Detoxification Stages During a Juice Fast.

08 Feb

Found this online, don’t remember the source.

Stage 1 (Days 1-2)

On the first day blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dl. To restore the blood to the normal glucose level, liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood. This reserve is enough for half a day. The body then reduces the basal metabolic rate (BMR). The rate of internal chemical activity in resting tissue is lowered to conserve energy. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst.

Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, glazed eyes and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period unless the enema is used which quickly assists the body into the fasting state by ending digestion in the colon.

Stage 2 (Days 3-7)

Fats composed of transformed fatty acids are broken down and converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even boils. A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood. Ketones are formed by the incomplete oxidation of fats. It is suspected that the ketones in the blood suppress the appetite by affecting the food-satiety center in the hypothalamus. You may feel hungry for the first few days of the fast. This effect is temporary. The desire to eat will disappear. Lack of hunger may last 40 to 60 days, depending on whether you are on water or juice.

The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. White blood cell and immune system activity increases. You may feel pain in your lungs. The cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. Periodically, the lymphatic system expels mucoid matter through the nose or throat. The volume excreted of this yellow-colored mucus can be shocking. The sinuses go through periods of being clogged, then will totally clear. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.

Stage 3 (Days 8-15)

On the latter part of an extended fast, you can experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better than you have felt since childhood. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised.

During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older, damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.

Stage 4 (Days 16-30)

The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. While a short fast will reduce the symptoms, a longer fast can completely heal. Homeostatic balance is at optimum levels. The lymphatic system is clean except for a rare discharge of mucus through the nose or throat. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.

Stage 5 (Breaking the Fast)

The sticky, toxic, mucoid coating on the intestinal wall is loose, and the first meal frees it from the intestinal wall. Toxins enter the blood through the colon. The gallbladder dumps its waste in a heavy discharge of bile. This can cause an instant bowel movement upon eating followed by intense diarrhea. If the symptoms are too uncomfortable, an enema will help.


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10 responses to “Detoxification Stages During a Juice Fast.

  1. Raffaella

    June 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I am acne sufferer and i want to try a body detox to improve my condition.Research work has shown that food plays a big role in acne and other skin problems rather it has a direct influence. Some foods can actually flare up acne lesions such as animal fats that are rich in saturated fatty acids.

  2. thecleanse

    June 19, 2008 at 12:28 am

    I would definitely have to agree with you on that. I’ve recently incorporated wheat/barley grass powder into my diet and can say that the greens work wonders for clearing up my skin. Of course you have to drink lots of (purified) water with this, which really helps the process. I drink coffee on a regular basis and notice that it really has bad effects with flare ups, dark spots, etc. I think if i were to do another cleanse, i would add the grass to speed up the detox and help remove scars/discoloration and unwanted hair growth.

  3. raw peace love

    August 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! I have researched and read a lot about fasting, but have never come across any articles detailing stages (beyond the initial two days being the roughest). Really great, empowering info :]

    • thecleanse

      August 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Thank You! 🙂

  4. Dolores Restrepo Macias

    October 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Great article! Very informative and detailed! Super super helpful in visualizing restorative intention during a fast. I am currently on day 2 of a 3day juice fast ( 80% vegetable, 20% fruit)….overall its feeling great, I havent fasted in 3years!… and so far this particular fast has been feeling so good, steadily flowing along and I have sum free time this week…was thinking of extending it to 5 days…and going from there….hmmmm…

  5. Fred Sieber

    January 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Great details about the stages. I am on day one of a juice fast. I bought a juicer and will only drink fresh veggies and fruits. I am shooting for 10 days but leave it open to go longer. A really motivating movie is “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” which is two men’s stories of healing their bodies through a 60 day juice fast! Very motivating!

  6. girlcalledlife

    January 3, 2013 at 3:45 am

    This is wonderful and really accurate, almost to the day! Great info! I’m in stage 2 of a 30 day fast. If stage 4 goes well I’m going to try to push to 60. I’m going to listen to my body and let it tell me what to do. 🙂

    Thanks for posting!

  7. silverarrow

    February 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    great article and true almost to the day. Both my wife and I started a three day fast and are now at day nineteen and going for 30. This is changing our whole outlook about how we live, eat and feel about ourselves. The changes are huge. I was 90kg now down to 77kg and feeling great. My wife 87kg down to 77kg. We are also on a good exercise regime of an hours walk in the morning and an hours bike ride at night as well as exercises to maintain our muscle mass.I am 59years old and I once again feel like I was when I was 30. 75kg is my optimum weight so I may have to stop soon but my wife wants to drop another 10kg.
    Our new raw food eating plans are ready to go. Fat sick and nearly dead has changed our lives. Thank you Joe Cross.

  8. wearingmyblackness

    March 24, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Thanks so much for writing this. I’m on day 3/day 1 of my juice fast and this helped remind me why I started this fast in the first place. I’m going to keep going!

  9. April

    May 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for writing this!! I’m currently in day 3 and am definitely detoxing. My lower back has been hurting, my tongue is definitely coated, and my chest hurts! I feel a lot better about it and know I can keep going because I now understand what the detox entails.


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