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Lifestyle - Detoxification

It's vital to detox regularly. Detoxifying (cleansing, purification) means removing the harmful toxic substances (toxins like heavy metals, chemicals, and radiation) that we are often exposed to and have accumulated in our bodies over time from food, water, air, personal body care products, cookware, home cleaning products, and other sources. The body detoxes using four methods: defecation (bowels), urination (bladder), perspiration/sweating (skin), and respiration/breathing (lungs).

Some symptoms of being toxic are: sweating constantly (without activity), white film/spots on tongue upon waking up, orange/yellow hue in eye iris color, constant fatigue, constant bloating, irregularity (not eliminating daily), post puberty acne, constant inflammation, etc.

Heavy metal toxicity is a primary cause of autism (mercury), alzheimers (aluminum), schizophrenia (copper), ADHD, dyslexia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many more chronic degenerative diseases. Toxicity also leads to poor gut health and thus nutritional deficiencies, and is therefore often the primary cause of poor health or illness.

I recommend a 10-14 day detox every four to six months, and a 3 day fast every one to three months. The new moon is an ideal time to detox because our body's capacity to detox is at its highest (it's easy for the body to release toxins). A natural detox is safer, cheaper, and more effective than synthetic chelators like EDTA and DPMS. These chelators only remove some heavy metals, sometimes dispose them in other tissues/organs instead of removing from body, have side effects so need medical supervision, are expensive, and are time consuming.

  • Alkalizing the body before or during the detox is important and makes it safer, easier, and more effective. Make sure you detox slowly and listen to your body always. During a detox, you may experience a 'healing crisis' (discomfort, headaches, fatigue, irritability, brain fog, skin rash, worsening of original symptoms, etc.) for the first few days because the toxins are entering the bloodstream faster than the body can remove them. So make sure you drink lots of clean water to urinate frequently to minimize or avoid this healing crisis. Sunshine, rest, and sweating also help. You can also reduce the dose of the detoxifier and detox more slowly. If you're juicing, don't take strong detox supplements at the same time. And if you're taking strong detox supplements, make sure you are eating whole foods with plenty of natural fiber. If you're new to detoxing or doing a strong or long one, doing it with the guidance of a naturopath is helpful. Feel free to contact me for info or assistance.

  • Fasting helps detox the body. It can be a spring water fast (himalayan salt can be added to make "sole" with its many health benefits), a mono-fruit fast (organic dark grapes, watermelon, or apples), or an organic veggie juice fast. You can also do an intermittent fast like:

1) "daily time-restricted eating" where you eat during a 4-8 hour window only; or

2) "5:2 diet" where you eat normally for 5 days/week then eat one small meal (500 calories) on the other 2 days; or

3) "alternate day fasting" where you eat normally one day and then you fast the next day or eat one one small meal (500 calories) only.

Fasting will give your digestive system a break to detox and heal the body quickly. The body uses about 80% of its energy during digestion, so when this energy is freed up with fasting, restricted diets, raw foods, or enzyme supplementation, it allows for other vital activities (increased metabolic enzyme production) needed for the body's repair and maintenance (like immune system support) and for proper cellular function. Fasting for as little as three days rebuilds the whole immune system (even in elderly people) because it triggers the body's stem cells to begin producing new healthy cells for organ or body system repair.

Juicing or drinking fresh organic juices with 80% veggies and 20% fruits nourishes the body and provides much detoxification. It's easier than water fasting and like fasting, the body's energy is freed up to heal itself rather than digest food. Chew your juice instead of  gulping it down because the body absorbs it better when it is mixed with saliva. And drink the juice when it is at room temperature (for better absorption) instead of cold if possible (leave the produce outside for few minutes before juicing). Adding an avocado or a tablespoon of coconut oil will also increase nutrient absorption since many nutrients are fat soluble. I highly recommend the 'Mean Green' recipe: organic kale (1 bunch), organic celery (2 stalks), organic apple (1), organic cucumber (1-2), organic ginger (1"), and organic lemon (1) or lime (2). Enjoy!

