9 Effective Ways to Detoxify and Cleanse Your Body

9 effective ways to detox and cleanse your bodyMany people cleanse and detoxify their bodies from time to time. In my mind, a rewarding practice. What methods work? When and how to apply them best? This article explores some tested and tried options. Apart from all expertise, however, your very own body is your best gauge. If something does not feel good, stop and try something else. I believe body feedback is very valuable and one fares well to heed it. Many people have lost this connection with themselves, paying more attention to some outside expert, data, and statistics, rather than their innate body intelligence. YOU are the real expert on your health, and ultimately everyone is their own best healer. Our BS – belief system – plays a powerful part in all areas of our lives, including wellbeing. It’s well worth investigating and tweaking!

One word on detoxifying: our body does it all the time. It’s nothing unusual or periodic. With every exhale, we breathe out acids, for example. Every day, we lose about 2.5l of water through the skin, breath, and bladder. Every day, we eliminate metabolic waste as stool and urine. Sweating is a natural way to detoxify, that is why using deodorants that clog up your “release valves” is a bad idea – it hinders the body in expelling toxins and forces their recirculation. What’s a toxin? In my definition, anything that should not be present in the body or externally affect it negatively. This may pertain to metabolites arising from normal cellular function or externals like pesticides, food additives, GMO foods, industrial output, acquired parasites (e.g. fungi, amoeba, viruses, worms), and electromagnetic pollution (e.g. Wi-Fi).

Given the increased toxicity of the world we live in, an occasional detox to support the body’s natural elimination capacity of foreign substances makes perfect sense, in addition to building a strong immune system. Dr. Group’s green body cleanse teaches how to drastically decrease toxic buildup in the body by addressing both biology and our surrounding environments. He believes that illness basically comes from a toxic, compromised colon and shows ways to restore the GI tract and maintain its health thereafter. This is a worthwhile read for anyone dealing with gut problems and/ or seeking to maintain a healthy digestive system and body. “The Green Body Cleanse” gives a good overview and practical guidance on how to decrease the body’s toxic load from various sources. It forms the guideline to this article.

Dr. Group’s protocol recommends to detoxify your body in 5 steps: 1) colon cleansing, 2) liver & gallbladder cleansing, 3) parasite cleansing, 4) chemical & heavy metal removal, and 5) adjusting your home and work environs to the least toxic state possible. This is an entire program. Depending on your situation, you may elect only certain parts, or do it all. 

1) Colon Cleanse

From a physiological perspective, it makes sense to begin a body detox with the gut. After all, this is where the consumed outside world makes first contact with our body: most things we take up enter through the mouth and GI tract; far less enters through inhaling and skin contact. A cleared gut also aids other organ cleanses to purge toxins more effectively. A healthy GI tract is central to our wellbeing. I wrote about it extensively here. 

In summary, the three most important aspects for a healthy gut are a plant based, whole foods diet, regular exercise, and drinking enough water. Evacuating your bowels when your body requests it is one of the simplest, effective, and most important ways to keep a healthy gut and body. Holding back too many times may result in constipation and fecal compaction, which in turn produce possible knock-on effects such as putrefying proteins, fermented sugars, and rancid fats – nutrients turned toxins – in your gut. Not a desired and easily avoidable outcome.

Adding the occasional fast or cleanse into the mix supports your detox capacities and keeps your GI tract happy and functional, evacuating toxins quickly. Adapting dietary habits goes a long way and seems the best tool to achieve a naturally healthy gut – and thus overall wellbeing – long-term.

Colonic Hydrotherapy (aka Colonic, Colonic Irrigation, Colon Irrigation)

A colon cleanse involves gently irrigating the colon with warm water and flushing out feces. While you can do an enema at home (see below), I would opt for a professional setup and visit a hydrotherapy center in the beginning. I prefer one time use equipment over sterilizing and reusing the speculum – a personal preference everyone can decide on. It may be a question worth asking before making your appointment.

