I received an email the other day that asked me to comment on a recent article about fasting and toxin removal.
Toxins and toxin removal are a fairly hot topic right now, and they are also something that I admittedly know very little about.
Truth be told, I would never consider myself an expert on the toxin removal side of fasting.
However, this particular article was attempting to use some scientific principles to prove that fasting for only one day is not beneficial, and that you need to fast for long periods of time to get a 'cleansing effect'.
So while I really don't understand the idea of "cleansing", I would like to comment on the scientific rational in this particular article.
Here are the basic arguments of this article:
1. Your body begins to eliminate large quantities of toxins only after it begins to burn your fat reserves at a rapid rate.
- My Comment - We'll accept this is a fact for the purpose of this article. Keep in mind that I really do not know what toxins are, or if this statement is actually correct, but in order for me to comment on the actual science, we will accept this as true.
- My Comment - This is factually incorrect. Not only does your body start burning significantly more fat in the beginning hours of a fast, but the greatest change in fat burning happen during the first 18-24 hours of a fast.
- Take this excerpt from a paper published in 1993 by Klein et al:
3. Therefore your body does not experience significant detoxification during the first 12-24 hors of a water-only fast.
- My Comment- So Based on the previous rational this statement is also incorrect.
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