Clear The Poisons

Our earth and skies are riddled with poisonous chemicals and heavy metals. They come from the military industry’s manufacturing wastes; chemtrails; spraying of crops with glycosides and poisonous substances; water pollution and—believe it or not—from the manufactured convenience foods that fill our supermarket shelves. When you’re continually exposed to heavy metals and chemical aggression, your immune, nervous and endocrine systems become worn down faster than they can be rebuilt. You want to get rid of these elements from your body. It’s time to put into practice some simple techniques to help you do this.

CLEAR YOUR BODY

smoke-stack-toxicThe concentration of these elements has increased dramatically in our air, foods and water in the past 30 years. Mercury suppresses the levels of white blood cells involved in the immune response. Cadmium displaces the essential element zinc, needed for many of your body’s enzyme systems, and renders them inefficient—even inactive. This includes those that build new collagen and elastin for skin and connective tissues. Studies show that we have a concentration of lead in our bodies that is 1000 times that of our pre-technological ancestors. A high heavy metal concentration in the body ages us prematurely. It undermines our mental processes and makes us depressed. Aluminum, another heavy metal, detrimentally affects the central nervous system. Its presence is closely associated with the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I urge you to do everything you can to eliminate them from your body.

Detoxification is a long word for simply clearing out your system. It’s a natural, safe process that stimulates your body’s ability to get rid of the toxic wastes that build up in cells, tissues and organs.

GIFTS FROM THE SEA

sea-detox-legsThe alginates, forms of fiber found in seaweeds, help chelate heavy metals and remove them from the body. Sea plants are rich in organic iodine which supports the thyroid. None of us these days gets enough natural iodine, because pollution has seriously depleted our soils of this vital mineral. Healthy organic sea plants are full of magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium and all sorts of trace minerals useful for detoxing. Adding the best sea plants to your meals on an ongoing basis helps clear your body of pollutants while strengthening lost minerals and helping to clear heavy metals. The Russians have long celebrated the powers of sea plants. They test them carefully for heavy metals, chemicals and fuel oil, as well as bacteriological pollution, to make sure each one they use is free of these issues. Here are some of the best sea products. They are ideal to add to salads and soups or just gently toast them and eat them like a treat.

  • Great Eastern Sun Emerald Cove organic Pacific Nori, 300,000 tons of which are harvested each year from farms in Korea, North China and Japan.
  • Seaweed Iceland Royal Kombu Sweet Kelp which is raw, grows wild and is hand harvested from the waters of Iceland then dried using geothermal energy.
  • Earth Circle Organics Raw and Wildcrafted Dulse, which you will love snacking on fresh out of the bag, from the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Canada.

HEAVEN-SENT HERBS

heaven-sent-herbsThe power of certain herbs for detoxing the body is also immense, but seldom do think of turning to them for help detoxing the body. You can use fresh or dried herbs to make teas, take them in tincture form or as capsules. They must be organic! Here are some that I find especially effective for deep cleansing. If you happen to be pregnant, always check with your health practitioner before taking them:

  • Gaia Herbs Red Clover Supreme Liquid Herbal Extract is a superb combination of twelve herbs, including red clover, all of which are ideal for detoxing the body. They are also useful for balancing peri-menopausal symptoms.
  • Herb Pharm Cayenne Liquid Herbal Extract has so many benefits that it’s hard to list them all. It’s anti-fungal, clears the digestive tract, helps prevent headache, increases the pulse of your lymph system, is anti-bacterial and, combined with lemon juice and pure honey, and makes a wonderful morning drink for a total body detox.
  • Gaia Herbs Certified Organic Burdock Root promotes good liver and lymphatic functions, encourages healthy digestion, enhances the immune system, helps regulate the bowels and supports effective total body detoxification.

THE HUMBLE APPLE

apple-for-detoxThe second most cultivated and widely-eaten fruit in the world is the apple. We were well into the 21st century before science finally discovered its incredible nutritional value. Medical News Today featured an article about the top 10 healthiest foods: Apples were number one. Apples are extraordinarily rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and marvelous dietary fiber—ideal for detoxing. The phytonutrients and antioxidants they contain can help reduce our risk of developing cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. And there’s lots more.

Recent studies show that apples have the ability to improve neurological health since they’re rich in quercetin, which reduces cellular damage caused by the oxidation and inflammation of neurons. Research at University of Quebec showed that apples also reduce our risk of stroke. A study involving 9,208 people found that those who ate the most apples over a 28-year period had the lowest risk of stroke. Apples can also help reduce the risk of diabetes. A huge study involving 187,382 people showed that those who ate 3 servings of apples a week had a 7% lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes compared to those who did not.

APPLE MAGIC

women-detox-apple-fastSet aside two or no more than three days for an Apple Detox. Buy yourself a box of organic apples, or three or four different kinds for variety. They must be organic. Eat as many as you like each day, but nothing else. You should eat the whole apple, including the peel, the seeds and the core. You must chew it all well, so you’ve extracted every last drop of flavor from the fruit. The only part you throw away is the woody stem. Your apples must be fresh and eaten raw. You can munch your crisp organic apple au naturel, or you can grate it and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. You can even put it in a blender with a little pure water to make a whole apple drink. But you must not put it through a juicer. You need the whole apple to make things work.

WASTE DISPOSAL

detox-reactionIf you happen to get a headache within the first day or two, or to feel moody, get an upset stomach or loose bowels, this is only a sign that your body is throwing off wastes at such a pace that you are experiencing what’s known in natural medicine as a cleansing crisis. In truth, this happens to very few people—except a few heavy coffee drinkers. If it happens to you, be glad. Even though it may be a bit of a nuisance for a few hours, this is actually a good sign. Your body is taking the opportunity to get rid of a lot of debris that it’s keen to eliminate. Make time to rest and relax—in a darkened room if possible. Be patient and kind to yourself while it passes. It’s quite a feat to be ridding your body of so much poisonous waste at once. When this cleansing passes, it can leave you better than ever.