Some view colonic irrigation as “unnatural”. I believe it helps many people deal with a clogged up colon. While I wouldn’t recommend it on a regular basis (and check back with your colonics expert, as I’m not one), I think a colonic is a valuable method short term, to reset your colon and help it back to normal function. Constipation is a very common, mostly avoidable occurrence – 1 in 5 Americans experience it or some other digestive disorder. For chronic constipation, a colonic might well bring temporary relief. It may also help with removal of compacted waste: hard, fecal matter lining the intestines and not moving out with normal elimination. Dr. Group (2010) estimates the average American to harbor several pounds of this in their bowels by age 30 and deems colonic hydrotherapy coupled with oxygen-based cleansers very effective at removing toxins.

If you do not have access to a center and dislike enemas, you can try Oxy-Powder, a formulation by Dr. Group that relieves the colon of fecal matter, including impacted waste. It simply delivers oxygen to the gut which then “bubbles away” and detaches fecal matter from the colon wall. It definitely works… =) It also increases the number of bowel movements per day, so using a weekend as a first try might be a good idea. I apply Oxy-Powder mostly while fasting (see below), to clean the intestinal lining. Together with drinking plenty of pure water it frees the gut quite effectively. People also report great results for bloating and waste compaction, symptoms associated with constipation, and apparently there were successful clinical trials regarding Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Group 2010).

Supplementing with probiotics after a colon cleanse may also be worth considering, as this helps balance gut microbiota after the irrigation disturbance.

Coffee Enema

9 effective ways to detox and cleanse your bodyReally?! Yes. =) You decide, after reading what I respectfully view as the best information source on the subject online. I wrote it to gain clarity on the merit of this approach. An unsuspected can of worms…

Rectal coffee turns out a very effective choleretic (bile flow stimulant). Its advantageous effect on bile: instead of being reabsorbed from the small intestine up to ten times before leaving through the feces, it passes through the gut and exits through the colon straight away, expelling all carried toxins in the process, thereby easing the body’s toxic burden quicker (Gerson & Walker 2006). This proves especially beneficial in the presence of endogenous* serum toxins, which may arise from bacteria, damaged cells, and cancer cells. *[endogenous: self-generated, originating from the body’s own metabolism vs exogenous: originating from external sources]

In short, a coffee enema is thought to 1) support the liver’s detoxification function by removing toxins from the bloodstream and binding them to bile, and 2) increase bile flow from the liver, thus flushing out bound toxins along the intestines into the rectum and out of the body.

A coffee enema can be easily administered at home. Rather than pasting instructions in here, please just hop over to where they already are and scroll down to this heading: How to Take a Coffee Enema after Dr. Max Gerson.

2) Fasting

9 effective ways to detox and cleanse your bodyThis is a powerful, systemic approach to restore and maintain wellbeing. Fasting ameliorates (in approximate order of efficacy) high blood pressure, general cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, several autoimmune conditions (RA, mixed connective tissue disease, lupus), and fibroid tumors (Holzman 1998, Fuhrman et al. 2002). A Japanese MD developed a fasting protocol and has successfully treated many patients suffering from CFS, ulcerative colitis, collagen disease, viral hepatitis, atopic dermatitis and some neurodegenerative diseases (Futaba 2015). Traditionally, fasting has also helped with bronchitis, hay fever, obesity, migraines, hives, liver problems, gall stones, constipation, boils, acne, and others (Meyerowitz 1999).

Breaking down food requires lots of energy – one reason why an occasional fast may offer your digestive system a beneficial break. I’ve written on fasting (types, how, when, who shouldn’t) in detail here.

