Toxic Free Body

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Restoring our Missing Microbes



Listen to my interview with Permaculturist Diann Dirks on how to restore “the garden in your gut”

Back on June 12, I did an interview on Toxic Free Talk Radio with Martin L. Blaser MD, author of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues. The show was about how overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial products are compromising our health by creating loss of micro-organism diversity in our “microbiome.” In other words, these “anti” chemicals are killing the good guys in our guts.

After the show, I became very interested in how I might replace those missing microbes in my own body. I asked my primary healthcare provider about this, who said yes, this is a problem, and it is not solved by taking standard probiotics or just eating sugar-spiked yogurt. He said that best practice today for probiotics is to rotate probiotic formulas so you can get a wider diversity of strains.

He gave me Dr. Ohira Probiotics, which turns out to be the world’s most popular premium probiotic supplement. It’s not inexpensive, but it contains 12 synergistic strains of probiotics that are the result of a 3 to 5 years of fermentation. “This extended fermentation process enables the strains of bacteria to grow and proliferate, and also results in the production of substantial metabolic byproducts such as organic acids, short-chain fatty acids, various vitamins, amino acids and other accessory nutrients. These are all of the beneficial compounds that are normally produced by probiotics in the GI tract.” These probiotics are like taking whole food supplements because they contain both 12 strains of probiotcs plus the natural co-factors in the beneficial compounds.Even though I had been taking probiotics, taking Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics created an immediate change in my intestines on the very first day.

But then I thought, what about fermented foods? What about eating foods right out of the garden that probably have micro-organisms from the soil all over them? Wouldn’t the best way to get the micro-organisms we are missing be to get them straight from nature?

I found an article by Michael Pollan in the New York Times, which has a lot of good information in it, including some tips on how to restore your missing microbes.

Pollan notes that the scientists he was learning from were reluctant to make recommendations, as there wasn’t enough science. But when he asked them instead what changes they have made in their own lives, here is what they said:

  • think twice before taking antibiotics, only when necessary
  •  encourage children to play in the dirt and with animals
  • eliminate or cut back on processed foods because they lack the fiber that feeds the microbes
  • eat fermented foods, such as yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut.

There are two paragraphs in this article that I think are extremely important.

The first is about fiber…

“Fiber is not a single nutrient…which is why fiber supplements are no magic bullet. There are hundreds of different polysaccharides — complex carbohydrates, including fiber — in plants, and different microbes like to chomp on different ones. To boost fiber, the food industry added lots of a polysaccharide called inulin to hundreds of products, but that’s just one kind [italics mine]…and so may only favor a limited number of microbes…The safest way to increase your microbial biodiversity is to eat a variety of polysaccharides.” That’s a variety of whole plant foods.

And the second is about feeding your gut…

“The big problem with the Western diet…is that it doesn’t feed the gut, only the upper G I. All the food has been processed to be readily absorbed, leaving nothing for the lower G I. But it turns out that one of the keys to health is fermentation in the large intestine. And the key to feeding the fermentation in the large intestine is giving it lots of plants with their various types of fiber, including resistant starch (found in bananas, oats, beans); soluble fiber (in onions and other root vegetables, nuts); and insoluble fiber (in whole grains, especially bran, and avocados). With our diet of swiftly absorbed sugars and fats, we’re eating for one and depriving the trillion of the food they like best: complex carbohydrates and fermentable plant fibers. The byproduct of fermentation is the short-chain fatty acids that nourish the gut barrier and help prevent inflammation. And there are studies suggesting that simply adding plants to a fast-food diet will mitigate its inflammatory effect.

Resistant starch, soluble fiber, insoluble fiber…another reason to eat fresh whole plant foods.

Pollen’s advice for diet is summed up in one sentence: “You depend on the microbes, and you do your best to align their interests with yours, mainly by feeding them the kinds of things they like to eat — good ‘substrate.’”

Pollen says feeding your gut is a lot like gardening…”in order to nourish and nurture it, you just need to know what it likes to eat — basically, organic matter.”

