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Fast and Detox Your Body

We vacation to rest and restore ourselves. In a way, vacations cleanse us by providing a break from our regular life. Fasting provides the body a break from food and that allows the body to cleanse itself. Checkout clean forte as a resource.

Consider these benefits to fasting as you make your decision whether or not to try it: The elimination of food from your system will allow the blood and lymph time to detoxify. Toxins are also released from your colon, kidneys, bladder, sinuses and skin; all of which have been effected by a standard diet which includes sugar, gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods and animal protein.  A poor diet of high fat foods, such as fast foods, leaves your body in an even more dire state.

How long should I fast? 48 hours is a standard short term fast. Typically, you do not need to discuss a fast of this duration with your doctor. Do not take medication or exercise during the fasting period. Keep in mind that the technical definition of starvation begins after 48 hours.

Who should avoid a fast? People with life threatening conditions such as cancer, TB and AIDS. Diabetics can fast, however, it is not recommended and will have to be done with a doctor’s supervision, if undertaken.

What are the unpleasant side effects? Depending on the level of body toxicity, people can experience cranky moods, headaches, lightheadedness, nausea, muscle aches and even fever. It is a very individual experience. Many people feel energized during the process. Naturally, these people have lived on a reasonably healthy diet prior to fasting.

So how does it really work? Fasting triggers the body to use all of its energy producing systems, most importantly the energy from fat. Since the body is not expending energy to digestive organs, namely the colon, this allows the cleansing process to begin. Amazingly, all of our organs take the cue from fasting to clean house.

How do I fast? A water fast is for the experienced practitioners. The rest of us can do a juice fast. There are many juice fast programs and products designed for a 48 hour fast. I recommend you research and find one that feels right for you. Please do this for you body!

How can I stay less toxic after I fast?  East lots of raw foods (fruits and vegetables) and grains. Stay away from processed foods and high fat foods. If you can back off on your intake of animal protein and dairy, that will help greatly. Drink 64 ounces of water per day.

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