Modern society has created a sad state for our over-processed livers. Anytime we overeat or eat processed or fried foods, and, anytime we are exposed to environmental pollutants or stress, the liver becomes overworked and overloaded. When the liver is taxed, it can’t process toxins and fat in an efficient way. There are many foods that can help cleanse the liver naturally by stimulating the natural ability to clean toxic waste from the body.
List of Foods that Cleanse the Liver
This is a list of really effective liver cleansing foods.
In addition to taking a liver-cleansing supplement, and performing at least two liver cleanses per year (see below), eating the following foods is the best way to keep your liver healthy and functioning the way you need it to. Incorporating these foods into your weekly diet is believed to be beneficial in achieving and mainlining liver health.
Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increasea the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
Beets and Carrots
Both extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, eating both beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
This liver-loving beverage is chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a constituent known to assist the livers overall functions. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.
Leafy Green Vegetables
One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to nuetralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.
Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.
This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate improved liver health when avocados are eaten regularly.
High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents needed for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload that many of us suffer from.
Grains, such as brown rice, are rich in B-complex vitamins, nutrients known to improve overall fat metabolization, liver function and liver decongestion. If possible, do not eat foods with white flour, instead try eating whole wheat alternatives.
Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which significantly lowers our risk of cancer.
Lemons & Limes
These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of the vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic material into substance that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.
Holding high amount of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids which support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.
Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.
The liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out known dietary carcinogens.
Tips For Doing a Liver Cleanse
Other liver cleanse foods not listed above are artichoke, asparagus, kale and brussel sprouts. Eating the foods listed above is a great way to keep your liver functioning properly. However, for the best results, you may want to do a liver cleanse.
Doing a liver cleanse at least twice a year will eliminate any foreign substances that may be trapped in your liver.
Hepasan is a liver, gall bladder and kidney flush. It is intended to be taken with organic apple juice.
An individual interested in effecting a thorough cleanse should take four capsules of Hepasan with six ounces of apple juice three times a day for five days. It is important to clear the digestive tract prior to engaging in a liver and gall bladder cleanse as these two organs empty into the intestines and colon.
This will give the excreted wastes a place to empty into and prevent an uncomfortable backup of toxins commonly referred to as a detox reaction.
When taking Hepasan, it is useful (but not essential) to drink organic apple juice and is a good idea to spread the three doses throughout the day either shortly before or after mealtime.
Fasting is not a new method but our ancestors would say they did not have much of a choice. It was just part of life in Palaeolithic times when food was scarce and people did not have the means to store huge amounts of food. The community were dependent on the luck and expertise of their hunters and gatherers. In ancient times however, cleansing and detoxing became more acknowledged and valued. Our ancestors already used methods, such as water fasts, enemas or saunas to detoxify their bodies.
In the 21st century, we face very different challenges; environmental pollution has risen to such heights that the detoxification capabilities of our bodies are challenged even more than before. (1) It is also important to consider additional factors like smoking and drinking alcohol on a regular basis. It should not come as a surprise that the most common way to put extra strain on the body is to consume foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates.
The detoxification pathways
The way the body works is very efficient, if we use the right foods to fuel it. We have several organs involved in continuous detoxification, such as the liver, the kidneys, the gut, the lungs and the lymphatic system. The main role is played by the liver, which creates water-soluble substances that can be easily excreted from the body.
This happens in two phases: in the first phase, compounds are prepared for elimination via chemical reactions that can often transform them into more harmful substances. This step prepares the liver for the second phase, (the conjugation pathway) where these toxic substances are bound to other chemicals that render them harmless and ready for excretion.
It is imperative to note that patients with chronic illnesses can be made to feel worse during fasting because of an increase in circulating toxins in the body. Medical and naturopathic supervision is highly recommended to support clients and to avoid any potentially dangerous reactions. (2) Pregnant women and individuals with liver, kidney or heart arrhythmias should not fast.
But what is Diabetes?