Hmmm, I see a similarity here. Micro-organisms — whether in the soil or in your intestines — thrive on plant matter.

The solution is pretty clear to me: eat plant foods as close to the soil as possible and eliminate the toxic chemicals and we’ll all be happy and healthy.


Chorine and chloramine in tap water is put there to kill harmful bacteria that may be in the water supply. It’s there for a good reason because all kinds of micro-organisms might get into your water as it travels through miles of pipe to your tap.

But once the water gets to your tap, drinking chlorine and chloramine can have the same harmful effect on the beneficial micro-organisms in your body. These chemicals can’t distinguish between bad bacteria and good bacteria—it kills them all.

If you are going to do a restoration project on your microbiome, it is essential to filter your tap water.

I use and recommend the Ultra-UC Water Filter/Revitalizer made by PureEffect Advanced Filtration. It removes both chlorine and chloramine so it works to eliminate both of these disinfectants from any tap water.

Even if you do nothing but stop drinking tap water, you’ll be helping to restore your microbiome instead of continuing to destroy it.

Are you Tired From Toxics?

up all night

Today I learned something new: “The key fact about the metal toxicity is that it is always related to chronic fatigue and chronic adrenal fatigue.”

It turns out that your body just can’t excrete metals without good adrenal function. If your adrenal function isn’t close to normal, your body WILL start to store heavy metals, because your adrenal glands have such an important part to play in the elimination of metals from your body.

If your adrenals are starting to fatigue, your body is on it’s way to heavy metal toxicity.

Adrenal fatigue is a common health problem today because it is the result of stress, and most of us are stressed in one way or another. It’s primary symptom is a fatigue that is not relieved by sleep. You may not have any obvious illness, but just don’t feel well, are often tired, or don’t feel very bright.

Adrenal fatigue is actually pretty easy to identify, but most people don’t realize how exhausted their bodies are because they do things to stimulate their bodies. If you are doing anything that makes you “feel better” and need to do it on a continuous basis to function, you probably have adrenal fatigue. Stimulants can include coffee, colas and other caffienated beverages, sugar, drugs, and alcohol.

All of these things will perk up your adrenal so you don’t feel how tired your body really is. These give your body a lift, but at the same time tax your adrenals and make them more fatigued, in a continous downward spiral.

Other signs of adrenal fatigue are

  • feeling tired for no reason.
  • having trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
  • feeling rundown or overwhelmed.
  • having difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
  • craving salty and sweet snacks.
  • feeling more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.
  • experiencing decreased sex drive.
  • just too tired to enjoy life.
  • dark circles under the eyes.

It’s important to know if you are experiencing adrenal fatigue because it’s also a sign that your body is accumulating heavy metals.

At a certain point, the accumulated metals become an adrenal stress. As your adrenals become weaker and weaker, your body level of metals gets higher and higher, until things start breaking down.

I went through a bout of adrenal fatigue a few years ago. My healthcare provider told me the best thing to do for it was to lie down throughout the day for about 15 minutes at a time. Because the adrenals are stressed when your body is upright standing or sitting, and can heal themselves only when you lie down. And it worked.

About the same time was when I also started taking liquid zeolite. While I didn’t know then about this connection between adrenal fatigue and heavy metals, it makes sense to me now that taking liquid zeolite would help relieve adrenal exhaustion.

PureBodyx2The easiest thing to do to remove heavy metals from your body is to take PureBody Liquid Zeolite. This natural mineral is uniquely suited to remove heavy metals. 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. It’s simple, effective, and affordable.

Source: Weston A Price Foundation: Metals and the Mind

This article goes way beyond issues with metals and adrenal function, with a lot of information about how metals in your body interfere with common functions. I’m reading it slowly and will likely bring you more posts containing pieces of it.

More information about adrenal fatigue:

More about heavy metals and their health effects: Toxic Free Body: Is a Load of Heavy Metals Making You Sick?

