We live in a toxic world, and so by default, we would all benefit from routine detoxification.
Within a previous post, I talk about why some people have an increased requirement for routine detoxification; this can be epigenetic; meaning lifestyle or environmentally influenced.
Epigenetics determines those who require daily or routine detoxification in the form of food and Old Fashioned mechanical detoxification support such as Epsom salt baths, coffee enemas, and castor oil packing. Whilst others tend to get away with a 1-2 week detox programme perhaps 2-4 times a year.
Heavy metals are of a particular issue in the 21st century. Since we are living within an epidemic of heavy metal environmental over-whelm, therefore with my Naturopathic Nutritional hat on personally I choose to view daily detoxification as a way of life.
However, there are two pillars to detoxification. With the second pillar being; nurture. A lack of nutrients at source (from within our soil) to support and boost our detoxification systems means we should also be paying close attention to supplementing with the appropriate range of nutrients.
These two pillars ‘detoxification and nurture’, complete every home maintenance programme. With correct nutrients plus regular cleansing, we can keep our self-healing mechanisms strong and clean.
And the good news is, no disease can thrive inside a clean body!
3 STEPS TO A HAPPIER YOU
Clean body, clean emotions, clean mind:
- Detox each day
- Exercise each day
- Love your family and laugh each day
4 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU
Step one always has to be Clean the Colon. By this, I am referring to the Large Intestine.
Include some cleansing pectins, gums, and clay; modified citrus pectin, psyllium husks, slippery elm, bentonite clay.
Include some antimicrobial supplements; humic acid, grapefruit seed, takuna, berberine, uva ursi.
Clean out any parasites; use wormwood, black walnut.
And physically clean the colon with colonic hydrotherapy 2-4 times a year.
Clean the urinary tract and kidneys.
My favourite cleansing agents for the kidneys; NRF2 Renew, Clear Away Cofactors, parsley, asparagus, marshmallow root and lots of purified water!
Support your kidneys by taking the stress of ‘homeostasis’, you can think about including ionic minerals in your water, such as E-Lyte.
Clean the liver.
Our livers are complex workhorses with differing strengths and weaknesses in each of us. For instance, it is largely down to our livers whether we go grey early or late in life. Genetically coded from birth, but not scripted. Meaning, we don’t HAVE to go grey, just because the propensity is there.
There is a number of different clearance pathways within our livers, with liver cleansing being the best way to boost over-all function. 10-15% increased productivity comes from cleansing the liver, which I can feel instantly when I get the cleansing right for me.
My all-time number 1 has to be Coffee Enemas. At they boost the glutathione pathway. My GST GSP enzyme is non-existent, and the reason why I started to go grey in my early 40’s.
2, has to be Liposomal glutathione
3 Chanca Piedra, keeping my gall-bladder and liver grit-free.
4. Calcium D Glucarate for the glucuronidation pathway, mine seems especially poor. Poor glucuronidation results in estrogen build-up, which as we all know can contribute to a pre-cancerous picture.
5. Other forms of Sulphur such as MSM, and NAC especially NAC from Biomedica is great. Selenium also helps as Selenium converts to NAC, along the Glutathione pathway.
6. Malic acid to widen the ducts of the biliary tree, so as long as you are not struggling with candida get those organic apples in daily.
The mini liver cleanse:
Day 1; Liquidise a lemon and lime with a 6 oz cup of water, some ice cubes, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 x clove of organic garlic and 1 x chunk of ginger.
Day 2; Liquidise a lemon and lime with a 6 oz cup of water, some ice cubes, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 x cloves of organic garlic and 2 x chunks of ginger.
Day 3; Liquidise a lemon and lime with a 6 oz cup of water, some ice cubes, 3 Tbsp olive oil, 3 x cloves of organic garlic and 3 x chunks of ginger.
Adding into this cleansing start to the day, you can include beetroot, carrots, lemon, and avocado to your lunch for further cleansing. Although all vegetables will support your liver to go for a broad spectrum of colour rather than mono selective.
Clean the lymphatic system:
Foremost, stay hydrated and include electrolytes in your water.
Once we have fluid in the system we can then manipulate it with any of the following:
- Daily skin brushing
- Daily rebounding on a trampette
- Daily or weekly hot and cold showers.
When deep cleansing needs to be supported then consider once a week Peat Mud Baths, and the herbal blend Essiac discovered and formulated by Caisse.
The 7 toxicity challenges
After all this your system should have a reduced burden of 7 toxicity challenges:
- Systemic; heavy metals or pesticides
- Persistent organic pollutants such as xeno-estrogens
- Opportunistic viruses
- EMF’s such as Magnetic and radiation
- Emotional and psychological stressors may surface but also dissipate with detoxification.
- Your food choices will be cleaner.
- Lastly, take time to nourish yourself spiritually by centring yourself daily.
