While removing unhealthy metals and other toxins from your body may sound like a no-brainer, your efforts can backfire if you don’t do your homework first. That’s because toxins in motion have a way of sneaking out of your bloodstream, bypassing elimination, and holing up in some other, hard-to-get-at place. Even worse, if your liver or kidneys are not in the best shape to begin with, or too many toxins get sent their way at once, it’s possible to damage those organs. So proceed with caution.
As most nutritionists like to remind their clients, detox is a marathon, not a sprint. Unless the contamination is acute and calls for emergency medical intervention, you really shouldn't push it. Too many health and fitness websites post articles singing the praises of a detox food or supplement, without providing any general information on the overall process and identifying things that can go wrong. Basically, the golden rule is to start a detox when you're feeling relatively healthy and have the working internal energy to spare.
Obviously, if you never feel healthy or have energy, you should find a health care provider to set up the plan that fits your situation and special needs. Also keep in mind that miracle cures you read about or hear discussed on TV shows rarely work as described.
Here’s a basic strategy to help you get started in formulating a detox and recovery solution, schedule or program:
1. Learn about detox, nutrition and disease first. One article you read online, or even an entire year of watching Dr. Oz won't give you the training you need to adequately take care of your body. Rather, you should spend some quality time learning about health maintenance using natural foods and supplements. The fifth edition of Phyllis Bach’s Prescription for Nutritional Healing might be a good place to start. This 800-page compilaton explains essential nutrients, chelating agents (which remove toxins) and disorders (such as cancer and heavy metals contamination) that are relevant to detox.
But you'll need other books, too, since this one has several drawbacks. Besides being out of date, some of the treatments and dosages suggested do not jive with current conventional (and even unconventional) wisdom. Other good books to check out include Paul Pitchford's Healing With Whole Foods, Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions, and Catharine Shanahan's Deep Nutrition. Be wary of titles that lean too heavily on guidelines from the FDA and other government agencies. You may not be getting sufficiently detailed or even accurate information about aluminum toxicity and other threats posed to human health.
You’ll also want to read a couple books that focus specifically on detox planning and implementation. Ideally, one of these guides will be written by an MD and include a chapter on human physiology. Understanding how the body identifies and eliminates toxins is essential to your decision-making process going forward. A second book on detox might offer a practical, everyday approach, with meal recipes, exercises, and cautions when taking supplements.
2. Assess your personal situation. Ideally, you'll want to talk about the state of your health with your physician. And if he or she isn’t knowledgeable (or interested) in nutritional healing, look for another expert. This might be a nutritionist, naturopath or nurse practitioner. Some Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) practitioners – otherwise known as acupuncturists – also prescribe detox programs for their patients.
Your assessment should identify deficiencies in minerals, vitamins, proteins, healthy fats, pro-biotics, enzymes and anti-oxidants. Before you implement any serious detox solution, you'll want to make sure your on-board supply of each item is accounted for. (For more info, see Building Your Natural Defenses.)
3. If possible. get tested for toxic contaminants. While not everyone can afford it, getting conventional blood, stool or urine tests, plus a hair mineral tissue analysis (HMTA) can give you an idea of any poisonous materials that may be inside you. Of course, the conventional tests can sometimes be problematic, since many toxins don’t reside in your bloodstream or colon. You might be advised to take chelating agents (which extract toxins) in advance of one of these tests. That way, you can find out what, if any, toxins are inside you.
With hair analysis, chelating agents aren’t necessary, since there’s usually evidence of metals always available. Be sure to find a lab (either locally or online) that knows what it’s doing You may also have to decide which metals you you want the lab to test for, since there might be a separate charge per metal. To give you a better idea of what HMTA is all about, visit the website of Analytical Research Labs in Arizona, which provides a lot of general information about this procedure.
You might also consider having the soil around your home (or rainwater) tested for aluminum to see if chemtrail fallout is taking place where you live.
4. Adjust your eating and cooking habits. Correctly preparing healthy whole foods is key to preventing toxic metals, carcinogens, micro-organisms and other pathogens from setting up shop in your body. You shouldn't really rely on supplements for the long haul, anyway, since food provides a better balance of nutrients. As you read the other articles in this guide, you'll learn which foods help build your body's natural defenses and rid it of toxins. You'll also learn how some foods and meal preparation techniques actually generate carcinogens and other toxins, and therefore should be avoided.
Once you're up to speed on the ways and means of a good diet, you'll have to look for recipes that incorporate recommened foods and cooking modes. Then you'll be ready to write out a grocery list and establish weekly meal menus. Undoubtedly, there's a lot of work to do here, but eventually, your new diet will become second nature so the job will get easier. Whatever you do, don't stop eating. At the end of the day, if you're under-nourished, you'll be vulnerable to infection, disease and the other ill effects of environmental toxins.
5. Devise a detox game plan and schedule. Unless you’re under the dirction of a competent health care provider, take time to plan out a detox solution so that it's both preceeded and followed by healthy consumption of foods and supplements that rebuild your natural defenses. Warm weather months are generally better for detox because you can eat lots of nutrient-rich raw foods and drink plenty of liquids. (Detoxing can also lead to the loss of some weight.) In cold weather, it's paramount that you stay warm by eating cooked foods and keeping the purges to a minimum.
6. Be sure to monitor your detox closely. Create worksheets on your computer or with a pencil so you can track the supplements you take everyday, along with your detox regimen. If your body reacts negatively to a supplement or chelating food, you should stop taking it. It’s possible that the ill feeling simply reflects the passage of toxins through your digestive system, bloodstream or other organs, and is no big deal. But you won’t be able to make that determination on your own. Pick up the phone or get in your car and drive to your doctor’s office (or the emergency room, if necessary). Ask your health care provider for help in sorting out what’s going on before you continue with the detox.
7. Explore and utilize other healing modes . It's not just the body that fends off disease and other adversaries. Your mind and spirit must also be nourished and strengthened. Otherwise, you may not have the will or energy to see your detox plan through to completion. While many forms of DIY health maintenance can contribute to the cause, (including daily exercise), you may find books like Anodea Judith's Wheels of Life and The Sevenfold Journey appropo to this undertaking. Herb therapy is another easy and affordable option to help you stay on track.
Avoid fasting or dieting during a detox. Unless ordered by a competent medical practitioner, witholding nourishment deprives your body of all the tools it needs to filter out, break down and extract toxins.
Do not consume a food or supplement every day indefinitely. It’s common to develop a sensitivity to things we consume too often, which is similar to an allergic reaction but not as easy to detect. Indigestion, bloating or a headache may indicate sensitivity. Also, many supplements should not be used on a long-term basis, so be sure to check for limits.
Allow your body time to recharge before and after a detox. Unless your natural defenses are on tip-top shape, they may not be able to keep up with the work created for them by the detoxing agents. You should also postpone a detox when you're sick or feeling rundown.
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