Heavy Metal Detoxing

This is a really big topic and really results in a lifestyle change. There is no point detoxing if you do not make the changes to go with it. Heavy metal detoxing has shown to lower the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and that was a big part of why my family did this. My husband and I are both at risk, and honestly, anything that might lower that risk is worth it.

Not all heavy metals are bad!

You NEED Iron. When you detox heavy metals, you loose the good ones too. You also loose other menials you need. (Like Potassium) So it is important that you take supplements while detoxing, and for a few days after. While detoxing if you have other problems, (like increased heart rate, dizziness, or extreme fatigue) you need to stop detoxing ASAP. That means that the levels of something you need have gotten too low. You might need to take some Iron, Potassium or any number of other supplements. You may need to talk to a doctor to find out what’s wrong. ALWAYS keep safety first! I am not a doctor, and I do not have access to your medical records, so it is not my place to tell you if detoxing is safe for you.

Why are you doing this detox?

There are lots of reasons to do a heavy metal detox, and it is good to have those goals in mind before you start. It could be that you never had one (VERY good reason), or you could be like me, and want to lower your risk for Alzheimer’s. Doing a light detox after getting a vaccine is a good reason too. Once you know why you are doing it, you know how hard you need to go.

If you have never done this, I suggest a slow detox over a month. If you are just recovering from a vaccine a few days might be all you need.

Side Effects:

This can be a painful detox. The metal has to leave your body somehow. You will sweat it out and may end up with clogged lymph nodes. That can be uncomfortable, but if you do a Lymphatic Detox too, it will ease the pain. You may also get rashes and have bad smelling sweat and urine. This is the bad stuff getting out the easiest way it can. This can be very uncomfortable. That is why I recommend a slow detox. You may end up with rashes a little longer, but it beats trying to sweat everything out over one weekend of hell.

Lifestyle Changes:

If you really want to make this work, the first thing that needs to go is your toxic deodorant and your toxic pans! Get every scrap of aluminum out of your house! This includes foods stored and kept in aluminum. (Like sodas and canned foods)

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We switched all of our pans to cast iron and ditched the toxic deodorant. Believe it or not, this was a pretty painless part of the detox. I love cast iron, and even got most of it free from people who really didn’t want it. I restored a bunch of rusty pans and for all new pans, I think I paid a total of $30. You would be surprised how many people have cast iron they don’t want! Post on your local buy/sell/trade boards, or free stuff groups! If you know how to restore it you will most likely get it free! (I will cover that soon)

You can also look into Stainless Steal, but that can get costly. I have some Stainless Steal cookie sheets.

How to do the Detox:

There are other ways to remove heavy metals from your body, but this it the method I use. If you have tried other methods I would LOVE to hear them! So please share or link in the comments!

Cilantro

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AKA Coriander, AKA Chinese Parsley, AKA Dhania

Adding this to your diet can really help in detoxing, but there is a catch! It can not touch metal. No metal pans, and not cut with metal. If you buy it from the store it may have been exposed to metal, but may not be useless either. We try to grow it ourselves and use plastic to harvest, but this is not always an option. Buying Organic, and either cooking in glass or eating raw is not useless. Eating Cilantro at least once a day will detox heavy metals!

This is great for a light detox, or if you are using the slow over a month method. It does not add to much stress to your body.

Turmeric

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Last weekend, I did a post about Turmeric Tea, and that is one way to add the detoxing power of Turmeric to your diet. I have heard that it can also be used as a paste applied directly to your skin to draw toxins out, but I have never tried that. I also heard it stains skin. If anyone has tried this, I would be interested in the results.

Chlorella:

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If you are not familiar with Chlorella, it is worth your time to research it. A basic explanation is that it is a single cell alga filled with Chlorophyll and other good stuff for you.

You can get it in pill or powder form. I have tried both, and lately, choose pill just because it is easier. It has a flavor close to Matcha Green tea. It mixes very well with some juices and great with tea!

There are lots of benefits to Chlorella, but I have only really used it in detoxing. One great thing about this is it works pretty fast. A little goes a long way, and it is a less painful detox method.

Find the Detox Method for you!

You should experiment with these, and you may find that one or all of them could benefit your life. Keep in mind to always listen to your body! Do you feel better doing something? That’s a good sign. Do you feel like you are getting sick while detoxing? That could be a warning from your body. You could be detoxing too much, too fast, and just need to slow down. I almost had a heart attack because I was not replacing the Potassium I was losing. If you have a history of Anemia you need to be very careful, because you have a history of not having enough Iron. (A very important heavy metal.)

