Since our family’s health crisis in 2008, I have learned that healing is not only a process, it is also an opportunity.
Once I began to understand that detoxification is a lifelong process, I slowly integrated the following detox routine into my daily regimen.
1. Sleeping Grounded
My day begins by finding the floor at the foot of our organic latex mattress – an expensive but worthwhile investment. (We purchased ours from Plush Beds.) We keep the mattress on the floor to keep our bodies closer to the ground. For many years we slept on an air mattress on the floor until we could afford an organic option. Either way, I love sleeping on the floor! My sleep has been much deeper -especially since we removed all wireless devices and created a sleep sanctuary. (Learn more about a sleep sanctuary here.)
Keeping your body close the ground is part of the Earthing concept which states that the ground helps restore the body’s natural electrical balance.
2. Bentonite Clay
Upon awakening, I drink 1-2 teaspoons of bentonite clay mixed with 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon psyllium, 1 teaspoon spirulina, and water. Bentonite clay has a pH of 9.7 and carries a negative electrical charge while unfriendly microbes carry a positive charge. The clay molecule acts like a magnet, attracting the toxins and impurities and carrying them out when the clay is expelled. (Both spirulina and bentonite clay offer unique anti-radiation properties. See 7 Anti-Radiation Foods.)
Sources of Bentonite Clay:
3. Oil Pulling
Then, I oil pull. This is a simple detoxification tool requiring an organic oil such as sesame or coconut. Since I began oil pulling, my teeth and gums feel stronger and healthier. I add a bit of activated charcoal for added whitening and detoxifying benefit.
4. Neti Pot
I don’t do this every day, but when I do, I’m glad. Nasal irrigation is another age-old remedy for general health, not just sinus health. The most efficient and hygienic option, in my opinion, is this stainless steel neti pot.
My favorite recipe:
8 c. distilled water (purified water is essential!)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
10 drops grapefruit seed extract
Shake before each use.
5. Coffee Enema
I began to consider enemas when I read Hippocrates’ quote, “An enema is better than herbs or laxatives.” Upon reading that simple sentence, something clicked. Relieving the digestive tract of toxins and waste made sense.
The more I researched enemas, the more I kept being drawn to coffee enemas in particular. The fact that the coffee stimulates the activity of glutathione S-transferase solidified my decision to try it.
According to the Gerson Institute:
The coffee enema has a very specific purpose: lowering serum toxins. Coffee enemas have a definite effect on the colon which can be observed with an endoscope. The palmitic acid found in coffee promotes the activity of glutathione S-transferase and other ligands many times above the norm. It is this enzyme group that is responsible primarily for the conjugation of free electrophile radicals which the gall bladder will then release.
Next to mold avoidance and diet, coffee enemas have changed my life. (For more, see my post The Health Benefits of Coffee Enemas.)
Someone wrote me recently, “After only 2 CE’s I can’t believe the difference in the rash all over my body!”
6. Skin Brushing
Skin brushing comes next. This is a very simple and straightforward addition to any health routine. The skin is responsible for 1/4 of our detoxification each day and is often deemed “the third kidney.” This is a simple way to stimulate the lymphatic system, which in turn boosts the immune system. Directions can be found here.
7. Natural Hair and Body Care
I stopped using shampoo 5 years ago. Rhassoul clay makes a wonderful, completely natural hair-cleansing product. (See Rhassoul Clay for Natural Beauty Care.) Since going all natural, I have reduced the need to wash my hair dramatically. I wash my hair every 7-10 days!
I use natural soap sparingly to allow my skin flora to stay strong and healthy. (See 4 Ways to Protect Your Skin Microbiome.)
I spend at least 10 minutes on my teeth. After three crowns and nearly 10 mercury filling removals this last year, I am determined not to find myself back in a dentist’s chair if I can help it. I make my own tooth powder using this recipe and use a miswak. (See The Ultimate Natural Toothbrush.)
Breakfast was once a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee. Now I pay careful attention to my gut flora by consuming a 1/2 cup of beet kvass with a probiotic. Many times I will fast until noon or keep it simple with a fresh green juice. Other times I may consume a bit of homemade goat yogurt with ground flax and a bit of fruit. I have found frequent fasting to be one of the most beneficial ways for my body to detox.
The entire routine takes approximately 90 minutes, all done in the comfort of my own home. Just as Hippocrates said, healing is an opportunity. For me, an opportunity to take charge of my health.
For more ways I practice healing as a lifestyle, see 8 Ways I’m Minimizing My Breast Cancer Risk.