Detoxing the Body

Ways to open the detoxing pathways of the body

The foundation of any sound healing program must include eating a life supporting, whole foods diet.  These are foods that are eaten in their natural form and include unlimited amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits, juicing vegetables and making nutritious fruit smoothies, including a variety of nuts and seeds, along  with some complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, with limited amounts of unprocessed wild-caught fish and organic eggs (if you are including animal proteins in your diet).   The next essential component is to assist the body in purging all of the toxins that it has accumulated over the years.

In order to remove toxins, one must first ensure that you are detoxing through all of the available pathways of the body, these include: the colon (by having at least 1-2 bowel movements per day), the kidneys and bladder (by drinking 1/2 of your body weight in ounces per day to flush out toxins), the skin (through sweating or light skin brushing), the lungs (by deep breathing exercises), and through emotional cleansing (by forgiving others and employing relaxation techniques).

Some detoxing therapies include:

  • Freshly pressed juice- made with carrots, beets, celery, apples, cucumbers, parsley and green vegetables will help to cleanse the digestive system and support the liver.  As always, organic is best.
  • Having a regular “24 hour juice fast”- this also helps to clean out the digestive system and allows the body to go into “repair mode” on a regular basis.  That way it can utilize the vast amount of energy that is normally used for digestion to repair, rebuild, and replenish the body instead.  Perhaps 1 day per month can be set aside for a juice or smoothie fast.
  • Fruits (eaten raw) – Many people mistakenly believe that fruit is bad to eat if you have cancer. This is not true!  If you are excluding fruit from your diet, you are missing out on an abundance of antioxidants, flavonoids, and anthocyanins that can prevent an reverse cellular damage and reduce overall inflammation. Some powerful fruits to include are: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, grapes, cherries, pomegranates, cantaloupe, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, lemons, limes, and oranges. Raw fruits can be eaten in unlimited amounts by those with cancer. They are very easily digested, therefore they should be eaten separately, or about 1/2 hour before your main meals or they can easily be blended into your daily smoothie.   Start your day with a big bowl of  fresh fruits to cleanse the digestive system.
  • Fresh fruit fasting to move the lymphatic system- Fruits have astringent like qualities that work to specifically target and cleanse the lymphatic fluids and to keep it moving which is extremely important when you are healing from cancer. They can also be used to cleanse the kidneys and get a stagnant system moving again (lymphodema). To address this issue one can go on an all fruit/fruit smoothie fast for several days along with the addition of kidney supporting herbs (listed below).
  • Take psyllium husks regularly– these assist the liver by absorbing toxic bile and eliminating it from the body. Bile is not excreted from the body as you might expect, it is repeatedly recaptured and recirculated to be used continuously for digestion. Because of this, it becomes more concentrated with toxins that can lead to all sorts of inflammatory diseases such as gallbladder disease, intestinal inflammation, etc.  Psyllium absorbs this toxic bile and does not release it so the liver must produce fresh bile. It will be safely excreted from the body with your bowel movements.
  • Don’t eat past 6:00pm or before 6:00am (twelve hour fasting)-  this is because digestion takes a lot of energy.  Going longer periods without eating allows the body to go into heal and repair mode every night.  Continue to drink lots of fluids during this nightly fast to help flush out the system.
  • Detox with water and lemon- drinking warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice first thing in the morning helps to support your digestive system, stimulates the liver, and is hydrating to the body. All of these are factors for effective detoxing.
  • Keep the body hydrated– your body needs a minimum of 50 ounces of water per 100 pounds of body weight per day in order to flush toxins out of the body and to stay well hydrated.  This water should have minerals– such as found in spring water, or water that has been filtered and then has the minerals added back into it. More info on this below.
  • Sweating– through exercise, or with the use of a Infrared Sauna System can help the body to rid itself of accumulated toxins.  The kidneys are the pillar of the detoxification system, but intense sweating can help to rid the body of about one-third of the toxic material that your kidneys would normally have to filter from your bloodstream.  Multiple studies have shown that saunas are effective in removing solvents, organic chemicals, PCBs, pharmaceuticals, and heavy metal toxins from the body.  The high temperatures of saunas can also give your immune system a boost by increasing the number of white blood cells that fight infections by as much as 58%.  Your T cells (which are the cancer killer cells)  and antibodies can increase by as much as 2,000%.  Additionally, many microbes can not survive in a heated environment so many of them die off with exposure to the heat.  it. Many experts recommend the first session only be about five minutes, and then gradually increase each session until you reach 15-30 minutes and then do them regularly.
  • Rebounding~ (jumping on a Mini Trampoline) benefits your lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves that keeps the lymphatic system flowing. This is the waste removal system of the body and it only works when there is movement of the body.  This also is a great exercise for the body and helps to oxygenate the blood.  Read more about the lymphatic system.
  • Deep breathing– most people are shallow breathers.   Here is an exercise to help you become more conscious of your breath. This will also assist your body in becoming better oxygenated, relieve stress, as well as to release toxins. Take a full breath, in through the nose and then expand the chest fully. When you think your lungs are full, then try sucking in just a little more air. Hold this for a few seconds and then breathe out through pursed lips to expel the air out slowly. Repeat this exercise for 5 minutes at a time, and do this multiple times per day or when you need a boost of energy.
  • Don’t use a anti-antiperspirant but a natural deodorant instead as this allows the body to still release toxins– an easy version to make at home is to mix unrefined coconut oil and baking soda to form a thick paste, add a few drops of essential oils, such as Lavender.   Store this in a cosmetic tin and apply with your fingers or refill an empty deodorant container. This works great and it allows the body to perspire without odor.
  • Lymphatic massage– is useful to increase lymph flow and can be beneficial in removing harmful substances that have become stagnated within the tissues.
  • Oil pulling – do this in the morning to remove toxins.  Read more about this.
  • Skin brushing- your skin is the bodies largest organ and one of the most active.  It is responsible for removing about 25% of the bodies toxins that are transported out along with dead skin cells. Use a Skin Brush to help this process along by removing the dead skin cells while stimulating new cell growth.  Go over the entire body in the same fashion as demonstrated in the video that is posted below.
  • Simple detox bath- if you have ever had radiation therapy, x-rays, mammograms, CT scans, or other forms of radiation exposure, or you just want to give your body a good detox, you may benefit from taking a long soak in very warm tub with 2 cups of Epsom Salts, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. This combination helps the body to detox from chemotherapy and radiation because when magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, (such as it would in a long soak) it has the ability to draw various toxins and acids from the body.  It also relaxes the nervous system and muscles and reduces swelling. You can also sip a cup of water that has 1/2 tsp of baking soda dissolved into it while doing this (try adding fresh lemon juice to as this will improve the flavor). Doing this also helps the body to neutralize excess acid and is alkalizing to the body.  Look for a natural sodium bicarbonate such as Bob’s Red Mill and drink this only on an empty stomach so that it doesn’t disrupt digestion.
  • Use a filter for your shower to reduce your exposure to chlorine and fluoride compounds.
  • Use a natural deodorant-  I use essential oils that are mixed with carrier oils and put them into small amber roll-on bottles. I use Lymph Support mixed with clove oil which is said to be oxygenating, but you can use any combination of oils that appeals to you. You want your body to sweat and release toxins, you just don’t want to smell bad. This works great and one can reapply during the day if needed, but I don’t find that it is necessary. I use the roll on to cover breast and arm pit area and then massage the oil in.

