The body's number one priority is maintaining its immune system defenses. This first line of defense is to protect against invaders such as viruses, bacteria and other foreign bodies like chemicals and toxins it doesn’t recognize.
We are energetic cellular beings comprised of a matrix of tissues that target pathogens within but also responsible for removing dead proteins and waste byproducts from the body. While specific white blood cells recognize invaders, others engulf them like a ‘Pac man’ both attacking and destroying the “bad guys”.
Amazingly our cells have the ability to distinguish between the good and bad proteins that are on the cell membrane’s surface to sound the alarm to eliminate the invader.
If we are under a lot of stress either physically, emotionally or mentally it wears down on our immune function when it remains under a constant defensive mode. This causes the immune system to become deficient by not having the ability to fight off pathogens, bacteria, fungus, yeast or infections with the same gusto.
There are a number of risk factors for this immunodeficiency as common symptoms occur like more frequent viral and bacterial colds occur, diarrhea, yeast infections, digestive issues, unknowing malnutrition, fatigue, sinus congestion, hives, rashes and more.
This is also when autoimmune disorders come into the picture as the cells mistakenly recognize normal proteins as an invader. It’s marked, targeted and the body begins to attack its own tissues and/or a portion of specific food or environmental antigens. What should be considered acceptable by the various T cells, B cells, and macrophages gets misinterpreted. This response begins to manifest in the body as sensitivities, allergies and auto-immune diagnosis in the long run.
Immunodeficiency results in a build-up of toxins and inflammation as its ability to flush out waste is compromised.
There’s no doubt we have fallen victim to an enormous array of chemicals, metals as well as our own internal exacerbation of mycotoxins that hinder our metabolic functioning. Including a bad balance of bacteria and yeast which compromises the immune system and infections become more common.
Detoxing is critical for cells to communicate efficiently to boost the information pathways and clear the body of this build-up of cellular waste. Toxins and inflammation can be recognized as some of the root causes of the underlying stressors that create imbalances within the body and mind.
Detoxing can restore a weakened immune system by improving the circulation and removal of free radicals, metals, metabolites of foreign chemicals, bacteria, yeast, mold, solvents, pesticides, and herbicides.
When inorganic compounds are consumed, breathed in or absorbed through the skin they not only wreak havoc in the intestinal tract they become suppressed in our extracellular tissues, especially our fat cells by not getting metabolized by the liver. This causes a cascade of inflammation that leads to an overly acidic condition that brings about dis-EASE and cancer. In fact, studies show that 100 percent of human fat cell biopsies reveal elevated levels of known toxins.
The liver is the cleansing organ of the body as it has to cleanse and filter toxins and waste out of the blood. When it becomes overburdened then the other systems weaken and breakdown. It’s time to consider loving your liver more and begin a daily regimen of detoxing to help push or pull trapped metals, chemicals and toxins out from your lymphatic system or what might be disrupting your cellular health elsewhere within.
Signs of an Overloaded and Toxic Liver:
Inability to lose weight or sluggish metabolism
Loss of appetite
Abdominal Bloating after eating
Excessive gas or nausea
Sensitivities to medication
Excessive Alcohol Intake
Fatigue or Low Energy
Frequent Headaches or Migraines
Mood and Behavior Swings
Forgetfulness, poor concentration
Poor Immune System or recurring colds, fevers and mucus
Excessive body heat
High blood pressure
I’m all about nourishing whole foods and living a holistic life since it’s made such a difference in my life, loved ones and clients. Vibrant health is your birthright too, but you need to clear your mind and clean your body purposefully to restore better health.
Did you know that you’ve already been exposed to 127 different synthetic chemicals before you left your home today? (1) In our foods and drinks alone there are 82,000 of these carcinogenic chemicals. From artificial sweeteners, preservatives, nitrates, artificial colors, sodium or potassium benzoate, cadmium, lead, glyphosate, and other pesticides or herbicides. Be reminded, most chemicals on the market have not been tested as it is with genetically modified organisms to know how bad the effects have on the body and mind.
We do know metals stay embedded in the tissues for long periods even a lifetime. Preservatives like BHA(butylated hydroxyanisole) are potentially cancer-causing just like the 200 known chemicals in the average human body because it can’t purge them on its own.
To help you all out, I’ve compiled some of my favorite necessary and natural detox and cleansing tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine to help your body THRIVE!
Detox for Health ~ YOU’VE GOT THIS, If you do this daily:
Hydrate first thing in the morning with warm water and fresh lemon juice. It helps flush the liver of impurities, giving you a boost of vitamin C as lemons, and limes will alkaline your blood. Change it up during the day with one of my favorite flavors by adding a splash of 100% organic tart cranberry juice with half of a lime to support your kidneys and urinary tract. Drinking filtered water, at least half your body weight in ounces daily and putting down the plastic bottles that are serious endocrine disruptors.
