Organs that filter toxins:

Liver                 intestines

Kidneys            Lungs

Skin                  Blood

Lymphatic systems

Why do People go on a Detox Diet?

Organs that are your body “filters” sometimes need to have the filter changed!

Many of the chemicals we ingest daily through food, water, and air can become deposited in fat cells in our bodies if we don’t “de-clutter” and “change the filters”, then they become toxic.

A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their build-up in the body, promoting Hormone Imbalances AND diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, and Heart Disease.  It also leads to impaired immune function, poor concentration, fatigue, headaches, and muscle pain.

Toxins include:

Pesticides                    Antibiotics                 Drugs    

Pollution                    Detergents                      Food additives   

Cigarette smoke                Household cleaners    

Chemicals from food packaging      

Synthetic hormones in food

Diet Tips for Detoxification & Health

Reduce or Avoid

Refined sugars & any food mixtures that contain refined sugar, including sucrose, dextrose, corn syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, brown sugar, corn sweetener

Excessive caffeine in regular coffee and tea, dark and carbonated drinks, chocolate, cocoa, aspirin compounds

Soft drinks and fruit-flavored drinks


High salt intake

Artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors  (ie Aspartame, Red Dye)

Chemical additives and preservatives, including MSG, BHA, nitrates, nitrites

Processed foods and mixes

Refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and white rice

Saturated and artificial fats (hydrogenated fats)

Fried foods and over consumption of fat

Processed meats containing fillers, sandwich meats, reconstituted meats

Avoid gluten, wheat, yeast and white flours


Unsweetened foods/foods sweetened with fruit juices, limited amount honey, herbal sweetener, stevia

Water, unsweetened fruit juices, herbal teas, green teas

Season with herbs & spices (emphasis on anti-inflammatory spices)

Natural whole foods, fresh foods

Foods that will spoil and you need to eat them before they do

Whole grains, flour ground from whole grains

Organic fruits and vegetables

Healthy plant fats and oils such as expeller-pressed, cold-pressed, unrefined

Low fat meats: broil, bake, steam, or stir-fry food

Good quality meats and poultry free of antibiotics, hormones, and drugs

Try Juicing Recipes as a meal replacement each day OR go for juicing for all 3 meals.

Detox Example #2

Doing the Cleanse:

PHASE 1  (intermittent fasting) for 3 days

1.Fast morning to evening, consume a much food listed below as you want in a 4 hour period during the evening. (This is called Intermittent fasting).

2.NO food during the fast with the exception of distilled purified water and 3 Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktails daily and the Psyllium husk/molasses drink (see #7 below)

(I actually squeezed lemon juice in most of my cocktails and instead of plain water, I brewed green tea also for my “water” and sometimes added cinnamon for appetite control and higher antioxidants)

3.During the 4 hours of eating your meal(s), avoid all salt, sugar, refined foods.  Consume only high alkaline foods.  Refer to the items listed at top of the ladder and the list of foods that are in the table.

4.Start taking psyllium husks/blackstrap molasses as follows 1-3 times/day:

1 level tsp. whole psyllium husks

1 tsp. blackstrap molasses

Dissolve in 8 to 10 ounces warm water

Drink immediately

Drink another 8 to 10 ounces water

SUPPLEMENTS: multi-vitamin daily, adrenal support daily, probiotics, fish oil tablets, 1,000 to 3,000mg of mixed vitamin C powder in liquids.  (This flushes out free radicals & promotes collagen production for new tissues. I used Emergen-C brand from Searcy Wal-Mart pharmacy over the counter or the Health Food Store has it ).


DAILY: 10-15 minute hot bath doing a hand loofah massage in circular motion-especially around fatting areas such as thighs before and during bath (add 1 cup apple cider vinegar & ½ cup Epsom salt) bring water to 104 degrees.  (This detoxes the skin & promotes toxins to circulate to the blood for removal).


1.  Advance psyllium husk tonic to four times per day, before meals.

1 level tbs. whole psyllium husks

1 tsp. blackstrap molasses

Dissolve in 8 to 10 ounces warm water

Drink immediately

Drink another 8 to 10 ounces water

Continue doing this cleanse for a full three months for a complete digestive tract cleansing.  After the three month period is over, you may discontinue taking the psyllium husks. 