A good article on holistic treatments for adrenal exhaustion: Heal Your Adrenals—Recovering From Adrenal Exhaustion

Persistant Bioaccumulative Toxicants Persist in Your Body Too

steven-gilbertA couple of weeks ago I interviewed toxicologist Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT on Toxic Free Talk Radio. He requested that we talk about bioaccumulative toxicants (PBTs), a subject I hadn’t researched much. Not that PBTs are not important, but my work has been focused on the human health effects of toxic chemicals, and PBTs are generally discussed as an environmental issue. But as I listened to Dr Gilbert talk about PBTs, I realized something:

If a chemical persists in the environment, it also persists in our bodies.


This symbol is from, a simple database that indicates chemical hazards using clear symbols and colors.

PBTs are a whole class of toxic chemicals that have similar characteristics that contribute to being toxic to both humans and other species of plants and animals.

  1. They persist in the environment. Many pesticides and all the heavy metals do not break down in the environment, or do so very slowly. When persistant chemicals are continuously released into the environment (or your body), they build up to higher and higher levels.
  2. They are toxic to many species.
  3. They bioaccumulate or concentrate in species as they move up the food chain. Because they accumulate in the fat of animals, animals that consume other animals are also consuming these accumulated toxicants.
  4. Because of their persistence in the environment and accumulation in various species PBTs move around the world and into places far from the original exposure.

Because PBTs concentrate and spread throughout the environment, lists have been created to help prioritize efforts to reduce their use. Collectively, these lists contain many pesticides, but also heavy metals, including cadmium, lead, and mercury. Now remember these are persistant chemicals. They don’t break down in natural systems like ecosystems or bodies. Heavy metals are accumulating in your body every time you are exposed to them unless you do something to remove them. PureBodyx2

The easiest thing to do to remove heavy metals from your body is to take PureBody Liquid Zeolite. This natural mineral is uniquely suited to remove heavy metals. 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. It’s simple, effective, and affordable. Read more about heavy metals and their health effects at Toxic Free Body: Is a Load of Heavy Metals Making You Sick?

The Importance of Being Sweaty


It’s getting pretty hot here in Florida, now that it’s midsummer. About 90 degrees every day and high humidity. Which means you can’t leave the house without sweating.

It’s interesting that our bodies have our own evaporative air conditioners built in: when our bodies get too hot, they sweat to cool off.

I remembere when I first moved here from California, how much my body sweated. I had to get all new clothes because going outdoors meant my body would sweat so much my clothes would be soaked through. Sometimes I would need to change clothes two or three times a day. So I needed just plain cotton tops and shorts I could just throw in the washing machine over and over.

The primary function of the sweat glands is to 1) seperate the waste from the blood and release it from the body via sweat and 2) maintain proper body temperature by producing a cooling effect with water.

Mechanical air conditioning replaces our own built-in body air conditioner, but it does nothing about the remove-the-waste function of sweat. This is not a good thing.

Thirty percent of the body’s wastes are excreted out of the skin through sweat. But your body has to sweat for those wastes to be removed.

Nature has designed things so for part of the year we sweat and detox. But air conditioning takes that away. Antiperspirants take that away. And toxic chemicals and body wastes that we should be sweating out stay in our bodies.

So take advantage of the heat of summer to let your body sweat out some of the toxic substances that it has been accumulating. The more you sweat, the better.

Sweat is simple, natural, and free. It’s your body’s natural detox.

Can the Common Spice Turmeric Protect Us from Toxics?


There’s a great website called Green Med Info which collects all kinds of information on what is affecting our health and how we can use natural remedies to improve the conditions of our bodies.

I subscribe to their newsletter.

Recently there was an impressive artcle about how the common spice turmeric can protect our bodies from many common toxic exposures: 31 Ways Turmeric Protects Against The Post-Industrial ‘Chemical Apocalypse’.

