“Detox” has become a buzz word in recent times, but is there any truth to the idea that your body is filled with toxins that need to be removed, or is this just a gimmick to sell high priced “detox” products?

The truth may be somewhere in the middle. The body does quite a good job already of detoxifying the various things it comes into contact with each day, but the problem is our modern day world with stress, poor diets, and man-made toxins that were never found in human history which may push the body beyond what it is capable of handling without some support. All anything can do however is support the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms.

One thing to understand is that the body often stores away toxins such as pesticides in fat cells to prevent damage to the rest of the body. A person may feel fine for years as their intelligent body keeps these toxins tucked away, but if they suddenly lose a lot of fat, they may experience sickness associated with toxins being released back into the blood stream from the fat cells. It’s then very important that these toxins are properly removed from the body so they don’t get reabsorbed.

There is also the issue of parasites which, despite the thinking that they only occur in third world countries, are likely a regular presence in many people even if one doesn’t experience overt symptoms.

Add to this the increase in radition exposure, heavy metals in foods, and poor air quality, and you’ve got a pretty significant need to give the body some extra firepower to handle these toxins.

Let’s take a look at the simplest things you can do to keep your body squeaky clean. This is far from everything there is out there, but it’s what I consider to be the safest and most practical.

Water

The most important thing you can ingest is a lot of pure water. While coffee and tea are fine, realize they don’t have the same effect as pure water and are not a replacement. And 8 glasses a day is rarely enough for a physically active person. I typically drink around a gallon a day, but you should base your water needs on making sure your urine is a light yellow and not allowing yourself to get very thirsty. The proper amount varies for everyone depending on their circumstances. But just drinking water isn’t enough, it should be the right kind of water. The ideal water to drink is spring water, although distilled water and reverse osmosis water is fine. Contrary to what some have said, I’ve found no evidence that distilled water “leaches” minerals. But if you’d like to be safe, simply add some fresh squeezed lemon to the water. Tap water, while sterile, is often filled with chlorine, heavy metals and fluoride. While likely not an issue on occasion, I consider getting a high quality water to be of the utmost important. Avoid exposing water in plastic containers to high heat and preferably store in glass when possible.

Clay

Eating clay is a common occurrence among tribal people, and it may be because they instinctively know that clays like bentonite clay are powerful at removing toxins (which are found even in natural whole foods) from the body. Bentonite or terramin clay has a strong negative charge which pulls toxins from around the body into the intestines where it then binds to the clay to be safely removed. These clays are so strong, they’ve been shown to be effective at removing radioactive isotopes from the body. Clays can also be used in a bath to draw out toxins from the skin. HealthForce makes an effective clay formula called ZeoForce. 1 – 3 tablespoons daily.

Zeolites, Activated Charcoal, Humic and Fulvic Acid

Zeolites, activated charcoal, and humic/fulvic acids work similar to clay in that they draw toxins to them to bind and safely remove from the body. You can often find formulas with a variety of these ingredients designed to effectively detoxify the body. They’re all effective and recommended.

Parasite Cleansers

To effectively fight parasites, the most common formulas utilize wormfood, cloves, and black walnut hull which takes care of them in all of their life cycles. Food grade diatomaceous earth is an inexpensive way to also kill parasites without hurting healthy cells in both humans and animals. Finally, eating raw garlic is effective at killing parasites.

Far Infrared Sauna

Saunas, and in particular far infrared saunas, are able to draw out toxins through the skin through sweating while providing cardiovascular benefits.

Calcium D-Glucarate

Calcium D-Glucarate is a naturally occurring substance found in fruits and vegetables that is effective at detoxifying a number of things, but is particularly recommended for ridding the body of hormone build up such as excess estrogen which is an issue for both men and women. It may be effective at protecting against cancer. Dosage is 1500 – 3000 mg daily.

Diindolylmethane (DIM) and Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C)

DIM and I3C are compounds found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower that help reduce levels of “bad” estrogens and increase levels of “good” estrogen making them a good complement to Calcium D-Glucarate. These are very powerful compounds that may be the reason why cruciferous vegetables are so cancer protective. They can also have benefits for enhancing fertility, improving mood, and promoting total hormone balance. There is some debate as to which one is better. I suggest 150-300mg daily of Bioresponse DIM as I’ve found more research to support it, but both DIM and I3C may be taken in a formula. As a bonus tip for women suffering from cellulite, DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate may be beneficial for reducing cellulite (and acne) related to estrogen imbalance.

Trimethylglycine (TMG) and Methyl Donors

Certain nutrients are what are considered “methyl donors” and they’re found in many of the whole foods we eat. These can have a beneficial impact on epigenetic expression.

Supplementing with a methyl donor like TMG (also called betaine and is found is beets) as well as eating methyl rich foods like cruciferous vegetables provides the body what it needs to properly detoxify itself.

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