Who needs to fast/detox?
Anyone who is not pregnant, breastfeeding or under 16 and lives in the 21st century can benefit from a detoxification programme. Anyone who suffers from any chronic disease will benefit from an internal spring-clean. Sufferers of atopic diseases such as asthma, eczema, hay fever, where there is a component of food allergy will benefit as well as those with general symptoms of unwellness such as sore joints, aching muscles, fatigue, headaches, acne and constipation.
Level 1 Toxicity
This is associated with incomplete digestion, poor absorption of nutrients and inadequate elimination. Symptoms relate to food and environmental sensitivities. This leads to an overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria in the intestines leading to headaches, flatulence, fatigue, indigestion, sinus, muscle aches and pains, cold hands and feet, insomnia and menstrual dysfunction.
Level 2 Toxicity
This is an expression of genetic weakness due to ongoing inflammatory and free radical damage. This leads to a dysfunction of the intestinal and liver protective mechanisms and is associated with chronic inflammatory disease and severe behavioural changes.
Examples of Level 2 toxicity include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythromatous SLE etc, eczema, psoriasis, asthma, hay fever, addictions and cancer.
Immunoglobulin (IgE) mediated Atopic disease such as atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and food allergy are conditions that can benefit from a detoxification programme. The only real way to test for food allergy is to conduct a low reactive diet and oral food challenge.
What to expect from a detox
Symptoms vary depending on the level of toxicity. Some people may find that there are no aggravations and may start to feel improvements immediately. Common symptoms of detoxification include headaches, dizziness, mood swings, muscle aches and pains, stiff joints, difficulty concentrating, gastrointestinal upsets and skin breakouts. Please be patient though, as these aggravations of symptoms are short lived and soon you will be feeling better than ever. Unfortunately many practitioners seem to be under the impression you need to starve yourself and stick coffee up your bottom to detox however… oh contraire. The food we eat can actually assist the removal of toxins from our bodies. Sulphur rich onions and garlic assist liver detoxification pathways, fibre grabs heavy metals and assists elimination from our bodies, mineral rich nuts and seeds oppose heavy metals.
There are Two Ways to Detox;
1. Low Reactive Diet and Oral Food Challenge
2. Therapeutic Fast
Low Reactive Diet and Oral Food Challenge
A Low Reactive Diet is also called an oligoantigenic diet. The oral food challenge is considered the gold standard for diagnosing food allergy and intolerance. There is no such thing as a machine that tests for food allergy. Burn your money instead. Food challenges are standard in the diagnosis in patients suspected of being allergic to food used byt immunologists globally.
Some foods are high reactive. This means that they are more likely to cause allergic conditions in the body. Other foods are low reactive. This means that they are naturally low in potential allergens such as histamine and salycilates. These are more suitable for people suffering from allergic disorders such as asthma, eczema and hay fever.
The object is to remove all food and chemical allergens from the diet for 12-16 days. The elimination phase is then followed by a well-planned reintroduction phase of eliminated allergens according to specified guidelines. The body is challenged by reintroducing suspect foods whilst monitoring the body’s reaction. This diet very basically consists of rice or another gluten free grain and vegetables.
Who will benefit from a Low Reactive Diet and Oral Food Challenge?
Common reasons for undertaking an elimination diet include suspected food allergies and suspected food intolerances .
Food allergy is described as an immunological reaction involving the production of an anti-body. Elevated blood levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE), is the most important determinants of TRUE allergy.
Food intolerance is described as a pharmacological reaction to the compounds in foods, similar to the side effects when taking medication.
Fasting is a therapeutic tool practised since millennia by different cultures and medical systems heterogeneously. Fasting is common practice for many traditional and cultural reasons. Many religious groups incorporate fasting into their rituals and fast on designated days of the week or calendar year. Evidence states that medically supervised fasting for 7–21 days is efficacious in the treatment of rheumatic diseases, chronic pain syndromes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome. Naturopathy uses fasting as the first-line management in treating diseases
Fasting is not a fad
Fasting is Calorie restriction (CR). The benefits of CR diet scientific fact. A Therapeutic Fast simulates a CR Diet that scientists have touted for the main reason behind Okinawan longevity. Like CR, fasting also activates telomerase the anti-ageing enzyme. CR improves how cells respond to stress, how they break down (autophagy), induces apoptosis (programmed cell death ie in cancer cells), and alters hormonal balance. Autophagy in particular, is quality control inside cells. It is essential to maintain cell homeostasis and for efficient cellular response to stress. Autophagic activity declines with age, thus fasting is also anti-ageing. CR also enhances Phase II Detoxification thus will assist in the elimination of heavy metals, hormones and toxins. Read on to discover 2 types of fast, a low reactive diet and a traditional fast.
Therapeutic Fasting should ideally be conducted under professional assistance particularly if you have Heavy Metal Bioaccumulation or Food allergy/sensitivities. Book a Heavy Metal Detoxification iProgramme now
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.