Getting Ready for the Supercharged 3-Day Cleanse
Tammie Burak |
6 min read
Here’s a sensible do-it-yourself 3-day cleanse plan to regain your health. The program consists of three weeks of eating a well-balanced nutrient-dense diet followed by a three-day water fast.
The 21-day diet supercharges the cells of the body with nutrients from a range of superfoods and kick-starts the body’s cleansing process.
The three-day water fast, which follows the 21 days of healthy eating, frees up energy that would normally be spent on digesting food and provides your body with time to use the nutrients you took in during the 21 days to repair and rebuild tissues.
Are you tired of doing the same things with the same poor results? Are you interested in changing your life? Then maybe it’s time you tried the 21-Day Challenge.
Here is what you need to do for the 21 days leading up to the 3-day water fast.
Increase water consumption. For 21 days increase the amount of water you drink to 6 cups per day. The brain is 85% water and even slight dehydration can raise stress hormone levels which, over time can damage both the brain and the body.
Increase raw food intake. Cooked foods dominate most eating plans. To vitalize your body and begin the restorative process, begin eating more raw foods than cooked. Raw foods should make up 80 - 90% of your diet. Cooked foods slow down life processes and accelerate aging. Eliminate all animal products, sugar, white flour, heat-damaged oils, and all processed foods.
Eat less. You should eat about two to three cups of well-chewed food per meal; no more.
Consume foods that provide optimal nutrition. Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose organic foods as much as possible. If you can’t get organic foods or can’t afford to buy organic foods, ask the Lord to bless your food. He can make it better than organic.
Consume good fats. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid making up a large portion of the gray matter of your brain. Fatty acids are half the weight of the brain. During the 21 days of optimal nutrition, eat only good fats. Don’t eat any margarine, butter, mayonnaise, or vegetable oil.
Include only cold-pressed nutritional oils to ensure optimal nutrition for your brain. If you’re not getting enough essential fatty acids, you’re not experiencing optimal brain activity. A good source of balanced fatty acids is Udo’s DHA Oil Blend. The DHA comes from seaweed, not fish.
Other sources of good fats to include in your diet for 21 days are avocadoes, cashews, flaxseed, walnuts, green leafy vegetables, brazil nuts, olive oil, and sacha inchi oil. Sacha inchi oil is 54% omega-3. You can use it on your skin or eat it. Try putting it on your salad or on toast.
Keep a proper balance of carbohydrates, amino Acids and good Fats. Eat a wide variety of foods. Chew all your food until it is as smooth as apple sauce. Digestion begins in your mouth. When you chew your food until it is smooth and well-mixed with saliva, you save your other digestive organs from doing extra work. The saliva in your mouth contains ingredients that make the nutrients in food available to your body.
Choose brain healthy foods. Incorporate these foods into a diet plan to ensure that you include them in your diet regularly. Foods that boost brain health supply the brain with antioxidants, glucose, and essential fatty acids. Walnuts, almonds, blueberries, turmeric, broccoli, avocado, chickpeas are examples of foods that are good for the brain.
Avoid snacking. Drink fresh vegetable/fruit juice combinations instead of snacking. Juices are not solid foods and won’t stretch the stomach. You can have 4-5 cups of freshly made juice per day.
Remember, there is a difference between juice and a smoothie. Juice is made in a juicer which removes the pulpy fiber from the fruit or vegetable. A smoothie is made in a blender and is a whole food. Juices can be drunk between meals. Smoothies are part of a meal and should be included with your meal.
Increase consumption of dietary antioxidants. Antioxidants clean up free radicals. Normal, unheated food molecules have pairs of electrons. When heat destroys some of the paired electrons, these food molecules become unstable, free radicals. When free radicals steal electrons from cells in your body, they cause tissue damage. Antioxidants provide missing electrons to free radicals thus preventing further tissue damage.
Numerous studies have shown that increasing antioxidants from fruit and vegetables significantly reduces the risk of developing cognitive impairment.
Here are some excellent sources of antioxidants:
After 21 days on your healthy eating plan along with regular exercise, you are ready to go on a three-day water fast.
After taking 21 days to supercharge your cells with powerful nutrients, your body will be ready for three days of fasting. To get the greatest benefits from your fast, follow these guidelines:
Make sure you’ve got lots of fresh air in the building you’re in so you can breathe deeply throughout the day.
Minimize distractions. Turn off the TV, stay home from work, and let your body concentrate on healing itself.
Spend time outdoors, if possible.
If you feel you cannot do a water-only fast, consider trying one of several different kinds of these fasts. These include juice fasting, mono-food fasting, and one-day-a-week fasts. You can still enjoy some of the benefits of fasting by choosing one that better suits your personal circumstances.
As you embark on this positive lifestyle change, consider the benefits not just for yourself, but also for those around you and for the glory of God.
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