DETOX TO HEAL
Healing cannot begin without detoxification, which is internal cleansing, involving dislodging your body toxins and waste products from within, as well as between cells and joints, and then transporting them from your body for their ultimate removal.
Sources of toxins
All these years, knowingly or unknowingly, you may have poisoned your own body with toxins coming from many different sources: industrial wastes; pesticides and herbicides from agricultural products; exhaust fumes from factories and automobiles; food contamination; toxic pharmaceutical drugs; polluted waters; irradiation from excess use of cell phones, microwave ovens, power plants, radio and satellite transmissions; chemicals in food processing; toxic emotions and negative thoughts. Your body may have ingested all these toxins through absorption, consumption, inhalation, and radiation, creating health hazards to your immune system. All these toxins have accumulated and remained in your body for years, if not decades.
Common symptoms of a toxic body
The toxins in your body may manifest themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually in the form of bad breath, chronic constipation, chronic fatigue, frequent gas and bloating, hemorrhoids, irritability, mental and spiritual lethargy, overweight, mental depression, and recurrent headaches or migraines.
Toxins may ultimately damage your body cells, leading to diseases.
Your body is composed of negatively and positively charged molecules, which must be balanced in order to enable your cells to function normally. A free radical is formed when there is imbalance in these molecules. A free radical also damages other molecules, causing them to produce more free radicals -- and thus creating a chain reaction of damages that become the scourges of aging and the sources of diseases and disorders, in particular, autoimmune diseases.
The damages by free radicals
There are several types of free radicals, and oxygen free radicals are most damaging, especially to your DNA and cell membranes.
Your cells require oxygen for survival. Unfortunately, what gives life also takes away life. In the process of oxidation, harmful oxygen free radicals are produced. Oxygen free radicals and other free radicals in your body cause damages to your cells.
The neurons in your brain may also become damaged by free radicals. The damage may be irreparable because the neurons, unlike other cells, cannot replicate themselves.
The cumulative damage to your DNA by free radicals is a major contributing factor to many autoimmune diseases, including human cancers.
When your LDL or “bad cholesterol” is attacked by free radicals, they become more attached to the walls of your arteries, and thus forming plagues to block the free flow of blood to your heart.
The only way to fight free radicals is by boosting your body’s own immunity through detoxification.
There are several ways to detoxify the body, and fasting is the most effective and efficient one.
Fasting to detox
Fasting is internal cleansing and health rejuvenation -- one of the most effective and efficient ways to detoxify your body of its toxins. Fasting is to recovery, as sleep is to recuperation.
Fasting is voluntary abstinence from food and drink, except water, for an extended period. Fasting is the best way to detoxify your body.
What are the benefits of fasting?
Fasting has many health benefits, especially for the immune system.
Fasting activates your immune system to protect you from diseases, especially the development of an autoimmune disease.
Fasting accelerates the self-healing process of your body because it temporarily stops the continuing work of your digestive system, and therefore instrumental in reserving that energy for your internal self-healing process. By conserving the energy otherwise used in digesting food, fasting provides you with more, and not less, energy, contrary to the myth that fasting makes your body weak. Remember, eating and digesting food expends your energy too.
Fasting relieves the burden of not only your digestive tract, but also your liver and kidneys, which have to work extra hard to remove additives and toxins accumulated in your body through improper eating. Fasting removes the underlying cause of any chronic disease you may have by removing the toxins, not just the symptoms as in the case of medications.
Fasting may alleviate your body pain and rid your body of any drug dependence. Fasting facilitates you, if you are a smoker, to quit smoking during a fast. Nicotine damages the immune system.
What is the process of fasting?
Eat more vegetables and fruits prior to a fast. Reduce the consumption of meat, and refrain from eating any meat the day before a fast.
On the first day, you may feel pangs of hunger, with a white coating on your tongue. This is just a natural response of the body to the cessation of eating. On the first day, you may even experience physical weakness, hunger, and food craving. The first day of a fast is most challenging and difficult to endure.
On the second day, you may begin to feel gradual dissipation of hunger, with more white coating on your tongue. The discomfort is less severe than the first day of your fast
On the third day you may or may not feel complete disappearance of hunger and the clearance of coating on your tongue.
The first three days of a fast are most difficult and challenging. However, once that period is overcome, you are well on the way to rejuvenation of your entire body. After the first three days, you do NOT feel any hunger, and that is the truth about fasting. The only hurdle you need to overcome is the first three days of your fast. Remember, Jesus, too, fasted for forty days.
What to do during a fast?
Drinking plenty of water is required since your body may easily become dehydrated due to the discharge of your body fluids.
Continue your normal daily routine activities, but avoid all strenuous activities, especially those outdoor ones. Exercise as normal.
Bathe more frequently. Brush your body to stimulate your skin to rid toxins from your body.
Stop taking your daily vitamin supplements while you are fasting.
Consult your doctor to see if you may stop some of the medications you are currently taking.
Stop smoking if you are a smoker. Now is as good a time as any to quit smoking for good.
How to break a fast
Break a fast with fruits and vegetables juice. Eating an apple is ideal for breaking a fast.
Continue to drink plenty of water after a fast.
Gradually increase your intake of solid food. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly. Overeating too soon may cause abdominal pain and even vomiting.
Avoid taking salt and pepper immediately after a fast, lest they damage your stomach lining.
Remember, the longer the fast, the less you should eat at the first meal.
What is the duration of a fast?
A clear tongue and clean breath are good indications that the cleansing is more or less complete.
The length of a fast depends very much on each individual. The following is just a general guideline for you to follow:
A one-day fast as often as required, preferably weekly, for good health maintenance
A three-to-four-day fast several times a year for general health and well-being
A two-week fast every year or so for complete internal cleansing
A three-week fast (or even longer) for curing a specific disease, under the supervision of a physician.
It is suggested that you begin with a short fast first, and then proceed to a longer fast for complete internal cleansing of your whole body.
Other than fasting, there are many ways by which your body can get rid of its toxins: breathing, exercise, foods, herbs, hydrotherapy, skin brushing, and foot patches. Click here for more information.
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