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A Different Kind of Detox

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I subscribe to various newsletters, just to keep track of what others are saying in my field. This past week there was an article about detox, which concluded that it was a dangerous practice, should only be done under the supervision of a medical practitioner, and that whole foods are sufficient to cleanse the body.

I both agree and disagree.

I agree that some detox programs can be difficult, and produce discomfort. And when toxic chemicals start being released, they can re-enter your body if your intestines aren’t moving along to expell them, resulting in a re-exposure instead of an elimination.

But this does not apply to ALL detox methods.

The plain fact is

While our bodies do have detox functions…
We are exposed to more toxic chemicals
than our bodies were designed to process and eliminate

And while many whole foods can aid your body in detox in certain ways, we are so overloaded with toxic exposures we would need far more of these foods than we can eat.

Our bodies need some help. They really do.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I have been taking and recommending PureBody liquid zeolite for quite a while. And it’s a different kind of detox…different from any other.

Zeolites are natural minerals with a unique, complex crystalline structure, made by volcanos.

The Clinoptilolite Zeolite molecule is shaped like a honey-comb, full of cavities and channels. Because zeolite carries a natural negative (-) charge, all of the positively charged (+) heavy metals, toxins, and harmful chemicals bond with the zeolite. The zeolite particles, with the toxic materials attached are then flushed from your body with your urine within 4-6 hours.

The interesting thing to me about this–and what makes liquid zeolite different from all other detoxes–is that it actually bypasses your liver and intestines, which may not be functioning well. One of the first stories I heard from a grateful reader was that she had started giving the product to her bedridden father, and after five days he got up and announced he was going to walk to the donut shop!

As PureBody Liquid Zeolite removes toxic metals and other chemicals from your body, it releives the toxic overload in your body so your detox organs can begin to revive and function. Many people experience a “happy euphoria” they didn’t expect. I experienced that when I first started taking zeolite. I credit it to the body feeling less overwhelmed by toxic chemicals. I think that happiness is our natural state when we are not being dulled by the chemicals we are exposed to every day.

I still take zeolite every day, just like I take vitamin C every day. It’s just part of my wellness routine. Even though I have few, if any, toxic substances in my home, when I leave my protected environment, it’s another story.

In my opinion, PureBody Liquid Zeolite is a safe and effective detox supplement that can eliminate toxic metals and chemicals from your body, help revive and restore your detox system, and remove new chemicals you are exposed to before they accumulate and cause problems in your body.

I’ve tried a lot of detox products over the years, and you can believe me when I say this is not only the most effective, but also easiest to take.

Most detox products contain a variety of plant and animal ingredients that may be unpleasant to take in taste or texture, or cause allergic reactions. Most also contain some kind of sweetener. PureBody is 100% zeolite in purified water. Nothing else.

Liquid zeolite has “Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)” status from the FDA. You can take it every day. Even pregnant women, nursing mothers, and infants can take it.

Try it and see how it works for you.

PureBody Liquid Zeolite comes in two forms.

PurThese detox drops are crystal clear and tasteless, and can be placed in water or any food or beverage.
I doubt if anyone would have any kind of allergic reaction to these detox drops, as they are simply a natural mineral in water, and nothing else.

But all liquid zeolite products are not the same. PureBody Liquid Zeolite has undergone a unique process that removes anything that may already be in the honeycomb structure of the zeolite, leaving the cavities completely open to collect the toxins from your body.

 

Zeolite – Today’s Answer for a Toxic World

Just as I was finishing up my resarch for Toxic Free, my nutritionist gave me a little bottle of liquid zeolite. I had never heard of it before, but she had been taking it with spectacular results and was now giving it to all her clients.

Here’s why it’s so important to take liquid zeolite. A growing number of health care professionals are coming to realize that exposure to toxic chemicals are the major cause of most illness today. And the Centers for Disease Control has now shown that virtually everybody has a stockpile of chemicals in their bodies. This is known as “body burden.” These enlightened health care professionals are recognizing that as long as there are toxic chemicals being stored in a body, no other treatment will work to handle a health problem. Detox, and specifically detox of industrial chemicals, needs to be the first step for any health program.

Zeolite, a natural mineral, is uniquely suited to remove toxic chemicals. Tiny bits of negatively-charged zeolite act like little magnets to attract positively-charged particles–which include 99.9% of heavy metals, radiation, and organic chemicals–so they can be removed from your body via your kidneys.

