Hitting Two Birds With One Stone

Business Daily (Philippines); 4/8/1998

There will be fasting, abstinence, and a lot of introspection this Holy Week. Health-wise, fasting is the quickest way to detoxify the body. For we are walking chemical cocktails, constantly exposed to chemicals from the air we breathe, pesticides in food, food additives, heavy metals and anaesthetics, and residues of drugs that we take. 

Our immune, circulatory, and nervous systems, as well as organs of elimination and detoxification, can handle a great deal of toxins if they are healthy and efficient. But chronic exposure to pollutants from the air, food, and water has definitely lowered our resistance to disease and changed our metabolism so much that it is causing enzyme dysfunctions,

nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances. 

To detoxify our body, we have a variety of choices: fasting, chelation, and nutritional, herbal, and homeopathic methods. These accelerate the body’s own natural cleansing processes. 

The body’s detoxifying system is just as complex as the other bodily systems. The body eliminates toxins either by directly neutralizing them or excreting them in urine and feces. They may also leave through the skin and lungs. But there is a saturation point where the body’s defenses, like anything in this world, becomes overwhelmed, accumulating more and more toxins within the body’s tissues, usually in the fat. 

Naturally-occurring dietary toxins and contaminants, environmental chemicals and mutagens from cooking, hormones from meats, and invading microbes pose a serious threat to health. Fortunately, intestinal enzymes transform many of these chemicals and pollutants into other substances that are transported to the liver where they are made harmless. About 25%

of detoxification happens within the intestinal lining as the liver takes care of the rest. 

What happens when the liver becomes a bit burdened? Juice fasting has been a favorite choice of many. Drinking just apple juice for about seven days, culminating with half a glass of olive oil, is a popular practice in Europe and is meant to flush and clear the liver. This juice fast is complemented with coffee enema, wherein brewed, not instant, coffee is used. 

Vegetable juices are another alternative for a juice fast. Dr. Evarts Loomis advises that a detoxifying cocktail of garlic, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and olive oil be taken at bedtime, since the liver is most active between 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., according to Traditional Chinese medicine. 

If you prefer water fasting, drink water only for 24 to 35 hours. Be sure to consume at least four and no more than eight pints of water during the fast. On the last day, eat only raw foods like salads or fruits, plus the recommended amount of water. 

But before a fast, the exit routes of the body must be opened and fully functional. There is no point in stirring up toxins if no path of elimination is opened or if the toxins are released from the cells faster than the body can render it harmless. The best time to fast is when the liver’s detoxification enzyme systems are working at their most efficient and the bowel is healthy enough to excrete toxins rapidly. 

Fasting is beneficial because it releases toxins from the fat right away. It also removes immune complex from the blood and eliminates food allergens from the intestines. So hit two bird with one stone this Holy Week — fast for both your spiritual and physical bodies. 

  

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