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What it Means to Detox – Part 1 of 3

When TEOTWAWKI (or SHTF or “grid down”- whatever your flavor of alphabet terms)  you will be glad you took a preventative, proactive stance by taking charge of your health.

In part 1 of this series I will be writing about food and environmental pollution detoxification. I will be focusing on how the foods we eat, the water we drink , the skin care products we use,  impact our health. I will also have a  simple food/supplement detoxification plan that costs very little to implement and will look at ways to reduce our exposure to environmental assaults to our bodies. In part 2, I will delve into the mind-body connection and  how our minds/attitudes can change our physiology, how to take control of our health and heal ourselves with very little, if any, medical intervention.  About how light and electrical pollution has been found to be very dangerous to our health and offer solutions. Part 3 will be looking at the radiation we are receiving from past nuclear explosions circling the globe along with the Fukushima Daiichi incident, the types of radiation we are exposed to, and how they affect different parts of the body, and a specific protocol that has been developed over the years by governments faced with this ongoing problem.


What is and why detox?

Detoxification (detox) is a catch phrase that has been widely used to mean a variety of things. There is detox from addictive substances, such as alcohol and/or drugs (prescription and street).  Metabolic detoxification is a term for clearing out different chemicals, heavy metals, medications, hormones that are in abundance from the organs and body tissues. Some people are sensitive to artificial light and electricity. And, of course, detoxification from man made nuclear radiation.

According to a website called “The Chemical Ape”, out of nine people tested for toxic substances, 249 synthetic chemicals were found. 167 are considered harmful to the body, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system,79 cause birth defects, and 76 cause cancer.  There are 2,000 new chemicals being produced in the United States each year. There are 75,000 chemicals in use in the United States. These toxic chemicals come in the form of cosmetics, skin creams, shampoos, pesticides and foods.. Toxic chemicals found in body  One of the most interesting toxins is heat activated cash register receipts. According to the Environmental Working Group, about 20 percent of all receipts are printed on this type of paper.  They cite a Swiss study that shows that once the BPA is absorbed into the skin it cannot be washed off. It is estimated that a single receipt has between 250 and 1,000 times more BPA than canned foods. Handling a receipt for ten seconds allows your body to absorb BPA (bisphenol A)  Studies have been conducted on BPA which have found abnormal reproductive system development, diminished intellectual capacity, and behavioral abnormalities and can set the stage for other serious conditions, such as reproductive system cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty,  asthma and cardiovascular system disorders. BPA and cash register receipts

Problems and Solutions

Our bodies are naturally made to naturally detoxify themselves, if given the right circumstances and nutrients. Our liver filters out through our bloodstream excess hormones, chemicals, and drugs that we absorb through air, foods, and skin exposure. A healthy liver will manufacture approximately one liter of bile per day to transport toxins out of the body. If the liver is sluggish, toxins can build up. Toxins which are not eliminated return to the bloodstream and are eventually stored in fatty tissues. In the longer term, the slow release of these toxins back into the bloodstream can lead to a number of diseases. It metabolizes drugs and chemicals. It makes proteins that are important for blood clotting. The liver can get overloaded and the toxins spill out into the body causing many sicknesses- cancer, autoimmune disorders, neurological problems, to name a few.         WebMD description of liver and its function            How does the liver detoxify

A Simple Liver Detoxification Plan

I would be remiss if I did not point out that we should try to limit our exposure to environmental toxins to begin with. Many of our shampoos carry sodium laurel/laureth sulfate, dioxan propylene glycol, and parabans, all which are known to cause cancer, among other diseases. Our skin acts like a big sponge and absorbs many harmful substances each day. Reading labels and choosing wisely will help your body help itself. toxic ingredients in shampoo   Replace your skin moisturizers with coconut oil. It is also a powerful antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.

The Environmental Working Group has a database of 68.000 products  you can look up and see what your skin care products contain.