FOR HOW LONG

apple-detox-for-lifeEat apples whenever you’re hungry throughout the day. How long you carry out your Apple Detox depends on you. Always check with your health practitioner first. A couple of days are plenty to give you a good start on spring cleaning your body. Three days is as much as any healthy body should do on his or her own, without being under the supervision of a health practitioner well-versed in the use of living foods. No pregnant or lactating woman should do an apple detox, nor should anyone with a kidney, liver or heart complaint, for in such cases a sudden change of diet can sometimes carry with it potential dangers to health. But, if you are generally well, then a short apple detox is an effective way to clear the decks for a new way of healthier living.

No wonder apples are special. The Welsh adage that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is not just an old wives’ tale. The organic apple has more than earned its title as the queen of fruits.

EXTERNAL CLEANSING

skin-brushingDetoxification from the outside is important too. Incorporate skin brushing into your daily routine. It enhances lymphatic drainage, helps break up hardened connective tissue, and keeps the detoxification process going while you are rebuilding new strong connective tissue and ground substance, long after your apple fast has finished.

Skin brushing was once looked upon as an occupation of a few eccentrics who liked suffering. No longer. Now it’s recommended by health practitioners because of its ability to encourage lymphatic drainage and spring clean your system. It is the lymph system which is largely responsible for clearing your tissues of toxicity and eliminating cellular waste from the body. Lymph drainage is, more often than not, severely impeded in a polluted body.

HERE’S HOW

women-shower-detoxSpend five minutes a day before a shower or bath brushing your skin with a natural-fiber brush. Begin at the tips of your shoulders and cover your whole body (except the head) with long smooth strokes over shoulders, arms and trunk in a downwards motion, then upwards over your feet, legs and hips. You need only go over your skin once or twice for it to work. How firmly you press depends on how toned your flesh is. Go easy to begin with. Your skin will soon become fitter. Then you’ll be able to work far more vigorously. This encourages better circulation, brings energy into “deadened” areas of flesh, smooths and softens skin, and releases a lot of toxicity through the skin’s surface.

Check for yourself how efficiently your skin gets rid of pollution by performing a practical experiment with the help of a wet flannel wrung out: Every day after your skin brush, take the damp flannel and rub it all over your body. Then hang it up and repeat the process with the same flannel the next day. After a few days, the smell of the flannel will be quite revolting because of the large quantity of poisonous wastes you have eliminated through your skin’s surface. Think how much better off you are without them!

TAKE A BREAK

detox-happinessRest is an important part of deep cleaning your system. Good body ecology depends on a good balance between anabolic and catabolic activities. Anabolic activities are those that build up tissues and repair cells. All of these activities can be carried out successfully if your body’s catabolic processes—those involved in breaking down old proteins, for instance, and in eliminating old wastes—are also working well. In many women, the anabolic processes far outstrip the catabolic ones. Taking time out to rest, read, listen to music, sleep—in short, to do all of those things which trigger the parasympathetic branch of your autonomic nervous system—helps rebalance the anabolic and catabolic processes of metabolism, and sets you on the road to shedding unwanted tissue that is binding in water, as well as building up cellulite. Plan your apple fast for over a weekend, and make it three days if you possibly can of gentle rest, relaxation and pleasure. This is necessary if you are going to make a fundamental shift in your metabolic balance that will begin the process towards a new body ecology—helping both to protect you from heavy metal contamination and to clear out the destructive wastes we all accumulate from our environment. Try these things and see for yourself. You can find all of the herbs and sea products at iHerb—just follow these URLs.

Raw & Wildcrafted Dulse

Grown wild-crafted in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Canada, these sea weeds are a high quality, all-natural snack. Dulse is one of the most popular sea vegetables, and some love eating it right out of the bag. Dulse flakes are a great seasoning to add to soups or salads, adding a subtle salt flavor without a large intake of sodium.

Order Earth Circle Organics, Raw & Wildcrafted Dulse from iherb

Organic Pacific Nori

Of the scores of kinds of seaweeds consumed around the world, nori s the overwhelming favorite. Nori was originally harvested by scraping it from stalks of bamboo that grew wild in shallow mudflats. In the 1700’s, Japanese nori harvesters began the first experiments with cultivation. Today more than 300,000 tons of fresh nori are harvested annually from farms in coastal Japan, Korea, and North China.

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Royal Kombu, Sweet Kelp, Raw

Seaweed Iceland is an independent, family-owned business that is passionate about providing the highest quality seaweed on the market.
Our seaweed grows wild in the pure waters surrounding Iceland and is harvested by hand. We dry it using renewable geothermal energy to bring you the highest quality food source with a low carbon footprint. The drying process is done under low heat to protect and retain important enzymes and delicate chemical compounds.
All of our products are high in vitamins and minerals and are suitable for vegetarian, vegan and raw food diets.

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Gaia Herbs, Red Clover Supreme

Take 40-60 drops of extract in a small amount of water 3-4 times daily between meals.

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Herb Pharm, Cayenne

We prepare our Cayenne Extract from the fruits (peppers) of Capsicum annuum var. annuum plants which are Certified Organically Grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
To assure optimal extraction of Cayenne’s bioactive compounds, the fruits are hand-harvested only when fully ripened, are carefully shade-dried to retain their full color & aroma, and are then thoroughly extracted.
Our Cayenne is never fumigated or irradiated.

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Certified Organic Burdock Root

Liquid Herbal Extract
500 mg/ml Herb Equivalency
USDA Organic
Dietary Supplement
Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth

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