Within 4-6 hours, tiny particles of zeolite have picked up and eliminated a bit of toxic chemicals from your body, leaving negatively-charged particles such as beneficial minerals. When the dose is repeated several times daily over time, gradually the build-up of toxic chemicals is reduced and health is restored. Convenient drops and spray make it easy for anyone to start detoxing. Young or old, healthy or sick, anyone can take them, even newborns, even pets. Liquid zeolite is unique as a detox agent in that it removes toxic chemicals directly from your bloodstream, even if your body’s detox system isn’t functioning well.

But all liquid zeolite products are not the same.

Touchstone Essentials Pure Body has undergone a unique process that removes anything that may already be in the honeycomb structure of the zeolite, leaving the cavities completely open to collect the toxins from your body. It also contains zeolite particles that are small enough to move into the blood stream and into every cell of your body where the toxins are buried. It cleanses your entire system–every cell–and then is safely and completely excreted through the kidneys. And it’s affordable for every member of your family to take every day (as low as $25/month), as a first line of defense from exposure to toxic chemicals out in the world that we can’t avoid. Pure Body comes in two strengths:

Pure Body contains zeolite particles with a mean average size of 0.3 microns, to ensure about half of the partcles enter the colon and the other half enters the bloodstream. This allows zeolite to provide detox benefits to your colon and improve your overall health and well-being. Pure Body Extra Strength is designed for 100 percent of the zeolite to enter your bloodstream, allowing it to enter the cells in every nook and cranny of your body. These particles of zeolite are so small, they are placed into drops of water with tuned sound waves, so our cells will accept it. This form of liquid zeolite will even detox your brain cells.

Because Pure Body and Pure Body Extra Strength target different areas of the body, they can be taken together for a stronger detox effect. I personally take both. A good detox with Pure Body takes 3-4 months and then it is recommended that you continue to take it to remove new chemicals you are exposed to on a regular basis.

Protect Your Body From BPA With Herbs & Spices

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I already wrote a piece about how to remove BPA from your body, but recently a friend forwarded an article to me with more information.  And so today, with his permission, we have a guest post from Dr. Al Sears.

Sometimes my patients’ eyes glaze over when I talk to them about the dangers of chemicals in the environment. Especially when I talk about bisphenol-A.

You probably know it better as BPA, the estrogenic, gender-bending chemical. But before your eyes glaze over too, here’s something everyone can relate to:

Breast cancer and prostate cancer are directly linked to BPA.

The details are scary. That’s why today I want to tell you about something unique I’ve discovered that can help you avoid the dangers.

The first study was done by biochemists at the University of Texas at Austin. The researchers found that BPA disrupts the genes that normally defend you from tumors.

Turns out, BPA links up with estrogen and other natural compounds to produce a lot of a molecule named RNA HOTAIR. And that’s bad because this molecule (HOX Transcript Antisense RNA) stops your natural tumor suppressors.

BPA increases RNA HOTAIR in both tumors and in breast tissue.1 Then it increases cancer, invasiveness, and metastases (the spread of cancer).

Fake estrogens like BPA are no good for men, either. The second study I found showed that men with prostate cancer have 4 times more BPA that those without cancer.

Even worse, BPA can cause both cancerous and non-cancerous cells to change.

Researchers looked at urine samples from 60 urology patients. Those with prostate cancer had 400% more BPA than people without cancer.2 People younger than 65 had even more BPA in them.

What’s worse is what the scientists saw when they looked for abnormalities in prostate cells exposed to BPA. Those prostate cells – exposed to even tiny amounts of BPA – had up to 8 times the abnormalities.

BPA works fast, too. The researchers exposed cells with almost zero abnormalities to BPA. Within just two hours, almost 60% of cells had abnormalities.

They also discovered that BPA helps tumor cells grow, stick together, and form larger colonies.

If that doesn’t convince you to avoid BPA, I don’t know what will.

So what can you do to stop the estrogenic effects of BPA?

You may already know to look at the recycling labels on the bottom of plastic items and avoid #3 and #7 plastics, because they often contain BPA. And that it’s a good idea to cook and store food in ceramic, glass and stainless steel (I don’t recommend aluminum because it’s linked with Alzheimer’s disease). Plus, I’ve written to you about not touching store receipts because they often have BPA on them.

But there’s something that can help keep BPA from getting in your system. I wrote about it in a recent issue of Confidential Cures … and I’m including it in my upcoming book Healing Herbs from Paradise: Rediscovering Health Secrets from Bali.