2. Continue same foods as from Phase 1.

3. Continue same supplements from Phase 1.

4. Continue same hot bath 1-3 times/week as instructed on Phase 1




3. Continue the supplements, foods, and hot baths, as instructed in Phase 2.

4. Incorporate whole grains, such as oatmeal, quinoa, couscous, barley.  Incorporate nut butters.  Use nuts/seeds in place of coconut oil if preferred.  Consume the upper portion of the detox ladder only. 



Bread, pretzels, chips, muffins, cookies, pasta…


Ice cream, milk, cheese, pizza, lattes, yogurt…


Sugary soda, candy, processed foods…


Foods containing high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors, flavors and synthetic additives: proessed meats (like bacon, hotdogs, sausage, cold cuts), soda, margarine, artificial sweeteners, Doritos, Ho-hos, vegan fake meat products, artificial juices, marshmallows, candy, most “kids’ foods”…


Coffee, black tea, energy drinks, caffeinated sodas…


Products containing formaldehyde, chlorine parabens and other toxin substances, including conventional cleaners, laundry detergent, toothpaste, cosmetics, shampoo, dish soap, deodorant…


Cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco…


Beer, wine, mixed drinks, hard alcohol…


Recreational and prescription

5.Remain on this phase as long as you can, or until your body has adjusted and your weight is continuing to drop.   If you ever want to go back to intermittent fasting (Phase 1) to repeat every so often, that is fine. 

If you every “slip up” and have something not on this list, do NOT totally stop it all.  Just pick it right back up and get on track.  Remember your GOAL and your FOCUS. 


Detox Example #3

Braggs’s Detox/Cleansing/Fasting Program

The goal of this program is to clean out your body “filters” so that your healthy food can be absorbed more efficiently.  In the process of this, your hormones will start to level out, thus giving you more energy and more than likely, weight loss.  The days you are not fasting, it is a MUST that you consume only high fiber & alkaline foods.   Avoid beef…consume only fish or poultry (and take amino acids).

1.NO food during the fast with the exception of distilled purified water and 3 Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktails daily

(I actually squeezed lemon juice in most of my cocktails and instead of plain water, I brewed green tea….I also took multivitamin & colon cleanse tablets)

2.When not fasting, consume the Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail one hour before each meal.  (Again, I squeeze  ½ lemon into this…and sometimes add cinnamon for higher antioxidants and appetite control.)

3.Daily (during fasts or NOT during fasts) consume 1,000 to 3,000mg of mixed vitamin C powder (c concentrate acerola, rosehips and bioflavonoids) in liquids.  This flushes out free radicals & promotes collogen production for new tissues.

(I used Emergen-C brand from Searcy Wal-Mart pharmacy over the counter or the Health Food Store has it ).

4.On days of eating foods, avoid all salt, sugar, refined foods.  Consume only high alkaline foods. 

(I googled these up… the goal is to avoid the “acid” pH foods.  Lemons are actually broken down into alkaline pH in the body)

5.Daily: 10-15 minute hot bath doing a hand loofah massage in circular motion-especially around fatting areas such as thighs (add 1 cup apple cider vinegar & ½ cup Epsom salt) bring water to 104 degrees.

(On some days that I didn’t do this hot bath, I sat in the infra-red sauna, at Searcy Athletic Club, which is made to detox the body.)


Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail:

2 tsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar “with Mother”(the cloudy stuff at bottom of jar)

6-8 oz distilled water  (I use brewed green tea for higher antioxidants)

optional: raw honey, agave nectar, or pure maple syrup


Hot or Cold Cider Drink:

2-3 cinnamon sticks and 4 cloves to water and boil.  Steep 20 minutes or more, before serving add Bragg Vinegar and sweetener to taste.

Bragg All Juice Coctail:

Juice all raw vegetables: carrots, celery, beets, cabbage, tomatoes, watercress and parsley.  Garlic is optional.

Bragg Breakfast Smoothie:

2 tsp spirulina

1/3 tsp Bragg Nuyritional Yeast

2 dates or pitted prunes

1 “Emergen-C” Vitamin C packet

1 tsp protein powder

½ tsp flax seed oil or grind seeds

1-2 bananas

1-2 tsp almond or nut butter

½ tsp lecithin granules

1 tsp raw honey (made within 45 mile radius of your house)

½ tsp rice or oat bran (can grind to flour consistency)

optional: 4 apricots (sundried, unsulphered & soaked in jar overnight in distilled water or unsweetened pineapple juice)

Serves 1-2.