A heavy metal detox is a good place to start when trying to detox your life. By getting it out of the way, it can make other detoxes a little easier. This can be pretty intense the first time, so if you can do it when you don’t have to worry about smelling good, and when you have time to be lazy and not feeling well.

Maybe I am just a dirty hippy?

And I think I am okay with that!

I preach Love, and Kindness, and would love to see World Peace, but I have never called myself a Flower Child.

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So here is my dirty secret:

For almost a year (March 13th, 2015) I have not used aluminum deodorants. Most days I don’t even wear anything other than essential oils. I do have a stick of Tom’s of Maine that I use maybe once a month. I have some homemade stuff that I use once a week or every two weeks. I do use essential oils daily. I kinda change it up, Peppermint or Citrus Fresh if I need energy. Lavender or tea tree if I skipped a shower the night before. If I think I will have a hard day at work I use the homemade or the Tom’s.

I even survived a Texas Summer with little to no deodorant!

Once I survived the armpit detox I don’t even really smell. I think a change of diet helped. I am on a non-GMO diet. (I try to be.)

But that’s not all…

I stopped using traditional feminine hygiene  products. I tried homemade pads but found them more annoying than anything. I thought I was stuck with toxic stuff forever, then I found THINX. The Period Panty! OMG, these are amazing… I recently found out about ICON by THINX. These are for moms and people with weak bladders. Kids destroy our bladders and after a certain point sneezing is scary! I plan on getting some ICON sometime this year.

Wait, there’s more!

As you know from a recent blog post, I am going NO POO! (No Shampoo) I am not far into this, but so far I am excited! Friday will be two weeks!

So far the only issues I seem to be having is my dandruff is a little worse. I was already expecting that. I have been using Tea Tree oil and vinegar to help with that for over a year now. I am hoping that is enough. I made a spray of Rosemary and Tea Tree that I am spraying into my hair every night before bed. I think it is helping some. I know that my hair will also go through a detox or transition, so let’s see how that goes!

You might think this sounds smelly…

Nope. I actually smell quite good. Thanks to diet and lots of water and proper detoxing I don’t produce a lot of BO. I do bathe, and I am very careful to only use non-toxic soaps. They are also GMO-Free when I can! (I’ve recently learned about Perfectly Posh, and I have heard their soaps are GMO-free!) Since I use essential oils I tend to smell like whatever oils I am using that day. To some people, those may stink.

I was using my Focus Oil that I blend myself, and a pregnant girl at work freaked out. She told me she couldn’t tell if it stank or smelled really good. I kinda felt bad about that, so now I try to not wear it around her.

I just started No Poo, so I have heard hair sometimes stinks, but I am not too worried about that. I have a plan set up for keeping myself fresh while I am transitioning.

Are you a smelly hippy too?

What are your dirty secrets? (PS: I would rather be a smelly hippy than call myself crunchy. Isn’t that the term now?) I promise this is a No Judgment blog! I don’t think I could confess the no deodorant or shampoo to people at work, or casual friends. Even my daughter is looked at me weird as she hugged her bottles of shampoo. (I was giving her my old shampoo.) The kids also use nonaluminum deodorant, but I am not sure they know I hardly wear any at all.

Homemade Deodorant Cream Recipe

When I  started detoxing the first thing I did was get rid of all the aluminum in my house. My old pans were replaced with cast iron and glass, we ditched the foil and the most toxic source of aluminum in the house…. Deodorant!

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For obvious reasons, I couldn’t just go deodorant free. There are good aluminum free options in deodorants, but they do not work for everyone. Everyone’s pH is different so it takes experimenting to find what works for you.

When changing to natural deodorants your body goes through an adjustment period. If a store bought natural deodorant does not work in the beginning it may work a year later. (That was me and Tom’s of Maine)

First A Warning:

Your armpits will Detox! They will do this on their own just by making the switch. Lymphatic Detoxing and Armpit Detoxing can help!

You will get rashes, and smell worse than normal for a few days to weeks. Plan ahead, and try to not have to be around people. It can be painful.

The Recipe:

This is not a solid deodorant! Please keep that in mind! I am testing recipes for that and will share one when I am happy.

  • 1 cup coconut oil (NOT fractionated!)
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda (or Arrowroot Powder)
  • 3-5 drops essential oils

Super easy recipe! Just mix everything and store in a glass container!