After eating carbohydrates the body breaks them down into glucose. This is chased into the cells by a hormone produced in the pancreas called insulin. In a very simplistic way, diabetes means that the insulin receptors on the cells are unable to respond to the insulin and glucose is left circulating in the blood. Instead of creating stable blood sugar levels during food intake, glucose levels can fluctuate erratically, leading to sugar cravings and hunger.
The brain receives messages that it needs more food and this creates a vicious circle making it very hard for people even in a pre-diabetic state to lose and then maintain weight on their own. A very common body characteristic is fat around the middle, which can also increase the risk of other illnesses, such as heart disease, arthritis or depression.
To improve the life of someone with diabetes, it’s important to break this cycle by taking the strain off the insulin-producing cells. Studies prove that diet and lifestyle intervention can improve glucose tolerance and insulin resistance. (3)
Calorie restriction, intermittent fasting and alternate day fasting all seem to be great methods and depending on the patient’s condition and willingness, they might even be able to reduce or completely remove the need for medication. (3, 4)
Research (5), from Newcastle University has provided promising results on reversing type 2 diabetes, by reducing weight and therefore “reawakening” the insulin cells in the pancreas. This could give even more motivation to those with type 2 diabetes, wishing to avoid medication.
Identifying the individual detoxification pathways and understanding the environmental and lifestyle factors is crucial, in order to give personalised nutritional support and to reduce symptoms associated with metabolic toxicity.
One stone lost and a beautiful retreat on the enchanting island of Gozo
Amchara Malta lived up to expectations and much more! It is a beautiful retreat on the enchanting island of Gozo, a short ferry ride from Malta.
I was on a 7 day juicing fast, the same as my UK juicing fast in March but this time it was in the sun!
I decided I need to practice what I preach so since my Amchara UK detox, I have adopted a much healthier diet and lifestyle lost a stone in weight in the process.
You don’t have to do the juicing fast at Amchara as I did, you can choose to stay there on their healthy raw diet or just juice by day and eat in the evening, it is up to you. You get a consultation on arrival where recommendations are made based on your needs and goals.
I tried out the Thyroflex – a thyroid function test, I suspected my thyroid was low and this proved it without a doubt, I will be writing about the test and my progress in treating this later. If you suspect you have thyroid problems – watch this space.
I also had refloxology, colonic irrigation and Intermittent Hypoxic Hyperoxic Therapy (IHHT) which improves the production of cellular energy and helps improve cardiovascular performance (used by many athletes).
If you are looking to detox, improve your health, lose weight or just want to stay at a fabulous retreat please visit the site here or click on the panel below and take advantage of a free treatment when you book through Live Blood London.
Allowing our minds and bodies time to rest and rid themselves of toxins is essential to staying healthy.
Toxins are poisonous substances that negatively affect our health.
We are exposed to toxins via pollution, water, processed foods, chemicals, medications and pesticides every day.
When we don’t get rid of these toxins, our health is affected and we don’t feel as great as we should.
There is a great solution to getting rid of some of these toxins and that is – detox baths.
Detox Bath Benefits
One of the easiest and most relaxing ways to detox is through a detox bath.
Detox baths are so easy to prepare at home.
You can get all the benefits you’d find in an expensive spa at a fraction of the price and in the comfort of your own home.
Using essential oils, which provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, along with common household items like baking soda, Epsom salts and honey can help flush impurities from the body by allowing it to sweat out toxins.
Try these super detox bath recipes.
They will help your body get back into tip-top shape in no time.
Take about 40 minutes to an hour in a detox bath for best results.
The first 20 minutes will give your body time to remove toxins from your system while the last 20 to 40 minutes will allow you to absorb the minerals in the water and help you emerge from the bath feeling rejuvenated.
Make sure to use hot water — this will help you sweat out impurities.
Dry body brushing prior to bathing will help detox the lymphatic system.
Detox Bath Recipes
Back Pain Detox Bath
You will need Epsom salts, eucalyptus, rosemary & lavender essential oils, cinnamon, dried herbs and flowers.
