I tried detoxing in an ayurvedic ‘clinic’ in India last year and while it was interesting, I didn’t feel remotely as ‘clean’ as I do when I leave here and the effect didn’t last half as long. Fasting is a controversial idea in allopathic medicine but as I’ve written previously it is not only practiced by the major religions (Hindu, Jewish, Muslim) as a route to higher spiritual awareness, it as an opportunity for the body to stop digesting for a moment and give our overworked organs a chance to process the backlog of toxins and heal for the next 50 weeks of food.
Prior to beginning the fast I did a pre-fast. This is essential and more than 2 weeks is ideal but 2 days is ok. The ultimate aim of the pre-fast is to alkalise before fasting to prepare your body for the onslaught of toxins released. We’re given a litmus paper to test ourselves before starting.
I gave up a few things such as coffee over a month ago and cut back dramatically on everything else (although I do confess to having scrambled eggs on toast the morning before flying…last meal…hypocrite…). I drank lots of green smoothies (chlorella, baby spinach leaves, alfalfa sprouts, coconut water, a fruit) for 2 weeks, ordered the raw menu on my thai airways flight and arrived relatively healthy and actually felt really perky, clear headed and energetic.
Our fasting schedule is hectic.
7am first detox drink (pysillium husk, lemon juice, bentonite clay, water)
7.30 am meditation
8.30 supplements – 3 chompers (12 herbs combined to stimulate release of ‘mucoid plaque’ and 3 generic herbal supplements for basic vitamins)
9-10am self administered colema
10am detox drink
1pm detox drink
4pm detox drink
7pm final detox drink
8.30pm final supplements
We are allowed tonnes of water of course and other additional drinks. These include:
A clear broth of boiled vegetables.
I add cayenne pepper for some flavour. The broth gently gives our organs much needed minerals and vitamins to help the detox process.
Coconut water is also allowed
As I’ve also written previously, nature’s Gatorade is essential for adding the electrolytes that will carry the water molecules throughout our bodies and keep us hydrated. They literally fall from the trees around us so are particularly delicious and fresh.
Liver flush/Green shake
The liver flush recipe will follow in a separate post but the green shake is made of garlic, coconut oil, olive oil, lemon juice and anything green juiced juiced for the chlorophyll.
Add in a massage, a steam bath, body scrub, tongue scraping, a walk along the beach, a swim and yoga and it can be a very full day! Interestingly I attempting partaking in all at fast pace in my first days on arrival, but it didn’t take long for London pace to detox from my system. Now I try one or two activities a day. I’ve been writing a diary of my fasting experience and will post it soon.