How To Detox

Eliminate toxic dead foods from your diet

Dead foods are classified as nutrient stripped, fiber-less foods such as meat, fish and dairy. Meat and dairy contain animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are formed during processing/cooking. Meat also contains hormones, which increase your cancer risk as well as many other chronic diseases.

Meat, dairy products, and eggs all contain high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat and contribute to some of our top killers: heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and various types of cancer. Saturated fat is present in all meat and fish, even chicken and turkey cooked without the bird's skin on. Decades of scientific study have linked dietary cholesterol to cardiovascular disease — our country’s number-one cause of death, killing nearly 2,200 Americans daily. According to a study published by the ADA (American Diabetes Association,) people who eat high amounts of animal protein are 22% more likely to develop diabetes. Saturated fat has even been linked to breast cancer, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive decline.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 70% of all food poisoning is caused by contaminated animal flesh. Food borne diseases, such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. These numbers are growing by the second. 

Eating meat puts you at a greater risk for food poisoning because animal products are often tainted with fecal contamination during slaughter or processing. Fecal contamination in chicken, especially, is a major problem we face today. According to a Consumer Reports study, 97 percent of raw chicken in U.S. supermarkets is contaminated with bacteria that could make customers sick. So if you eliminate animal products from your diet, you'll also be eliminating your exposure to the most common carrier of these bacteria. 

Adopt a plant based diet

Consuming a diet centered around natural, whole foods grown from the earth is the most powerful step you can take towards immediate detoxification and cleansing.

Researchers have shown that a more plant-based diet may help prevent, treat, or reverse some of our leading causes of death, including heart diseasetype 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.  Plant-based diet intervention groups have reported greater diet satisfaction than control groups, as well as improved digestion, increased energy, and better sleep, and significant improvement in their physical functioning, general health, vitality, and mental health. Studies have shown plant-based eating can improve not only body weight, blood sugar levels, and ability to control cholesterol, but also emotional states, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sense of well-being, and daily functioning.

Only one way of eating has ever been proven to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant foods. If that’s all a whole-food, plant-based diet could do—reverse our number-one killer—shouldn’t that be the default diet until proven otherwise? The fact it may also be effective in preventing, treating, and arresting other leading killers seems to make the case for plant-based eating simply overwhelming. (NutritionFacts.org)

Eliminate toxic metals

Toxic heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, copper, cadmium, lead, arsenic, nickel, chrome, alloy, and steel are hidden antagonizers that can find their way into our bodies and wreak havoc. If you want to heal from chronic illness and symptoms, removing the heavy metals in your body is an amazing place to start. Signs of heavy metal toxicity include ADHD, ADD, autism, depression, alzheimer’s, memory loss, focus and concentration issues and much more. Some symptoms may include tingling, fatigue, numbness, ringing ears, anxiety, dizziness and vertigo, neck pain, knee pain, foot pain, heart palpitations, pain in the back of the head, as well as other joint aches and pains. In today’s modern world it is somewhat impossible to be completely immune with all the pollution in our air. However it is fairly inexpensive to cleanse your body through certain supplemental foods before they cause any health issues. Below are some of the best supplements to cleanse from the inside. Similar to chelation therapy, a medical procedure that involves the administration of often-synthetic chelating agents that will bond with heavy metals in the body and remove them, these foods also electrically attract and bond with metals, but not the beneficial nutrients, thus helping to eliminate them out of the body.

  • Hawaiian Spirulina- take 2 teaspoons mixed with water, juice, or coconut water

  • Barley Grass Juice Extract powder- Drink 1-2 teaspoons mixed with water, coconut water or juice

  • Wild blueberries are high in antioxidants and help reverse any oxidative damage. Although blueberries are high in antioxidants they lack the metal-drawing capability of wild ones. Wild blueberries can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets.

  • Garlic is an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic food. Garlic binds heavy metals in the body and helps us to detox.

  • Activated charcoal actually uses a thin film on its outside surface to bind toxins and poisons. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged toxins and poisons; it binds them, and escorts them out of your body through the elimination process of your intestines.

Clean up your beauty products

What you put on your body goes into your bloodstream. So many “beauty” products on the market contain harmful chemicals that leach into your pores and cause internal issues. Fragrance, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, talc and mineral oil to name a few. Many of these commonly used chemicals are linked to multiple types of cancer, asthma, neurotoxicity, tumors, skin issues, depigmentation, liver damage, and many others.

  • Fragrance or parfum can literally mean anywhere between to 30 to 300 different chemicals

Fragrance can be found in anything with a scent. Look for it in soaps, face cream, lotion, shampoo, and perfumes. Common synthetic fragrances contain hormone disruptors such as phthalates, which have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems.

  • Formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are found in the Brazilian Blowout, other hair treatments and some nail polishes

Formaldehyde is a carcinogen that can also cause asthma if inhaled, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity.

  • Parabens can be found in anything that ends with “paraben” like butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, etc.

Most commonly found in shampoos, lotion, and makeup. These popular preservatives mimic the hormone estrogen and are linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. They may also increase the risk of breast cancer.