My friends in Bali, West and Lelir often cook with cloves, or “cengkeh” as they call it.

And while I was doing research on ways to lower excess estrogen in the body I found something that modern medicine has overlooked. Cloves have an estrogen-lowering compound called eugenol.

Eugenol helps keep your body from absorbing estrogens, including fake estrogens like BPA. It helps your stomach flush them right out of your body.

You can also get eugenol into your diet with other herbs and spices too, like:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Basil
  • Lemon balm
  • Dill
  • Vanilla
  • Holy basil

A good way to get eugenol through supplementation is by using clove oil. Make sure you use 100% pure clove oil. Dilute just a tiny bit in almond or olive oil. They will help you absorb it better.

Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
This information is provided by Al Sears, M.D., Power For Healthy Living. For more information or to sign up for a free subscription to the Doctor’s House Call e-letter, please visit www.alsearsmd.com.

He is the founder of the Center for Health and Wellness, a successful integrative medicine and anti-aging facility in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, with over 25,000 patients. His cutting-edge therapies and reputation for solving some of the most difficult-to-diagnose cases attract patients from around the world. Since 1999, Dr. Sears has published 15 books and reports on health and wellness with a readership of millions spread over 163 countries.

Your Body Needs Saturated Fat to Process Toxics

Sally Fallon Morrell, founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of "Nourishing Traditions"

Sally Fallon Morrell, founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of “Nourishing Traditions”

Earlier today I did an interview with Sally Fallon Morrell, founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, on Toxic Free Talk Radio.

The entire interview is wonderful, but segment 2 was especially important because she spoke about the nutrients  our bodies need to process and eliminate toxic chemicals.

To sum it up in one sentence: we need to eat saturated fat from animals to eliminate toxics. But not toxic, industrially-raised animals. We need to eat saturated fat from good, healthy, organic, pastured animals, including beef, pork (yes, even bacon), lamb, butter, cream, and egg yolks.

She also said that one of the reasons people are so sensitive to chemicals today is that we are not getting adequate nutrition from our foods.

We agreed that what’s needed today is good nutrition from whole real foods as well as reducing our exposure to toxics.

For all the details, segment 2 of the interview has about five minutes on this subject. If you just want to listen to this part and not the whole interview, fast forward to minute 13.30.

For more guidelines on the wisdom of traditional diets, visit the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Sugar Detox

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I consider sugar to be a toxic chemical by virtue of the fact that it is refined from it’s natural state, devoid of any nutrition, and causes harm to the body. It’s a “toxic food” that can harm our health just as much as any toxic industrial chemical.

Yesterday I found myself wondering if my body was storing excess sugar I had eaten in the past, and, if so, what could I do to remove it from my body?

Well, the answer turned out to be yes and no. Yes, my body is storing old sugar eaten in the past, but not necessarily in the form of sugar.

What happens when we eat sugar of any kind (even “good” sugars, like honey and fruit, and other carbohydrates) is that it gets broken down into glucose. Glucose is either burned to create energy or stored in your muscles or liver to be used as needed. If you eat too much sugar or other carbs, more than you use or that can be stored in your muscles or liver, your body stores it as fat.

So yes that old sugar you ate years ago is still there in your body, but the way to release it is to remove fat by burning it to fuel your body, not to remove sugar.

Now in the short term, many people have too much sugar in their blood, which is a condition known as diabetes.

Our bodies have mechanisms to move sugar out of the blood and into the cells, but when we eat too much sugar over too many years, those mechanisms become strained and no longer work.

On a day-t0-day basis there are things we can to to “detox” our blood of excess sugar. Anyone can get an inexpensive blood sugar meter at any drug store and test your blood sugar.

The good news is that you can reduce the amount of sugar in your blood fairly quickly if you do the right things.

1. Take charge of when you eat sugar.

I’m not asking you to give up sugar entirely, but rather claim your choice to eat sugar when and where you want to, instead of eating sugar hidden in processed or prepared food. I’d rather eat the sugar of my choice to enjoy it in a piece of chocolate cake than to have it hidden in pasta sauce. Once you have choice, you can choose to eat it or not eat it. You can control the amount you eat or give it up entirely.

