There are many different ways to approach a detox regime. One such way is to embark on a period of fasting and abstinence. Fasting for a short period of time on a regular basis has been part of a religious practice for many years and has been seen as an appropriate way of allowing the body to recover and replenish. This is perfectly acceptable for somebody who normally leads a healthy life, however somebody who practices unhealthy lifestyle habits would not be advised to embark on this type of detox regime.
So what exactly is a fast?
Basically the body enters into a state of fasting approximately 8 hours after the last meal. During a fast, the body glucose that is stored in the liver and the muscles is used up first to provide energy. The body will then use up fat stores as its source of energy. During that phase, toxins that are stored in the body fat will be removed from the body. Thus allowing the body to detox naturally during the fast
So far so good! However problems are likely to arise if the period of fasting continues beyond this stage. In order to access protein the body has to breakdown muscle which can then be used as a source of energy.
During your detox you must ensure that you drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of filtered water per day. This enables the body to keep the electrolyte balance relatively constant. It is also important to include some gentle exercise to keep the lymph moving during your detox regime and aim for at least 7-8 hours sleep a night.
Fasting is an excellent way to allow your body to detox naturally, but care is needed to ensure that it is done properly, and, in certain circumstances, done under strict medical supervision. If it is done incorrectly it can cause damage and unnecessary problems.