Fasting may not be the best way to detox – don’t attempt a full fasting detox without first understanding how your clearing organs are able to manage the conversion of these toxins.
Fasting has become very popular of late as a way to cleanse the body. Depending on the how your clearing organs are working, however, a fast may actually re-toxify you. When we fast, we release metabolic wastes into our system. If our livers and kidneys are congested, they may not be able to convert these wastes and excrete them appropriately.
A gentle detox with foods that promote liver and kidney healing is crucial if you plan to start a detox program. These foods include the family of cruciferous vegetables: cabbage, bok choy, arugula, watercress and broccoli and they promote phase 1 and 2 liver detoxification pathways. These foods are contraindicated, however, if you have a sulfur sensitivity.
If you do have such a sensitivity, then parsley, cucumber, and Swiss chard may be a better alternative. Cilantro is also a wonderful detoxifier if you have not been exposed to heavy metals. Otherwise it must be paired with chlorella be effective.
Long story short – don’t attempt a full detox without first understanding how your clearing organs are able to manage the conversion of these toxins.