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In the modern day, there are far more toxic influences in the environment than our bodies were originally designed to be exposed to and although the human body can gradually adapt, the pace of change may have outstripped the innate adaptive capacity of many individuals. The accumulation of toxins over time can lead to imbalances within the body, so it may be beneficial to gradually and gently encourage the body to let go of undesirable toxins.
Both detox programs and fasting can be supportive of this process, however, even though both approaches may be used in conjunction or succession, there are subtle differences.
A detox program is generally food-based complemented by a supplement protocol and may involve:
• The temporary elimination of certain foods or food groups
• A focus on increasing specific foods
• Expanding the variety of foods
• Adequate water intake (with an emphasis on quality)
Fasting can be considered as one step further, in that it does not necessarily mean abstaining from food altogether, but may involve liquid nutrition complemented by supplements. Following this type of a fast, the nutrients are delivered in form of liquid food and the body may benefit from alleviating the need for it to work at physically breaking solids down for digestion. Furthermore it can initiate metabolic and other changes, in fact, research has shown that fasting also facilitates the activation of the sirtuin genes associated with longevity. (1)
Dana Heather has over a decade of detox and fasting clients whose lives have been enriched by the experience of detoxing, 3-day, 7-day and 10-day fasts.
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1. Polito L, Kehoe PG, Forloni G, Albani D. The molecular genetics of sirtuins: association with human longevity and age-related diseases. Int J Mol Epidemiol Genet.;1(3):214–25.