The deepest detox

There are countless diets, techniques and fads designed to help you detox.  Many of these can certainly help, but if you’re really serious about cleansing, the most powerful method is and always has been water fasting (as well as dry fasting).

Why?  Because only through sustaining a zero caloric intake can you fully unlock the body’s healing metabolism.  This takes place in two steps.  The first level of cleansing begins after your body has finished digesting its last meal.  In this respect, what you eat impacts considerably.  While most fruit and vegetables require only an hour or two to digest, meat takes much, much longer – even a day or two.  Once the energy normally applied to digestion is freed up, your body then applies it to detox.  The second and much deeper level of cleansing begins once your body has entered the fat-burning metabolism called ketosis, and this can occur only once your glycogen stores are depleted (as described in the one-day water fast and the three-day water fast).

Other methods can certainly stimulate the detox of specific organs.  Citrus diets, for instance, focus on the liver.  However, unless you specifically need to strengthen or increase the efficiency of a particular organ, such approaches do not address the basic issue.  For the toxins which ultimately cause disease are stored in and released primarily from adipose (fat) tissue not the organs of the body – and the only way to release such toxins is to burn fat through zero caloric intake.

Unless you happen to live far from human civilisation, the air you breathe is full of carcinogens.  Unless you drink water fresh from a mountain spring, the liquid which constitutes 70% of your body weight is full of chlorine, the recycled hormones from contraceptive pills, not to mention a plethora of industrial waste products.  Unless you eat fully organic food, your food is contaminated with pesticides, fungicides and fertilisers.  If you eat meat and dairy products, you can also count on ingesting large quantities antibiotics and artificial growth hormone.  Unless you fully avoid Western medical drugs, you can add the bitter pill of allopathic medicine.  For ultimately, every drug is a poison – this is why overdosing can kill you.  Let’s face it, mankind has poisoned himself along with the planet.  Do you really believe you can escape this?

The fact is, we are all filled with filth.

Does this shock you?  I hope so!  Like it or not, you are going to need to detox at some point in your life.  It’s just a question of when.  The fact is that the human body is incredibly resilient, and it usually takes half a lifetime for your fat cells to fill with toxins to the point of saturation.  But then, like a boat taking on water, there does come a point of no return.  The boat begins to sink.  Your body can no longer safely store the accumulating toxins, and so they begin to circulate freely throughout the body.  Like most people, you can ignore the situation and wait until illness strikes.  At this point, it’s often too late.  Or you can begin now.

When I was young, the thought of cleansing didn’t even cross my mind.  To me, it was something that neurotic health maniacs did.  Then I tried out water fasting and, to my shock, witnessed the filth leaving my body.  My breath stank.  My sweat stank.  My urine stank.  My tongue turned a pasty white and began to literally froth, producing a bitter, metallic taste in my mouth lasting for days.  It was utterly foul.  And because it was so foul, I realised how good it was to free myself from all these toxins.

From that point on, I began to honour my body with fasting.  With experience, I grew more attuned to my body’s inner needs.  You will too.  Your body will begin to speak to you, and you’ll feel an inner urge when it’s time to fast.  It isn’t something you have to force on yourself.  It isn’t something you need to plan out in advance on a calendar.  You’ll know when it’s time.  Increasingly, you’ll look forward to that time.

Your body will love you for it.
And in return you’ll love your body back.

12 thoughts on “The deepest detox”

  1. Awesome article. I’m on day 6 of my water fast and I’m so disgusted by what has been coming out of my body. My breath has me gagging and the odours OMG. I have an entirely new respect for all the hell I put my body through and how much it has been holding in these toxins and still functioning to keep me alive. This will now be a regular way of life for me and eating only natural foods (fruits, veggies etc) I can’t even stomach other foods when I look around, my body is craving the plants now. I look at the puddings I bought for my kids lunches and want to puke. It looks like phlegm. The meat is just a dead carcass, like roadkill. I can’t stomach it. We all need to spread the word, this practice like many others were stolen from us when colonialism happened. It’s only been the last 100 years or so that we have seen so much illness on the planet. Thank you again xo

    1. Hi Rena,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. Yes, it’s a wonder what the body is capable of it considering all the abuse we put it through! The main thing is that now you understand this on a very concrete, physical level, and this is going to help you make real change in your life :-).