Epsom salts are the staple of detox baths, they are also high in nourishing benefits.
Because of its high magnesium and sulphate contents, Epsom salts help relieve sore muscles and fight inflammation
Soak for 40mins to one hour, your body and mind will both thank you.
2. Ginger Detox Bath & Body Scrub
This super simple scrub recipe requires only fresh ginger, Epsom salts, and lemon, but it is powerful and will leave you with soft, silky skin!
Combine roughly chopped ginger and ½ cup Epsom salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the ginger is ground and combined. Add lemon juice and apply scrub before the detox bath.
For the detox bath – 2 cups Epsom salt, ¼ cup grated ginger and ¼ cup baking soda.
Add to hot water. The heat and the ginger will make you sweat and sweating is how the body eliminates toxins.
This detox bath will also help unclog your pores and relax the muscles.
Try sipping on ginger tea beforehand to really enhance the effects.
Lavender Soothing Detox Bath
Lavender oil is a great all-around essential oil. Its soothing fragrance helps relieve anxiety and stress, it can help lull you to sleep, and even improves eczema and psoriasis.
This lavender detox bath only requires three ingredients.
1 cup Epsom Salt, 1 cup Baking Soda, 10 drops of Lavender Essential oils.
Add to warm water, this detox bath will soothe and relax you.
A natural detoxification means consuming food and fluids which are natural and plentiful. Your detox can be aimed at getting rid of toxins and/or losing weight.
Drinking plenty of water is an important part of detoxing.
Even though the advantages of drinking water is a known fact, many people find it difficult to drink 8 glasses of water every day.
Here are 5 ways to get your required water consumption for a natural detox.
Make it a rule to drink at least 3 glasses of water in the morning before breakfast. This way you know you are at least getting a good amount of water into your system for the day ahead. This is a good habit to get into and helps if you forget to drink water during the day.
Carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go is a good way to encourage you to drink throughout the day. Every little sip adds up so don’t worry about consuming the whole bottle at the same time.
If you find it really difficult to drink water and just don’t get thirsty, consider adding some natural fruit flavour to make it more palatable. Be careful about sugar content.
Drinking good quality herbal teas such as green tea will also have a detoxifying effect and provide hydration.
Make it another rule to drink as much water as you can before you sleep, this will remind you if you have not been drinking enough throughout the day and make up the shortfall.
Information and statements made here are for educational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of the doctor.
Experts say -The lack of ventilation in homes is a major cause of indoor air pollution.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than outdoor air pollution. And the at-home version can cause or aggravate asthma and allergies, which are on the rise in the United States.
You can wipe out mold, smoke, dust, and other invisible health hazards that have been trapped in your home all winter. Here’s how:
Gas and fumes from cookers, stoves & ovens
With every meal that you cook, your kitchen gets polluted with a little bit of smoke, soot, and possibly carbon monoxide (if you own a gas stove or range).
Inhaling high levels of carbon monoxide in your home can be fatal; being exposed to even low levels can cause fatigue, headaches, disorientation, dizziness, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 15,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to non-fatal CO poisoning.
Your Detox Duties:
Check your burners: If flames are yellow-tipped, that may mean your stove is releasing too much CO. Call your manufacturer to find out if your burners should be readjusted.
If you don’t have one already, install an exhaust hood vented to the outdoors.
If you do have an exhaust fan, clean it.
Install a detector
Chemical fumes emitted by certain cleaning products
These can also cause health problems like eye, nose, and throat irritation, lung damage
To reduce exposure to irritating fumes, cut back on your use of cleaning products and look for natural cleaning products from your health food shop.
Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides are a part of everyday life, however many who use these products are unaware of their consequences on the environment and personal health.
Fortunately, these chemicals are not necessary to keep pests away. Throw out all of those toxic cleaning products and replace them with fewer, safer products
Some natural products used to deter and kill pests you might find in your very own pantry; like garlic, lemon, eucalyptus essential oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon oil.
For beautiful smells, explore the use of aromatherapy in your home. You can add a few drops to liquid soaps, cleaning supplies or use a diffuser.