*Note* Don’t know where to get tapioca flour (arrowroot flour)? You can get it on Amazon, or most grocery stores. If you have an Asian Market, check there, that has always been the cheapest I’ve found.
To use:

Apply under the arms let it set for 5 to 10 mins and dab away excess oil with a washcloth. This is so it does not feel oily or stain your clothing.

If you are baking soda sensitive try arrowroot powder. This is also known as tapioca flour. Just because you get a rash, does not mean you are baking soda sensitive. This could just be the detoxing. If you really are baking soda sensitive, you will have issues with other products too. If you have sensitive skin, and not sure if you are baking soda sensitive, try the arrowroot to be safe!

Choosing your essential oils:

You can leave out the essential oils, but I recommend them! You have an almost endless option of oils too! Experiment with the oils!

Need more energy: Try something citrus or peppermint

Need to kill some smell: Try Tea Tree or Lavender; Citrus can help too

Need to relax some: Try some Stress Away or Lavender

Also, think about the time of year and where you live. Is it cold outside? Your coconut oil will be harder to mix, and harder to apply. You may need to warm it up a little. Is it hot outside? The coconut oil will melt easy and possibly stain your clothing. In a hot climate, you are more likely wear tank tops or lose fitting clothing. So you need to be careful of Phototoxicity. Citrus oils react to the sun. You could end up with a really bad rash that is even worse than detoxing. I made this mistake and it took a month to heal.

This deodorant is effective but potentially messy. After you are done with the armpit detox, you will find you need less deodorant. I used to use this every day, now I use it maybe once a week.

It is important to keep your pits, clean and dry. This also helps with the detoxing! I promise this is so worth the effort!

Update:

Although I still use this mix I also found a recipe that I love. The paste is not the best for every day, but the solid one from Wellness Momma is Amazing!

Lymphatic Detoxing, and Finding Comfort During Detoxing

Living a healthy life is important for me. I put real effort into doing different forms of detoxing and keeping up with a healthy diet.

I have mentioned before that detoxing can be very uncomfortable, and at times it is horrible. For the most part, you have to just deal with it. If you try to do too much in the lines of comforting yourself, you can actually make it harder to detox. A lymphatic detox, is a great way to find comfort, and speed up other forms of detoxing.

It can be very beneficial on its own too.

What is the Lymphatic System?

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The Lymphatic System is part of the cardiovascular system. and helps us maintain a healthy immune system. It is a series of vessels that move Lymph through the system, towards the heart.

This is a super simplified explanation, if you want to learn more I suggest you do. There is a lot to it. One important thing to know is that the important to know is that this system does not pump on its own. This system pumps through breathing, movement, and being stimulated.

Why is Lymphatic Detoxing important?

Your Lymphatic system is one of the places that toxins go in your body. It also is very important to the health of your largest organ; your skin. Since your lymphatic system also it vital to your immune system, a healthy lymphatic system also aids in a healthy immune.

Detoxing your skin plays a big part in a lymphatic detox. Keeping your skin healthy and clean can ease discomfort you may have from detoxing.

Getting Started:

For the most part, I suggest you never do multiple detoxes at once, but this is not the case with the Lymphatic system.

You should work with your Lymphatic System daily. This is really easy! Take several deep breaths daily. If anything, you should make a habit of breathing from your diaphragm every time. This takes work, and something Yoga has taught me about. Deep breathing is a good way to stimulate your Lymphatic System.

Making yourself sweat daily is a good way to flush this system. A good workout in the morning or a nice steam before bed is a good way to achieve this!

Drink Lots of water. Your body is more water than anything else. If you want clean, flushed systems, you have to have enough water to do that.

Do lymphatic brushing every day! You can use a body brush or a dry washcloth. To do a lymphatic brushing you brush your skin starting at your feet, moving toward your heart. This exfoliates your skin, and opens your pores, so this can also improve your body’s breathing. You breathe with more than your lungs! Skin plays a big role in your breathing.

How to do this detox:

The morning you start: Skip the coffee and refined sugar! Drink some lemon water! Skip the deodorant, and do not use any lotions.

Get your sweat on! Work out, clean your house, go for a jog! Anything to get your blood and lungs working! Make sure to get as much deep breathing in as you can. You will stink! You might even get some rashes under your arms. That is uncomfortable but that means you are sweating out toxins.

Don’t jump in the shower yet! I know you want to, but you have to embrace your inner Pig Pin! Go ahead and set up your detox bath. You want warm, but not hot water. Mix your detoxing bath salts into running warm water. The water should be high enough to cover your body.

