top of page

Thinking of detox? start with purifying tap water first.

The Organs and Body Systems to be cleansed. How to support them?

  • Colon - is the most important organ and must be cleansed by detoxifying before any disease can be reversed. Your colon is critically important to your well-being, you have likely heard of "good bacteria" or "healthy flora". These exist within the intestines and aid in the digestive and toxin removal process.

How to support?

The main idea is to keep things moving daily. Three keys to supporting colon health include increasing hydration, eating more fiber and moving your body throughout the day.

Liver - is a vital organ that supports most other organs in the body, it not only aids in digestion through the production of essential biochemical but also:

- synthesizes proteins

- converts poisonous ammonia to urea

- produces hormones

- detoxifies the body’s fluids by altering the composition of toxic substances

How to support?

Start the day with warm water and lemon, minimize alcohol and caffeine, and increase hydration with pure water and a splash of organic, sugar-free cranberry juice. Eat organic, nutrient-dense foods like leafy and bitter greens (e.g., arugula, chard and collard greens), cruciferous vegetables (e.g., kale, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage), sulfur-containing foods (e.g., garlic, onions and eggs), and amino acid-rich foods that support phase two (bind and excrete) liver detoxification (e.g., bone broth, gelatin or collagen, meat, poultry, fish, spinach, and pumpkin seeds).

  • Kidneys - filter blood by removing toxins, excess minerals, as well as urea. Additionally, they maintain the critical water-electrolyte balance essential for efficient metabolic functioning. If the kidneys become "congested", they become less effective, which can lead to a number of health conditions.

How to support?

Minimize alcohol, caffeine, and excess protein consumption. Adequate hydration is key for optimizing excretion through the kidneys. Nourishing foods for the kidneys include those that are very dark in color, like dark berries - especially 100 percent unsweetened cranberry juice (add stevia for sweetness) - beets, seaweed, black sesame seeds and black walnuts.

  • Lungs - extract oxygen from the atmosphere you breathe in every day. This is then transferred into the bloodstream and "exchanged" with carbon dioxide which is released from the bloodstream back out into the atmosphere. Like other vital organs associated with toxin removal, the lungs can become over-burdened with "excessive internal pollution" which impairs their function.

How to support?

In addition to using a HEPA air filter in the room(s) where you spend the most time, practice breath holding. Take ten conscious breaths with a 1-4-2 ratio. For example, inhale for four seconds, hold for sixteen seconds and exhale for eight seconds. Get regular, moderately intense exercise and use herbs and oils that relieve congestion and improve circulation to the lungs like ginger, oregano and eucalyptus.

  • Lymphatic System - is a highly complex network of lymphatic vessels that carry a fluid called lymph around the body and directionally towards the heart. In addition to transporting fats, proteins, and other substances to the blood system, the lymphatic system functions as an immune system defense. It also contains waste products and cellular debris along with bacteria and proteins. These toxins are removed via the capillaries through the dermis of the skin and mostly excreted when we sweat though some are dumped back into the intestines for removal.

How to support?

The best ways to support your lymph system is to eat an anti-inflammatory, Paleo diet, increase hydration, exercise daily - any way you can and will - dry brush your skin toward your heart, and soak in Epsom salts baths.

  • Skin - is the largest organ responsible for expelling toxins from the body, as well as the largest one to ingest toxins from the environment through the use of hair treatments, deodorants, and other cosmetic preparations. Skin is made of up two main layers which include the epidermis; the outer layer that acts as a waterproof barrier and contains no blood vessels. Below the epidermis we have the dermis; a layer of connective tissue that cushions the body from stress and strain. As well as housing nerve endings responsible for our sense of touch and heat, the dermis also contains hair follicles, sweat glands, sebaceous glands and blood vessels to name a few.

How to support?

Do what you can to work up a sweat daily and use a sauna a few times per week, if possible, to promote sweating. Keep well hydrated and rinse off afterwards to prevent toxins from reabsorbing.

Detox your Food and Water

70 percent of your toxin load comes from food and food additives, as well as how we cook, store and reheat food.

  • Eat organic food: The most important step you can take in reducing your body burden is to eat organic food. If you cannot afford to go all organic, at least buy organic versions of chicken, meat - that means 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished.

  • Eat more fiber: Not only does fiber feed beneficial gut bacteria but it also binds to waste products and helps escort them out of the colon. Good sources of fiber include larch arabinogalactan powder, organic and freshly ground chia or flax seeds, and organic fruits and vegetables like avocados, artichokes, coconut and raspberries. Aim for 25-40 grams of fiber per day and ramp slowly to avoid gastrointestinal discomfort.

  • Filter your water: Tap water contains toxicants including fluoride, chlorine, aluminum, arsenic, herbicides and even prescription medications. Consider a solid carbon block filter as a counter top device or a whole-house water filter if possible. Do not forget to filter your shower and bathing water, too.

  • Cook with lower heat: High-heat cooking and barbecuing damages oils and proteins. Bake, simmer, gently sauté or steam your food and add oils after you have plated your food.

  • Use stainless steel, cast iron or ceramic cookware: Nonstick pans like Teflon contain a chemical shown to harm the immune system, liver and thyroid.

  • Use glass food storage containers: Plastic leaches chemicals into your food, especially when heated.

Detox your Body