To accomplish this, I gave up eating most most processed foods and eating in most restaurants, because there are many hidden sugars in these foods. I was shocked when I started looking for sugar in restaurants. I couldn’t order a salad because sugar was in the dressing. I couldn’t even order a vegetable because restaurants often put sugar in string beans, carrots, and peas. I now only buy one prepared food in a jar: organic pasta sauce with no sugar. Everything else gets made from scratch so I know for sure what’s in it. I occasionally eat out at a few local restaurants where I’ve checked out the ingredients and know they are sugar-free.

2. Make your own desserts.

The other day on one of my radio shows my guest said her monther trained her to only eat desserts she herself prepared at home. And that works! After getting my sugar fixes the easy way by buying cookies in a bag I could eat right away, I became more thoughtful about choosing desserts with good ingredients that I would prepare myself. I still do this. I don’t buy packaged desserts. If I want something sweet, I make it out of sweet ingredients I know will be OK for my body. For some suggestions to start with, see www.toxicfreekitchen.com.

3. Switch to natural sweeteners.

When I started replacing white and brown sugar and high fructose corn syrup with evaporated cane juice, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar and other wholefood natural sweeteners, an interesting thing happened. My craving for sugar disappeared completely. I could eat cookies made with coconut sugar and not want more the next day. Refined sugars are “empty calories.” They have no nutrients to add to your body’s nutritional stores, and so they make you crave more food to get nutrition. Unfortunately, we generally eat more empty calories and then crave more food. If you are going to eat something sweet, be sure it is actually a food that contributes some type of nutrition.

4. Burn up excess sugar with exercise.

Remember that your body uses sugar for energy, so the more you exercise, the more you burn up the sugar in your body. So the best thing to do after indulging in a sweet treat is go burn it off, literally. That way your use of sugar balances the sugar you ate.

Exercise will also burn off excess sugar in your blood if you blood sugar is too high.

I know this is a challenge. Most people with excess sugar in their blood are in that condition because they are eating more sugar than they burn. Bringing balance between eating sugar and burning it is key to keeping sugar balance under control.

5. Drink plenty of water to dilute sugar and flush it from your body.

Water is essential to detox of any kind–at least 8 glasses a day. I make it easy to count by putting water from my home filter into beautiful quart-size glass bottles. Then I just set them on my desk and sip all day as I’m working.

5. Eat mainly protein, fat and vegetables, and a little fruit.

Your body actually prefers to run on fat, rather than glucose. That’s why is stores fat for emergencies instead of sugar. You can reset your body to run on fat in about 30 days (see the 30 Day Reset at www.toxicfreekitchen.com).

By following these tips as part of your lifelong health routine, you can keep your blood sugar in balance. Some say that we should not eat any sugar at all of any kind. I know that’s easier said than done. But I can tell you my experience has been that over time, as I have eaten less sugar, my body wants it less and less.

A friend of mine just completed an extensive sauna program and commented that one benefit was that her cravings for sugar are now completely gone. So sweating may be a good detox for sugar too.

How to Make Sure Your Body Has Sufficient Iodine for Detox and Good Health

Last week I did an interview with Dr David Brownstein about iodine on Toxic Free Talk Radiobecause iodine is the necessary element for your body to detox fluoride and bromide.

iodine-bookDuring the show we talked about many ways iodine is needed for simple body functions. At one point in the show I mentioned my problem with regulating my blood sugar and later Dr. Brownstein gave me a tip about that. He said that iodine is needed for the pancreas to regulate blood sugar and if I was having a problem with my blood sugar, my body was probably iodine deficient.

I was surprised to hear this, because I didn’t know iodine had anything to do with the pancreas or blood sugar, and I have been taking iodine for more than a year.

But if the root of my blood sugar problems is something as simple as iodine deficiency, I needed to find out.

I asked my doctor to test my body to see if it had enough iodine. We had done this before, which is why I was taking iodine. Iodine is also necessary for making thyroid hormones, another thing I’ve had problems with.

How could my body not be getting enough iodine? Simple. I don’t eat seafood, which is the best dietary source. I don’t eat seaweed, and now I don’t eat dairy. And I don’t eat refined iodized salt. So I’m not getting iodine from any of the usual dietary sources.

The Iodine Patch Test

iodine-patch0testThere is a quick, easy, inexpensive test anyone can do at home to see if your body has sufficient iodine for good health. It’s three simple steps.

1. Buy a small bottle of tincture of iodine at your local drugstore. This is an orange solution used for first aid to help prevent skin infecition. It costs less than $5.