For detoxing the Colon and Liver

Herbs and supplements that detoxify the liver and kidneys, which are the pillars of detoxification

  • The kidneys are responsible for removing the excess acids from the body.  Because of this, one should work on cleansing and strengthening the kidneys.  The herbs Uva Ursi, chanca peidra, horsetail, parsley and dandelion root are all helpful for cleansing and supporting the kidneys.
  • Milk Thistle– is an herb that is known for its healing properties for the liver and consists of a group of flavonoid compounds called Silymarin, which is important in devouring free radicals that can harm healthy cells and prematurely age the body. Supplementing with Milk Thistle may help those suffering from hepatitis, cancer of the liver, cirrhosis, liver inflammation, fatty liver, liver damage, chemical exposure, and Parkinson’s disease. Milk Thistle is also known for increasing the production of glutathione and bile flow, which helps to detoxify, repair and regenerate the liver.
  • Bio-available Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that demonstrates remarkable anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as a host of other health benefits. The Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine reports that curcumin increases the liver’s bile production, which assists in the metabolism of fats during digestion and enhances the liver’s detoxification process. The Desk Reference further adds that curcumin protects the liver from damage caused by alcohol and toxins. Read more about curcumin/turmeric for cancer
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant shown to decrease the amount of hepatic fibrosis associated with liver injury and cirrhosis of the liver.  Because alpha-lipoic acid is fat soluble, it can penetrate the cell membrane to exert therapeutic action.  There is also potential for ALA in treating chronic diseases, including various types of cancers.

