Keep it simple is my motto!
First of all, if you feel like a week has not been long enough for you to fully shift your normal diet over to a cleaner, simpler diet; then I would suggest you simply stay with that initial phase for now. Getting your initial, daily diet in order is by far the most critical part. The body will not fully let go of toxins if you are still putting toxic food sources in! Please don’t rush this first part, be sure to take as long as you want to make sure your diet is really clean of all toxic and overwhelming food sources.
The second critical part of making sure your body is well prepared to cleanse, is to make sure it is supported properly. This week while continuing to eat clean and simple, start adding specific supplements that will support your bodies ability to let go and flush toxins. Trust me on this one, I once did a cleanse without making sure my bowels where up for the job, and ended up in severe pain for a couple days before I broke down and did an enema for relief! (more on those later : ) )
Detox supplements include;
1. A high probiotic combination (not dairy!) but a capsule with a minimum of 60 billion!
2. Large doses of B-Complex
3. Anti-oxidants e.g. Vit C (min. 2 g/day), selenium, beta-carotene (Vit A), Vitamin E
4. Plenty of EFA’s.
5. A whole food supplement, like E3Live to replenish the depleted nutrients.
6. A multi functional digestive enzyme to be taken with each meal.
7. A general detox kit like, Heel Detox Kit, Dr. Reckeweg, Wild Rose, Flor-Essence tea, Chinese or Swedish Bitters or make your own with specific herbal tinctures that you feel drawn too.
The final aspect of getting your body detoxing and cleansing is adding the right products that will stimulate your organs to release the deeply held toxins. The best products I have found to do this are specific herbs.
*Remember herbs should not be taken any longer than a month, before giving your body a break as they are stimulants and can over work your system and/or create more problem.
Herbs that are specific to organ cleansing are;
Liver related herbs are – Milk Thistle, Artichoke and Dandelion root.
Kidney related herbs are – Couch Grass, Uva Ursi, Horsetail, Parsley, Nettle and Corn Silk.
Bowels, aside from using a high probiotic for support, if you find you get constipated then try herbs such as Aloe Vera gel, Slippery Elm, Cascara Sagrada or Turkey Rhubarb all will support and stimulate the bowels to release. Just be careful when using these to not over do it! To begin with simply add some magnesium powder to your diet morning and night and this may be all you need to get that extra push. Remember too, that you will be eating a fairly large diet of fresh vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds, all of which will be adding good fiber.
The least honored organ, but the one I think needs the most help is our Spleen! I especially like to make sure I am supporting my spleen during the fall. As it tends to cause me the most problems at this time. If you feel achey and stiff, especially your lower limbs and feet, than spleen deficiency can be your biggest problem. The herbs I prefer to use for spleen are – Codonopsis (immune and blood tonic), Dioscorea (proper metabolizing), Cratageous (especially for digestive weakness like indigestion and nausea) & Astragalus (general energy builder)
The last system that always gets forgotten is our lymphatic system. The easiest way to make sure it is functioning well is to get yourself a good natural dry body brush and brush your skin well (until pink!) prior to showering each day. Bouncing up and down or any gently physical movement actually stimulates our lymphatic system. Another way is to locate the two main acupuncture points for this system and stimulate the spot with your thumb or finger for a couple minutes a few times a day. These points located roughly 4 inches down from your color bone and directly up from your nipples. If you feel around that area you will find an indent that is a bit tender, that’s the spot!
All of these herbs can be taken either in tincture form or dry made in to a tea, choose which form appeals to you most. I prefer the tincture and tea form, as the tincture tends to be stronger in action than the tea. I will take a mixture of the tinctures say 6-12 drops of each in some water morning and evening, as well as steep some herbs to sip throughout the day.
As you implement this new set of protocols, be sure to monitor your elimination. Toxins will mainly be release via the bowels but also through the kidney’s and bladder. If either one becomes slow and/or painful, slow down on the detoxifying herbs and bulk up on healthy fiber foods like vegetables and ground seeds like chia, flax or hemp.
The best cleansing system is gentle yet effective. If you notice you have more aches or feel overwhelmed then always stop the detoxing herbs and give your body a chance to relax. When the body is supported in the right way it will want to flush toxins, since the body prefers not to hang on to them. However, this flushing can be disturbing and make you feel yucky! Go slow but be diligent.
Be aware that you will not ever be completely toxic free, it just isn’t possible. Our bodies hold and use many kinds of virus, bacteria, fungi, parasites and metals for various jobs and reasons. The important thing is to help your body eliminate the unwanted and unnecessary toxins that we have allowed to build up in our bodies. You will know when you have eliminated enough, because your energy will eventually improve and possibly dramatically! Your day to day aches and stiffness will disappear, your digestion will be more efficient with no bloating or gas and you will have either lost or gained weight according to what your body needed.
Happy second week of detoxing!
Be sure to watch this video on the emotional side of detoxing.
In True Resonant Health,