In this post, we will share some easy tips of Detoxification and Fasting for Cancer Patients
What is detox?
It is a process to reduce your exposure to toxins. By removing these toxins that have accumulated in your body specifically in your fat cells. With the removal of the toxins, we are attempting to improve the function of our eliminative organs.
Organs of Elimination:
- The entire gastrointestinal system
- Lymphatics & Skin
Why would I need to Detox?
Cancer patients have high loads of toxins. It could be from heavy metals drugs alcohol or toxins produced by the bacteria viruses and fungi. It’s also important to note the amount of radiation that we are exposed to not only from the food we eat but also from the radiation produced by computers, laptops, and mobile phones. Other toxins are sugar trans fat and those foods that are being caught in extremely high temperatures.
So cancer patients need to detoxify specifically because of the high load of toxins. Heavy metals chemicals such as solvents, pesticides, PCB, Bisphenol-A.
This is also very important in patients who are obese or have a high amount of fat or all the way the buttock and the thigh. And these are high concentrations of a poppyseed.
A matter of when rather than if this depends on your health status and type of detox that you are doing. Therefore, it is important if you do wish to do a detox effective procedure. Always consult your doctor first.
- Foggy head
- Bags under the eyes/ dark circles
- Bad breath
- Coated tongue
- Waking irritable and tired
- Pimples and acne
- Bad body odor
Again before doing any detox, consult the doctor or someone who have experience with detox. It also produces severe side effects especially those who have high toxin load, extremely high amounts of fat, and who are taking a pharmaceutical drug.
Clears the bowels of toxins and increase the secretion of the liver. The body is able to clear out Mark to set up a more efficient rate.
Supplements that can assist in clearing toxins:
- Fiber supplements such as psyllium
- Aloe vera
Bowel flora supplements:
- Probiotics either capsules or powder
- Fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, natto)
- Magnesium: This is a very powerful laxative.
- Aloe vera juice
What are the functions of the kidneys?
The kidney filters around 200 liters of blood every day. It removes unwanted materials i.e. creatinine, ammonia, and water-soluble toxins. High-protein diets also put too much strain on the kidneys to clear the creatinine that you have accumulated.
What are best for the kidneys?
- Clean alkaline water (300ml/10kg BW)
- Coconut water.
- Herbal teas.
The liver is one of the central detoxification organs. Cancer patients have high amounts of toxins thereby having the liver worth over time. So one of the cornerstones of any detoxification program is to make sure that the liver is detoxified and is working at an efficient rate.
Cancer cells do not like oxygen. Therefore what we also try to control cancer cells is bringing in more oxygen into our blood. So lung detoxification is also very important. We should also avoid mucus forming foods.
Skin & Lymphatics
One of the More difficult to remove as lymphatic fluids. This is slower in blood circulation. INfra-red saunas, lymphatic drainage massage jumping, trampoline, and dry skin brushing are excellent ways to help the lymphatic system move along at a faster rate.
Healing crisis or the Herxheimer reaction:
If you do any type of detoxification and you suddenly feel:
- nausea & vomiting.
- weakness or fatigue.
- muscle pains.
- fever and chills.
- any form of emotional lability.
This is most likely because of the introduction of high amounts of toxins in the blood. And this is referred to as the healing crisis and that is why it is in part that if you are going to do any detox effective program you’d need help or guidance.
Once we have done a detox program. We have to make sure that we do not introduce any other toxins to our bodies.
We have to be aware of your neighborhood, your home, your bedroom. What you are wearing, what you’re eating, and what you’re putting on your body.
If there is a possibility of you moving to a less dense area the better it is for your recovery.
What is fasting?
It is a process of decreased or no intake of food. It can be Juice or water form. Fasting is as old as human civilization itself. Animals fast when they are sick. Our instinct is also to eat less when we are not feeling well. Fasting can be dangerous if you have diabetes, cachexia or other serious medical condition.
Health Benefits for cancer patients:
- Lowers visceral fat percentage.
- Improves insulin sensitivity and lowers IGF-1.
- a decrease in food cravings.
- repairs DNA and cellular damage.
- Improves stem cell regeneration and immune system.
- less adverse reaction when done before chemotherapy.
Again should you fast you have to consult your doctor especially if you are to do this prior to any medical procedure.
- Food cravings and mood swing.
- LOW/HIGH blood sugar.
- High Cholesterol/Uric Acid.
- poor nutrient absorption.
- will undergo chemotherapy.
- weakened kidneys or high creatinine.
Fasting can be done by the use of:
- juices and soups.
- reduce to 30-50% caloric intake.
- Some people fast by eating a certain food.
Ways to safer fasting
The more different fruits and vegetables the better it is. Some people also suggest doing intermittent fasting which if you eat 5 days normally and fast for 2 days or some others would eat normally for 25 days and fast for the remaining 5 days. This is also an excellent way of losing weight without causing any major reaction. Especially low blood sugar or a sudden decrease in blood pressure.