Describes By : Dr. Francis Low

Oxygen Therapy, Fasting, Hyperthermia, and the Benefit of Exercise

This page will teach you whole body detox and cleansing methods, including oxygen therapy, fasting, the benefit of exercise and hyperthermia to maintain your body cleansing and detoxification program. Now that you have cleansed your colon, kidneys and liver, learn how to detoxify your whole body by adding simple routines to your life.

To learn how to specifically detoxify and cleanse your colon, kidney and liver, please see organ cleansing. Detoxifying these organs is a crucial first step in your internal body detox and cleansing plan.

Why group fasting, the benefit of exercise, oxygen therapy and hyperthermia together on one page? Unlike the colon, liver and kidney cleanse, all of these types of body detox and cleansing methods focus on cleansing the entire body as a system.

Fasting and the Juice Fast

While food is vital to our health, unlike water, our bodies can go without food ( fasting ) for extended periods of time. But if food is vital to our bodies, why discuss fasting (going without food) voluntarily? Your body expends a tremendous amount of energy digesting and processing food. The food must be broken down to extract its vital nutrients and then be disposed of. While fasting, your body gets on with its job of housekeeping cleansing and detoxification of its vital organs. In fact, fasting is one of the most effective methods of whole body detox.

That said, I am a wimp when it comes to fasting. I used to be mildly hypoglycemic and needed a constant source of food in order to keep my blood sugar up or at least that is what I believed at the time. I would get irritable and get headaches when I would miss a meal. Well, I found that the juice fast is a great way of fasting without suffering from food withdrawal.

Fasting refers to complete abstinence from food for a particular period pertaining to a specific purpose and this is nature`s oldest, most effective and yet least expensive method of treating diseases, recognized as the achievement of natural healing. By depriving the body of food for a specific period of time, the organs of elimination such as the bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs are given opportunity to expel, unhampered the overload of accumulated waste from the system. Thus, fasting is merely the process of purification and an effective and quick method of cure, assisting nature in her continuous effort to expel foreign matter and disease producing waste from the body, thereby correcting the faults of improper diet and wrong living. It also leads to regeneration of the blood as well as the repair and regeneration of the various tissues of the body.

Juice fasting""1Juice fasting is the safest and the most effective method of fasting and far more superior to water fasting. Juices process definite medicinal properties as they are extracted from plants and fruits. Specific juices are beneficial in specific conditions. Besides specific medicinal virtues, raw fruit and vegetable juices have an extraordinary revitalizing and rejuvenative effect on all the organs, glands and functions of the body. They supply essential elements for the body`s healing activity and cell regeneration, resulting in speedy recovery. The patient should get as much fresh air as possible and should drink plain lukewarm water when thirsty. These fresh juices may be diluted with pure water on 50-50 bases and the intake of the same should be atleast 8-10 glasses of water should be the minimum intake. However, only fresh, raw vegetable and fruit juices are required for such fasts, since they contain all the required vitamins, minerals, enzymes and elements that are extremely beneficial in normalizing all the body processes.

It is required that enema should be given to the patient, every alternate day, so that gas or decomposing matter formed from the excrements remaining in the body passes out. In this process a lot of energy is spent during the fast. Thus it is advisable that the patient gets maximum physical and mental rest in this period. Sometimes it may happen that the intake of juices exclusively, results in an overload of toxic matter, which affects normal bodily functions. In such cases, when the bodily functions get disturbed, it is advisable to discontinue the fast and take cooked vegetables containing adequate roughage such as spinach and beets until the body functioning returns to normal.

The duration of the fast, however, depends upon the age of the patient, the nature of the disease and the amount and type of drugs previously used. Long periods of fasting can be dangerous if it is undertaken without the guidance of a competent guide, hence in general a person should not fast for more than a week. It is advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two to three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by a day or so. The success of the fast depends largely on how it is broken. This is the most significant phase. The right food after a fast is as important and decisive for proper results as the fast itself. The main rules for breaking the fast are; not to overeat, eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly and take several days for the gradual change to the normal diet.

After the raw juice therapy, the return to normal balanced diet should be gradual, and in stages. In the beginning, two juice meals may be replaced by milk and fruits. Then gradually juice meals may be substituted by a balanced diet. Fasting affords a physiological rest to the digestive, assimilative and protective organs. As a result, the digestion of food and the utilisation of nutrients are greatly improved after hasting. The fast also exerts a normalising, stabilising and rejuvenating effect on all the vital physiological, nervous and mental functions.

What is a Juice Fast?

A juice fast is a type of detox diet. A juice fast involves the short-term intake of raw vegetable and fruit juice and water only. Proponents of juice fasting use juice because it's thought to be a good source of vitamins and antioxidants.

A juice fast is considered an extreme form of detoxification because no solid food is consumed. More moderate detox methods, such as the detox diet include solid food.

Who Shouldn't Try a Juice Fast?

●   Pregnant or nursing women or children shouldn't try a juice fast.

●  People with diabetes, low blood sugar, eating disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, malnutrition, addictions, underweight, anemia, impaired immune function, infection, nutritional deficiency, low blood pressure, ulcerative colitis, cancer, terminal illness, epilepsy, or other chronic conditions shouldn't try a juice fast or should do so only under strict medical supervision.

●   People shouldn't try a juice fast before or after surgical procedures.

●   A juice fasting can reduce blood proteins and change the way prescription drugs react in the body. People taking prescription medications should consult a health professional skilled in detoxification before trying a juice fast, and should never discontinue or reduce their medications on their own.

