The subject of cleansing and detoxification has gained popularity among health enthusiasts, largely in credit to the momentum of the raw food movement.

The great polarity of our modern industrial civilization has created a toxic pressure in which we are forced into one of two options, to cleanse, nourish, and detoxify or to accept a life of silent desperation. This may appear to come as a bold statement, but as we observe the root cause of every known ailment in the human body, this choice becomes increasingly more obvious. The great breakdown in the human body, at its source is due to toxicity and the body’s inability to detoxify itself after a certain period of abuse. When we speak of “detoxification” we are really referring to elimination, the body’s ability to extract toxic materials. Technically speaking, detoxification is understood as the process in which the body converts a toxic substance into a more manageable substance. This is done primarily, but not entirely, by our liver. As the liver works to transmute a toxic compound it must be assisted by what are known as the four channels of elimination otherwise it will become overburdened. The liver is not an organ of elimination; it serves to make the other organs job much easier. The four open channels are the lungs (r8espiration), the skin (perspiration), the colon (elimination), and the kidneys (urination). These indispensable organs all work in synergy like a finely tuned orchestra, if one is off tune the rest will begin to fall out of harmony.

When we speak of “detoxification” we are really referring to elimination

Raw plant food as a primary base for our solid food choices allows us to cleanse, nourish, and detoxify as a daily practice. This is due largely because raw food is nature’s most appropriate blueprint for human eating patterns. The phrase “the less you eat, the longer you live” serves as a roadmap towards vitality and longevity. One of the key reasons toxicity occurs in the body is due to heavy food consumption over long durations of time. Despite popular nutrition advice, our bodies are not properly designed to intake thousands and thousands of calories on a daily basis, this is actually obvious when we observe natural eating patterns of indigenous tribes. Raw plant food that is colourfully spaced out with leafy green vegetables (green juices), ripened fruit (with seeds), nuts and seeds (in modera- tion), nutrient dense super foods (algaes, wild berries, cacao, aloe vera, hemp seeds, coconut oil, bee products, etc.) and time tested super herbs (reishi, chaga, lions mane, macuna, ashwaganda, etc.) becomes a long term calorie-restriction path that does not involve restricting yourself from pleasure. You can consume as much raw food as you feel appro- priate and allow your body to naturally fall into alignment. We are approaching a health food consciousness where we use nutrition to guide us towards pleasure instead of being forced by fear and pain.

In the biblical tradition, a day of rest was advised for each week of work. This tradition was referred to as the Sabbath, which translates in Hebrew as “to cease”. This term was originally derived from the story of creation where the creator spent 6 daysputting together the heavens and earth, and taking the 7th day off for rest and replenish- ment. Fasting can be approached from the very idea that we all live fast-paced lives, and yet we require adequate time to rest, recharge, and re-evaluate the week that’s now past, all whilst creating the week that is to follow. Once a week, anyone can take a break from heavy foods. It would be of great service to your digestive system to take a day to only consume liquids instead of solid meals. If you feel up to it, take a day to abstain from food all together, drink only water, and see how generously your body thanks you. The more we can move towards liquid nutrition the more vitality, ease and grace we will experience as a daily reality. The fewer blockages in the form of food that we harbour in our bodies, the lighter we feel and the more radiance ourskin gives off. You can truly see the quality of someone’s inner environment by the shine and glow of their skin.

I would like to leave you off with a practical approach to daily detoxification as we pick up toxic residues from the environment we live in. This is called “intermittent-fasting”, which is the process of fasting in intervals, consuming our last meal 3-4 hours before we sleep and fasting on water/liquids throughout the morning. Ideally, we want to consume 1 1/2 litres of clean water with 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt. Salt is one of the great detoxification protocols and helps to add stability as it contains every known and unknown mineral / element for proper biological function.

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