A good quality water filter goes a long way towards health. Look for filters that filter out fluoride and chlorine (if they can do that, they can take care of most of the pesticides and chemicals in our water- unfortunately prescription drugs are now found in our drinking water from being excreted and entering the water supply). Steve Baze, who writes for BOF, carries a coconut filter package that is affordable and I have removed fluoride using his system. Go to downtoearthprepper.com to see what he offers. It is a very simple, but effective, system. I know reverse osmosis works but it is a terrible waste of water. The subject of water is a very important one and is out of the scope of this article. Please do your research.

1)GET OFF ALL PROCESSED FOODS– Our bodies are made to eat real food. Processed foods strip the nutrients out and add excito-toxins, such as MSG and aspartame, that make it almost impossible for our bodies to process.  Start reading labels. If you cannot pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it. High fructose corn syrup is especially hard on the liver; it is found in ketchup, condiments, yogurt, almost everything processed has it. Stay away from canola, corn and soybean oil. Get off crackers and chips Replace with fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts. There is a saying that if your great grandmother didn’t call it food you shouldn’t either. The closer to the land our food is the healthier it is. Also, genetically modified grains are proven to cause early death due to kidney and liver damage.   Russia has banned all GMO imports, and US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains.  Look for labels that state GMO free.

2) Eat FAT- Good fat. Your liver and gallbladder need it to process your foods- Examples are butter, grass fed beef, olive oil, coconut oil, walnut oil, avocados and cold water fish, such as salmon. For instance, did you know that coconut oil acts like a carbohydrate in your body and gives you energy? If you are going to fry anything, use coconut oil. It has a high heating temperature and does not break down into carcinogenic substances like corn, peanut, soybean and canola oil do.

3) Limit alcohol consumption– I think we all know our liver processes alcohol. Moderation is considered one to two drinks a day. My recommendation is no more than one to two drinks three times a week.

4) Herbs that detox– Steep the roots of the dandelion and milk thistle seeds in purified hot water. Drink this daily to help you cleanse your liver. There are many other herbs that can be used- and they work- but this simple mixture is all you need if you are trying to maintain health.

5) Upon Arising – drink a glass of filtered warm water with 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (bottled ok). This stimulates bile to clear the liver and is a good way to start your day. Drink water throughout the day to help flush out released toxins.

6) Exercise and sweat- A lot of toxins are excreted through our sweat. Shower afterwards so toxins do not reabsorb.

7) Eat your greens- dandelion, cilantro, beet, arugula, kale to name a few. These heal and clean out your body.

8) Body detoxification juice recipe:  Juice together 1 small beet, 2 small green apples, 1 bunch of each dandelion and kale greens and the juice of one lemon.  This is a wonderful juice for a weekly juice fast.

9 )Daily: Eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables, especially antioxidant rich ones. Examples are:  all berries, carrots, all greens, broccoli, beets, onion, garlic, eggplants are all very healing.

Disclaimer- You must not rely on information provided on this post as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.








About Brooke Lounsbury

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Brooke Lounsbury is a holistic registered nurse who left the mainstream medical field in 2008 when she saw the current medical model was not about prevention. She is a public speaker, blogger and nutritional consultant who has interest in helping others to become as healthy as possible with as little money as possible using the holistic model. She holds ten day detoxification workshops twice a year to help the body get rid of all the environmental assault our lives are under, speaks on topics such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, putting balance back in our lives, and how attitude predicts the success in our lives. Brooke and her husband recently purchased a home on five acres and are completely off grid. They own two goats, several chickens, a kitten and will soon be adding some Great Pyrenees as guard dogs.

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  1. Profile photo of Steve Baze

    Lots of excellent info and down to earth ideas on detox. The weekly juice thingy is very good and likely should be a regular part of ones health regimen and diet. The liver may be the single most important organ considering it is a main filter? But A balanced endocrine system is also part of the equation and not at all difficult to accomplish. I will be writing something that enhances the gardening part shortly and a fitness update that is easy to accomplish. Dandelion root , chard, cabbage, arugula and beets all in the ground and doing well since weather changed recently. Good on Ya, and thanx for all your info.

  2. Mark Fredrickson

    Excellent article can’t wait for the next one. I’ve been a sugar addict for too long. I’ve been working hard to change my diet. Thanks for this info

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