Other natural insecticides and herbicides include pyrethrum (which comes from the chrysanthemum), rotenone (from the derris plant) and Diatomaceous Earth (from the remains of plankton).
Besides being ultra-ugly and sometimes smelly, mould can trigger allergic reactions (watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, and headaches).
Research shows that some strains of mould may be highly toxic.
Mould can be found in any place that’s excessively moist like rooms with damp, kitchens, bathrooms and basements, where humidity levels tend to be high.
To put a stop to growth, you have to control the moisture level in your home.
Scrub grout with a mix of 1/4 cup liquid chlorine bleach and six cups water (use a stronger solution if necessary), and rinse. Remember to wear rubber gloves and keep the room well ventilated.
Clean both sides of rubber mats with the bleach solution above.
Put plastic shower curtains in the wash for five minutes on the gentle setting. If they’re mouldy, GHRI recommends adding 3/4 cup liquid chlorine bleach to the load.
Consider installing an exhaust fan that’s vented to the outside, if you don’t have one already. Ventilation is key to keeping bathrooms and kitchens dry and toxin-free.
Check cement walls (particularly near the floor, ceiling, and windows) and crawl spaces in the basement for mold. If you find patches, scrub them away with a stiff brush soaked in a solution of one cup liquid chlorine bleach and one gallon water. Do the same thing for painted walls.
Dust and dander
A buildup can cause flu like symptoms and respiratory problems.
Get your air conditioner ready for prime time. A well-maintained unit can help filter out some allergens — but if the filter, drip tray, or other parts are dirty, the AC may actually allow new allergens into the house. Have a central air system? Replace your filter at least every three months; if you have the electrostatic kind, clean it regularly.
If you have a humidifier and dehumidifier, clean them as well.
Vacuum upholstery: Vacuum mattresses, flip, and vacuum again. If there’s a musty smell, wipe surfaces with a solution of one cup rubbing alcohol and one cup warm water. Wipe again with water only and let the bed dry.
There are many techniques and products that you can use and take to detoxify the body.
Here’s a list of detox foods that are an excellent addition to the diet.
Fruits which are abundant in liquid content assists the body in washing out toxins.
Fruits are also very simple to digest and are full of antioxidants, nutrients, fibre, and significant vitamins. These plants increase chlorophyll which will aid in your digestion. Chlorophyll in fruit rids the body of harmful external toxins from toxic metals, herbicides/pesticides, chemicals from cleaning products and cosmetics and environmental chemicals. Citrus fruits help the body by flushing out toxins and kick-starting your digestion with enzymatic processes improving digestion.
Lemon juice facilitates in liver cleansing. To improve detoxification, start every morning with a glass of fresh lemon juice in warm lemon. Don’t forget, vitamin C is among the best detoxification vitamins around as it converts toxins into digestible material. Eat vitamin C foods frequently to help get more of these benefits. Lemon juice helps stimulate the liver into creating detoxification enzymes that help filter toxicity deposits from the digestive process.
Vegetables – Broccoli and sprouts which are full of antioxidants have the capability to stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestion tract Sprouts are actually more efficient than the fully grown vegetable.
Green tea extract which is packed with antioxidants, washes toxins from the system through its liquid content, but also includes a particular form of antioxidant called catechins, that are known to improve liver function.
The mighty mung bean has been utilized by Ayurvedic physicians for centuries. It’s incredibly easy to digest, and absorbs toxicity residue from the intestine walls.
Nuts and Seeds – Integrate more of these readily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet – flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts, and sunflower seeds so are typical excellent options.
Use hemp, avocado, olive, or flax seed oil while cleansing. They may assist lubricate the intestine walls, enabling the toxins to be consumed by the oil, and eliminated by the body.
Performing a periodic body cleanse can also be beneficial.
Do you have any recommendations for foods that detoxify the body?
If so, please drop them in the comment area below.
Information and statements made here are for educational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of the doctor.