2. Paint a 3 inch by 3 inch square of iodine on your skin on the inner part of your forearm. You can also do it on your inner thigh or abdomen, but I like the inner forearm because it’s easy for me to check. I wear a tank top when I test, but you put clothing over the patch after it dries.

3. Over the next 24 hours, watch to see at what point you can no longer see the patch.

This test measures how quickly your body absorbs iodine, The faster the iodine is absorbed, the more your body needs iodine.

If the patch is still there 24 hours later, your body has enough iodine. It’s generally thought that significant lightening of the patch or disappearance altogether in less than 18 hours indicates a moderate to severe deficiency and need for supplemental iodine.

If your patch disappears in less than 18 hours, write down the number of hours it lasted and test again after taking a supplement for a while.

Repeating the test periodically will allow you to monitor your iodine levels, to see if they are improving or getting worse. Even if you have a normal result, it’s a good idea to check every once in a while to see if it’s still normal.

[There is a more accurate laboratory test available called the iodine-loading test. Ask your doctor.]

 

My patch disappeared after four hours.

I think I figured out why it was so low.

I had been taking an iodine supplement that contains both iodine and iodide, called Iosol Formula II, which was given to me by my doctor. When I ran out, my doctor was away and so I went to my local natural food store and bought what they recommended. And it wasn’t the same. So I’ve been taking an iodine supplement that wasn’t very effective.

I’m back on Iosol now and I think both my thyroid and blood sugar will improve as I build up my iodine levels.

I highly recommend that everyone do the simple patch test for iodine, because it is so essential to good health. Dr Brownstein has tested more that 5,000 patients for iodine and found that 96 percent had low iodine.

Dr. Brownstein wrote, “It is worthwhile nothing that most of these patients were already on a holistic treatment plan which included vitamins, minerals and herbs. However, they were not supplementing with iodine.”

Please do check your iodine levels. Lack of iodine may be causing health problems for you that can be fixed with a simple supplement.

Thyroid Problems? Detox Fluoride & Bromide

Listen to my interview with Dr David Brownstein on detoxing your thyroid gland and the importance of iodine for good health.

Have you been drinking tap water, taking prescription drugs, or brushing your teeth? Have you been swimming in a pool, sitting in a hot tub, eating supermarket vegetables, or eating commercial bread and other bakery products? Then chances are you’ve been exposed to flouride and bromide, and they are probably affecting the function of your thyroid gland.

It was known as far back as 1854 that fluoride inhibited the ability of the thyroid gland to concentrate iodine, a substance that is necessary for this gland to produce thyroid hormone. Excessive exposure to fluoride has also been linked to dental fluorosis (discoloration of the teeth), hip fractures, bone cancer, lowered intelligence, kidney toxicity and other problems. [Read more about how fluoride is harmful to thyroid and health.]

Bromide can also contribute to iodine definciency, and in addition cause many mental difficulties, including irritability, headaches, severe depression, dullness, apathy, difficulty concentrating, psychomotor retardation, delirium, schizophrenia, and hallucinations.

Both fluoride and bromide can accumulate in your body, particularly in the thyroid gland, where the molecules occupy the receptor sites meant for iodine.

Now iodine is not only an essential nutrient for the production of thyroid hormone, it also has many other beneficial effects in your body, including production of all the other hormones in your body. Adequate iodine levels are necessary for proper function of your immune system. Iodine is antibacterial, anticancer, antiparasitic, and antiviral–it’s something good you want to have enough of in your body.

I read a very interesting book called Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It by Dr David Brownstein MD. In this book he gives a very specific detox for fluoride and bromide using iodine.

Here are Dr Brownstein’s recommendations:

1. Drink Enough Water

Water is necessary to help flush toxics out of the tissues of your body and carry them out of your body entirely through the kidneys. Dr Brownstein recommends taking your weight in pounds, divide it by 2 and then drink that number of ounces of water each day. Of course you should drink clean water that is not polluted with flouride, chlorine or any other chemicals. [See Debra's List: Water Filters for recommendations.]

2. Take Vitamin C

Dr Brownstein says that Vitamin C can help stimulate the detoxification pathways of the body. He suggests taking 3-6,000mg of Vitamin C every day. Remember to take a wholefood vitamin C with all the co-factors, such as Natural Vitality Vitality C, which I take every morning.

3. Eat Unrefined Salt

According to Dr Brownstein, unrefined salt is the key to removing bromide from the body. He says, “I have found it impossible to lower bromine levels in my patients if they do not ingest unrefined salt.” He recommends 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of unrefined salt per day. I use “The Original” Himalayan Crystal Salt whenever I use salt at home.

