Avoiding/Removing Toxins Heavy metals from amalgam fillings, vaccines, broken thermometers, broken energy saving light bulbs, big fish like tuna or swordfish (it is hard to impossible to avoid all heavy metal exposure due to coal fire plants, chemtrails and the fact that our soils are highly polluted) Toxic household products Plastic Root canals/wisdom teeth extraction/Infections of cavitations Mold Processed foods, artificial foods Birth control pill, IUD Prescription drugs (always consult your doctor before stopping to take your medication) EMF and other radiation
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. Add some apple cider vinegar in the morning, or freshly squeezed lemon. You can also drink herbal teas. 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. Check out the Autoimmune Paleo Diet). Many people swear by a lectin free diet ("Plant Paradox") although basically there is no such thing as a lectin "free" diet. 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). Check for nutrient deficiencies. If you have leaky gut or any gut issues, your absorption of nutrients is reduced. Plus our soils are often depleted, so if you don't grow your own food or know a local organic farmer who knows how to add nutrients to the soil, your food won't be as nutritious. A big reason for obesity and binge eating disorders is that our bodies are constantly hungry. Not for more calories but for more nutrients. Go for nutrient dense foods like green juices, Spirulina, high quality animal products etc.
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, ChancaPiedra 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, energy healing, family constellation, EFT, EMTF, hypnotherapy, regular psychotherapy.
And finally....DETOX All of the above is the foundation to heal. But if you have heavy metals in your system and especially in your brain, you will need some sort of extra help. After having tried many different ways of heavy metal chelation (Chlorella, Cilantro, Cutler Protocol, DMSA...) I believe I found the best possible detox supplement: Advanced TRS by Coseva. It is a nano-sized zeolite spray that can cross the blood-brain-barrier and binds to any toxins floating around. To me (and many others) it has been the most effective yet gentle way to detox I have ever tried. Drop me a line if you want to know more!