So when it comes to health and healing there is no such thing as ‘Static’ in your Wellness Programme. We are either actively getting better or progressively getting worse.
There are of course by-products produced as a result of the work we do on our bodies. Cleansing can be intensive and demanding. Detoxification also produces internal toxins.
One way for the body to shake of toxin load and anti-body bi-products is for our immune systems to push us into a fever. This sense of being ‘unwell’ is also known as the Herxheimer effect. This fever is your body’s attempt to shake off toxins and kick-start the immune system.
Supporting your immune system through detox
We can take immune-supportive supplements to enhance immunological support during these challenging time, or as part of a long term maintenance programme.
Some of my favourite immunological compounds
- Beta-glucans from mushrooms Reishi, Cordyceps; Shitakii
- Lactoferrin, ImmunoGG
Support oxidative stress during detox
Oxidative stress can be damaging to our genes as it has the power to ‘switch them on and off’. Some people are genetically predisposed to oxidative stress more than others therefore during a detox it is wise to take additional precautions.
Some of my favourite anti-oxidant protective supplements
- NRF2 Renew
- Green tea
- 85% dark chocolate
Protecting the NRF2 pathway with; chocolate, green tea, turmeric is taken with black pepper, resveratrol, berries, grapes, red wine, sulphuraphane, cruciferous vegetables. This all supports the ARE response, which in turn protects the whole genome.
Flooding the body with Light!
We don’t really know the full benefits of light. With so much scaremongering around the toxicity effects of light with free radical damage, we ignore the innate healing light can bring in to our cells.
For me, this is one further component when it comes to detoxification.
Attracting Light into our bodies in the form of light-enhancing superfoods is highly recommended. So how do we invite light into our cells?
Green foods have a way of bringing light into the body since it is captured sunlight with the leafy green anatomy of the plant. Chlorophyll is said to be the same molecular structure as haemoglobin, with the exception of the magnesium molecule at the centre, rather than iron at the centre. The chlorophyll then travels to our mitochondria in the form of ‘captured sunlight energy’, photo-energising the Krebs cycle, also keeping oxidative stress down.
However, my favourite method for inviting Light into our bodies has to be via the Budwig Diet!
Having discovered the pioneering work of Joanna Budwig 15 years ago I have continued to use her valuable recipe within my own health regime, as well as recommending it for many clients.
Joanna Budwig discovered that by blending Flax Oil with Quark (or you can use Greek yoghurt or cottage cheese), the sulphur bond from within quark blends extremely well with the oil. Creating a complete food for our bodies to recognise, and a vehicle to integrate the oil into our cellular membrane.
Without this vital sulphur bond, flax oil when ingested can wreak havoc. Since it is a highly volatile oil-prone to rancidity, and therefore readily initiates a free radical cascade.
Think about how flax oil is added to paint to create a ‘quick-drying’ effect.
This is entirely due to the highly volatile nature of flax, and how it invites oxygen into itself. Beneficial for drying paint quickly! And, when integrated correctly this higher influx of oxygen can be beneficial to our cells too.
But, when we manufacture the oil, we separate the oil from the protein. And it is within the protein that we find the sulphur component. Once the oil has been separated from its protein counter-part, the oil is no longer able to be made useful within the body.
Therefore, by blending flax oil with the Greek yoghurt or Quark this completes the sulphur bond and the oil becomes once again useful.
The second piece to this is when the oil has been properly integrated into our cellular membrane.
Due to the high number of double carbon bonds existing within the structure of the flax oil we now have the perfect vehicle to invite in Light to the trillions of cellular membranes within us.
The lock and key of this being that surrounding the double carbon bonds within the fatty acid chain gather electron clouds. And lots of them! Electrons then attract protons. Protons being sunlight. We, therefore, invite a huge influx of Light (protons) into our bodies when consuming the Budwig Flax cream.
Joanna Budwig was in no doubt a pioneer, with her knowledge, wisdom, and message ultimately suppressed by the slimming industry in the 1940s. Slimming World had it’s agenda, in alliance with the margarine companies at this time, the message was fixated on Margarine being the ultimate slimming fat! However, this is not what the science tells us since corrupt fats corrupt cellular membrane by diametrically opposing the fluid nature of our cell’s membrane. This inadvertently clogs up the receptor sites for healthy fats too, blocking the use of healthy fats.
When double carbons are corrupted by high heat they change formation and are never able to revert back to their original healthy formations. The corrupt formation then exists in place of the healthy formation within the cellular membrane. Further blocking mineral passage whilst trapping heavy metals within our cells.
The damage from eating margarine and heat-treated volatile oils are no less than immense. Rule of thumb; any oil that should be liquid at room temperature should remain liquid when is your body. Otherwise, you are literally jamming up your cell membrane with something that should not be there.