Drink Herbal Teas like dandelion root, milk thistle that is full of flavonoids to aid in liver regenerating and protective qualities. Milk thistle is high in silymarin that has been researched to support cell membrane function which helps reduce metabolic disorders, certain cancers, high cholesterol and raises bile solubility that encourages its circulation reducing gall stones and liver congestion. Dandelion has numerous benefits beyond the liver as it helps to purify the blood, kidney’s and bladder, regulate blood sugar, improves digestion and aids in weight loss. Pao d’Arco another herb that has high antioxidant compounds that directly impact pathogens, parasites, bacteria, Candida because of their biological ability to remove free radicals that damage cells and trigger disease.
Ginger and turmeric are highly anti-inflammatory helping to take down inflammation along the digestive tract. Turmeric is a profound spice that has so much research and data supporting its effectiveness. It can be incorporated into smoothies, latte’s, eggs and many dishes that this herbs taste can be enjoyed. Ginger also acts as an aid to peristalsis, the propulsion or wave-like movement to the muscles along the GI and can easily be added to water or tea’s by simply grating.
Oil Pulling with coconut oil that has natural anti-microbial properties. Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around for at least 15 – 20 minutes or more being careful not to swallow as it absorbs toxins and mouth bacteria. Don’t clog your sink drain by spitting this out down any drain but use the trash can.
Dry Brushing before you shower with a natural bristle brush gets your lymphatic system flowing as sweating through our largest organ/tissue system the skin is vital. Remember it’s not only what you put into your body that needs to be clean and chemical-free but what goes on, goes in and must come out by not clogging it up with parabens. This feel-good technique is easy to learn how here.
Drinking and showering with filtered water especially if you live in city municipals where your water is treated with chloride and fluoride. Fluoride has been well researched for its adverse effects on our endocrine system and especially brain health.
Brush with only natural toothpaste. If you haven’t already changed up your toothpaste, do your research on fluoride and the belief that it helps prevents tooth decay. Your children’s minds and bodies are so susceptible to toxins such as these. Toothpastes contain sodium benzoate, formaldehyde, mineral oil, PVP, and saccharin which are all classified as carcinogens. Check out your tube, as it's been required since 1997 to carry poison control information on the label as even a small amount if swallowed can harm or kill a small child!
Add lots of organic leafy greens to each meal. Spinach, kale, watercress, chlorella, cilantro and any marine plankton are loaded with chlorophyll, vital nutrients, and fiber to help alkaline the blood and cleanse the liver. Eating raw is ideal but juicing or making into smoothies requires less digestive exertion and uptake of mineral absorption.
Take marine phytoplankton or liquid directly as this life-giving oxygenated green pigment found in plants and algae increase red blood cells and binds with toxins and heavy metals to be eliminated from the body. According to NASA research, marine-phytoplankton is responsible for producing up to 90% of the Earth’s oxygen, and likewise, the very oxygen our cells need to remain healthy. Marine phytoplankton’s are packed with “every amino acid, vitamin, mineral, polysaccharide or healthy sugar and essential oils that the body needs.”(2)
Eating organic produce to the best of your ability. If you don’t know the dirty dozen and clean fifteen then visit ewg.org to learn more. The worst pesticide is glyphosate but coming in second is atrazine which is commonly sprayed on corn crops. Organic farmers are prohibited from using toxic synthetic herbicides like these. 80% of U.S.-grown corn is sold both domestically to be used as animal feed and used as a substrate in packaged or processed foods, according to the National Corn Growers Association.
Choose grass-fed, antibiotic-free or organic animal protein that are free of hormone-regulating compounds, hybridized grains and environmental chemicals that accumulate in their fatty tissues as well. Knowing “we are what we eat and digest”!
Soak up some sunshine daily to get your natural vitamin D needed to boost immunity. In one study, insufficient levels of Vitamin D have been found in 36% of healthy adolescents and 57% of adults in the U.S. Synergistically the sunshine vitamin and the skins receptor cells are responsible for triggering a number of protective immunity functions to maintain health. One, by activating a gene response, but also turn on key peptides that activate a strong anti-microbial response before allowing you to develop a full-blown infection. Remember not to be too afraid of the sun's rays and get at least 15-20 minutes without a sunscreen that will filter out this mandatory vitamin uptake.