The good news is that there are some natural treatments that are effective at helping the body detox and cleanse itself by killing and removing yeast and parasites. If you suspect that you have parasites or a yeast overgrowth, you might consider some of the treatments below:
Dietary Adjustments– If you do have yeast or parasites, any sugars at all can feed an infestation and make removal very uncomfortable. If you are embarking on a natural detox or treatment for Candida, fungi or parasites, remove all sources of natural sugar from your diet, including sources like honey and fruits. Some Stevia is ok once in a while, but avoid anything that gives the body a sugar source and feeds yeast or parasites. Consider also avoiding dairy for 1-2 weeks to give your body a detox and boost.
Diatomaceous Earth– This is a naturally occurring substance that has amazing ability to kill parasites, yeast and parasite eggs. It is naturally high in silica, which is necessary for hair, nail and skin growth, and has other trace minerals as well. It can also help restore body tissue and improve digestion. If you decide to take this supplementally, start with 1 tsp per day in 8 ounces of water and work up to 1-2 TBSP a day until yeast symptoms disappear. Read the info below on Herxheimers reaction! Also, make sure to use food grade Diatomaceous earth!
Apple Cider Vinegar– Another easy and effective remedy for Candida and parasites. Apple Cider Vinegar is high in B-vitamins and very nourishing to the body. It helps the body’s pH neutralize and improves digestion. It is well known for killing yeast and improving skin condition. Some people are leery of vinegar, as a fermented product, when they have a yeast infection. While some fermented products like beer and wine can feed yeast, Apple Cider Vinegar undergoes a much different fermentation process and produces a completely different reaction in the body. It tastes awful, but after taking it for a while, you will become more tolerant of the taste, and your body will start to crave it. Start with 1 tsp up to 3 times a day about 30 minutes before each meal (some people can’t handle it before breakfast!). If you handle this well, this dosage can be increased to a tablespoon.
Probiotics– Probiotics restore the helpful gut bacteria that is wiped out by yeast or parasites (or antibiotic or oral contraceptive use). Probiotics are necessary to restore proper intestinal flora, even after yeast and parasites have been removed. A high-quality probiotic supplement should be included, taken according to product instruction. Do not take probiotics within an hour of Apple Cider Vinegar or Diatomaceous Earth! You might also consider drinks like Kombucha and Water Kefir to help build up probiotic levels, or organic, whole, plain, full-fat yogurt.
Cinnamon– Cinnamon is a natural remedy for parasites and fungus. Take ½ tsp of a high-quality cinnamon powder in water up to three times a day.
Vitamin C– Besides being an excellent antioxidant and immune support, Vitamin C is helpful in yeast/parasite removal. If you have symptoms of yeast and parasites, take 5,000 mg (5 grams) per day spread out in 2-3 doses. Do not take vitamin C at the same time as calcium/magnesium as they will neutralize each other. High consumption of Vitamin C may cause loose bowel movements, especially when yeast and parasites are being removed. This is not necessarily worrisome, but if it bothers you, adjust the dose down until symptoms go away.
Coconut Oil– Coconut Oil is naturally anti-fungal and very nourishing to the body. Hopefully, you are using it in your cooking by now, but consider taking several tablespoons a day additional as an anti-fungal support. This will also help support the hormones and reproductive system. To make it easier to take, dissolve a couple tablespoons in a hot tea of choice and drink. The first couple sips will be coconut oil, and then you will just taste the tea.
Garlic– To help remove yeast and parasites, finely mince 1-2 cloves and drink in a cup of water before meals.
Olive Oil– Also an anti-fungal that supports the removal of parasite and yeast waste. Add 1-2 TBSP or more to salads or veggies, or take supplementally.
Other Herbs are known to help with yeast and parasites: Oregano Oil, Thyme, Peppermint, Rosemary, Olive Leaf Extract and Grapefruit Seed Extract. If you have a severe case of yeast or parasites, consider using any of these potent herbs, but do your research first!
