I hear this question often…”What’s the best way to detox?” It’s a loaded question.
What do you want to detoxify, I ask?
Well, here goes my ever-expanding list of detoxification tips for the whole body.
Help Your Body Detoxify Itself
Unfortunately, our bodies aren’t set up to function optimally with just an annual spring cleaning. It’s got to be a daily thing. But take heart, there are things you can do to detoxify your body. Even if you’ve neglected it for a while.
Our bodies are fighting off toxins, pathogens and all sorts of baddies every second of the day. One slip of the immune system or a chink in your armor and, bam, you’re sick. We are cruising along and suddenly we start having headaches or skin rashes or even serious issues like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Sometimes, these issues can occur suddenly. However, in most cases, they have been accumulating for a while with constant or repeated exposure to toxins in our environment, in our food and in our water.
In many cases, your symptoms can be relieved by this medication or that lotion, but in most cases, the symptoms return. The long term solution is to get rid of the poisons.
We are exposed to so many toxic chemicals in our modern world like dry cleaning chemicals, pesticides, mold, food additives, synthetic fragrances, air pollution, cigarette smoke, carpet, and even chewing gum!
Running errands like going to the gas station (dichlorobenzene), picking up dry cleaning (tetrachloroethylene and styrene), and taking a shower (chlorine) are risky! Don’t even get me started on the chemicals that are in skin care, hair care and makeup!
Sadly there are many toxins we cannot avoid, but we can minimize our exposure to a lot and support our body’s immune system with some simple procedures.
Get Out! Toxin Removal Procedures
Your body removes waste and toxins via the urinary system, the digestive system, the blood, the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the skin, and the lungs. Optimal health of the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, lungs, colon, skin, and lymph are critical for detoxification. All of these systems can become congested causing toxins to back up in the blood and in your brain!
Step 1: Detox your Lymph System
Your lymph system drains your body of toxins. It is twice as big as your circulatory system, consisting of lymph nodes and lymph vessels. The lymph system soaks up toxins, germs, fat and debris from your body. If the lymph system gets congested, that can lead to infections, joint pain, chronic fatigue, swelling, cellulite, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and headaches.
Have you ever had a lymph node swell up? It’s kinda’ scary but that’s your body’s way of dealing with the congestion.
One of the first signs of lymph stagnation is swelling hands and feet. You might get a rash or experience joint pain. Toxins can’t get out.
- Avoid eating and drinking things that will make your body more acidic like soft drinks and sparkling water, pastries, vinegar, processed foods and energy drinks.
- Sip hot water with a squeeze of lemon every 15-30 minutes for one full day, at least 10 hours. This will hydrate and detoxify your body.
- Jump on a mini trampoline (sometimes called a rebounder) for about 5 minutes a day. Yoga will also help with lymph drainage.
- Enjoy a sauna or steam bath. The new infrared saunas are all the rage and don’t leave you feeling all gross and stinky. Google ‘infrared sauna’ in your area to find where you can use one.
- Enjoy a massage with a licensed massage therapist. Massage is a great way to get the lymph flowing.
- Eat more organic leafy greens such as kale, chard and spinach. These greens will help make you more alkaline.
- Dry brush your skin. Always brush toward your heart and follow the procedures in this article.
Step 2: Detoxify your Liver
Your liver just might be your most important organ. It does about 500 jobs but it is the primary organ for removing toxins from your body. The liver ships out toxins through the river of bile and the gallbladder to the waste system.
- Castor Oil Packs–here’s an excellent article explaining how to do it
- Flush your gallbladder.
- Milk Thistle herb (silymarin)–blocks toxins
- Artichoke extract–stimulates bile flow
- Dandelion root–stimulates bile flow
- Astragalus–contains saponins that protect against liver damage
- CoQ10–antioxidant that nourishes the liver and is frequently depleted by medication
Step 3: Detoxify your Skin
The key is to sweat. Combine that with some exercise for even more optimal health.
- Yoga, swimming or Zumba can get the sweat flowing. Any form of exercise can help.
- Saunas and steam rooms can be very effective skin detoxifiers.
Be mindful that sweating causes a loss of electrolytes which must be replenished. If you drink too much water, you will flush out the minerals your body needs. Add some sea salt (I recommend pink Himalayan or Celtic grey sea salt) to your water. Or try Trace Minerals ConcenTrace drops.
Step 4: Detoxify your Gut
When we think of detoxification, most of the time the gut is what you focus on. If your colon backs up, those toxins reabsorb or rot inside of you. Gross.
- Drink more water–here’s my article to determine how much water you should drink.
- Eat fermented foods–foods like sauerkraut, fermented veggies, kim chi and kombucha are some beneficial fermented foods.
- Eat more fiber or take psyllium husk.
- Coffee enemas–these are amazing for quickly pulling out toxins and can be done in the privacy of your home. Here’s a reference on how to do a coffee enema by Dr. Lawrence Wilson.
- Colonics–Find a reputable colonic clinic in your area that will gently remove toxins from your intestines, relieve constipation and bloating, boost immunity and hydrate.
- Take probiotics--after cleaning out your intestines and especially if you have taken an antibiotic, had your appendix removed or are a poor methylator; reinoculate your intestines with healthy probiotics.
If these measures don’t resolve your issues, speak to your healthcare practitioner to diagnose more serious disorders like parasites and other illnesses of the digestive system.
Step 5: Detoxify your Blood
Methylation is a complex metabolic pathway in your body that helps you make proteins, use antioxidants, combat inflammation, eliminate toxins and heavy metal, keep homocysteine within normal range, optimize brain function and silence the genes in your body whose over-expression could cause harm.
People who are poor methylators typically have trouble with hormone balance. Methylation is also important in making and breaking down neurotransmitters like epinephrine (adrenaline) and melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Folate (Vitamin B9) is converted into glutathione (a master antioxidant). Glutathione is a critical toxin neutralizer and is made in every cell.
But if your body is unable to convert folate into gluatathione, then you have a big problem.
Many people (like me) have a reduced genetic ability to create this enzyme. A simple blood test (the MTHFR test) can tell, which will allow your healthcare practitioner to prescribe the right nutrients (Vitamin B12, Folate, 5-MTHF, etc).
In addition, glutathione is reduced by drinking alcohol, medications like antibiotics and statins, sugar, cigarettes, and yeast overgrowth.
These medications can block methylation:
- Antacids or PPIs
- Cholesterol binding drugs
- Nitrous oxide (from the dentist)
- Niacin (Vitamin B3)
- Anti-seizure medications
- Estrogen drugs and birth control
- Sulfa-containing drugs
Be sure to ask your healthcare practitioner before modifying or stopping any medication.
- CoQ10–supports mitochondria (the powerhouses in your cells) and repairs cell membranes
- Phosphatidylcholine–supports mitochondria health
- Sulfur sensitive? The mineral molybdenum can help.
- Methyl donating supplements–5-MTHF, B12, MSM, SAMe, or Taurine (speak to your healthcare practitioner about these and be sure to test for MTHFR gene mutations).
Detoxification of heavy metals like mercury or lead requires a specialized program. Contact your health provider for more information.
Detoxification is an ongoing and life-saving process in our bodies. We can support our hard-working liver, gallbladder, colon, kidneys, lungs, skin and lymph in keeping our bodies detoxified with these five steps.
Here’s your simple change for the day: Detoxify your body with these 5 steps.
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