The sad fact is we live a toxic world, there is no shortage of information about the topic. Organic Consumers Association and Environmental Working Group provide excellent information about pesticides, toxins in our food, water, household, and personal care products. Detox is something we should all do periodically.
The organ that needs the most support is our liver. Our modern lifestyle is hard on our liver. Our on the go lifestyle has us working to much, exercising to little, keeps us from eating right, or getting enough sleep. Those are just a few things that stress out our liver. This organ does so much for us, it’s overworked and under appreciated! This link provides excellent detail of liver function.
Okay! Here’s my list of favorite detox methods.Water
I know, this may seem obvious, but I had to include it! I try to start each morning with a glass of warm water with lemon. Other options I like are two tablespoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with a teaspoon of honey, or one tablespoon of black strap molasses.
Bembu has eight more recipes on their site.Green juices or smoothies
Which one options depends on your digestion!
If you’re experiencing regular digestive upset, I recommend starting with green juices. Juicing removes the indigestible fiber, and allows your body to more easily absorb the vitamin and minerals in the juice. Once your digestion improves, you can move onto smoothies.
Juicing was exactly what my body needed when I first started my Lyme treatments. I started my day with a veggie juice almost every morning for a year. Fresh, raw vegetable juices and smoothies provides your body with enzymes that are destroyed when they are cooked.
It’s best to drink the juice or smoothie first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Start with a two to four-ounce serving and work up to eight ounces, this helps avoid digestive upset.
I use apples or carrots to help take the edge off the sometimes intense taste of green juice. When I make smoothies, I find bananas or pineapple is easier to use. Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends adding a small amount of ginger to your beverage because green juices and smoothies are cooling foods, and ginger helps balance the coolness, by adding warmth.
The liver scrubber has a great liver recipe, and here’s another one from Livestrong.Detox Baths
A hot bath is so relaxing, and a great detox method! My favorite is two cups of epsom salt, one cup of baking soda with 4 ounces of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. This combination helps pull out toxins. It helped when Babesia used to make my muscles super sore.
Wellness Mama and Bembu have more great recipes.Regular liver cleanses
An annual spring and fall liver cleanse is a great way to detox, and support your liver function. I learned this from my TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctor. Before I knew about my Lyme Disease, and co-infections I did two supervised liver cleanses per year. It was interesting to watch many symptoms disappear during the cleanse, and reappear a few weeks after I finished.
A typical liver cleanse is usually three weeks long. During that time you consume protein shakes that have vitamins and herbs that support the liver. In addition you abstain from certain foods like dairy, most grains, soy products, caffeine, and for one week of the cleanse, meat. This diet gives your liver a break, and can help identify if you have any food allergies.
The two types of protein powders I’ve used are Mediclear Plus by Thorne Research and Clearvite-PSF by Apex Energetics. I prefer the Clearvite-PSF, it tastes so much better than the Mediclear. These days I do a spring and fall liver cleanse, and I cleanse after I finish a round of antibiotics.Acupuncture
If this is in your budget, I believe it’s a must when dealing with any health issue! Several clinics, and practitioners offer sliding scale fees for those paying cash. Many insurance companies now partially cover acupuncture treatments. It amazes me how it works to help your body heal. Rodale News provides a brief description of some of acupuncture’s health benefits. Here’s some more info from Dr. Weil. Acupuncture helped reduce my Lyme symptoms, especially during herx reactions.High dose of probiotics
I mean super high doses, like 100 – 400 BILLION per day!
Anyone with chronic digestive issues can really benefit from that dosage. I shared with a friend the high dose I’d been taking to support my gut while on antibiotics. They decided to increase their probiotic dosage and their mild digestive issues resolved.
Our body needs beneficial bacteria! It’s a good idea to take a high dose while taking antibiotics, because antibiotics kill your healthy gut flora.
My favorite high dose probiotics are Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Factor 6, Ultra Jarro-Dophilus, RAW Probiotics Ultimate Care, and VSL-3. VSL-3 is usually carried by the pharmacy department at CVS and Walgreens.
When I’m not on antibiotics, I make sure to eat a small amount of fermented food daily or take a maintenance dose of probiotics.Yoga
I LOVE yoga! When I was working, and super stressed, it helped calm my nerves. Our nervous systems rarely get the downtime they deserve. Our brains benefit from the conscious breathing that we experience while practicing yoga. Most popular exercise, like running, cardio, and weight training increase our yin energy, and many of us need to instead nourish our yang energy.
This article explains how yin and yang work in our bodies, why most of us tend to be more yin, and how to help balance our bodies.Lymphatic Massage
I recently tried this for the first time. About 30 days into my most recent and intense Lyme treatment, I felt toxic. No matter what I did, that feeling did not leave.My doctor suggested I try lymphatic massage, I was a bit worried it might make me feel worse!
This type of massage focuses on the areas where your lymph nodes are located, they are massaged with a decent amount a pressure to help clear stagnation in the lymph system. After my first massage, I was sore in most of my lymph areas, however, after my second massage, it wasn’t sore at all. Overall, it seemed to help my body flush out toxins from taking 4200 milligrams per day of antibiotics.Supplements
There are lots of supplements that help the body get rid of toxins, and reduce inflammation. I recently began taken parsley, yucca root, and activated charcoal. Parsley, and yucca help to reduce inflammation, and activated charcoal pulls outs toxins via the digestive tract.
Another supplement I took in the past was Intestinal Drawing Formula, (I really don’t like the name!) but it helps pull toxins out, and soothes the digestive tract.
Two more great supplements to help reduce inflammation are Meriva-500, and cod liver oil. My favorite cod liver oil is by Green Pastures, they combine it with butter oil for maximum benefit. A bonus with cod liver oil is it has vitamin D, other fish oils do not contain vitamin D.
These detox methods have worked well for me during my Lyme treatments. Those of you without health issues may not to detox as often, or even at all. The most important thing is to do what feels right for you, not because some “blogger chick” recommends it! 🙂
Next time you feel “toxic” I encourage you to try one or more of these methods. Drinking water, and detox baths are an easy, inexpensive option to start with.
How about you, do you have any favorite detox methods? Share them with me!