Sweat– As your body kills off parasites and yeast, their by-products must be removed from the body, along with the toxins that they might have bound themselves to. Some of these are best removed through the sweat glands, so let your body sweat by exercising, taking cayenne supplements and getting in hot tubs or saunas during the healing process.
I mentioned above that removal of yeast and parasites can be uncomfortable at times. This reaction, named after the German dermatologist who discovered it, is basically the discomfort caused by the die off of yeast and parasites and the body’s attempt to remove them. The faster you attempt to treat symptoms and the more potent remedies you take, the higher your chance of experiencing this reaction.
It is best to be on an anti-yeast/parasite diet for several weeks before starting supplements to help minimize this reaction. Starting with small doses of Apple Cider Vinegar and Diatomaceous Earth and then working up will also help keep die off symptoms at bay.
You may even find that you “catch a cold” a week or so after starting to treat your yeast and parasite symptoms. This is actually a mild Herxheimer reaction, and backing down supplements and drinking more water should help it pass quickly.
Other Important Notes
Removing yeast and parasites is a difficult job for your body. During this process, it is highly important that you support your body as much as possible with regular exercise, good diet, adequate sleep, and limiting exposure to toxins.
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath (1/2 cup Epsom salts in hot bath water) will also help remove toxins from the skin. Drinking enough water will help flush die off toxins out faster, and adequate sleep will give the body enough time to regenerate.
During this time, it is also vitally important that you do not consume sugar or carbs, as this will make the process much slower and much more uncomfortable. Consuming enough raw vegetables during this time will also help keep your energy levels up and clean the body faster.
A grain-free and sugar-free diet are vital in removing yeast and parasites from the body.
Cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer, fatigue etc? This could be due to your body suffering a toxic overload.
Most conventionally-trained doctors do not believe that what you eat and drink has much relevance on your health and they know very little about detox and safe detoxification programs.
Western medicine is not about to change so you may need to educate yourself and consider diet and detox as a safe alternative.
You can eliminate the symptoms of disease with safe detox protocols.
Disease, fatigue and many health problems are not normal as we are being led to believe.
Environmental toxins build up in the body creating health issues, metabolic imbalances, weight gain, food allergies and disease.
These environmental toxins are not always obvious, you need to become aware of them. (see below for a list of common environmental toxins).
You also need to consider air and water purification as well as adopting a high quality toxin free diet.
There is no doubt that mercury and mercury compounds are the most dangerous form of metal toxicity. There is plenty of research showing them to cause adverse effects in animals and humans even at very low levels.
Retention toxicity is where a toxin is constantly present as in dental amalgam. Vapours from the mercury fillings can slowly build up in tissues causing severe illnesses and yet conventionally-trained dentists still continue to poison uneducated patients by placing mercury fillings in their mouths.
Here are some of the worst offenders
Toxic insecticides sprayed on most of our fruits, vegetables and grains and now in our soil and water
Conventionally produced meat and dairy products are loaded with toxic antibiotics, pesticides and synthetic hormones
Chemicals in fire retardant furniture, carpets, clothing and household paint
Chemical spraying from the air
Remove the toxins and see your disease symptoms disappear
If you are considering detoxing, you need to consider your own personal circumstances and find a qualified (well-educated) healthcare provider with experience in how to safely remove toxins without any harm.
This is really important as when toxins get released they need to be eliminated efficiently.
If they are not eliminated properly you could do more harm than good.
You can’t completely avoid all toxins, but making the effort to avoid some of the toxins above will be well worth the rewards.
I am still fresh from my 7 day detox at Amchara where I learned of something else we need to be doing annually especially if we have pets or children!
A PARASITE CLEANSE!!
It is estimated that 90% of the population has at least one form of parasite in the body. Once a person is infected it is not too difficult to eliminate the adult parasites.
The more difficult part is dealing with the life cycle of the parasite which can take a considerable amount of time to accomplish.
Parasites may be present in food or in water and can cause disease.
Ranging in size from tiny, single-celled organisms to worms visible to the naked eye, parasites are more and more frequently being identified as causes of food-borne illness not only in third world countries, but Western countries as well.
