Toxins Can Make You Fat
When chemicals and toxins are allowed to build up in the body, they are stored in fat cells. The more toxins that need to be stored, the more fat the body manufactures! Any attempt at weight loss without first getting rid of the toxins will lead to failure, leaving you puzzled and frustrated.
One can easily avoid these pitfalls through regular detoxification or cleansing. There are many ways to detoxify. Some of them are complex, requiring the help of a naturopath skilled in ‘detox’ procedure. However, you can perform a simple ‘detox’ in the comfort of your own home. Follow these simple guidelines and you will reap the benefits.
The 7-Day Cleansing Program
For the first 3 days go on a vegetable juice regimen.
(You will consume as much vegetable juice as you need, as often as you need and not feel hungry).
If you feel like eating some solid food, eat ONLY fresh, raw vegetables while drinking plenty of the vegetable juice.
The vegetables you should use for juicing are: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, tops of carrots and beets, broccoli, cabbage, wheat grass, green beans, etc.
As far as possible, leave the skin intact.
Do not consume any fruits during this period!
(Note: Wash all vegetables in a diluted solution of potassium permanganate or hydrogen peroxide by soaking for 15 minutes and washing off. Use only distilled water for juicing and drinking during this period. Drink plenty of water through the day. Do not add salt to your juices.)
After the 3-day juice regimen, follow these guidelines for the next 4 days:
- Do not eat any processed foods
- Eat only whole, fresh foods
- Eat only fruits, vegetables (cooked or raw), raw nuts (almonds and walnuts) and raw seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)
- Avoid all grains (substitute with sprouted pulses such as moong dal)
- Do at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise per day to sweat out some of the toxins (the skin is also an important organ of elimination)
- Drink lots of water throughout the day.
Following this simple procedure twice a year will ensure a clean bio-system, free from the maladies of modern living. A life of health and boundless energy awaits you!