Bragg’s Fasting Program Regimen - You will need the book for this program

Week              Fasting Regimen

1-2   ..............   2 separate days of a 24-36 hr fast. Non-fasting days eat high alkaline foods, any of the above

                            recipes, and at least 3 times a day consume the Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail.

3 .....................   3 day fast (72hours) – Non-fasting days are same as above.

4  ....................   Eat allowable foods in book p. 225-228

5  ....................   7 day fast.   Non-fasting days are same as above.

6-9  ...............    Eat allowable foods in book p. 225-228

10  .................   10 day fast. Non-fasting days are same as above.

11.5-12 .......    Eat allowable foods in book p. 225-228

13 ..................   15 day fast. Non-fasting days are same as above.

1st meal coming off a fast:

shredded cabbage,  grated raw beets & carrots, sprinkle ½ squeezed orange or lemon.

If still hungry, boil organic tomatoes in distilled water & garlic.  Spray on Braggs Amino Acids, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Olive Oil.

PRE-Cleans Diet Brings Better Fasting Results:

If you prepare for a fast buy eating a cleansing diet for 1-2 days, this can greatly facilitate the cleansing process.  Fresh variety salads, fresh vegetables and fruits and their juices, as well as green drinks (alfalfa, barley, chlorophyll, chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, etc) stimulate waste elimination.  Live(uncooked), fresh organic foods and juices can literally pick up dead matter from your body and carry it away. 

Chapter 10 – How to Break a 7 Day Long Fast

Remember that when you have been on a 7 day fast your stomach and the 30 feet of intestinal tract have contracted. When you are ready to break the fast, don’t overeat, please  eat and chew your feed slowly as directed:

Around 5-6pm at the end of your 7th day fast, peel, cut up 4-5 organic tomatoes (or if in can, get salt free), add cup distilled water and pressed garlic if desired, bring to boil and turn off heat.  Cool enough to eat, serving in bowl with liquid.  Spray some Bragg Liquid Aminos over top and dash of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Bragg Organic Olive Oil.  Eat as much as desired.  Around mid-morning of 8th day, have a medium salad of chopped cabbage, grated raw beets, and carrots, with ½ orange or lemon squeezed over it.  After your salad, if desired enjoy a blow of delicious lightly steamed greens (kale, Swiss chard, collard, mustard or beet greens) and tomatoes, seasoned with garlic, Bragg Organic Olive Oil, Bragg Sprinkle and Aminos.  Bring greens to boil, then turn off heat.  With greens, you may eat 1-2 slices 100% whole grain bread that’s been oven-dry-toasted into melba garlic toast.  During Day  have 3 Bragg vinegar drinks and distilled water as you wish.

For dinner you may have another garden salad of chopped cabgage, carrots, celery and avocado, with fresh orange or lemon juice or Bragg Dressing. 

NEVER break a fast with animal products such as meat, milk, cheese, butter, fish, and nuts or seeds. Always wait until the second or third meal before you heat heavier foods and the beans, brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc.

How to Break a 10 Day Long Fast

There is little difference between the 7 and 10 day fast.  On the 10th day around dinnertime you will have a bowl of fresh stewed tomatoes; from then you will follow the same schedule as given for the 7 day fast.


The practice of fasting is an age old technique for cleansing and purifying the body and mind. "The Miracle of Fasting" by Paul C. Bragg recommends fasting as a quick way to jump-start weight-loss. A 1- to 3-day fast can be used as part of a your diet. More brief 24-hour fasts are also useful for maintenance cleansing and calorie cutting. There are water only fasts as well as juice fasts. If you choose to fast as part of your next diet, implement these strategies to get the most out of your fasting experience.

Step 1

Drink eight 12- to 16-oz servings of distilled water every day. "The Miracle of Fasting" recommends distilled water because it does not contain the impurities that can be found in spring water or treated tap water.

Step 2

Start with a short 1- to 3-day fast to get used to the feeling. Longer fasts of 7 days or more are not encouraged, unless under the supervision of a physician. A 24-hour fast can be used one day a week for cleansing and weight-loss results, according to "The Miracle of Fasting."

Step 3

Drink an apple cider vinegar energy drink three to five times per day. Paul C. Bragg recommends mixing 2 tbsp. of organic apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. honey (or packet of stevia) and 8 oz distilled water. This mixture helps to cleanse the body and suppress hunger.

