Starting a Water Detox Program

Today, more people are becoming more conscious about the hazardous effects of the chemicals they directly or indirectly take into their bodies. They realize that cancer rates are growing higher and their waistlines are expanding wider. More people are finding out that fast food, alcohol and massive nutrition and diet fads have serious and often fatal consequences. Enter the promise of detoxification.

While many still see detoxification as something new age and "hippie", a lot more people have discovered how detoxification has worked wonders in their lives, from curing diseases to improving their moods.


A popular way to detox your body is to indulge in a water fast. For most people, a water fast as one of the most difficult things they have embarked on in their lives, yet also the most rewarding. To prepare for a mental fast, you must predict the kind of activities you will be entering in the next few days. Some may fast for as long as three days just to get the feel of how it is. Some people may find a water fast difficult and all they want to do is sleep all day. Other people may find that they are more energetic and vibrant on the water fast. Generally, water fasting is something not to be taken lightly - many people can attest to how profound the experience can be. Living on water makes one realize how we can function with very little and survive with only the essentials.

Starting a Water Detox Program

Before the fast, it is also a good idea to prepare your body by drinking juices (only the fresh kind) and soft, raw food. Breaking in your body gently helps you whether the aggressive surfacing of chemicals that water detoxification can bring. If you don't foresee a first see a lot of pressure and stress in the days after that, it is recommended that you continue your water fast until the end of the week.

Consult a doctor or health care practitioner before you go into a water fast. If you are hyperglycemic, diabetic, hypoglycemic, or have psychological or cardiac issues, you may need to go through another form of detoxification. However if you do get a go signal, here's what you can do: avoid using water straight from the faucet. This kind of water contains a large number of heavy metals, mineral salts, harmful trace elements and some pollutants. Rather, it is recommended that you drink distilled water. Mineral water still has inorganic materials that inadvertently intensifies and triggers the effects of losing chemicals in the body. Be prepared to accompany your water fast with your preferred method of meditation and prayer so you can focus your energies elsewhere as your body lives on impure toxins and fats released during the detoxification process. If it is your first time to fast, it is recommended that alternate jury case of drinking water and fruit juice to ease the impact.

As the fast progresses, you may notice some dizziness, but this is normal because the heart rests itself during a fast. Make sure that you stand up or sit down slowly; this will relieve much of the dizziness. During detoxification, the waste level in our blood goes up, so some people may experience fever and headaches. These will not last long and are soon gone as the water passes through our system.

If you feel that detoxification is too much of a commitment, just make sure that you drink at least 2 liters of clean water every day. Drinking this much (and not a lot of people do) will greatly aid our body in moving nutrients around, cooling us off and removing stored waste and bacteria.

Starting a Water Detox Program

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