Oxygen Therapy, Fasting, Hyperthermia, and the Benefit of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Shouldn't Try a Juice Fast?
Pregnant or nursing women or children shouldn't try a juice
● 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.
shouldn't try a juice fast before or after surgical procedures.
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
Side Effects of a Juice Fast
side effects of a juice fast include headaches, tiredness,
hypoglycemia, constipation, acne, increased body odor, and bad
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does a Typical Juice Fast Involve?
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
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.
glasses of room temperature or warm filtered water is often
recommended in addition to the juice.
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.
fruits and vegetables are preferred, but if unavailable,
practitioners suggest buying it from the health food store
or juice bar as fresh as possible.
and sprouts contain the pigment chlorophyll, which juice
proponents believe are especially beneficial during a juice
A combination of
fruits and vegetables is recommended.
the strict juice fast include eating one meal a day in
addition to the juice.
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
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
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
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:
the amount of chemicals ingested (for example, by the use of
that provide the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that
the body needs for detoxification.
such as high fiber foods and water, that draw out and
eliminate toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel
movements and urination.
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.
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
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
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
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.