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The Detoxification Process

By: Ron Lagerquist

"The three ways our bodies detoxifies toxins are neutralizing, transforming or eliminating them."

Historically, man lived on a sparse diet, free from pesticides, food additives, drugs and toxins. Today, we consume more toxic substances than all generations before us. Levels of built-up lead in our bones can be 200 times greater compared to those excavated from the period of Christ. Through air, water, food and even mother's milk, there is absorption of thousands of toxins and chemicals that saturate the environment. During fasting, these toxins are released into the bloodstream making water fasting almost impossible for the first time faster. 

The three ways our bodies handle toxins are neutralizing, transforming or eliminating them. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. The liver transforms toxic substances into harmless agents. And blood carries waste to the kidneys or liver, eliminating through the bladder or intestines. Elimination can also occur through sweating during exercise or heat. These are only a few examples of the built-in cleaning mechanisms, working hard to maintain the thousands of miles of tubes and membranes. If all these systems are working well, and we are taking in fewer toxins than the body can detoxify; the result will be vibrant health and long life.

Eliminated during detoxification

  • Dead, dying or diseased cells
  • Unwanted fatty tissue
  • Trans-fatty acids
  • Hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall
  • Toxic waste matter in the lymphatic system and bloodstream
  • Toxins in the spleen, liver, and kidneys
  • Mucus from the lungs and sinuses
  • Imbedded toxins in the cellular fibers and deeper organ tissues
  • Excess cholesterol 

The Result Of Detoxification

  • Mental clarity is improved
  • Rapid, safe weight loss is achieved without flabbiness
  • The nervous system is balanced
  • Energy level is increased
  • Organs are revitalized
  • Cellular biochemistry is harmonized
  • The skin becomes silky, soft, and sensitive
  • There is greater ease of movement
  • Breathing becomes fuller, freer and deeper
  • The digestive system is given a well-deserved rest 


People testify that after making changes toward better eating, fasting becomes easier. You could say that fasting becomes a measurement of lifestyle.

Methods of Detoxification

Juice Fasting This is the best choice for detoxification because it supplies an abundance of nutrients, including enzymes and calories to reduce the cleansing intensity to a more comfortable level. Using an enema during a juice fast will flush the lymphatic system attached to the lower colon with water and help remove hardened fecal matter from the intestinal wall, while giving the digestive tract a chance to rest and heal. 

Water Fasting Water fasting demands more calories therefore cleansing will be intensified. 

Raw Food Diet The same cleansing reaction that is experienced on a juice fast will also be experienced on a raw food diet of fruit and vegetables but the process is slower. 

Eating Less This is a good way to start the detoxification process but can require the greatest discipline. Chew food 30 times and eat smaller amounts.

Vegetarian Eating A light vegetarian diet will also aid detoxification. For example, fruit for breakfast, a salad for lunch and a meal of cooked vegetables with some raw nuts or beans and brown rice for dinner.

Exercise During exercise the lymphatic system is being flushed and the cells are being flooded with health-giving oxygen. Walking, stretching and light exercise can benefit the body during a juice fast or cleansing diet. 

Other Detoxification Procedures Homeopathic remedies, ozone therapy and acupuncture, massage, thermal chambers (sauna), herbal liver and kidney cleansing formulas, antioxidants and mega vitamin/mineral supplements. 

Detoxification Aids To assist the cleansing process, we recommend fresh juice made with a juice extractor once per day. Take a high-quality multi-vitamin supplement and antioxidants such as E and Q10, and one to two tablespoons of mixed essential oils daily such as Udo's Choice (found in health food stores).

Related Article: Fasting and Detoxification 

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Excellent info on this site! THANK YOU
Desi
Your book Fasting To Freedom is saving my life! At 67 years old, having fasted before with the incorrect protocol, I finally have this incredible gift from God...you, Ron Lagerquist! Thanks ever and God Bless!
Katherine
I was fascinated by this book and website! I'm wondering how this works with the new food blenders like the Ninja and Nutribullet. I juiced for awhile but was amazed at what I was throwing away. How can i fast using one of the newer processors?
LaNaya Allen
I have been following your site for years. I am so grateful for your information on all of your efforts you put into the site. Thank you. You walked me through my first 30 day just fast seven years ago!! I'm on day four of my 21 day water fast. I have accomplished four 30 day juice fasts and many 10 day and 14 day juice fast. Have only done short water fasts of three days, so this will be my first long water fast. What can I expect with the water fast as apposed to the long juice fast?? I value your input. Kind regards, Gina
Gina
I'm on day four of my 21 day water fast. I have accomplished four 30 day juice fasts and many 10 day and 14 day juice fast. Have only done short water fasts of three days, so this will be my first long water fast. What can I expect with the water fast as apposed to the long juice fast??
Gina
I wish people would stop calling a diet of juice a juice fast. It is not a fast as it does not give rest to the digestive tract, the body still has to process the intake. There is only one kind of fast and that is a water fast. By this method the body is forced to seek nourishment at the deepest levels if the fast is allowed to run its natural course and will consume everything that is not vital until starvation begins and true hunger returns. Abstinance is the key.
neal
Defiantly made me realise I need to start a bit slower I haven't fasted in years, and never been less healthy just keep gaining weight thyroid issues on and on.. and I must do somthing to turn this toxic nightmare AROUND..thanks for input was very GOOD
sue
Great article. I have been plagued with allergies this winter for some unknown reason and things came to head this morning. I determined to water fast and give the body rest it hasn't had for years. Rough? Absolutely! Weakness, headache, achy muscles but I am confident there will be a turn around. Fasting is not foreign to me as I have done a number of them in the past.; however, a lifestyle of abuse (eating garbage food, no exercise) has forced me to take a hard stand. I don't put on weight like others (ectomorph body) but I sure feel the effects of the abuse on my body.
Ray Friesen
Very helpful information, thank you!
mary
I am Starting my first WATER fast tomorrow. I have done a few juice fasts here and there maybe one a year since i was 17. this is a great article on what to expect. thank you
Courtney
Good stuff. More information on what type of detox your body needs would be helpful!
Kyna
Good article. How do I know whether I need a juice fast or a water fast?
Brad Baker
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