This article has links to experiments that verify turmerics protective qualities for all these toxic exposures:

  • Acetametaphen (Tylenol) Toxicity
  • Acrylonitrate Toxicity
  • Acrylamide Toxicity
  • Aflatoxin Toxicity
  • Alcohol Toxicity
  • Antibiotic Toxicity
  • Arsenic Toxicity
  • Benzene Toxicity
  • Benzo[a]pyrene-induced Toxicity
  • Cadmium Toxicity
  • Chemotherapy-Induced Toxicity
  • Cortisone Toxicity
  • Dioxin Toxicity
  • Drug-Induced Toxicity (various)
  • Fluoride Toxicity
  • Heterocyclic Amine Toxicity
  • HIV Drug Toxicity
  • Iron Toxicity
  • Lead Toxicity
  • Lipopolysaccharide (Bacterial) Toxicity
  • Malathion Toxicity
  • Mercury ToxicityMethanol Toxicity
  • Naphtalene Toxicity
  • Nicotine/Tobacco Toxicity
  • Nitrite Toxicity
  • NSAID Toxicity
  • Pesticide Toxicity
  • Phthalate Toxicity

It also contains some excellent links to a number of toxic chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis.

While there are many ways we can reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals at home and in our own personal workplaces, when we go out into the world, we still encounter many toxic exposures in public.

I can’t give you the exact doses that are needed for these good effects, but it can’t hurt to include turmeric in your diet as a possible help.

In India, the average person eats about 2 to 2.5 grams (about four to six capsules) of turmeric a day. Curry powder is loaded with turmeric, peppers and other spices and turmeric is also added to many other dishes in India. During the cooking process, boiling and cooking helps naturally break down the turmeric in such a way that the absorption of medicinal grade constituents, like curcumin, are greatly enhanced. And India has among the lowest rates in the world of prostate, breast, colon and lung cancer. Some researchers believe this may be due to the amount of turmeric consumed in their diet on a regular basis.

Here’s another great article about turmeric, with additional information on health benefits, history, and how to use it: The World’s Healthiest Foods: Turmeric

Help Your Liver Detox Your Body

Listen to Dr. Janes Gatza on Toxic Free Talk Radio

James GatzaLast Monday I interview Dr. James Gatza, a local chiropractor here in Clearwater, Florida.

In the interview he said that in the past twenty years, he has treated more than 20,000 patients with weight problems, and other common diseases such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic neck & back pain, headaches/migraines, high blood pressure, breathing problems, joint pain, sleep problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, joint swelling, and much more.

In every case their liver was not functioning properly and required nutritional support to restore liver function.

I told my story of taking a nutrition product for liver support, and saw dramatic results in before and after live cell blood analysis (a test where your blood is taken and immediately placed under a microscope for examination). Dr Gatza said that he also had live blood tests done on himself and his wife, and also his patients, and they all came out perfect.

The liver is the primary organ in your body that processes toxic chemicals in order to eliminate them from your body. There are two problems that occur:

  1. these very chemicals damage the liver, making it more difficult to process them, and
  2. certain specific nutrients are needed by the liver to process these chemicals. With today’s diets, these nutrients are often not present in sufficient quantities to process the toxic chemicals into the form in which they can be removed from the body.

Dr. Gatza and I agree that regardless of the symptoms you see in your body, poor liver function is at the root of every body condition. You can do any treatment under the sun and if your liver isn’t functioning well enough to process and eliminate the toxic chemicals you are exposed to day in and day out, then those treatments won’t work.

Here are my three steps for helping your liver detox your body.

1. Reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in your environment as much as you can. You can find thousands of toxic free products on Debra’s List.

Pure Body Liquid Zeolite2. Take Pure Body Liquid Zeolite. This natural mineral will remove heavy metals, radiation, and various toxic chemicals within four to six hours. As you continue to take it, you will remove more and more chemicals that are stored in your body from past exposure, eliminating the need for your liver to process them. Once all of the stored “body burden” chemicals are removed, continuing to take this product will catch incoming toxics and eliminate them before they accumulate in your body into illness.

Total Shake3. Give your body the nutrients it needs specifically for liver function. Dr. Gatza has created a very high quality liver support product called Total Shake. It contains all the nutrients your liver needs to process and eliminate toxic chemicals.

Note that PureBody and Total Shake help the liver in two completely different ways. Pure Body removes toxic substances from your blood to divert them from needing to be processed by the liver, while Total Shake gives your liver the nutrients it needs to process and eliminate toxic substances. The two are each helping the same problem of liver overload, but from different directions.