  • Propylene Glycol is found in many cosmetics and food products.

This chemical is another term for antifreeze. It alters our skin structure so other chemicals can penetrate deeper, and it causes reproductive, brain and nervous system harm in animal studies.

  • Coal Tar Dyes are commonly named “CI” followed by multiple digits

These chemicals have been banned in food products due to their cause of cancer and neurotoxicity. However they can be found in hair dyes, lipsticks, and other cosmetic products.

  • Mineral oil or Petroleum

This is a crude oil derived from the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It is a known human carcinogen, and it also causes skin problems. Mineral oil is found in baby lotions, creams, and skin ointments.

Remove toxic pesticides off of food

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Pesticides can be found in literally everything from air, food, and water to breast milk. They are the only toxic substances intentionally released into our environment to kill living organisms such as rodents (rodenticides), insects (insecticides), weeds (herbicides), and fungus (fungicides). High levels of these chemicals are most commonly found in children, whose bodies and developing organs are particularly vulnerable. Children take in pesticides in the womb, at home and daycare, and on schools and playgrounds. Using MRI technology, researchers found that even low levels exposure to the widely used insecticide chlorpyrifos in utero caused irreversible brain damage (Toxic Action Center.) The last place we need these sprays is on our food before it enters our body.

We recently purchased a Kangen machine that produces 2.5 pH (strong acidic) as well as 11.5 pH (strong alkaline) electronically reduced Ionized water that removes pesticides off our food before consumption. Up to 80% removal of pesticides according to a study done by the National Institute of Health (PubMed.gov)

To remove pesticides with Kangen water:

  1. Fill a large bowl, tub, or the entire kitchen sink with 11.5 pH water to remove all oil based pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, etc. from the foods.

  2. Soak all produce for 3-5 minutes.

  3. Rinse the produce off under 2.5 pH water which eliminates dirt or bacteria left behind during the cleaning process.

Avoid all fluorinated and chlorinated drinks

Fluoride

Our skin is our largest organ, so it is no wonder we absorb more toxic exposure from showering in tap water than we do drinking it.
Fluoride has been added into most drinking waters in the US since 1950. Now, almost all toothpastes, dental creams and drinking water in the US contains dangerous levels of fluoride. Fluoride has been shown to cause calcification of cartilage (the essential tissue for joint health), degenerative osteoarthritis, toxicity to the Thyroid (Fluoride is toxic to thyroid cells; it inhibits function and causes cell death), fertility complications (Higher levels of fluoride correspond to lower fertility rates, particularly with drinking/showering water levels), effects on both male and female hormone levels/hormonal health.

Most water purification machines are not adequate for removing fluoride from water. Many require a separate pre-filter to be used during the process of efficient fluoride removal. We avoid fluoridated drinking water by using an in home water filtration system. I personally love and reccommend pre-filters for our Kangen machine made by a company called "IonFacuet." You can request a free water quality report for your local area below and see what contaminants you should be aware of in your local drinking water. Expect to hear back from them via email in 3-5 bussiness days. 

Chlorine

Chlorine is used to disinfect water used in our pools, pipes and showers. Chlorine’s potential toxicity is not limited to mold and fungus and has been linked to many serious health dangers for humans. Consider this... chlorine is toxic enough to be a chemical weapon and categorized as a “choking agent”. Inhalation of chlorine gas can cause difficulty breathing, chest pains, cough, eye irritation, increased heartbeat, rapid breathing, and death. (GlobalHealingCenter.org)

In order to shower in chlorine-free water we use an ANESPA Shower filtration system that removes 99% of chlorine in our shower water. The ANESPA removes harmful chemicals such as chlorine, as well as dirt, bacteria and mold. It then re-mineralizes our shower water with natural hot spring rocks such as Tufa and powerstone. It simply connects to your regular shower head and re-diverts the water momentarily through the filtration system and mineral rocks before releasing it through your shower head or into your bathtub. A chemical free clean is always best. We purchased this machine with the intention of lessening our chemical exposure and curing my chronic dry skin/eczema. I have already noticed incredible topical changes within only 2 months.

CHLORINE WAS FIRST ADDED INTO OUR WATER IN THE 19TH CENTURY TO COMBAT DISEASE SUCH AS TYPHOID AND CHOLERA.

 AS A RESULT, PEOPLE BEGAN DYING FROM HEART DISEASE, RESPIRATORY DISEASE AND CANCER. 

THE RISK OF DEVELOPING CANCER IS 93% HIGHER IN PEOPLE WHO DRINK (OR ARE OTHERWISE EXPOSED TO) CHLORINATED WATER.

CHLORINE IS A HEALTH HAZARD TO BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS.

YOUR BODY ABSORbS MORE TOXIC EXPOSURE FROM SHOWERING IN TAP WATER THAN YOU DO FROM DRINKING IT.

DURING THE COURSE OF ONE 10 MINUTE LONG SHOWER,  YOU ABSORB MORE CHLORINE THAN YOU WOULD WHEN DRINKING 8 GLASSES OF TAP WATER