      I’m not sure whether the practice of fasting largely disappeared because of colonialism. It was definitely gently nudged aside as the chemical drugs industry gained more and more clout in the first half of the 20th century, and both doctors as well as med schools became increasingly financially supported by Big Pharma.

      All the best,

  2. Hi Tallis,
    I am on day 4 of my water fast. I’m having some pretty bad detox symptoms but feeling the need to keep going. I have several reasons for embarking on this journey and I have done a great deal of reading in order to know what to expect. I have had an alcoholism, early arthritis and joint pain and I have been extremely constipated, most likely due to a poor diet. I have tried herbs and all kinds of things to get my bowels moving and although they might work temporarily it does not fix the problem not. Even in day four, I have not experienced any elimination from my bowels. When should I expect for this elimination to begin? I’m worried about my body and if this is safe for me. I want to continue on I really do. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Kim,

      Thanks for sharing. A lack of bowel movements during a fast isn’t anything to worry about per se. There are plenty of people who go for as long as you have without a single one. However, if you feel bloated, heavy, generally exhausted, this could be a sign that the half-digested food inside you is beginning to create toxins. The simplest solution is to take an enema. Please avoid laxatives, because these act as a “call to arms’ to your digestive system, waking it up when it should be left alone.

      Otherwise, I hope you preceded your fast with a good dietary transition, leading to only fruits and vegetables on the last couple of days. These are high in fibre and help to clean out your digestive tract for the course of the fast.

      I’d also recommend long-term dietary change, because a single fast isn’t going to be able to sort things out for you on its own. In fact, your current fast would have been more effective and physically easier on you if you had first switched to a low-fat, high fibre, preferably plant-based diet for at least several weeks before the fast. Never mind. What’s done is done, and I’m really just mentioning the ideal situation here so that other people can read this. The main thing is you’ve taken a big first step here :-).
      I wish you improved health as you continue on your journey.

  3. I would love to start with a one day water fast and then work to a 3 day from there. I take one prescription pill every night before bed to work with my serotonin levels for anxiety and depression. If I miss a day or two I notice my anxiety picking up, which is very scary and unpleasant. If I do this water fast, can I still take this pill every night before bed? I take Pristiq 50mg.

    1. Hi Bailey,

      Pills aren’t going to affect the biology of switching over to ketosis, but your body is going to try to cleanse toxic drugs such as Pristiq while you fast, and this can lead to nasty if not dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Yes, Pristiq is a toxic drug, just like any other drug. If you can overdose on a drug, then by definition it’s toxic.

      You should also know that fasting has a high probability of impacting on anxiety and depression. One-day fasts will probably be fine, but anything longer may well exacerbate your symptoms during the duration of the fast. Compensating for this with higher dosages of Pristiq is only going to worsen detox symptoms.

      This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t fast, only that it’s always advisable to get off anti-depressants before fasting. You should speak to your doctor about how you can do this safely. (I’m writing this here especially to warn those who are on stronger anti-depressants.) It’s also always advisable that people who aren’t in a good, stable place emotionally should fast under some kind of supervision: with a fasting coach or someone in the background who can give emotional support. This means that they should also understand water fasting and why you’re doing it.

      All the best,

  4. After all the research I’ve done on fasting, it seems as if man has forgotten everything that has been natural for us since the time began! I’m currently in healthcare and am disgusted with Western Medicine! I’m kinda disgusted with some of the way holistic care has been promoted as well just to sell herbs. Though herbs can be beneficial, they will not work until the body has been detoxed in the way only fasting can do.

    I recently did my first water fast and it lasted for 14 days! I was quite shocked that after the 5th day, my urine was still coming out yellow and very cloudy despite drinking water all day! After the 8th day, I expelled my first parasite and a huge blob of mucus that was black. I was shocked and amazed at what the body can have inside it and how amazing it is to heal itself!

