I want to help and support you on your healing journey. I want to share what has helped me, what I have learned, and what mistakes I have made. I don't have the answers to all questions but I can help with the main steps to health. If you are in need of a really good coach, I can absolutely recommend Josh Macin from The Detox Dudes!
Avoiding/Removing Toxins Amalgam fillings (other possible exposure to mercury: broken thermometers, broken energy saving light bulbs, big fish like tuna or swordfish) Vaccinations (check ingredients for thiomersal or aluminium) Toxic household products Root canals/wisdom teeth extraction Mold in houses Processed foods, artificial foods Birth control pill, IUD
Water Hydration is key! The best water you can drink is distilled or spring water. Tab water often has added toxins like chloride or even fluoride which you don't want to ingest. You can also get a good water filter like the Berkey or Reverse Osmosis System. It is important to drink enough water, depending on your body size it should be 1,5-3 liters. I add some apple cider vinegar in the morning, or freshly squeezed lemon. You can also drink herbal teas of course. I love fresh ginger tea in winter, it helps with keeping warm and improving digesting. Most people are chronically dehydrated. This leads to impaired elimination of waste products via the kidneys and colon (constipation!). "Your body's many cries for water" by Batmanghelidj explains how many different symptoms could be caused simply by the fact that one is not drinking enough water. Try it for 2 weeks, set a reminder to drink water during the day, and see how you feel. A good way could be to fill up two liter bottles with the intention of drinking them until the end of the day. A good habit is drinking 1-2 big glasses of water immediately after waking up, as your body is dehydrated from the night, and this way you have already a good head start. Avoid drinking too much water later in the evening as you don't want to get up to pee at night.
Diet I have tried many different diets. Vegetarianism, veganism, raw foods, paleo, autoimmune protocols.... The most important thing is to REAL food. The ingredients list should include one ingredient :) This is also called clean eating. Just as important is eating organic foods! And from there on you have to experience what works for you. I have come to believe that there is no One size fits all when it comes to diet, probably because we all have different gut health states. If you have a compromised digestion or gut issues, or autoimmune diseases though I would always recommend to go gluten- and dairy free, and most likely paleo (no grains and legumes). Many people swear by a lectin free diet ("Plant Paradox"). Some people seem to thrive on a plant based diet, but in the end, every culture on Earth seems to include some animal products in their diets, so to me a whole foods plant based diet with some healthy animal products makes most sense. Now we are talking free range, grass fed, organic healthy animal products, and I believe that is why many people feel better on vegetarian or vegan diets. Most animal products you can buy in the supermarket are not healthy. The mass production is an ethical crime bigger than the Holocaust. The amount of animals killed daily and held under horrific conditions is too enormous to grasp. Nobody wants to contribute to this suffering but the only way to stop it is stopping to buy meat, eggs and dairy from these places. Find a local farmer. I truly believe if you cannot find grass fed meat or free range eggs etc then it is much better for your health to go vegan (and rather supplement).
Gut Your gut is your second brain, or rather your first! If you experience depression, I am pretty sure you have gut issues. Healing the gut takes time and dedication but can be done. Remove food allergens, definitely gluten and dairy, but most likely you need to exclude more foods. Take gut healers like Slippery Elm, Acacia Fibre, Marshmallow Powder, Collagen (Bone Broth), Colostrum. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha. Probiotics (although this can be controversial, as some say Probiotics can fuel SIBO). Almost everybody has parasites in the colon, sorry to break those news to you. Candida is a very common one, but there also many other unfriendly guests you might have picked up from pets, during travels, eating sushi or other raw meat/fish etc. Taking antiparasitic herbs and/or suppositories are a good way to get rid of them, but go slow and low here, as the die-off can cause some intense detox symptoms. Colonics are a good way to flush out parasites, toxins and biofilms from the gut. Water enemas are second best. Fasting (Juice or Water) or Intermittent Fasting can give the digestion some needed rest to heal, but careful with fasting if you have compromised health or weak adrenals. I suggest doing prolonged water fasts only under professional supervision.
Detox pathways Support your elimination pathways, the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. Colon: Binders like psyllium husk powder, bentonite clay, activated charcoal, Microsilica, Modified Citrus Pectin Liver: Bitters like Milk Thistle, Dandelion and Burdock Root are great herbs for the liver. Liposomal glutathione. Liver flushes. Coffee enemas Kidneys: Water, Nettle Tea, Cranberry Juice Lungs: Lungwort, Marshmallow Powder, going out and deep breathing in nature, Pranayama Skin: Near Infrared Sauna, general sweating, drybrushing
Adrenals Your adrenals work hard when the body is toxic and also during a detox. You need to be gentle to yourself during this time and avoid or reduce stress as much as you can. Meditation and breathwork is very helpful. Adaptogens like Siberian Ginseng, He Shou Wu, Maca etc can be good to nourish the adrenals, although sometimes one has to be careful when the adrenals are already burned out. Another helpful remedy are adrenal cocktails (orange juice, potassium and sodium shake twice a day). Vitamin C high doses. Adrenal Cortex.
Thyroid Most likely your thyroid is out of whack as it is for many many people these days. The thyroid is extra sensitive for toxins like heavy metals, which replace the necessary nutrients iodine and selenium. These nutrients are usually low in our diets already so almost everybody is deficient in those. Taking a good supplement of iodine and selenium, preferably food-based, is needed, but very often not well tolerated, especially if the adrenals are worn out. The rule is to first take care of the adrenals, and then attend to the thyroid.
Spirit Often underestimated is the effect our spirit and emotions have on our physical health. Emotional trauma can often create diseases, and are important not to be overlooked. There are many ways to work on this. Meditation, shamanic work, family constellation, EFT, EMTF, hypnotherapy, regular psychotherapy......
Others I would always suggest to get a Hair Mineral Analysis Test as well as a genetic test (23andme) for a good overview of your weak spots. Hair Mineral Tests can reveal heavy metal toxicity that often doesn't show up in bloodwork. Genetic mutations like MTHFR can point to a need in active forms of certain vitamins etc. This way you can get a more specialised picture of what nutrients might be helpful to supplement for your body.