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.