In summary, fasting gives your body the opportunity to achieve much more than it usually would because no energy must flow into digesting and assimilating regularly supplied food. When you eat less and rest more, the body automatically increases its ongoing detoxification processes. Without any food intake for several days, the body switches from primarily burning sugar to mostly burning fat reserves to satisfy cellular energy demands (Reis de Azevedo et al. 2013). Some fats convert to ketone bodies (water soluble molecules), the only fuel accessible to the brain besides glucose. With formation of sufficient amounts of ketone bodies after a few days of fasting, people tend to lose the feeling of hunger. Thus, when done properly, one should experience a good level of vitality and absence of hunger during a fast (Klaper 2014, Boschmann & Michalsen 2013). From about day three, after depleting sugar stores, the body sustains itself from its fat reserves (ketosis). It begins eliminating toxins. It also begins clearing the colon of putrefied waste and reabsorbing aberrant cells and metabolites in the body. With every following day, you’re burning through more fat, releasing acids and toxins from sometimes long held depots, supporting your body in a thorough and meticulous “house keeping” process. Eventually, lipomas (benign tumor of adipose (fat) tissue) and atheromas (accumulated waste in your blood vessels) may disappear after a prolonged water fast (Kim 2013). Other symptoms may lessen or disappear altogether as well.

For more information and how to fast properly, read this.

3) Vegetable Juicing

9 effective ways to detox and cleanse your bodyThis is one of my favorite approaches, both as a daily healthy living habit providing excellent nutrition, and as a seasonal juice fast. It’s delicious, supports alkalinity, and resets your body nicely. I do two fasts per year, 5-10 days, following the seasonal changes (winter/spring and autumn/winter). Please see my juicing page and this article (scroll to juice fasting section) for more information.

Also of note is wheatgrass. This is what set me on the juicing trail many years ago. I experienced a profound shift in energy levels from consuming 3 wheatgrass shots (30 ml) per week. Apart from these, I had done nothing different. It was amazing. My 33 vegetable juices recipe collection also contains a mini wheatgrass tutorial, or just quickly google it. Growing it is easy and fun! Contrary to popular belief, watching grass grow is awesome. And very rewarding when juiced. For more information and also which juicer to choose, visit this page and enjoy the videos.

4) Liver Cleanse

 

9 effective ways to detox and cleanse your bodyWhat may heart disease, back pain, asthma, headaches, depression, constipation, high cholesterol, and cirrhosis have in common? They could all be expressions of a congested liver and gallbladder. Over time, gallstones, which also end up in the liver, grow in size and number. If not seen to, the blockages they cause may lead to serious afflictions. Given that the liver is our major organ of detoxification, serving some 500 metabolic functions, anything that interferes with it likely negatively influences not only liver function, but also our sense of wellbeing as a whole. Gallstones as possible causes of illness remain often overlooked, and, if considered, surgery is a common suggestion for removing them. Thankfully, in many cases, they can also be removed noninvasively at home.

Liver cleansing is a powerful method. As often, I tried it out of curiosity rather than need. Good thing no-one saw my face when looking at what this method produced in the collecting sieve….in short, I expelled >1000 “liver stones” I never knew were present. I’ve summed up the liver cleanse here, including a short video on how to perform one. I do recommend to get written instructions, however. People without gallbladder can still perform this, and I highly recommend you get the book and follow the slightly different protocol outlined in it for this situation.

Dr. Group also offers a Liver Cleanse Kit, and his process is similar to the one above. Research suggests that curcumin can effectively induce the gallbladder to empty, thereby reducing the risk of gallstone formation, and ultimately gallbladder cancer (Goel et al. 2008).

5) Kidney Cleanse

Right on the heels of a liver cleanse, a kidney flush also supports the body’s excretory functions. Says Dr. Group: “The Kidney Cleanse Kit is designed to detoxify, flush and purge the kidneys of built up toxins. Toxins accumulate and stones form when the kidneys aren’t functioning at normal efficiency. A kidney cleanse involves eating a healthy organic diet and drinking an organic, herbal kidney cleanse mixture for 4 days to stimulate the kidneys and soften any deposits. The kidney cleanse protocol also includes an intestinal cleanse with Oxy-Powder and a probiotic supplement, Latero-Flora, that work in tandem to encourage a balanced internal environment.”