4. Take Iodine

Large doses of iodine help the body release fluoride and bromide. Dr Brownstein recommends from 6-50mg per day. I’ve been taking 9 mg per day for a while. Dr Brownstein suggests Lugol’s Iodine Solution, which includes both iodine and iodide.

I highly recommend recommend reading Dr Brownstein’s book before embarking on this program. It is full of information on iodine and your thyroid gland as well as fluoride, bromide and other toxic halogens.

The Easy Pesticide Detox: Just Stop Eating Them!

organic-food-shopping-1The word “pesticides” refers to a large group of manmade chemicals that are made with varying raw materials and have widely different characteriestics. So it’s impossible to give a detox that covers every pesticide.

But in 2008, a study found that all you need to do is stop eating pesticides to have them leave your body completely within a few days. Yes, days.

Now some “persistant” pesticides will stay in your body for years, but this study found that your body can be free from some pesticides commonly used on produce in mere days, if you simply stop eating them.

Here are the details.

The peer-reviewed study found that the urine and saliva of children eating a variety of conventional foods from area groceries contained biological markers of organophosphates, the family of pesticides spawned by the creation of nerve gas agents in World War II.

When the same children ate organic fruits, vegetables and juices, signs of pesticides were not found.

“The transformation is extremely rapid,” said Chensheng Lu, the principal author of the study. “Once you switch from conventional food to organic, the pesticides (malathion and chlorpyrifos) that we can measure in the urine disappears. The level returns immediately when you go back to the conventional diets,” said Lu, a professor at Emory University’s School of Public Health and a leading authority on pesticides and children.

Within eight to 36 hours of the children switching to organic food, the pesticides were no longer detected in the testing.

This, to me, is remarkable. When we eat organic food, no toxic pesticides. When we don’t eat organic food, we are literally eating poison.

The subjects for testing were 21 children, ages 3 to 11, from two elementary schools and a Montessori preschool on Mercer Island.

The study did not link the pesticide levels to specific foods, but other studies have shown peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, nectarines, strawberries and cherries are among those that most frequently have detectable levels of pesticides.

Today there is more organically grown food available than ever before. You can find it

  • at your local natural food store
  • in many supermarkets (where I live here in Florida, the best place to buy organic poultry happens to be a big discount warehouse)
  • at farmer’s markets
  • through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs where you can buy direct from the farmer
  • online

Source: Environmental Health Perspectives: Dietary Intake and Its Contribution to Longitudinal Organophosphorus Pesticide Exposure in Urban/Suburban Children

See also Toxic Free Kitchen: Can You Eat 100% Organic?

Degrees of Detox

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I know we live in a world where we are accumstomed to the idea of popping a pill and having our health problems disappear. But detox doesn’t happen that way. It’s not about doing a cleanse or taking some herbs and then you are done.

Detoxing your body is a continuous process of things coming into your body and things being removed. Its more of a flow than an event. Today you may remove some heavy metals from your body by taking liquid zeolite, for example, and tomorow you may inadvertantly bring more heavy metals in through eating a food that you didn’t know contained them.

So detox is this constant process of your body isolating and excreting toxic substances so they don’t build up in your body and cause a problem. Or it’s a reduction of toxic substances that have already accumulated as your “body burden” that you wish to reduce for better health. But either way it’s a process.

For me, recovering from the ravages of toxic chemical exposure earlier in my live has gone through many phases. Many things have helped, not just one. That my health is continuing to improve as my body gets older is the result of continually moving from one thing to the next, each next step becoming apparent as I complete the previous step.

And as I do each thing, my body becomes less toxic and less toxic and less toxic, and my health gets better and better and better.

Here are some of the things I’ve done to detox my body from toxics substances.

