Toxins and heavy metals accumulate in our body over time. When the body can no longer cope, it stores excess metals away in fat tissue, muscle, and even bone.
Now that’s out of the way let’s jump straight into a detox protocol, right? Meh, not so fast Tonto.
Once the detox floodgates are opened, all that junk from your trunk will make a sudden dash for the exit causing a bottleneck. Trust me, you don’t want that.
When detoxification is done right mental focus returns, energy skyrockets, and best of all you get to sleep peacefully at night knowing your body is repairing itself. But detoxification isn’t something you can take lightly or do overnight. This is a marathon race, not a sprint and the more toxins you have the slower you’ll want to go. Even then, some people may have to do a little EXTRA groundwork before attempting to do any form of detox protocol.
Fortunately, these folks are pretty easy to spot. They are the ones who have tried everything but nothing works for them. They will often complain of stubborn weight gain that no amount of calorie restriction seems to help. Inevitably, they feel grumpy, irritated, and are quick to anger. These are my detox homies, yet they trust nothing and no one. No matter which natural supplements they try, ALL seem to make matters worse. But here’s the good news, when the burden of toxicity is lifted from weary shoulders, people become productive, patient, fun-loving creatures once again.
BLOCKED PATHWAY TEST
The underlying problem here is one or more detoxification pathways are overloaded and causing a misfire. This is where people become ultra sensitive to chemicals, foods, mold, supplements and as well as metals.
If you aren’t sure how well your detoxification pathways are working try this simple test. Ready?
Eat a bowl of fresh cilantro and see how it makes you feel. If you notice that it gives you a banging headache, or you suddenly feel irritated then it’s safe to assume that your detox pathways aren’t working optimally. If this is you, here’s what just happened.
Imagine a bucket of clean water. Then add a handful of dirt to the water and wait for it to settle at the bottom. Next, take a large wooden spoon and stir the water until it becomes cloudy. In this picture, the water represents your bloodstream, the dirt is the heavy metals stored away in your fat cells, and the spoon? Well, that’s cilantro. Cilantro does a great job of stirring up heavy metals in the body. Just in case you missed it, cilantro isn’t the problem, it’s your current inability to detoxify heavy metals that becomes the problem. When our detoxification pathways are working optimally all those heavy metals would have ended up in the toilet.
Yup, it’s true, a binder would have helped mop up some of those excess cilantro induced heavy metals (which I’ll go into later), but right now thelast thing we want to do is stir up heavy metals. What weare doing is prepping you for the first phase of detoxification.
THE 6’p’s OF PREPARATION
Anyone who’s ever driven across the country will most likely have prepared for the journey by checking the oil, water, and tires. Think of this period of pre-detoxification as kinda the same thing. Only this time, instead of getting our car ready for a road trip, we are preparing YOU.
To do this, we should remember the rule of 6’p’s (proper planning prevents piss poor performance). Depending on your level of personal toxicity, this period of preparation may need to last anywhere between a few weeks or a few months. No really, it’s true.
During this time, it’s important to address any underlying stressors of the body. The fewer things your body has to deal with the better your chances of a successful outcome. Stressors can be categorized into three main areas, physical, chemical and emotional.
Physical stress is an underlying injury that has been left unresolved. This could be a tooth infection or perhaps an open wound that hasn’t quite healed. If antibiotics haven’t fixed a lingering infection some people may find Argentyn 23 helpful.
I’m sure we have all experienced joint pain at some point in our lives. If you have joint pain, then you also have inflammation. Inflammation lasting 3 months or more is described as “chronic”. Chronic inflammation will impair your ability to detoxify. You know your own body better than I do. I’m simply suggesting that you get these things in order BEFORE you dive into a detox protocol.