6) Removing Parasites

9 effective ways to detox and cleanse your bodyI hadn’t seen one since BIOL101 many years ago – until recently, when my cat vomited him up: a 5 cm long round worm. Nice – not! Better my kitty than I. Thankfully, this is easily fixed. Cool Beans quickly recovered. And I might treat myself to Dr. Group’s Harmful Organism Cleanse Kit…. It establishes a disfavorable environment for parasites, helps maintain a healthy colon, supports the immune system, and, with parasites eliminated, leads to better food absorption. I rather err on the safe side, after seeing that worm…

Everyone easily takes up organisms that aren’t inherent to the body and its function. Some parasite sources include pets (e.g. above image; fleas form part of the tapeworm life cycle and can act as vectors to humans), contaminated water, air, soil, under-cooked meat, and raw vegetables. What’s a parasite? Anything that usually doesn’t belong in your system, and that uses it to propagate itself: viruses, worms, amoeba, giardia, toxoplasma, etc.

Thankfully, the body has many mechanisms to deal with this and rid itself of intruders. When our immune system becomes compromised, however, parasite burden and toxic load may take on detrimental forms, with otherwise suppressed organisms now flourishing (think candida, worms, herpes, etc). Hence, expelling parasites is a good idea and may make a big difference, especially when people harbored foreign organisms unbeknownst to them for a long time, wondering why their energy levels dropped or they feel out of sorts otherwise, without obvious explanation.

While external parasites aren’t pleasant, internal ones may cause serious trouble. They “steal” nutrition, affect vital organs, weaken the immune system, and pollute the body with their often toxic waste. Best not to allow them. I remember in above BIOL101 lecture the professor showed us an image of a boy infected with Ascaris (a nematode roundworm): the poor kid was laden with them, until medical intervention helped him rid his body of countless individual worms – kilograms of biomass. I remember that image to this day. Brrr.

I’ve also heard regular wheatgrass consumption (1 glass/day – quite a large quantity) to expel worms – perhaps its alkalizing effect creates an environment hostile to them? Might be worth looking into.

7) Heavy Metal Detox

While some heavy metals form an essential part of our biology (e.g. copper, iron, zinc), others pose a burden to the body and really have no business in it (e.g. mercury, lead, cadmium). If not removed, they can accumulate over time. Brief or prolonged heavy metal exposure can cause or contribute to serious physiological effects: kidney damage, fragile bones, asthma, ulcers, liver damage, miscarriage (lead), decreased fertility in men, neurological damage, tremors, impaired brain function, memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease, bronchial spasms, or death (Martin & Griswold 2009, Group 2012).

We’re basically continually exposed to toxins one way or another. It’s difficult to avoid. Thankfully, we’re also equipped with an awesome detox system that shields us from most complications, when working properly. Organic food and clean water go a long way! They fuel these detox systems and thus ensure wellbeing and optimal body function – including containing and expelling foreign substances.

That said, once accumulated over time, removing heavy metals can be challenging and should be done under the supervision of a knowledgeable healthcare provider. Mobilizing metal compounds (e.g. mercury) in the body can have felt negative effects, and doing this slowly is recommended. If you have a known metal poisoning, definitely get professional help. Else, a good starting point is to get tested for heavy metals first (hair, blood or urine analyses) to see if elevated levels exist that warrant remedial action.

For a simple detox to maintain good health, regularly drinking green tea may also aid with eliminating heavy metals (Siddiqui et al. 2006), and a sauna (see below) facilitates clearing foreign substances from the body. Dr. Group’s Chemical & Toxic Metal Cleanse provides a generally safe and gentle way to support the body’s detox efforts in this regard. Depending on your situation, this may be enough. Or it may be the beginning of a longer detox process. As with anything, common sense is a good practice.

8) Sauna Bathing

effective ways to detox and cleanse your body

I love sauna!