Take care of your liver, and it will keep your body toxic-free and healthy.

What Works to Tox-Out Your Body?

Listen to author Rick Smith on Toxic Free Talk Radio today at 12 noon eastern

Rick Smith and Bruce LourieIn 2009, a book by authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie was published, called Slow Death By Rubber Duck. I read every word.

The book was their account of an experiment they did, during which they intentionally put toxic chemicals IN to their bodies by ingesting and inhaling particular common consumer products containing certain toxic chemicals, and then had body fluids tested for the presence of these toxic chemicals. They were there all right. The book was a bestseller.

Now five years later they are back with another book. ToxIn ToxOut is all about their personal experience trying to get the chemicals OUT of their bodies. They explain which detox methods work and why trendy cleanses don’t.

In the end they give a lot of tried and true advice for eliminating toxics to begin with.

What doesn’t work to remove toxic chemicals from your body?

Fasting, ionic foot baths, colonic cleansing, food and drink cleanses, leeching herbal supplements and hot springs.

What does work? Chelation (as in the Pure Body Liquid Zeolite I recommend) and sweat (which you can do in a sauna or being outdoors on any summmer day).

I’ll be writing more about these two workable methods in the weeks to come.

Slow Death by Rubber Duck          ToxIN ToxOUT

How to Detox Your Brain

It’s simple! Your body will detox your brain for you. All you have to do is sleep.

A few years ago I wrote in this blog about why a good night’s sleep is so necessary to your body’s detoxification functions.

But now there is even more evidence that sleep helps your body detox, particularly your brain.

A study recently published in Science magazine showed–for the first time–that during sleep the space between brain cells may increase, thereby allowing the brain to flush out toxins that accumulate during waking hours.

The results of the study show that during sleep the glymphatic system may open, letting fluid flow rapidly through the brain. The glymphatic system helps control the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a clear liquid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Watch it flow in this first video (the one on the left is during sleep, versus when awake on the right), then watch the other videos for more information. How amazing our bodies are!

Read more:
National Institutes of Health: Brain may flush out toxins during sleep

NPR: Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

The original study:
Science: Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain

How Fermented Foods Help Your Body Detox


Last week I interviewed my friend Diann Dirks on Toxic Free Talk Radio, where we talked about how to make water kefir.

Water kefir is a fermented drink made by placing a specific starter in water. Add sugar, and in a couple of days the sugar is practically disappeared and in it’s place are all kinds of good things for your body that are the result of the fermentation process. No, it’s not alcoholic. It’s fizzy and you can put all kinds of flavors in it. It’s a great way to hydrate your body through the summer and it helps your body detox in a nice gentle way.

Water kefir is only one of many fermented foods and beverages that can help your body detox. In this post Diann explains the connection.

Listen to the archived show about water kefir with Diann Dirks

Fermented foods and beverages have been the big buzz in health promoting circles recently, showing up on Dr. Oz and magazine articles like Martha Stewart Living, pretty main stream. But they have long been known in the inner circle of researchers, alternative nutritional therapies, by the Weston A. Price Foundation, in Permaculture circles, and with those in the know.

The reason it’s such a hot subject lately is that we are now experiencing so much pollution, contamination, and so many more health challenges with GMOs and other alterations of our food and water supplies, that people are getting sicker. We’re seeing more autism and obesity in children, more behavioral problems and the solutions to them which are worse (methamphetamines for little kids – unimaginable!) for such things as ADHD, that people are waking up to the fact that we better do something about this or we aren’t going to make a healthy life for ourselves and our families.

Our bodies are out of balance. The natural symbiotic relationship our species has had with beneficial gut flora and other natural micro-organisms which are identical with ones found in healthy soil, is being systematically removed from our lives. Until about 80 to 100 years ago, up to 40% of our diets were made up of fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, and fermented vegetables of various cultures: Kim chi if you are Korean, or pickled vegetables in all the Oriental cultures, and pickled beets if you were my grandmother. (One of my favorite BTW.) But we now have grocery stores where everything, practically, is pasteurized which kills off these vital organisms, with very few exceptions like yogurt or sour cream, if left in their natural states.