It's important to consult a qualified health professional before trying a juice fast.

Possible Side Effects of a Juice Fast

Common temporary side effects of a juice fast include headaches, tiredness, hypoglycemia, constipation, acne, increased body odor, and bad breath.

Other side effects of a juice fast can include fainting, dizziness, low blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, weight loss, hunger, vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney problems. If these side effects occur, there is a worsening of symptoms, or new symptoms appear, the fast should be discontinued and it should prompt an immediate visit to a qualified health professional.

Another possible side effect of a juice fast is diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and electrolyte loss.

If continued for a longer time, juice fasting can lead to nutrient deficiencies, particularly protein and calcium deficiency.

Grapefruit juice should not be used during a juice fast, especially by people taking certain prescription drugs. A compound in grapefruit can change the way certain prescription drugs are metabolized in the body. Recent evidence suggests that pomegranate juice may also have the same effect.

How Long Does a Juice Fast Typically Last?

A juice fast typically lasts for one to three days. A longer fast requires medical supervision and possibly monitoring to ensure that nutrient deficiencies don't result.

What Does a Typical Juice Fast Involve?

  • Proponents of juice fasting suggest fasting only during the warmer months of the year. Spring is thought to be the best time of the year for juice fasting.

  • Seven or more days before the fast, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, dairy, wheat, animal meat, fish, and eggs are typically reduced or eliminated from the diet. This preparation diet often consists mainly of organic fruits, vegetables, and beans.

  • Between 32 and 64 ounces of juice is usually recommended per day during the fast. The juice is sipped throughout the day. Typical fruits and vegetables include celery, carrot, kale, cabbage, apple, pineapple, cranberry, spinach, beet, and greens. Citrus fruits are often avoided.

  • Approximately 6 glasses of room temperature or warm filtered water is often recommended in addition to the juice.

  • Organic fruits and vegetables are usually recommended. If organic produce isn't available, practitioners suggest peeling the skin off fruits and vegetables or washing vegetables with a non-toxic produce cleaner, usually available at health food stores.

  • Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are preferred, but if unavailable, practitioners suggest buying it from the health food store or juice bar as fresh as possible.

  • Green vegetables and sprouts contain the pigment chlorophyll, which juice proponents believe are especially beneficial during a juice fast.

  • A combination of fruits and vegetables is recommended.

  • Variations on the strict juice fast include eating one meal a day in addition to the juice.

  • Certain fruits and vegetables and their parts should not be juiced, such as the pits of peaches, apricots, cherries, and other fruits, apple seeds, citrus peels, carrot and rhubarb tops, tough skins (such as kiwi, pineapple, mangoes), and bananas and avocados.

What is Detox?

Detox, short for detoxification, is the body's natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins (anything that can potentially harm body tissue) are transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and excreted via stools or urine.

Sources of toxins include those produced in the body during normal functions, such as the ammonia produced during the breakdown of protein, and chemicals such as pesticides, household cleaners, food additives, drugs, pollution, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals like lead that enter the body when we ingest or inhale them.

What is a Detox Diet?

Although detox is primarily thought of as a treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, the term is also used to refer to diets, herbs, and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for optimum health

There are many different types of detox diets. Generally, a detox diet is a short-term diet that:

  • Minimizes the amount of chemicals ingested (for example, by the use of organic food).

  • Emphasizes foods that provide the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification.

  • Contains foods, such as high fiber foods and water, that draw out and eliminate toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel movements and urination.

Why do People go on a Detox Diet?

A growing body of research suggests that many of the chemicals we ingest daily through food, water, and air can become deposited in fat cells in our bodies. A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their build-up in the body.

The cumulative load, called the "body burden", is thought to lead to illness and has been linked to hormonal imbalance, impaired immune function, nutritional deficiency, and an inefficient metabolism. Signs are thought to include indigestion, bad breath, fatigue, poor skin, and muscle pain.

Some private labs, such as Great Smokies Diagnostic Labs, offer tests that assess urine, stools, blood, and liver function. These tests are not standard medical tests and many medical doctors do not recognize them or consider them valid.

  • To become more familiar with symptoms alternative practitioners consider to be linked with toxicity, take the

Benefits of a Detox Diet

People often report improved energy, clearer skin, regular bowel movements, improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity after a detox diet.

Who Shouldn't Try a Detox Diet?

Anyone considering a detox diet should consult a qualified health professional and/or their medical doctor first.

Pregnant or nursing women or children shouldn't go on a detox diet. People with anemia, eating disorder, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, terminal illness, certain genetic diseases, and other chronic conditions shouldn't try this diet or should do so only under the supervision of their primary care provider. It is not intended for alcohol or drug detoxification.

Side Effects

One of the most common side effects is headache within the first few days of starting the detox diet, often due to caffeine withdrawal. For this reason, practitioners often suggest gradually decreasing the amount of caffeine prior to starting a detox diet. In addition, some people opt to take time off work to begin a detox diet or start the diet on the weekend.

Other side effects include excessive diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and electrolyte loss. Constipation may occur if people consume excess fiber without also increasing their fluid intake. Other side effects can include tiredness, irritability, acne, weight loss, and hunger. Any worsening of symptoms or new symptoms that occur during a detox diet should prompt a visit to a qualified health professional.

If a detox diet is continued for a longer time, it may result in nutrient deficiencies, particularly protein (some detox diets omit animal products) and calcium.

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