They say that ‘‘sauna is a poor man’s pharmacy”. Apart from taking advantage of the entire skin surface to sweat out toxins, it also can relieve pain and stiffness of joints and improve breathing in chronic obstructive lung diseases (Kenttaemis & Karkola 2008). Sauna contributes to more effective rehabilitation after injuries and brings relief in pain syndromes. Sessions are recommended not only for relaxation and recovery but also for patients with certain dysfunctions of the respiratory system, chronic rheumatic disorders, degenerative joint diseases and arterial hypertension. Finnish sauna sessions promote a response from endocrine glands and stimulate the immune system. It has been documented that hot-cold bathing reduces susceptibility to colds and prevents infections in healthy people (Pilch et al. 2013). After following up with their subjects for c. 20 years on average and finding that increased frequency of sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, fatal coronary heart disease, fatal cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality, researchers concluded that “sauna bathing is a recommendable health habit” (Laukkanen et al. 2015).

Therapeutic sauna use (e.g. the Hubbard regimen) aims to detoxify the body and to restore body function by ridding tissues off their stored toxic loads. It eliminates a broad range of chemicals and thus addresses adverse health effects resultant from chemical exposure and their subsequent accumulation in tissues. People generally report decreasing severity of symptoms after finishing the Hubbard regimen (see Cecchini & LoPresti (2007)).

Sauna offers multiple options, either as the classic Finnish steam sauna, or as an infrared cabin. The steam sauna requires higher temperatures (up to 100°C), and people sensitive to this might opt for the infrared variety, which operates between 30° and 60°C.

I’ve written on the health benefits and do’s & don’ts of sauna bathing here.

9) Other Considerations

You may think rather than fasting, colonics, coffee enemas, sweating and all the rest – why not reduce the body’s toxic burden to begin with? Indeed, this practice pays and makes perfect sense. The following outlines some ideas.

Reducing Toxic Load Through Wise Food Choices – Eating Organic

As stated above, it is difficult to avoid exposure to toxins. Our food supply – basically orchestrated by 10 huge company-conglomerates (click above image for larger view) – plays a big part in this. Apart from processed “foods”, it is highly questionable whether modern agriculture serves us the way it could (should?). I wonder when it became normal and “ok” to poison our food supply? How ironic is it that organic growers need to certify their produce (a potentially costly affair), and conventional growers are free to poison us? Not only that, they also receive subsidies for it. A new report by the Human Rights Council (2017) to the UN says: Hazardous pesticides impose substantial costs on Governments and have catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health and society as a whole […]. And The Guardian (2017) reports an estimated 200,000 deaths a year from acute pesticide poisoning. “It is time to create a global process to transition toward safer and healthier food and agricultural production.” Indeed. Have you ever seen how conventional food is grown? In New Zealand, during cherry picking season, conventional growers warn their staff to stay off the premises when they spray fruit trees – I wonder if they eat their own produce? I most certainly do not. And it’s a shame, because the cherries look great. Good looks come at a price, however. You may have followed the glyphosate and GMO debates. How do these approaches – food adulteration, essentially – serve anyone? They do not and only add to the toxic burden of our planet and our bodies.

Bottom line for me: growing food, collecting water, and buying organic whenever possible. I realize this is not an option for everyone. However, I firmly believe that where there is a will there is a way. The concept of “edible parks” and community gardens is not only viable, but already practiced in cities around the globe. Everyone can participate somehow, somewhere and make a start. Here’s one inspiring example from Los Angeles. Simple and far reaching.

For tips on how to avoid GMO foods, go here.

For a list of fruit and vegetables most and least affected by pesticide spraying, visit here.

Shopping: label reading – my rule of thumb: anything with more than one number on it stays on the shelf…avoid canola oil and margarine. Butter and coconut oil offer alternatives.

Another rule of thumb I follow: leave out anything “white”: flour, rice, table salt, sugar. I mill my own rye flour for bread baking and use Himalayan crystal salt brine as salt source. You can easily make brine by submerging salt crystals in spring water until they stop dissolving – you should always see some crystals at the bottom of the glass jar to create a saturated solution (brine).