    I was diagnosed with hsv 2. I’m gonna attempt another water fast to try to heal is shameful disease. Have you or do you know of anyone that has healed from any “chronic” viral disease? I mean, if fasting can get rid of cancer, I’m sure it can take care of a virus!

    Before I go, I just want to thank you and all the people that share all your knowledge about fasting and water fasting. I’m strongly convinced there is no healing mechanism more powerful than this and it’s because of people like you who actually care about others. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for all you do.

    1. Congratulations on finishing your fast, Mike. And thank you for your kind words!

      Yes, it IS shocking what can come out of us when we go deeply enough into detox through water fasting – but I think you’d agree that this only serves to strength our resolve in continuing the cleansing process. So just keep on going!

      I don’t know of anyone using water fasting to try and cure themselves of a serious viral infection like HSV2, but it’s certainly true that fasting has been used successfully over the centuries to deal with other illnesses: even plague and anthrax. I myself regularly use fasting upon experiencing the first symptoms of flu virus: Invariably, I stay healthy as a result, due to the way fasting strengthens the immune system. Although flu viruses obviously aren’t as persistent as HSV2, it does at least show that fasting does have the potential to help your body fight viruses.

      I’ll check into historical accounts of fasting being used to heal viral disease – because this is an extremely interesting question you raise. However, with drugs being used universally nowadays to treat both acute and chronic conditions, I suspect there’s more information concerning cases from 100-200 years ago. You may want to look into the work of Dr. Herbert Shelton, who was a great fasting pioneer of the early twentieth century. I seem to remember him talking about fasting being used to heal chronic viral disease, but I don’t have the exact reference now.

      Let me know if you find something, and I’ll do the same 🙂

      1. Tallis!!! I’ve got some good news. I couldn’t get out of my head when you told me to keep going! I finished a 24 day water fast three weeks ago. I had gotten some labs post fast. My triglycerides were cut in half from 149 to 79!!! My testosterone went up 400 points from 200’s to 410!!!!! the most exciting my LDL went from came down from the 90’s to 21.2!!!!!!! Even a doctor who saw my labs said that he had never seen labs like mine before. I also had a dark, uneven, and raised which was itchy and always bleeding. Well, guess what? It went down, the color totally changed, and is no longer there!!! Fasting amazes me now!!

        Whoever reads this message and is doubtful about fasting, autophagy is real and it really happens before your very eyes!!!! Will go on another fast again to rid my body of aluminum. My aluminum levels were at ten, but i’m shooting for ZERO!!!!

        I’ll keep updating on my results here. Thank you Tallis!

        1. Hey that’s great Michael! I’m really happy for you – and it’s great that you’ve shared all this so others can read about the miracles of fasting!

    1. Hi Marco,
      Thanks for writing. Good question :-).
      The whole detox process is quite complicated but here’s a simplified version.
      Toxins are released on a cellular level and generally first find their way into the lymphatic system. Your lymph nodes begin the process of cleansing them. From here they pass into the blood for further processing in the kidneys and/or liver. Ultimately, there are four main methods of expelling toxins from your body: through urine (via the kidneys and bladder), faeces (via the liver and intestines), sweat (via the skin) and exhalation (via the lungs).

      Toxins do cause harm if they’re floating around the body for too long. Once your body can no longer keep up with the lifelong intake of toxins, chronic disease is the inevitable outcome. This is why serious diseases tend to appear from middle age onwards: because you’ve exceeded body’s reserve capacities to safely store toxins. This is why regular cleansing, and especially water fasting, is SO important in order to maintain long-term health!

      When toxins are released during a fast, they are expelled from the body within a matter of hours and days, and – under normal circumstances – don’t have time to harm you. The main exception to this concerns people who have taken heavy doses of toxic prescription drugs (such as chemotherapy or steroids). If you’ve had major health issues in the past and have consequently been exposed to such drugs, then you should check with a doctor before fasting. If you’re generally healthy, though, and have just been exposed to normal environmental toxins, there should be no problem.

      Hope this helps,

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