“Should I detox?”
“How do I detox?”
These are two questions I hear often. And honestly, it doesn’t surprise me because the word ‘detox’ is thrown around so loosely these days. I’ve found that this concept brings about so much confusion and misunderstanding.
I even posted on Facebook asking people what came to mind when they heard the word, “detox.” Of the 87 responses, the two most common answers were “alcoholic” and “juice cleanse.” And while both of these responses can be relevant, it’s only a very, very small piece of this necessary and misunderstood practice. On one end of the “detox spectrum,” there’s the medically supervised drug and alcohol detoxification, and on the completely opposite side is the yoga, meditation and vegan detox concept.
It’s no wonder there’s so much confusion!
So, let’s break this down…
According to Google, detoxification is:
“the process of removing toxic substances or qualifications” or the “medical treatment of an alcoholic or drug addict involving abstention from drink or drugs until the bloodstream is free of toxins.”
Well, that works…kind of.
However, it doesn’t clear up the confusion.
Detox International explains it like this:
By true definition, detox is a metabolic process through which toxins are reduced and removed by the body. It involves a deliberate metabolic push to get toxins mobilized and eliminated and which normally uses nutritional supplements, herbs, colon and liver cleansing and raw food or juices.
Now, that clears things up a lot!
Detoxification is a powerful and deliberate process. In fact, there’s so much more involved than just eating a healthy diet for a week. It’s an intentional effort to eliminate toxins by using natural therapies and processes.
So, how exactly does detox work?
Well, I believe that when you’re educated about the WHY and the WHAT, you’re much more likely to make changes and actually implement practices. So, let’s first review your detox organs and their functions:
- Skin – the largest detox organ, expels toxins through sweat
- Liver – the primary detox organ, has 2 detox phases
- Lungs – eliminate waste produced as a result of metabolic activity
- Kidneys – extracts residual wastes and surplus water from the blood to produce urine that will be finally expelled from the body
Now, how do you know if you need to detox?
Well, that answer is pretty easy…
You need to detox if you’re alive, breathing and well, human. Seriously, detox should be something you practice daily!
However, let’s go a bit deeper. If you’re experiencing any of these signs and symptoms or participate in any of these activities, I’d recommend that you commit to a detox plan for a period of time or implement a more therapeutic detox practice:
- Brain fog
- Heavy and symptomatic menstruation
- Exposed to heavy pesticide use
- Workaround heavy metals
- Quick to anger
- White or yellow coated tongue
- Itchy skin
- Weight loss resistance
- Chemical sensitivity (if certain fragrances make you sick or you’re a lightweight drinking alcohol)
- Congested sinuses
- Gallbladder issues (or have it removed)
- Prolonged or current use of pharmaceuticals
- Prolonged or current use of drugs, tobacco or alcohol
Do any of these resonate with you?
If so, here are some of my favorite tips and at-home detox methods that are simple, effective and inexpensive. You can begin these immediately!
Step 1: This step should be implemented on a daily basis…no matter how healthy or unhealthy you are.
- Minimize processed foods and sugar – Here’s my 30-Day Meal Plan.
- Minimize alcohol and caffeine consumption
- Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily – Here’s more information.
- Consume antioxidant rich foods
- Dry brush – Follow these directions.
- Oil Pulling – Follow these directions.
- Rebounding – Follow these directions.
- OnGuard Essential Oil – Apply 2 drops onto the bottoms of your feet 2x/day.
- Zendocrine Essential Oil – Apply 2 drops of the essential oil and 1 tsp coconut oil topically over your liver and kidneys 2x/day.
- Lemon Essential Oil – Add 2 drops in every 16 oz. glass of water throughout the day.
Step 2: This step should be added to Step 1 if you’re experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms.
- Castor Oil Packs – Follow these directions.
- Detox Baths – Follow these directions.
- Coffee Enemas – Follow these directions.
- Infrared Sauna Therapy – Follow these directions.
- TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme – Take 2 with every meal.
- Zendocrine Softgels – Take 2 1x/day.
- Cilantro Essential Oil – Apply 2 drops on the bottoms of your feet 2x/day.
- Helichrysum Essential Oil – Apply 2 drops topically over your liver 2x/day.
Here’s your challenge…
- If you’re new to detoxing, I challenge you to incorporate 3 things this week from Step 1.
- And if you’ve been doing some detox and feel the need to step things up a bit, I challenge you to incorporate 3 things this week from Step 2.
I’m so excited for you to begin experiencing the positive impact that detox will have on your life. It’s a game changer!
And if you either take me up on my challenge or you’re actively doing any of these detox methods, I’d love to hear about your favorite method and/or about the changes you’ve experienced as a result. You can share in the comments below!
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Very good summary of all we can do
I’m doing lots of these…
Weak phase2 detox- trying to get rid of heavy metals for a while now – actually with Dr Pompa protocol
Plus ebv and hsv with Swiss homeopathic protocol – big detox reaction (new for me) -swollen and painful tongue and gums… dentist think sign of lichen planes – says nothing to do for that – another autoimmune
I’m celiac with long list of new intolerances…
eczema all over my body – new to me since fall (menopause;()
I’m still good with energy for my tennis competitions… life ?
Thanks so much for sharing and am thankful that you’re feeling good in the midst of that you’re currently experiencing!
Great post! I do many of these myself, but I would love to know more about a kids version. I have a daughter with exzema and she is in school so what would you implement?
Yes, kids can do these too. It would depend on age for the specifics on cutting back, dose, etc, but most of things listed here are gentle enough. Thanks!