Alcohol: obviously, your liver will be happy to see little of it.  =)

Eating real food and drinking clean water go a very, very long way. Until governments cease being corrupted by industry, it is up to us to raise the standards, one person at a time. Civil disobedience may surprisingly start in your veggie patch…

Reducing Fructose Consumption (Refined Sugar)

Eliminating refined sugar majorly improves your physiology, as does the right choice of fats. I wrote on the effects of sugar on the body here. Eating fructose translates into belly fat. As seemingly little as one can of soda a day adds mightily to it: if consumed daily, that can of soda translates into 15 pounds of fat per year. On average, however, US Americans drink 2.5 cans of soda per day (Lustig talk 2013). So quitting fizzy drinks alone is a very beneficial move! It also helps your digestive tract: too much sugar may cause constipation and candida (yeast) overgrowth. Sugar (fructose) overload throws our entire body out of balance. Learn here why. Basu et al. (2013) provide causational data for diabetes: they estimate that 25% of diabetes worldwide is explained by sugar alone (not total calories, obesity, other food stuffs, or other confounders). Changes in sugar availability predicted changes in diabetes prevalence.

Quitting refined sugar (and artificial sweeteners like aspartame or saccharin) is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Honey, stevia, raw cane sugar, or xylitol offer alternatives.

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Quitting Your Microwave & Processed Foods

Quitting microwave use and processed, convenience, GMO, and deep fried foods on a regular basis are excellent healthy living choices. Microwaving nukes your food, literally. It warms it up from the inside out (vs from the outside in with a normal convection oven). Microwaves excite water molecules and rupture their bonds – this frictional energy renders surrounding molecules damaged (enzymes, vitamins, proteins, etc. become changed, at worst also toxic, and useless to the body). Processed foods contain little nutritious value. They fill, and that’s about it.

Reducing Toxic Load in Your Living & Work Space

This is an important area, considering the amount of time spent at an office or at home. Unless you live in a “cradle to cradle” house – and congratulations if you do! – you likely experience exposure to outgassing from carpets, wall paint, furniture…exploring this can be frustrating as you realize how toxic our living and work environs can be. But there are positive measures you can take, and every step counts:

i) Fresh Air

Most of us think of air pollution as an outside affair – unfortunately, indoor air often carries toxins in form of organic volatile compounds (VOCs) emerging from wall paint and items such as mineral spirits, varnishes, stains, sealers, water colors, and others. Furniture and carpets may emit substances used as fire retardants (outgassing) – apart from installing an air purifying system and avoiding those items in future, the easiest solution is to open a window and let in fresh air on a regular basis. Venting also helps prevent mold – a common cause for chronic sinus infections. Mold requires moisture to thrive, so regulating moisture levels is the key to controlling indoor mold. A dehumidifier may make all the difference. Wiping away any condensation, leaks or spills a soon as you notice them also decreases the chances of mold to flourish.

Using non-toxic household cleaners also contributes to a reduced toxic load in your home. Vinegar, baking soda, colloidal silver, hydrogen peroxide, and brands that offer plant based products work well.

ii) Reducing Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation

The convenience of Wi-Fi and modern electronic devices may come at a high cost: our health. In my home, everything is plugged in, with all wireless functions turned off. Reducing exposure to radiation from devices is a worth while measure. For doubters of this, I recommend Prof. Olle Johansson’s talk – one of the few independent researchers around. Together with other scientists like Robert Becker MD (author of the Body Electric), he has been pointing out the inherent dangers of wireless technologies for a long time (Bioinitiative Project 2012, Benevento Resolution 2008, London Resolution 2009), and an ever growing body of literature supports this view. Regardless, as of now, it is up to the consumer to protect themselves, as industry is not yet forced to do it for us. One would think this indeed self-expected, but it is not. Profit before safety.

Becoming knowledgeable in this arena may save your family’s health. Gentlemen: do not wear a turned on cell phone in your shirt pocket. It may directly interfere with your heart field – the biggest electromagnetic field generated by our body. Ladies: do not wear a turned on cell phone in your bra. Breast cancer is implicated from this practice (Mercola 2012; Dr. Devra Davis’ lecture – a worthwhile watch).