Instead we are eating meat that is loaded with anti-biotics from the industrialized food industry, all kinds of hormones and additives to our milk, cheese, eggs, and almost every animal based food. These anti-biotics are meant to kill pathogenic (disease causing) microbes but they kill off everything, including the micro-organisms we need for the healthy workings of every cell in our bodies. And they weaken our immune system so opportunistic viruses, bacteria, and fungal based diseases like Candida (a system wide yeast parasite causing exhaustion and other symptoms) can come right in without having the natural filter of a wide variety of gut flora and microbes which if in good supply, get them before they get you. Since 85% of your immune system is made up of these good microbes, we need to constantly resupply our bodies with them.

Fermented Foods to the Rescue

Here’s where the fermented foods and beverages come in. Those beneficial gut flora are called ‘pro-biotics’ meaning pro – for, and biotics – life. If we don’t deliberately re-charge our guts with pro-biotics, all it takes is one course of anti-biotics from the doctor or a lifetime of eating grocery food to have big holes in our ability to fight off infection. That’s why we are getting MRSA (a staph infection that anti-biotics can’t kill) and other resistant strains which are killing people. Fermenting foods produces those good microbes and supply them to our bodies in a food.

We can take a pro-biotic pill, but who knows how long that pill with a living organism has been sitting in a warehouse or shelf. Remember it’s a LIVING organism or it’s not a pro-biotic.

There are literally thousands of kinds of beneficial microbes and each one of them has their place in the chemistry and activity of the cells in the body. We need a very wide variety of them to give us all the functions they are there to provide. So, we need a variety of sources of pro-biotics, not just a pill with 10 kinds. And if they are in a food form, that is how nature designed us, so we get the full benefits. Eating organic foods that have not been sprayed with chemicals have some of them, one of the reasons to eat organic foods instead of commercially grown ones. Eating yogurt with lacto bacillus like Activia is a start. But there are hundreds of strains of lactobacillus just to name one family of the good microbes, and yogurt only supports a few kinds.

Fermented Beverages for Detox

In comes the whole subject of fermented beverages. We need to rehydrate our bodies all the time, especially more so in summer when we lose water from sweating and sitting in dry air conditioned spaces.

Why not drink something really delicious, loaded with all the beneficial pro-biotics we need, where the sugar has been transformed into organic acids the body desperately needs to detoxify the rest of the junk we have accumulated by eating processed and chemically-loaded foods the rest of the time.

And because we need a variety of pro-biotic types, it helps to drink a number of these fermented beverages.

Kombucha Tea is one of the best, and is known for its detoxifying properties as well as disease-fighting and liver protective qualities. It contains a lot of glucuronic acid which bonds with toxins in the liver and takes them out of circulation and through the kidneys to eliminate them as well as a number of other similar organic acids which neutralize a number of kinds of toxins and poisons. But because it is SO detoxifying, there’s a limit to how much one can drink comfortably without bringing on a healing crisis (max about 16 oz. a day taken in 4 glasses of 4 oz. each). It’s delicious and wonderful but you can’t drink liters of it in a day in order to keep up with the demands of the body for hydration.

That brings us to Water Kefir, a little known beverage you can make yourself for pennies a day with good water, organic cane sugar and the culture called Tibico, little grain sized particles of jelly like bacteria/yeast symbiotic bio-mass (living matrix). It takes a few minutes to make, doesn’t require cooking, takes 24 to 48 hours to brew, and another day or so in the second ferment to add flavor, and you can totally use it as a soda or sports drink substitute.

Children love it. It makes a sparkly fizzy drink that satisfies thirst, tastes delicious, and can be made up in your favorite flavors using things you have already got in your house or fridge. It only takes a glass jar and a plastic strainer (the Tibico doesn’t like metal next to it or used when making it except non-reactive stainless steel) you can get at Wal-Mart.

