Sharing some good info previously posted…
Lemons are the king of citrus fruit. Because of their high source of bioflavinoids, they are powerful in detoxifying the body. They are also an excellent diuretic. During fasting, lemon juice has a tremendous ability to dissolve mucus and scour toxins from the cellular tissue.
STAGES OF DETOX
I found this info online and thought it may be of interest to anyone on the MC…
Here is an overview of the detoxification stages during a juice fast. The time periods are a general estimation.
Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2)
On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dl. To restore the blood to the normal glucose level, liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood. This reserve is enough for half a day. The body then reduces the basal metabolic rate (BMR). The rate of internal chemical activity in resting tissue is lowered to conserve energy. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst.
Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, glazed eyes and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period unless the enema is used which quickly assists the body into the fasting state by ending digestion in the colon.
Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7)
Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood. Ketones are formed by the incomplete oxidation of fats. It is suspected that the ketones in the blood suppress the appetite by affecting the food-satiety center in the hypothalamus. You may feel hungry for the first few days of the fast. This effect is temporary. The desire to eat will disappear. Lack of hunger may last 40 to 60 days, depending on whether you are on water or juice.
The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. Periodically, the lymphatic system expels mucoid matter through the nose or throat. The volume excreted of this yellow-colored mucus can be shocking. The sinuses go through periods of being clogged, then will totally clear. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.
Stage 3 (Day 8 to Day 15)
On the latter part of an extended fast, you can experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better than you have felt since childhood. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised.
During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.
Stage 4 (Day 16 to Day 30)
The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. While a short fast will reduce the symptoms, a longer fast can completely heal. Homeostatic balance is at optimum levels. The lymphatic system is clean except for a rare discharge of mucus through the nose or throat. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.
Stage 5 (Breaking the Fast)
The sticky, toxic, mucoid coating on the intestinal wall is loose, and the first meal frees it from the intestinal wall. Toxins enter the blood through the colon. The gallbladder dumps its waste in a heavy discharge of bile. This can cause an instant bowel movement upon eating followed by intense diarrhea. If the symptoms are too uncomfortable, an enema will help.
WHERE THE TOXINS LURK…
Many of us commit to healthier eating habits after the cleanse. All in all a good policy, but I thought you might be interested in knowing where else we’re getting our daily dose of toxins from. This is just a short list but feel free to add to it as I’m sure there are many things I haven’t considered.
- Chlorine and Flouride in the water. The worst place for ingesting toxins is in the shower. The hot water produces steam and the toxins are inhaled. It is said that you ingest more toxins taking a hot shower (in unfiltered chlorinated water) than you can ingest in any other way during your day. If that isn’t enough, you’re absorbing another dose through your skin.
- Most all of our oceans rivers and lakes are polluted to some effect, which makes anything that lives in, is watered by, or ingests that water also polluted. Hmmm… what’s for dinner?
- But there’s always bottled water. What about the emissions from the plastic?
- Airborne toxins include those we think of, like carbon monoxide, and those we don’t think of like perfumes, air fresheners, insecticides, pesticides, and fertilizers.
- Personal products like deodorant, shampoo, and soap can contain chemicals which are absorbed through the skin.
- Prescription drugs and over the counter medications contain chemicals. Ever wonder about all those possible side effects? No wonder they are controlled substances. Nine times out of ten they are not prescribed to cure you… only to eliminate your symptoms. If you take them long enough they’ll cause symptoms of their own. Not to worry, the doc can give you something for that.
- Even organic foods can contain traces of toxins such as jet fuel. It is virtually impossible to get away from something like this.
So, do you feel like a walking time bomb? Just consider that 50 years ago people weren’t combatting all of these toxins. My Dad, who is now 90 years old wasn’t eating and drinking out of plastic containers for his entire life. When his family farmed they didn’t use pesticide. In fact he probably didn’t get his first shot or dose of prescription medication until he entered the armed services because it just wasn’t readily available. Perhaps that’s why he made it to the ripe old age of 90. Think of where your path is taking you. You could live in a bubble but you probably still would be ingesting toxins from somewhere, so the key is to do the best you can with what you have, and make an effort to educate others.
Sorry for the downer… just thought it was information that needed to be shared. And look at the bright side, now you have so many more reasons to cleanse. :)