  • Use detoxifiers to help cleanse the body like: supergreen marine phytoplankton spirulina and chlorella (highest in chlorophyll), dark leafy greens like kale/spinach/dandelion, turmeric spice (with black pepper and fats to increase absorption), mineral spring water (volvic brand high in detoxing silica), raw apple cider vinegar, warm water and lemon especially first thing in morning, detoxing foods like cilantro (best taken with chlorella) and high sulfur foods (like MSM, cruciferous veggies, crushed cloves of raw garlic, egg yolks), probiotics, activated charcoal, zeolite drops, selenium (brazil nuts are highest food source), high-dose vitamin C, niacin (vitamin B3, detoxes fatty tissues, start with 100mg and increase until you experience a mild warm pink full-body flush), fulvic acid, castor oil (boosts lymphatic system), and edible clays like calcium bentonite powder or liquid (high in detoxing silica). Some liver cleansing foods are: beets, carrots, avocados, asparagus, apples, grapefruit, walnuts, garlic, milk thistle, green tea, dark leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, lemons/limes, turmeric, and olive oil are liver cleansing foods. Also, gut flora chelates and detoxes all kinds of toxins including heavy metals and carcinogens so eat probiotic rich foods like fermented kimchi, saurkraut, miso soup, tempeh, kefir, kombucha tea, raw (unpasteurized) goat milk/cheese/yoghurt, and blue green algae (like spirulina and chlorella) or supplement with a high quality probiotic. Feel free to contact me for info or assistance using detoxifiers.

  • Cleansing the colon before detoxing the liver is important to prevent toxins eliminated from the liver from getting trapped in the colon and recycled back into the body. Our bloodstream is only as clean as our colon. Some herbal laxatives and colon cleansers contain cheap and potentially dangerous ingredients. Oxygen-based colon cleansers are safe and gentle. They do not actually induce a bowel movement but merely gently dissolves/breaks down old waste matter so the body can clear it out and begin the healing process. For best results, a detox or colon & liver cleanse can be done at least twice a year or perform a full-body cleanse if needed. You can learn more about the benefits of a Green Body Cleanse in this E-Book. If you suspect you have harmful microorganisms like parasites, do a harmful organism cleanse.

  • Use high quality detox footpads while sleeping. Just apply detox footpads for a few nights at bedtime and remove them when you wake up. It's quick and easy.

  • Do 'Oil Pulling'- take 1 tablespoon of high quality, virgin, cold pressed oil like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (best) on an empty stomach first thing in morning and swish it around everywhere in your mouth and through teeth for 15-20 minutes then spit it out (don't swallow). The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and will be creamy-white when spit out. Rinse with 3% hydrogen peroxide or sea salt with water or use natural toothpaste. This is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that has been used for ages and is still done today.

  • Sweating is very effective for detoxing since our skin is the largest organ. So physical activity, steam or infrared saunas (hyperthermia), and other methods of sweating are important. Infrared saunas are a non-invasive therapy that possesses the ability to enter the body to a depth of about three inches and warm up the muscles tissues as well as internal organs, thereby facilitating the elimination of all types of toxins. Compared to conventional saunas that use steam and air, infrared saunas are more effective, as they make the body sweat about 80 percent water and 20 percent toxins and waste vs. conventional saunas that eliminate 97 percent water and only 3 percent toxins and wastes from the body. When the detoxification is done through the skin, it also helps to avoid a potential 'healing crisis'.

  • Dry skin brushing (body scrub) removes dead skin, boosts circulation, and stimulates the lymphatic waste system thus helping remove wastes and toxins from the body. Using a natural dry brush or scrub, brush daily using gentle pressure and towards your heart . Your skin should be pink, not red, afterwards.

  • Breathing deeply also removes harmful toxins in the body through the lungs so breathing slowly, mindfully, and deeply is important.

  • Express, rather than repress, your feelings in a safe place verbally, by writing or drawing, or though sound or physical movement. It's a kind of emotional detox that removes harmful energy blocks. Or use the emotional freedom technique (EFT).


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