To detoxify heavy metals from the body

  • First it would be wise to have your amalgam fillings removed so that you are not putting more of these metals into your system.  You can find out more and find qualified biological dentists with this link.
  • Modified citrus pectin- can be a useful tool in the excretion of heavy metals from the body. In a recent study, people were given the brand PectaSol-C for six days and then had their urine tested for heavy metals.  Those taking Pectasol excreted much higher levels of metals, for instance, arsenic excretion went up 130%,  cadmium was up 150%, and lead was up 560%.  Read more about MCP and this study.
  • Cilantro- is an herb for detoxing heavy metals and other toxins that have accumulated in the body.  Fresh cilantro can be added to your green smoothies or can be used in general cooking purposes, but look for organic as conventionally grown cilantro is heavily sprayed with chemicals.  Cilantro can also be found in supplement or tincture form.
  • Chlorella– is another detoxifying agent for mobilizing heavy metals.  The nutrients of chlorella are protected by a thick wall that is hard to digest so look for broken cell wall chlorella when you are purchasing this supplement.
  • Chlorophyll- contains a powerful blood purifier that’s said to increase red blood cells and counteract harmful free radicals.  It is also one of the best substances for cleansing the bowel & other elimination systems including the liver and the blood, Chlorophyll can also bind to heavy metal toxins (such as mercury) and carries them out of the system.

 

 

A dry brushing demonstration

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Dr Judy Seeger, ND,  on 3 herbs to use for detoxing.  Follow Judy on Facebook.

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Judy Seeger, ND, some quick and easy detox ideas for at home.    Follow Judy on Facebook.

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Water Filtration

Water- your body needs a minimum of 50 ounces of water per 100 pounds of body weight per day in order to flush toxins out of the body and to stay well hydrated.  This water should have minerals– such as found in spring water, or water that has been filtered and then has the minerals added back into it.

“Buy a filter or be a filter”-  Consider purchasing a reverse osmosis water system that will remove fluoride, chlorine, chromium 6, arsenic, lead, and other chemicals and metals which are found in municipal water supplies. A simple carbon filtration system will only remove chlorine so don’t assume that any filter will do. Installing an appropriate water filter will make sure that you are getting the purest drinking water possible. RO machines will remove toxins from the water, but they also remove the essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, thus making the water more acidic. You can find RO systems that will filter the water and then add minerals back into it such as this one.  Regular maintenance is required on this type of filtration system with the filters needing to be changed regularly, so if you are not mechanically inclined, many companies offer to rent these systems to you for about $25.00/ month and will also come in and do the maintenance for you.

Minerals = recipes to add minerals to your water:

Recipe  #1- slice up 2 organic lemons, 2 organic limes, 2 Tbsp of raw organic honey, 1/2 tsp of Himalayan Sea Salt, and one gallon of filtered water. Stir well  and let this sit in the refrigerator for several hours.  Sea salt contains 82 trace minerals which can enhance this water with minerals.  Lemons and limes will leave behind an alkaline ash following digestion, making the body more alkaline.

Recipe #2- take 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice and add this to 4 ounces of water.  Drink this 3 or more times per day.  I was recently told by a friend that just by consuming this lemon water throughout the day she was able to come off of 4 medications and her rheumatoid arthritis has improved significantly.

Additional Resources

Read more about detoxing the liver

Various exercises to work the lymphatic system

Read more about juicing

Read more about making nutritious smoothies

Read more hydrotherapy ideas

Read more about acid/alkaline balance

Read more about emotional healing and relaxation techniques

 

  Oregon’s Wild Harvest Milk Thistle Dandelion Supplement

  JumpSport Fitness Trampoline

 

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