The illnesses they can cause range from mild discomfort to debilitating illness and possibly death.
It has been reported that 90% of the world population has at least one form of parasite living in their body! They live and feed off the host. They can deprive us of vitamins, nutrients and amino acids, alter our natural pH levels, decrease our energy levels and create an acidic environment in the body.
According to the August 2000 issue of Discover magazine, most people have multiple parasites inhabiting their bodies. Recent research has shown that parasites are much more powerful than scientists originally believed. In fact, it seems parasites far outnumber any other living creatures. Our bodies are systems whose functions depend on communication between cells. It alarms scientists greatly that parasites are able to inhibit this communication, and thus seriously harm our bodily systems.
What are parasites?
Parasites are organisms that derive nourishment and protection from other living organisms known as hosts.
They may be transmitted from animals to humans, from humans to humans, or from humans to animals.
Several parasites have emerged as significant causes of food-borne and waterborne disease.
These organisms live and reproduce within the tissues and organs of infected human and animal hosts, and are often excreted in feces.
How are they transmitted?
They may be transmitted from host to host through consumption of contaminated food and water, or by putting anything into your mouth that has touched the stool (feces) of an infected person or animal.
How do they vary?
Parasites are of different types and range in size from tiny, single-celled, microscopic organisms (protozoa) to larger, multi-cellular worms (Helminths) that may be seen without a microscope.
What are some common parasites?
Some common parasites are Giardia duodenalis, Cryptosporidium parvum, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Toxoplasma gondii, Trichinella spiralis, Taenia saginata(beef tapeworm), and Taenia solium (pork tapeworm).
It is estimated that 90% of the population has at least one form of parasite in the body.
Parasites include ringworm, roundworms, tapeworms, microbial growth and their eggs.
There are many ways in which parasites can enter the body: through food that has not been properly washed, infected meat, water, pets, dirt under fingernails, and also through the skin (Hookworm).
Once the infection of parasites takes place they begin to multiply rapidly.
One of the most common symptoms of parasites is fatigue as a result of the parasites feeding upon the host—YOU! They can steal vital nutrients from the body which can result in compromised health and a compromised immune system.
Discover magazine had the following to say in its August 2000 issue:
“Every living thing has at least one parasite that lives inside or on it, and many, including humans, have far more. …Scientists…are only just beginning to discover exactly how powerful these hidden inhabitants can be, but theiusearch is pointing to a remarkable possibility: Parasites may rule the world. The notion that tiny creatures we’ve largely taken for granted are such a dominant force is immensely disturbing. … We are collections of cells that work together, kept harmonized by chemical signals. If an organism can control those signals — an organism like a parasite — then it can control us. And therein lies the peculiar and precise horror of parasites.”
The typical life cycle of a parasite starts with ingestion of eggs by the host.
Parasites typically like a warm, dark and moist environment. They hatch and then invade the intestinal wall. Some will migrate to other parts of the body and some will migrate to the anal part of the body. Some adult parasites can live in the host body for up to two years.
During this time as many as 50,000 eggs may be deposited.
While in the body the parasites feed off of ingested food and even nutritional supplements. They also have an elimination process which means that they actually “go to the bathroom” in the host body.
Once a person is infected it is not too difficult to eliminate the adult parasites.
The more difficult part is dealing with the life cycle of the parasite which can take a considerable amount of time to accomplish.
What is your current risk for parasites?
Count all of the symptoms and precursors you might have!
Mild Nagging Headache
Tiny Red Abrasions That Itch
Irritable or Grumpy
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If you have 3 or less of the above symptoms your health risk is medium.
If you have 4-7 of the above symptoms your health risk is high.
If you have 7 or more of the above symptoms your health risk extremely high.
Next week………….. How to get rid of parasites with a parasite cleanse!
If you would like a great place to cleanse and detox – I stayed at Amchara’s UK base Bindon House in Somerset. Or join me at their dextox centre in Malta in April!