1. Remove toxic chemicals from your home and continue to maintain a toxic-free home. This is always the first step I recommend, because it’s more difficult to create a body that is toxic-free if you are living or working in a space that is full of continuous toxic exposures. more…

2. Drink clean water. Your body needs water to flush the toxic substances from your body. If you are drinking tap water for this purpose, you will just be adding more pollutants to your body. Purchasing an effective water filter will give you cleaner water and cost less than buying bottled water. more…

3. Take liquid zeolite. This natural mineral gave me a kick-start to removing heavy metals and other toxic substances stored in my body. As it reduced the toxic load that had accumulated in my body, my liver and kidneys could better function to remove other toxic substances. more…

4. Get massages. Now when I tell you that I just spent three years getting a therapeutic massage twice a week you may think that is a luxury, but it was one of the most effective things I’ve ever done to improve my body condition. Massage releases toxic substances that are stored deep in your body, and in addition relieves tension, allowing all the flows in your body to flow more easily. Now I only get a massage once a week,

5. Eliminate toxic foods. These include foods that contain toxic chemicals—such as pesticides, artificial colors and flavors, nitrates, and preservatives—as well refined foods like salt, sugar, and white flour that have been altered from their whole, natural state. Even some “natural” foods like milk are so industrialized that they don’t resemble their counterparts in nature. more...

My process has been to just take it a step at a time. Do one thing and then continue to do it while you add the next.

Over time you will learn what you need to include in your own life routine to keep your body in tip-top condition.

Start anywhere. Each thing you do is a step out of having a toxic body.

 

Your Grandmother Was Right: Chicken Soup Helps Your Body Detox

A few days a go I was writing a post for my Debra’s Home Cooking food blog about roasting chicken and then using the bones to make nourishing bone broth.

I went looking for an article to link to about the many health benefits of making broth by simmering the bones for hours, and found an article on the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

Among other things, it says:

Early research has also indicated that gelatin helps the liver. This is plausible in that the liver uses the amino acid glycine for detoxification, and its ability to detoxify is limited by the amount of glycine available. Back in 1935, Reuben Ottenberg, MD wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association: "It has been suggested that the administration of extra amounts of proteins containing an abundance of glycine (such as gelatin) will help the work in the liver. This seems particularly plausible since the recent work of Quick, who has shown that the ability of the liver to perform this protective synthesis is limited by the amount of glycine available."

Now you may have noticed that chicken soup in a can is not gelatin, it pours right out as a liquid. But! Chicken broth made from bones is very gelatinous. You can't store it in a bottle because it won't pour out. Once refrigerated, you need to scoop it out with a spoon and melt it down for it to be liquid.

Especially on these cold winter days, it's good to eat plenty of homemade bone broth to give your liver the amino acids it needs to do it's work of detoxing your body.

Source: Weston A. Prince Foundation: Why Broth is Beautiful: Essential Roles for Proline, Glycine and Gelatin.

Transform Your Body by Removing Dietary Toxins

Today's post was written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, author of five books on the paleo diet, and creator of The 30-Day Reset program..

Listen to Dr Kerryann talk with me today on Toxic Free Talk Radio at 12 noon eastern, or listen to her archived show at Purring Real Food FirstL How the Paleo Diet Can Help Your Body Detox, Lose Weight, Balance Blood Sugar, and a Whole Lot More..

Patient: “I feel like I need a really good cleanse.”

Me: “Yes, I agree. Let’s get you started. Do not eat anything with a barcode for 30 days.”

Patient: “Okay. What do I take?”

Me: “You don’t need to take anything. Start by eating nothing with a barcode for 30 days.”

Patient: “Ok, but don’t I need something to cleanse me?”

Me: “The foods will cleanse you.”

Patient: “Oh, good. So what supplements do I need to buy to get started?”

Me: “Nothing. You’re good to go. We’ll now go over your food plan and what to expect over the next 30 days, and you’ll be set.”

Patient: “Ok, I get it, but what do I take to actually cleanse?”

Me: “(sigh) Man, I really need to get this message out there … ”

One of the biggest misconceptions I’ve seen in my 20 years of working with patients to help them feel — and look — their best is the notion that there is no way to really cleanse the body without something in their hands before they leave the office. I’ve seen time and again how the patient seems to feel a sense of charge, if they leave the office with some kind of powder, pills or ancient elixir. If they leave empty-handed, they somehow feel that the program is going to fall way short of their expectations.  

And that’s ridiculous. Why would anyone need to turn to a powder or pills to cleanse the body properly? Detoxing happens at a cellular level, meaning the cells are in charge in any matters of detoxing. And those cells require nothing more than real food to get the cleansing process underway.

Our cells are self-regulating and self healing. This is biological law, pure and simple. This law states: “If you have a healthy internal milieu (that is, cells and all the fluids surrounding the cells), you will have a healthy internal terrain (a clean healthy body in beautiful balance).”

That said, essential nutrients are the only things we should provide our cells. These essential nutrients are nutrients our bodies can’t provide on their own — they come in the form of healthy oils, Vitamin D and the foods that match our primal genes and our primal biology. These are foods that science reveals we are designed to eat, based on how our genes are hardwired from an evolutionary standpoint.

