We change the oil in our car, we spring clean our homes, we weed our gardens, but most of us rarely, if ever, detox our bodies. A few years ago, I was introduced to The 7 Day Detox Miracle by Peter Bennet, N.D. and Stephen Barrie, N.D. Both of these doctors are Naturopaths. Dr. Bennett has been using detoxification techniques on his patients, very successfully, for over 21 years. Dr. Barrie founded the Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab in North Carolina.
Simply put, the detox program consists of a healthful diet of liquids, fresh fruits and vegetables, and rice. Doctors Bennett and Barrie also recommend supplementing your diet with specific vitamins, minerals and herbs, as well as implementing hydrotherapy into the 7 day detox diet. Before I get into thow to detox your way to better health, I’d like to explain the basis behind the program.
Dr. Bennett, and Dr. Barrie, in The 7 Day Detox Miracle, explained the mechanism of cell structure in a language that I could understand. They discussed extracellular matrix, which is the space around a cell, and how, what happens there is as important to health as what occurs within the cell. We are surrounded by environmental toxins every day. Toxins, such as cigarette smoke, paint fumes, gasoline fumes, and drugs, such as antihistamines, and antidepressants, all affect our cell matrix. The space around the cell is prone to damage from both toxins and disease. As toxins build up in the space, it becomes diseased and loses the ability to breath, impeding the flow of nutrients to the cells and the transport of cell waste products away from it. Look at it as if your house is the cell and your front yard the space around it. If the front yard is cluttered with filth and toxins, it makes for an unfavorable environment in the house. The flow of epople entering and leaving the house is impeded. When this occurs in the cell, eventually the cells die. Cells in our bodies require three things, according to Doctors Bennett and Barrie. Nutrients, cell-to-cell communication and a clean house (elimination of waste products). Most sick people become toxic because poisonous metabolic waste is being recycled back into their cells instead of being removed.
After reading the book, and on the behest of the doctors, I did some research of my own and tried the detox diet. Doctors Bennett and Barrie recommend that you discuss the diet with your own physician and research it before following through. Since I don’t have a physician, I checked some internet resources and decided it was worth it to try. Now here is how the diet works. As it states in the title, it is a 7 day detox diet.
1.) Day one and two: These first two days are a water-only fast. That was the toughest for me, because my stomach gurgled and growled the whole time. The doctors suggest adding lemon to your water to give yourself some variety. I alternated between plain water and lemon water for the first two days.
2.) Day three: Introduce fruits, vegetables, and rice. I had fruit for breakfast along with a cup of green tea. The great part about this diet is that you can eat as much as you want from these categories. So, I ate all the fruit my stomach could handle. For lunch, I had vegetables, all you can eat, and some rice. Dinner consisted of more vegetables and rice. Be sure not to use white rice, use Basmati or Jasmine rice instead as they are much healthier for you.
3.) Day four, five, six and seven: Continue eating fruits, vegetables, and rice in whatever combination you like. My husband made a simple stir-fry with Jasmine rice and vegetables. Delicious!! Introduce hydrotherapy at this point. The doctors suggest taking hot and cold showers. I have to admit that I didn’t follow through with this part. The next time I detox, I am going to try it. It is supposed to improve circulation. It is also recommended that you take specific vitamins, but I didn’t do that either. They suggest taking vitamin D, E, B12, B6, A, K, Coenzyme Q10, folic acid, iron, and magnesium. Personally, I am not disciplined enough to take vitamin pills everyday. Besides, most of these are naturally found in the vegetables I ate. I’m sure I would have seen better results if I did take the supplements.
4.) During the 7 day detox diet include exercise into your routine. Start out with low impact work out, walking, biking, and then increase to jogging or running on a treadmill. Dr. Bennett advises buying a jump rope, and to start skipping five minutes a day, and build up to 15 minutes.
After the 7 days, I found that I had more stamina, less aches and pains, and I lost weight. The detox diet is meant to stimulate our body’s natural ability to cleanse itself. The program is designed for busy, hard-working people with limited budgets, who may need to carry out a program without any support from family, friends or healthcare practitioners. It was perfect for me!