The farther away from your body a cell phone is, the better for you. Using a headset and keeping a turned on phone off the body are easy measures to take. One can buy EMF protectors, I’m not sure how good they are. Turning off electronics (devices, TV, computer, etc.) when not required and keeping a distance to appliances (think fridge, stove, hair dryer, etc.) drastically reduces your EMF exposure. Every bit of distance reduce stress for your body.

iii) Clean Water

This is easier said than done. Natural spring water would be best – not exactly what comes out of the tap! Organic vegetable juice also is an excellent source – cellular water differs greatly from spring or tap water – it already comes in a form that cells recognize and use.

Not only is our tap water nowhere near as good as spring water, it also contains a plethora of toxins that shouldn’t be there, whether that’s from agricultural run-off, adding fluoride or chlorine as “health” measures, hormones from human and animal medications, arsenic from natural and industrial sources, asbestos fibers, and others. Depending on where you live, testing your water with a home test kit may be a first step in determining whether or not to install any filters or water purification systems.

Bottled water fares only marginally better, if at all: packaged in plastic, compounds such as BPA or antimony can leach into the water, readily transferring to anyone who drinks from that bottle.

So what to do with all this? I installed a whole house water filter system to take out most anything except fluoride. For that, a reverse osmosis system is needed, and it may be a good idea to install one just under the kitchen bench for drinking water. Shower heads also equip with filters to take out chlorine and thus eliminate its uptake through water and vapors in the shower.

For brief detox periods, distilled water works well. Just add some Himalayan salt or raw organic apple cider vinegar to reintroduce minerals, as they will be lost during the distillation process which boils and evaporates water and then condenses and collects it again – free of any contaminants. Rain water essentially is distilled water. You can either buy distilled water at supermarkets or make your own with a water distiller.

Dr. Group recommends the Wellness Carafe as a good portable solution to purify water on the go (think office, eating out, or traveling). When buying bottled water, choose glass bottles.

iiii) Practices Relieving Toxins & Stress

Meditation, yoga, being in nature, gardening, earthing, exercise, massage, laughing, music, sleeping, essential oils, sunshine, EFT – all these contribute to feeling good, regenerating, and building a strong immune system that then takes care of most anything else.

Conclusion

All of this may seem overwhelming and a lot to change at first. Begin with any item and proceed at your own pace. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and despite the quite toxic world we’ve created, you haven’t dropped dead yet. And likely won’t anytime soon, thanks to your magnificent body that normally deals with all these influences rather competently. Applying the methods suggested here, you can ensure your body’s continued optimal function, or help it restore itself to that state.

Likely, implementing changes at home comes easier as it involves fewer parties and hurdles. One step at a time works perfectly fine.  As you go along, you’ll notice feeling better. Seeing how made adjustments translate into improved mood and/ or body function is very exciting and inspires even more change in future. This really is about persistent life style changes, rather than a quick fix that doesn’t last. Adjusting one’s life style gradually works better than  rushing in and changing everything, only to find it unsustainable. Enjoying changes as you go is important. After all, this is not a punitive action but rather a moving toward a more healthful life style, increased energy levels and vitality, and ultimately more joy in your life. In writing this, it occurred to me I just summed up years of my own process of adjustments. Every step matters.

Conscious shopping, cooking/eating, water consumption, cleaning, and body care all form corner stones of robust health on the personal level. Communities embracing non-toxic building materials & buildings, water supplies, and energy generation form the next step toward a way of “green living” that many desire and all deserve.

And until we get there, the methods introduced here can help you make an effective, healthful and meaningful start with long-term, positive yields.

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Videos

Robert Lustig, MD. Most Destructive Force In The Universe: SUGAR – A GLOBAL PANDEMIC (2013)

Devra Davis. 2012. Cell Phone Dangers | Dr. Devra Davis @ National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

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