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Detoxifying

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by tripwire45, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. tripwire45
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    No, I'm not trying to kick the booze...this is different.

    The missus wants to keep me around for a few more years, and so she's gotten my on this change in diet and exercise routine since December (weight training and aerobic exercise). It's had good results, but there's an added dimension.

    For the past week or so, I've been drinking this vile black powder mixed with water (and it doesn't mix very well) 5 to 6 times a day that's supposed to cling to and pull out old *ahem* "toxic matter" that's been stuck in the ol' digestive tract.

    Today (Monday), I each only fruits and veggies and then on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I go on a strict veggie juice fast. The "juice" can also include veggie broth (and only broth...no solids) soups, but that's it for those three days (there's an active process of pulling more toxins out of my body during those days, but I won't describe it). :oops:

    On Friday, it's back to just solid fruits and veggies and then finally on Saturday, back to "normal" eating.

    The idea is that in our modern societies, people's eating and living habits seems to encourage the build up of toxins in our bodies over time. So many toxins in fact, that our bodies can't get rid of them all through the usual means...even people who are in good shape and exercise regularly. By increasing the elimination process while reducing the number of toxins going in (if you live in a city environment, you are probably breathing some in, so you can't get rid of your toxic intake entirely), you get rid of at least some of what's been stored inside you...probably for years if not decades.

    This means that whatever your body has been holding back in your lymphatic system, liver, and other organs and systems, will now have a more open channel to be flushed.

    It's no coincidence that diseases and disorders like cancer and diabetics have become epidemic in the last generation or so when they weren't so common in the past. By regularly going through a process to reduce bodily toxins, you likely will increase your lifespan and your quality of life as you get older.

    Yeah...one three-day fast isn't gonna "do it" forever, but it's a start. The missus has been through several, plus an eight-day detox fast just a few weeks ago.

    I say all this not to toot my own horn or to advertise this process to the world, but to ask a question.

    What do you do (especially if it might be considered unusual) to promote your own health?
     
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    Hey Trip,

    How is it going? Bet it's quite windy over your way :)

    Seriously though - good on you (and your wife) - coming from a background in nutrition, I believe it's important to give your body a bit of a break once in a while - making it easier to digest foods...though fasting is a bit extreme!!

    Am on a similar kind of thing this week - kind of promoting my health. Not following any rules of any kind, but just last week realised how much junk i've been eating over the past few weeks to get through the stress from work shutting down. Haven't put weight on (well about 3lbs), but been so sluggish in thinking and physically less alert...so today I went to M&S and bought loads of fruit and veg and am having an "eat as much as you like" week when it comes to the healthy stuff in order to knock the health up a notch ready for the new job next week! Only problem is that after a huge vegetable soup, I fell asleep for an hour when I was trying to read up on TCP/IP!!!:rolleyes:

    So are you planning to eat healthier in general after this detox too? Do you have to drink lots of water as well - how about herbal / fruit teas - are they allowed, or is it strictly vegetable / fruit pulp?

    Have fun!!
     
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    I limit myself to one bag of pork rinds per month. Don't want to overdo it, after all. :thumbleft
     
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    I fill my body with as many preservatives as I possibly can, in the belief that they will preserve me, and I vill live forever!!!!!!! muhahahaha
     
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    I hate fruit (and most food that is supposed to be good for you) I eat all the bad foods and try and eat as many Vindaloos as possible every month.

    my doctor says my collesterol level etc is excellent, I am invincible :)

    I have tried to stop drinking before (not that I have an issue with it) but whenever I see a good deal on some stella then I have to buy it and drink it, this seems to happend every weekend.:blink
     
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    To be honest I’ve done nothing out of the ordinary. I workout (on occasion) but I’ve never been religious about it. I have started eating healthier, but that’s thanks to my wife – not me.

    My brother is a health nut and so are most of my friends. That peer-pressure thing has doesn’t usually work, but this time might be different. 8)
     
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    Spooky thread! I say this because my gf has me started on this 'detox' gear. We started it yesterday, some weird thing with three different tubs of pills you have to take in the morning and at night.

    So far so good (in 'lav' terms), but I heard these pills take about 2-3 days to fully kick in, so I'm not getting to overjoyed yet!

    We did a similar pills and veggies detox last year and I have to say I felt pretty good after it. I think the one thing I'm seriously shunning right now is serious gym time, but I've had so much going on recently I've just pushed it on the back burner and need to get that sorted before too long.

    Still, spooky thread indeed! :biggrin
     
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    Good on ya. :biggrin

    Not for me though, not been in a gym since 1996 (and its gonna stay that way) and still drinking the beer like tap water.