Step 4

Do light cardiovascular activity to accelerate fat-burning. Most people tolerate low-intensity exercise, such as walking, quite well, despite being on a fast. Avoid more strenuous activity, such as high-intensity cardio and resistance training exercise.

Step 5

Take branch chain amino acids to spare muscle tissue. Fasting causes self-digestion, according to "The Miracle of Fasting." This means that the food-deprived body uses body fat and muscle tissue for energy. Taking 5 g of branch chain aminos three to five times per day can decrease the amount of muscle lost during your fasted state, according to "Natural Anabolics." Losing too much muscle will actually serve to derail your long-term fitness goals.

Step 6

Eat fruits, vegetables and nuts or seeds, or drink fruit and vegetable juices when needed. Starving yourself in the name of weight loss is never a good idea. If you must eat, these foods are good choices because they do not stress the digestive system very much. Paul C. Bragg suggests these same types of food for breaking a fast because you do not want to put undue stress on your body by binging on junk foods, negating the positive effects of your fast.


During the first 24 hours of a fast, the body is able to utilize its stored carbohydrates in the form of glycogen. The purpose of a fast is to fuel essential body processes. When glycogen reserves are depleted, fat becomes the preferred energy source, so that proteins found in muscle tissue will be partially spared. However, some muscle tissue is often lost, even during a short fasting time. Weakness, nausea, headaches, and depression can also develop during a fast, because ammonia and nitrogen are released into the blood during the breakdown of muscle tissue. Ketones, byproducts of fat metabolism, are produced once the body switches from burning carbohydrates to burning fat. Elimination of ketones is the job of your kidneys.

In extreme cases, extended fasts can lead to disturbances of heart rhythm, or even death. Modified fasts, in which people consume fruit or vegetable juices and herbal teas, are probably easier on the body than all-water fasts. However, modified fasts should be limited in duration as well. Modified fasts lasting more than a week are something your healthcare professional should supervise.

Q. What are the pros and cons of fasting?

  1. A. Fasting is the complete abstinence from all substances except pure water in an environment of total rest. There has been much contention in the scientific field about whether or not fasting is beneficial to ones health. When properly done, fasting is a safe and effective means of maximizing the body’s self-healing capacities. The body rids itself of the toxins that have built up in our fat stores throughout the years. The body heals itself and repairs all the damaged organs during a fast. And finally there is good evidence to show that regulated fasting contributes to longer life. Fasting is the worlds most ancient and natural healing mechanism. It triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body. Within 24 hours of curtailing food intake, enzymes stop entering the stomach and travel instead into the intestines and into the bloodstream, where they circulate and gobble up all sorts of waste matter including dead and damaged cells, unwelcome microbes, metabolic wastes and pollutants. All organs and glands get a much-needed and well-deserved rest, during which their tissues are purified and rejuvenated and their functions balanced and regulated. Most fasters also experience a new vibrancy of their skin and clarity of mind and body. The benefits of fasting on health do not stop there but are instrumental in alleviating a number of physical diseases including those of the digestive system such as chronic stomach ache, inflammation of the colon, liver diseases, indigestion and conditions such as obesity, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol level, high blood pressure, asthma and many other maladies. In conclusion, it seems that there are many reasons to consider fasting as a benefit to ones health. But fasting should have its regulations too; not simply the disorderly skipping of meals, that is bound to harm health and stamina rather than improving them. Many doctors warn against fasting for extended periods of time without supervision. The idea of depriving a body of what society has come to view as so essential to our survival in order to heal continues to be a topic of controversy. If fasting is overused, it may create depletion and weakness, lower resistance and allow diseases to begin. Certain people are not good candidates for fasting. Others may enjoy fasting so much that they overindulge in it and take it beyond the limits of normal elimination, resulting in protein and other nutritional deficits, reduced immunity and loss of energy. While fasting allows the organs, tissues and cells to rest, the body needs the nourishment provided by food to function after it has used its stores. Malnourished people should definitely not fast nor should some overweight people who are undernourished. Others who should not fast include people with fatigue resulting from nutrient deficiency, those with chronic degenerative disease of the muscles or bones, those who are underweight, pregnant or lactating women, people who have weak hearts as well as those with reduced immunity such as cancer patients.

Here is one of my all-time favorites for detoxing!  Apple Cider Vinegar with “mother.”

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

sprinkle of cinnamon

maple syrup or honey to taste

6 oz. of water