Stress has an enormous effect on our body’s ability to detoxify. By modern standards, emotional stress has become the new normal. Work, family, relationships are all significant sources of stress. Throw into the mix a boss or a landlord that’s a jerk and stress can soon become relentless. Look, I get it, we all have problems. Some of these problems are out of our control and some are not. If you are in the middle a messy divorce, moving house, or your teenager just got a triple nipple piercing, then perhaps this isn’t the best time to detox your body.
Your ability to detoxify takes a back seat every time you become overly stressed. Some folks manage stress better than others. If you are in the “others” camp an adaptogen by the name of Ashwagandha may help. Others may turn to alcohol which in turn taxes the liver which leads us nicely to our next section.
Chemical stress refers to excessive alcohol intake (hello again), poor diet, smoking, recreational drugs, over the counter medications, toxic cleaning products, etc… Take a critical look around at your environment and ask yourself, are any of these things making you sick or are they keeping you sick?
Mold is a sometimes a hidden stressor which can hinder your ability to detoxify. This is important to know as mold toxins use the exact same pathways as do heavy metals. Thus creating the very thing we are trying to avoid — a bottleneck! If time allows, I’ll write a separate book covering mold in more detail.
For now, keep in mind that overcoming sickness in the same environment that made you sick is ALWAYS going to be an uphill battle. Different results can only come from taking different actions.
It’s a pretty safe bet that anyone dealing with a heavy metals issue is also deficient in minerals. Why?
The two will always go hand in hand because a body that is lacking in minerals will latch onto the closest thing. Without wanting to sound like a broken record, heavy metals quickly fill this role as they are masters of mimicry. Hence, it’s prudent to start remineralizing your body before starting any detox protocol. Fortunately, this is relatively easy and inexpensive to do.
A good place to start is magnesium. Magnesium doesn’t do one thing, it helps with a whole bunch of things, It’s a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body! But most importantly, magnesium makes you feel good and helps the body to detoxify. Hoorah!
That said, not all magnesium is made equal and many supplement forms are poorly absorbed in the gut. Here’s a neat way to bypass this problem.
Boost your magnesium levels transdermally which simply means its absorbed through the skin rather than the gut. There are magnesium sprays on the market but the one I find works pretty good is EASE by Activation. Magnesium also helps us cope with stress as it’s a calming mineral that nourishes the nervous system.
In the evening, taking a “salt and soda bath” will add more magnesium to your system without it passing through the gut (it will also help you sleep better).
To make a salt and soda bath simply fill the tub with warm/hot water and add one to two cups of Epsom salt with the same amount of baking soda. (Adding a cup of add apple cider vinegar will help soothe any skin issues). I digress.
During this preparation phase, it’s going to be super helpful if you can also get your diet cleaned up (I know right, that old chestnut).
A great place to start is by adding broccoli sprouts into your daily diet. Broccoli sprouts are far more potent than regular broccoli. They provide a good source of glucoraphanin, which is converted to sulforaphane when consumed. Sulforaphane helps to increase levels of enzymes involved in the detoxification process.
Vegetables that have the same color running all the way through tend to be higher in nutrients. However, your ability to absorb these nutrients largely depends on the integrity of your gut lining. You can improve this with bone broth. Bone broth is a WIN/WIN as it’s also rich in minerals.
Minerals are game changers but too much of ANYTHING is a bad thing. To avoid taxing the liver and kidneys (we kinda need them for the next phase) best we don’t start popping handfuls of mineral supplements. A much better way to increase minerals is by eating nutrient-dense foods. Turning vegetables into a liquid takes some of the workloads off your digestive system too.
Another way to gently add minerals to your body is through natural sea salt (although some sea salts contain more minerals than others). Baja Gold Sea Saltis a pretty decent brand which is produced from the mineral-rich Sea of Cortez. At a pinch (pun intended) Himalayan salt is a huge improvement over regular table salt. Adding a little mineral-rich salt to your morning coffee may help increase mineral levels too.
Next time, I’ll walk you through the process of opening up the liver and kidneys. Until then, thanks for reading and be sure to check out my new book.