It’s Been Two Years. Time to Detox

It's Been Two Years.  Time to Detox | June's Journal

I was chatting with my dad on the phone. ¬†He was making sure my family was okay with the pending hurricane. ¬†Thankfully, we were. ¬†Nearly 6.5 million people lost power, and we weren’t one of them. ¬†My four-year-old son that morning sang, out of the blue, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” ¬†I didn’t even know he knew the song. ¬†And then he busted out with the second verse, ¬†“He’s got the wind and rains in his hands…” ¬†Wow.

At the end of the call with my dad I mentioned I was starting a fast on Monday. ¬†“Be careful with that detoxing,” my dad warned. ¬†“What do you mean by that?” I inquired,” ¬†Turns out dad didn’t think it was safe. ¬†“People do water fasts all the time,” I told my dad. ¬†The Bible in fact encourages fasting1. ¬†For spiritual reasons. ¬†And if people are fine after multiple days of drinking just water, surely I’ll fair even better since I’m also drinking freshly squeezed lemons. ¬†Organic at that. ¬†Plus maple syrup. ¬†Also organic. ¬†Plenty of water. ¬†And¬†cayenne¬†pepper. ¬†These are all¬†ingredients¬†of the Master¬†Cleanse. I’ve blogged on it before. ¬†Also here’s a nice video I found that gives a good, honest overview of the cleanse.

I went on to tell my dad that I haven’t detoxed in two years. ¬†It’s something I try to do at least once a year. ¬†So in my mind, I was way overdue. ¬†And my theory is that it’s something that more people in the black culture need to know about. ¬†You see, it seems to me that detoxing is a lot more common practice in other cultures, primarily Asian and Caucasian¬†cultures. ¬†Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that black men have a higher death rate. ¬†And black men get specific illnesses more than any other race.

Think about it. God didn’t design our bodies to eat all the preservatives we do. ¬†Gluten. Or high fructose corn syrup. And other manmade stuff we consume that isn’t best for our bodies. ¬†Nor were we intended to inhale pollution or cleaning chemicals or hair dyes and other things we do. ¬†And the best way to get rid of these “toxins” is to detox.

To some extent “it’s a shame” that we even have to detox these days. ¬†Because our bodies wouldn’t even require detoxing if we didn’t do all the harm to them that we do in today’s society. ¬†God built our bodies perfectly and wonderfully. ¬†And our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. ¬†Yet, we put stuff in it that was never intended. ¬†I believe it wasn’t intended for bodies to be so¬†immobile¬†either. ¬†Sitting at desks all day in front of computers. ¬†Or sitting in cars driving around. ¬†We were built to be mobile. ¬†That’s why regular exercise is so important.

I’m not so sure my dad “received” my explanation. ¬†There’s two dynamics here. ¬†Sometimes parents don’t “receive” information from their children. ¬†After all, parents are the experts, right? ¬†And secondly, to some extent, he’s right. ¬†People abuse good things like “detoxing.” ¬†He may have read stories about people overdoing it. ¬†Or read articles about how “bad” the Master Cleanse is for the body. ¬†Plenty of those articles surfaced when Beoncye did the Master Cleanse some years back. ¬†The thing is, Beyonce did it as a diet, for weight lost. ¬†While people lose weight with the Master Cleanse, the primary goal is¬†to detox.

So yeah, people probably do the cleanse for the wrong reasons. ¬†Or they don’t do it right. ¬†With everything we must exercise wisdom. ¬†I agree with the hundreds of YouTubers who report great results after cleansing. ¬†Think about it. ¬†For 3-10 days or more (I usually only do five days), your digestive track gets to rest. ¬†You’re doing nothing but drinking water all day long to flush it out. ¬†The cleanse also involves¬†laxative¬†teas and a salt water flush in the mornings, too. ¬† Plus the “lemonade potion” which gives you strength and helps to flush out body organs. ¬†The maple syrup, Grade B, has the nutrients the body needs to maintain. And the cayenne pepper has two key¬†vitamins¬†plus helps the body rid mucus. ¬†Lemons and limes are full of¬†Vitamin¬†C. You can read the details of all of this in the book, “The Master Cleanse,” by Steve Burroughs. ¬†A quick, easy read.

The body is amazing, too. ¬†Once it’s not busy digesting food, it begins to rebuild and repair itself. ¬†This is why a person can not eat for days and still have bowel movements. ¬† Because the body eliminates build-up that has been trapped inside that doesn’t otherwise have the opportunity to come out. ¬†The ingredients in the cleanse helps loosen this stuff up. ¬†Mucus. ¬†Impacted feces. Some even say pesticides. ¬†Yuck. ¬†But also toxins and other poisons. ¬†In addition to losing weight, people with acne say it clears up. ¬†People with weird illnesses or pains (knee pain, join pain, etc) say the cleanse helps to clear it up. ¬†I even know at least one person personally who did the Master Cleanse and juice fasting who was able to conquer cancer.

Fasting also gives us a chance to exercise some self-discipline. ¬†It’s not easy. Trust me, I’ve thought about all my favorite foods at least once, LOL. ¬†It’s particularly hard when I have to fix food for my toddler or smell the delicious foods my hubby is cooking. ¬†He normally does the cleanse with me, but he’s already engaged in¬†intermittent¬†fasting now along with his exercise regimen and doesn’t want to break it since it is yielding him excellent results. ¬†He couples¬†intermittent¬†fasting with daily workouts. ¬†Sometimes P90X, sometimes Insanity or¬†Athlean¬†X, or lifting weights or the treadmill. ¬†He gets it in! ¬†One of the cool things about the Master Cleanse is that it gives you energy and it’s perfectly fine todo your normal¬†activities, like go to work. ¬†Or exercise. ¬†Countless YouTubers attest to the extra energy they feel. ¬†Usually by day three.

DISCLAIMER: ¬†As with anything, if you decide to try a cleanse, be sure to do your research and even run it by your doctor if possible. ¬†Although ¬†I would imagine many doctors would have the same reaction my dad did. ¬†Many professionals in the medical profession are more into¬†administering¬†medicines than to advocate God’s natural ways of staying healthy. ¬†One doctor even told me once that “herbs” do nothing for me. ¬† I sometimes take¬†Echinacea¬†or drink different herb teas. ¬†This may be one reason the Bible says to consider the multitude of¬†counsel¬† ¬†Emphasis on multitude. ¬†No one person’s counsel should be taken to the bank. ¬†Get the counsel verified by one or more persons. ¬†And when possible, get it confirmed even¬†further¬†through prayer or God’s Word.

  1.  Daniel 9:3, Matthew 17:21, Matthew 17:21, Mark 9:29, Luke 2:37, Luke 5:33, 1 Corinthians 7:5
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  1. Badia Miller O'Brien on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Hey June,

    This is a test…this is only a test.

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