Start out by drinking a few ounces at a time but as you build up, you can drink liters of it a day without worrying about overloading on sugar (the sugar gets made by the Tibico into all those good bio-chemicals the cells need), and the things you use to flavor it can add more benefits like vitamins and minerals or if using herbs, quietly beneficial medicinal effects. It is a powerful pro-biotic and it will detoxify the body. If you get headaches or have flu-like symptoms, that’s just the body getting rid of the toxins too quickly. Simply back off to a smaller amount and build back up slowly.

In the first ferment 20% of the sugar will remain as fructose, but after 48 hours, one quart of the liquid contains only 1.4% fructose – about as much as a green tart apple.

The Tibico lasts indefinitely if given a bit of minerals and if you feed it by making a new batch every 48 hours or so, and it reproduces slowly so you can make more of the grains and share them or even eat them in time. It may change size or color with the seasons, but you almost can’t kill it. It can be frozen or dehydrated for storage, and brought back to life by thawing out and putting back in the sugar water. Dehydrated grains can be shipped and stored for quite a long time. It’s a tough little liquid crystal (polysaccharide matrix) baby.

Tibico, also called Water Kefir Grains, can be purchased online through for very little – under $10. All you need to start is 4 tablespoons.

Nutritional benefits include Vitamins K, B Complex, Folic acids and a number of other organic acids, enzymes, and whatever minerals are present in the water, sugar or added minerals supplements you put in your fermentation. If using Himalayan salt, 84 trace minerals are found there. Celtic salt, baking soda, egg shells, molasses all contain many trace and major minerals. The more you supply to it, the more you get to drink.

Detoxification benefits include the organic acids which draw out toxins in the liver as the blood runs through it, and send them to the kidneys where they are eliminated. Also, by continuing to drink lots of it, the probiotics themselves process toxins and poisons in the gut and flush them out down the intestines as well as keep the stool loose so it doesn’t jam up as constipation. When putting some of the delicious herbs in to flavor, such as lemon grass, those herbs also have benefits which help to keep the body running smoothly.

And if that wasn’t enough, here are even more health benefits include, besides all found with probiotics, and the detoxification of metals and toxins; an excellent skin wash for dermatitis, eczema and other skin disorders, and hair rinse; immune system support for AIDS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Candida, Auto-Immune diseases and Cancer (from testimonial accounts); potent anti-biotic, anti-fungal, intestinal cleansing which reduces bloating and flatulence, flattens abdominals and promotes bowel movement; reduces cravings for sugar and junk food; cleanses the liver, gall bladder and kidneys (including cystitis – inflamed bladder), improves the skin, helps eliminate acne, lessens eczema and brown liver spots, moles and warts; builds strong bones; eases aches and joint pains; improves vision; flushes the endocrine systems – adrenals glands, thyroid, pituitary glands, ovaries and testes and has been known to promote healthier menstrual cycles and reverse early menopause; nervous system benefits by providing electrolytes for helping with sleep disorders, depression, ADHD and Autism; prevents allergies; balances out the body for overall health and healing; helps with internal ulcers, bronchial catarrh (mucus), sclerosis, myocardial infarctions, and helps heal and with convalescence after serious disease or trauma; helps regulate blood pressure and weight control; good results during pregnancy and abdominal female complains; helps prevent intestinal putrification (which toxifies the body) and doesn’t alter healthy digestive processes. In chronic conditions great quantities should be drunk daily, sometimes as much as 3 times a day in two cup amounts up to two liters a day depending on the condition, as it helps to balance the body’s organic acids and other chemical functions, takes out toxins formed from bacterial, fungal and viral infections, hydrates and feed the body needed vitamins, minerals and enzymes, and draws out heavy metals and poisons once you build up to large amounts.

Learn how to make water kefit at home at Toxic Free Kitchen: Water Kefir.


Diann DirksDiann Dirks is an artist, researcher, writer, author, speaker, community activist for local farmers markets and community gardens, 45 year organic gardener, homesteader, Certified Permaculture Designer, agricultural and home garden consultant, educator, herbalist-in-training, 1700’s re-enactor, animal lover, wife and homemaker.

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A Different Kind of Detox


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.

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