Update on the Smoothie Cleanse

Tonight ends day three of the smoothie cleanse. What was intended to be a fast has become a time of cleansing that includes non-smoothie foods. The hunger was pretty brutal, but we were experiencing lots of weakness, and I especially felt very off-kilter and ill without regular intake of protein. I’m one of those people who needs lots of protein, every day, otherwise I stop functioning correctly. We’ve worked cheese, nuts, raisins, pickles, and eggs back into our diet. I’ve enjoyed trying out all the different smoothies… but I’m not sure I’ll attempt to do this in the future. Or, at least not to make it a true period of fasting. I don’t think it was the wisest thing to do, for us, at this point in time. But now we know.

I think perhaps the least-anticipated side effect of this cleanse has been how our guts have handled it. We’ve had lots of nausea, bloating/gas, and constipation/diarrhea. I guess I had envisioned lots of regular bowel movements and a refreshed system… but that’s exactly the opposite of what we got. I’m not sure if we actually succeeded in doing some detoxing and should blame that for the icky side effects, or if all the raw food was a major shock to our systems. I’m currently of the opinion that the latter is true. Looking ahead to when we start GAPS, the gentle, well-cooked approach sounds much gentler than what we’ve done to our bodies the last few days.

Understanding Toxins: A Work in Progress

The topic of toxins and detoxifying recently came up in a discussion Honey and I were having. He was saying he didn’t like the nebulous way “toxin” gets used in many alternative health writing, and wanted to know more of the science and technical stuff behind the concept. I did my best to explain what I knew, but I wasn’t much help. I’ve read lots of books and done lots of research online, as well as discussed these things with massage therapists and at least one herbalist. I’ve done a few detoxifying things myself and greatly benefited from them. I know lots of information and personally understand things, and that is sufficient for me. I would love to understand the nuts and bolts aspect of things more clearly, but it doesn’t bug me nearly as much as it bugs Honey. He’s a skeptic by nature, was in a nursing program, has worked as a CNA, and has a great understanding of the human body, etc. so he wants lots and lots of information (in addition to common sense/traditional wisdom). Anyone have any recommendations for a very scientific breakdown of toxins, how the body handles them, why they are bad/how they damage the body, and how to get rid of them? More