who are deficient may experience such problems as fatigue, coldness,
hair loss or dry skin, and they need to be nourished with wholesome
foods to aid healing. Congestive problems, however, are more common
in Western, industrialized civilizations. Many of our acute and chronic
medical diseases and dilemmas result from the clogging of our tissues
and tubes, and the suffocating of our cells and vital energy. Colds
and flus to cancer and cardiovascular diseases, arthritis and allergies
are all examples of congestive disorders. These medical problems may
be prevented or treated at least in part and often dramatically by
embarking on a process of cleansing and detoxification. The incorporation
of dietary changes, including consumption of more fresh fruits, vegetables
and water while reducing animal fats and proteins and eliminating
any damaging substance abuses is the beginning of the rejuvenation
process for the human body. This was discovered long ago and is still
true today even though medical science may make light of it in deference
to the quick solution to major diseases.
consider the cleansing/fasting/detoxification process (they are different degrees
of the same process of reduced toxin intake and enhanced toxin elimination) to
be the missing link in Western nutrition and a key to the health and vitality
of our civilization. In my twenty five years of medical practice in which
I have utilized extensively various detox and healing/rejuvenation practices for
both myself and literally thousands of patients, I can tell you that I truly believe
that cleansing and detoxification is virtually one of the most powerful healing
(real healing of ailments and not just suppression of symptoms) therapies I have
have written extensively about detoxification, as can be seen in the last section
of my 1100-page Staying Healthy With Nutrition book and which is the focus
of my new book, The Detox Diet: The How-to and When-to Guide For Clearing Your
Body of Toxic Substances, wherein I discuss both the medical and health factors
of the cleansing process. The basics of The Detox Diet follow here to give you
the general ideas of what it is involved.
truth, what I attempt to do in my writing and practice, is to place your health
and that of your family back into your hands, because so much of it is up to you.
It really matters how you live--what you do and what you eat, and what you think
and feel. Take hold and do what you can to be vital and healthy. It is really
worth it! Be Well.
GUIDELINES for THE DETOX DIET:
your food very well and take enough time when you eat.
a few minutes before and after your meal.
in a comfortable sitting position.
primarily steamed fresh vegetables and some fresh greens.
only herbal teas after dinner.
DETOX DIET MENU PLANMorning:
(upon arising): Two glasses of water (filtered, spring, or reverse osmosis),
one glass with half a lemon squeezed into it.
One piece of fresh fruit (at room temp), such as apple, pear, banana, grapes,
or citrus. Chew well, mixing each bite with saliva.
minutes later: One bowl of cooked whole grains -- specifically millet, brown rice,
amaranth, quinoa, raw buckwheat, or buckwheat. Flavoring can be two tablespoons
of fruit juice for a sweeter breakfast taste, or use the "better butter" mixture
mentioned below with a little salt or tamari for a deeper flavor.
(Noon-1 P.M.) One-two medium bowls of steamed vegetables; use a variety, including
roots, stems, and greens -- e.g. potatoes or yams, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower,
carrots, beets, asparagus, kale, chard, and cabbage. CHEW WELL !
(5-6 P.M.) Same as Lunch
Butter/canola oil mixture. Make this "better butter" by mixing a half cup
of cold-pressed canola oil (or olive or flaxseed oils) into a soft (room temperature)
half-pound of butter; then place in dish and refrigerate. Use about one teaspoon
per meal or a maximum of 3 teaspoons daily.
A.M. & 3 P.M. One-two cups veggie water, saved from steamed vegetables.
Add a little sea salt or kelp and drink slowly, mixing each mouthful with saliva.
Herbal teas only -- e.g. peppermint, camomile, pau d'arco, or blends.
may feel a little weak or have a few symptoms the first couple of days; this will
pass. Clarity and feeling good should appear by day 3 or 4, if not before. If
during this diet, you start to feel weak or hungry, assess your water intake and
elimination; if needed, you can eat a small portion of protein food (3-4 ounces)
in the mid-afternoon. This could be fish; free-range, organic chicken; or some
beans, such as lentils, garbanzos, mung, or black beans.
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