In fact, one of the best ways to cleanse our bodies is through foods that push toxins out of our cells and flood nutrition into our cells. For this to happen, the foods we eat have to be foods our bodies understand — foods our bodies are biologically adopted to consume, metabolize and digest.  

No pills, no powders, no special elixirs … just food.

When we think about ridding the body of toxins, we often think of toxins as being chemicals, heavy metals, pollutants or pesticides. But it’s actually more basic than that. A toxin is anything that enters the body and damages the cells. That's it.

If you eat foods that your body cannot metabolize or digest, you run the risk of damaging intestinal cells. That food, as innocent as it may seem, is actually toxic to the body — a dietary toxin.  

These “dietary toxins” contribute to the proliferation of modern-day diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

If you want to stop poisoning your cells, think about it from a simplistic point of view. Consider bringing less garbage into your cells today than you did yesterday. What’s the garbage? Garbage is anything that your cells cannot fully utilize or eliminate. Anything that stays stored in your body because it cannot be eliminated, thereby creating damage. Waste, toxins or debris in the body all come down to the same premise: Where there is waste, there is weight; where there is deficiency, there is disease. If you carry toxins, you will be unhealthy and overweight.

Today’s most dangerous dietary toxins are wheat, added sugars, industrial seed oils (like canola, soybean, vegetable oil, sunflower oil and margarineand processed soy products (vegetarian meat products). These foods damage cells upon entering the body and eventually cause disease. This is a public health catastrophe considering these foods make up most of our diet today

For some, dairy can create a toxic situation as well. Most people of European decent can tolerate dairy if it’s “gold-standard” dairy products like raw, fermented full-fat dairy such as cultured butter, yogurt, kefir and cheese. Many others cannot.

In fact, much of today’s diet is filled with bread, pastries, muffins, crackers, fruit juices, soda, fast foods and other “convenience” foods loaded with toxins. It’s not hard to understand why America’s health is failing.

So how do we cleanse our body of wheat, sugar, poor-quality oils, soy and even dairy? Remove all of the aforementioned from your diet so your body can turn over new, fresh cells. But here’s the catch – you have to eat instead a diet that closely matches your primal genes to your primal biology. This is your true nutritional blueprint.  

No matter how far off the rails you may have gone with your diet, your body has an amazing way of regenerating, renewing and refreshing, if you just give it a chance! In fact, your intestinal cells turn over about every three weeks, which means you have incredible opportunities to build a healthy immune system, heal conditions and have glowing skin and a younger appearance (all of which are side benefits of a healthy, strong gut).  

I focus on “yes” and “no” foods for 30 days. All of the “yes” foods must fit the criterion of matching our nutritional blueprint as well as being anti-inflammatory (foods rid the body of inflammation as well as heal and regenerate) . This is bar none the best cleanse I have ever experienced, as have many others. Why? This cleanse creates the perfect storm in your body. It will reduce (or even eliminate) inflammation, heal the gut and balance blood sugar. This creates cells that flow like a river, instead of a swamp.

Re-setting your body to recalibrate at a higher level is the key. Our 30-Day Reset program really is the one and only path to losing weight, boosting immunity, reversing the aging process, healing conditions and performing better.

Always remember the deductive reasoning of our biological law. We cannot truly regulate our physiology from the outside. Looking and feeling our best is an inside job. Providing your body with what it needs to get the dietary toxins out and the nutrition in is the most fundamental and lasting approach to cleansing for life. 

Dr. Kellyann Petrucci is the creator of The 30-Day Reset program. It features an 80-plus page downloadable fun-to-read, expertly designed and edited guide, and includes four weekly meal plans, recipes, easy-to-understand tips and shopping lists. She designed this program after 20 years of helping patients detox their bodies of wheat, added sugars, poor-quality oils, processed soy products and dairy to reveal healthy happy people! This program rids your cells of toxins and floods your cells with nutrition.

To learn more about the 30-Day Reset, go here: drkellyann.com/30-day-paleo-reset

Drew was heading for disaster. The 30-Day Reset changed his life. Drew’s story topped our 2013 list for the most compelling story of the year and the most compelling reason to embark on the 30-Day journey. To hear his story visit drkellyann.com/blog/2013/12/24/how-one-obese-man-almost-lost-his-gift-of-health-are-you-on-that-path

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