Add house plants or ionizing salt lamps to help manage airborne pollutants and oxygenate your living environment. Pollution is all around us and inhalation of contaminants disrupts important biological processes by affecting the body’s natural hormones. Meaning any system in the body that is managed by hormones can be derailed causing weight gain, insulin resistance, hormonal imbalances, hypertension and sickness. “50% of all illnesses are due to poor indoor air quality.”(3)
Purge your pantry, shelves, and closets of cleaning, personal care, health and beauty products. Start switching out your kitchen and bathrooms from the toxic contaminants that are exposing you and your loved ones to their carcinogenic solvents. Hormone disruptors interfere with our endocrine systems, “which regulate the hormones that control our weight, our biorhythms, and our reproduction.”(4) Be wary if your doctor has prescribed synthetic hormones for birth control, reduce menopausal symptoms, for diabetes to control insulin and/or to compensate for a deficient thyroid gland.
Read your labels, learn more about GMOs by viewing genetic roulette to understand fully how the United States is playing warfare with your health. If you choose packaged foods stick with the GMO project labeled foods for safer consumption.
Make your home electro-pollution free as wifi permeates into our cells' tissues. The National Institutes of Health recently released a report which proved the connection between close-range cell phone use and certain kinds of cancer. Cellphones are just one source of harmful EMFs, however. A few simple actions can turn your home into an “EMF-free zone.” Make sure any bed is located as far away as possible from SMART meters. Turn off your Wi-Fi routers before you snooze so that EMFs do not disturb the quality sleep you need to detox and heal.
Do a “media detox”, meditate or opt to read a book, go for a walk, listen to some music, or do a craft instead. At the end of the day practice gratitude, write down all that you are thankful for to help let go of any negative sensory input giving your cells positive and good thoughts.
Take a bath in Epsom salt to draw out some impurities and adding essential oils like lavender helps calm the body and release compounds to boost cellular health. There’s nothing like a warm to hot immersion bath to relax the tension in the tissues while mineral salts do there cellular magic.
Castor oil packs on the abdomen have been shown to pull out inflammation where toxins are prevalent in the fat tissue improve the detoxiﬁcation capacity of the liver, support reproductive organs, improve lymph ﬂow, and reduce inﬂammation. Castor oil is rich in vitamins and minerals as is the fat burning compound of fatty acids that help assist in weight loss.
Nasal irrigation or Neti is Sanskrit for “nasal cleansing.” Ayurvedic practices focus on cleansing the nasal cavity by using a small pot filled with a saline solution that improves the mucosal tissue by flushing out irritants and allergens.
Coffee enemas are nothing new as they stimulate the liver to flush out toxins, bacteria, heavy metals to yeast. Coffee beans naturally contain antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that help remove free radicals from the bloodstream and reduce inflammation in the GI... The Gerson Institute began using them as part of their cancer protocol for treating cancer patients and you can use this home procedure to help boost overall healing and health. Generally there’s little side effects but one should consult with their physician or functional doctor before administering a treatment.
Exercising should make sense as it helps increase internal body temperature which induces a sweat response by the skin. The skin is one of the largest organs in the body. It is also an important part of your body’s natural detoxification process – and sweat is the vehicle that your body uses to carry harmful toxins out of the body.
Ramping up the bodies burdened detoxification pathways, giving your liver a lift and assisting in releasing the toxins from fat tissues is vital. The absorption of chemicals, metals, and metabolites that go undigested landing in or near a specific organ/tissue is much more prevalent causing diseases and cancer.
“Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure.” (5)
By doing a whole food cleanse can change how you feel. As food does more than nourish the cells in the body it sends the brain information to release hormones that act as chemical messengers improving cellular responses metabolically.
Let me tell you the more we partner up with nature in the foods, cleaning products, personal health, and beauty products we use …we can control and learn how to incorporate greater health into your lives, radiate and experience more gratifying well-being!
Sweating in an infrared sauna can help to enhance the detox process. Infrared saunas raise core body temperature by two to three degrees. Which means instead of being heated from the outside in, infrared saunas heat you form the inside out~a state of hyperthermia, which in turn helps enhance the body’s natural detoxification process. Far Infrared is thought to be 7 times more effective at detoxifying heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, and even cholesterol, nicotine, alcohol, ammonia, sulfuric acid, and other environmental toxins, as opposed to conventional heat or steam saunas.
Wishing you, happy sweating, happy detoxing and happy life ~ Lisa
1 (Health Fitness Revolution)
2 (Hugo Rodier, MD), Nutrition Professor University of Utah Medical School
3 (Source: 1989 State of Massachusetts Study)
4 (Laura Kurtzman, “Study Finds Wide Exposure to Environmental Toxins in Cohort of Pregnant Woman”
5 (Joyce M Woods, EnvironmentalAlternatives.com)