    I’m Scottish so I can get away with it. :alc
     
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  10. tripwire45
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    Actually, I've been trying to eat better for the past 4 months or so. It's not an absolute thing, but my intake of fruits and veggies has gone way up (I still enjoy a good chili dog every now and again...all beef, of course). I also drink lots of water and herbal tea (mainly chamomile).

    The toughest part so far is that I can't have any coffee during the detox. I snuck in a cup this morning just to shake the cobwebs away, but that's it for the rest of the week. Finishing up the "black junk" tonight so it can drag as many "old toxins" out of me that it can.

    I'm gonna "juice" tonight, so I don't have to go through the whole, messy process in the morning. The wife says you can put in up to three fruits/veggies to juice at a time. Then for the next 3 days, all I'll be consuming is juice (I can have as much as I want) and get *ahem* cleaned out each evening for the next three evenings (don't click that link unless you're *sure* you want to know).

    On Friday, I go back on solid fruits and veggies and then on Saturday, I can eat what I want again. The irony is that Passover begins on Saturday at sundown so no products with leavening in them for the following eight days...do I have a crazy eating schedule or what? :wink:

    Three days is actually a pretty modest "cleanse". There are people who do it for 21 days. Of course, this is my first one, and you don't want to overdo the first time.

    During the cleanse, it's possible to re-experience old symptoms related to the toxins that have been stored in the body for so long, so it'll be interesting to see if there are any unanticipated experiences.

    I'll keep you posted.
     
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    I've read that drinking blended veggies is often much better for you anyway, something to do with the way we chew them only minimally breaks the skins leaving a lot of the nutrients locked in, and often not even accessible once the hit the stomach

    Not sure how accurate that is but it was a good source lol

    I don't do much in the way of detox, but I have recently been putting myself on month long bad food bans!
    I have a rather sweet tooth and it shows, but I need to keep it in check so I will go a month with no chocolate, cakes, crisps, etc
    each day I mark a cross on the calender, once you have a few crosses marked down it gets pretty compelling to want to keep crossing them off, you don't want a big hole in the calender! so you keep on doing it!
    It's nothing much, but I find I can use it as a ramp up to something else, after a month of no chocolate it takes me a good while before i 'feel' like actually eating any, so in fact it goes on a bit longer
     
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    Must be fun for your wife sharing a bed with you mate :biggrin
     
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    If his farts are anything like mine were last night....his wife won't mind.....as she'll have been knocked out by em!! :p
     
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    argh! TMI!!:sick
     
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    Actually, gas isn't really that much of a problem. I'm supposed to stay "hydrated" so I'm drinking a ton of water, juice, and tea, so getting up 20 times in the middle of the night to pee is more of an issue.

    Made it through my first day. Funny thing about fasting...it's not as bad as you think it will be. The only time it kind of bothered me is when I would go into the snack room at work to refill my water and see all of the yummy junk food they have in there.

    Two more days to go. Back on solid food by Friday. :wink:
     
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    Stay strong Trip, don't go near the yummy stuff! If you need help let me know, and I'll duck tape your mouth and poke a hole in it for a straw. :twisted::biggrin
     
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    Good grief girl, whats that man of yours feeding you these days?:eek:
     
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    Power to you Trip. Not so sure I could put myself through it... :blink

    Umm... dunno mate. I reckon this has a heck of a lot to do with mis-diagnosis, or even non-diagnosis. IMHO, cancer and diabetes have been around in big numbers 'for ever'... it's just we are more aware now than we ever were before.
     
  19. tripwire45
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    Rounding out day two of the three-day juice fast. I get the occasional hunger pang, but nothing serious. Actually, I've slugged down so much liquid right now that I'm actually full. Lost a few pounds in the process, but that's to be expected. One more day to go, then veggies and fruits (solid) on Friday. Saturday, it's normal food again...until sundown when Passover begins and I don't eat anything with leavening for 8 days. :wink:
     
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    I made it. The last two days, I was chugging down juice, tea, and water like there was no tomorrow (though, feeding all those veggies into a juicer is tremendously time consuming). Between having everything in liquid form for three days and three days of *ahem* "clensing", I actually lost a few pounds and am now below 200 pounds for the first time in years (have to watch the "rebound" now that I'm eating again),

    Sucked down my first cup of coffee but still have a raging headache (it comes and goes). I can't say that I have noticed a lot of other effects either good or bad from the experience. I *did* give my digestive system a rest, absorbed a lot of nutrients that would have been harder to come by in solid form, and let my body dump some long standing toxins.

    As far as a first time experience goes, I'd say it was successful. I also learned about the mistakes I was making during the process and how to be more effective next time (one three-day cleanse isn't going to get rid of a lifetime of toxic build up). Not going to rush into another one right away.

    Today, it's basically fruits and veggies, then back to a full diet tonight. Looking forward to something solid again.

    Cheers. :)
     
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