Detox Bath Recipe:

Mix all of these together in a glass container.

  • 1/4 cup caking soda
  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • optional: 3 – 10 drops of a detoxing essential oil (lemon and peppermint are good for this)
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Now it is time for your brushing. If you have sensitive skin try a wash cloth. If this is your first time to do body brushing you may want to do that anyway.

I use a Body Brush kinda like this one:

Start at your feet. If you want to use a foot brush or pumice for your feet, you should! Brush your skin in an upward motion towards your heart. This gets the Lymph moving the way it should. Don’t be surprised to see clouds of skin flying! I was shocked at how much I got off of me when I first started doing this.

Do your whole body. Don’t forget your neck. Sometimes I use an exfoliating face mask or wash on my face while I am brushing the rest of my body. Be sure to really get around the armpit, and breast area. It is very common to get blockages in the Lymph nodes in this area. I found while detoxing I would get lumps under my breast. At first I panicked thinking the worst, but it turned out these were clogged nodes. If you have or get them, this is the best way to get rid of them.

Once you are fully brushed, (and face washed if you were using a facial exfoliator) step into your warm bath. Most of the time I lay on my stomach in the tub when doing a detox bath. Most of the toxins will come out of your armpit area. Lay there covered in the water for about 5 to 10 mins.

Genitally massage each part of your body in the water. Start at your feet and work your way up. Whenever possible keep that body part under the water while massaging. This is harder than it sounds. If you are doing a painful detox (like heavy metal detox) you may need help to get your whole body. My husband and I help each other. This is the best way to find comfort during a heavy metal detox.

Make sure to give extra care to massaging your breasts, armpits, and the lymph-nodes in your neck. (See Cervical lymph nodes in the image above)

This is not your normal bath time:

This detox bath is not exactly about getting clean. You are cleaning your lymphatic system but not your body. I suggest you try to keep your hair out of the water.

Once you are done massaging your body, don’t be surprised if the water has changed color. In fact, while doing a heavy metal detox, I have seen silver “clouds” come out of my armpits while massaging them. At the time I had a bad clog in my breast too. It was shocking to see this come out of me.

You do not want to spend too long in a detox bath

Try to keep it all under 20 mins. After you are done massaging yourself, drain the tub. Using a natural soap wash your whole body in a soap. You want to wash off any residual toxins, bath salts, and over all iky-ness

Once you are clean, you will notice a better quality of breathing, and if you are detoxing in another way, you should notice some comfort from that too.

Do not use lotions after doing this! If your skin is dry drink more water. In fact, drink lots of water after a detox bath every time. It really dehydrates you.

Only do a detox bath when needed. You should brush the skin daily before your regular bath, but only detox up to once a week. I try to only do UP TO 2 a month. (more often less than that)

Detoxing; Not just a Buzzword

Detoxing is such a common word right now. In some ways, it has become a buzzword. If you take the time learn more about it, you will find this is really a broad term.

This is a basic overview of detoxing. I will be posting more detailed detoxing information over the next few weeks.

There are lots of types of detoxing, and each type is for something different. Plan any detoxing you do and be aware of the side effects that could be involved.

What is Detoxing?

Detoxing is cleaning toxic things from your body. This could be one toxin or even just clean one organ.

Why should I detox?

There are many reasons for Detoxing. For me, it is so I can live a healthier lifestyle and improve my overall quality of life.

How do I Detox?

It really depends on why you are detoxing and what you need to detox. I suggest that you do a lymphatic detox at the same time as doing any other type. Detoxing is uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Lymphatic Detoxing can ease that.

Common types of Detoxing:

Where do I start?

Again this depends on why you are detoxing. For my family, it was Heavy Metals. We learned that my husband and I were both at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease. So I suggest, you look at your reasons for detoxing when deciding how you really need to start.

If you are going for a full body detox, a heavy metal detox or an armpit detox is a good place to start.

Some warnings and tips before you really get started:

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I can not tell you enough how important water is!
  • Don’t overdue it. Too much detoxing can cause just as many issues as the toxins in your body. Your body is used to those toxins and a rapid over detox can make you show withdrawal signs and even minor illness. You can get headaches, low-grade fevers, and body aching. This could be a sign that you need to slow down. A slow but long detox may sound stressful, but this is the best for your body.
  • You WILL get rashes, smell weird, and be uncomfortable. There are ways to make this easier to deal with, but it will still happen.
  • Drink LOTS of water! Detoxing is very dehydrating, and by drinking extra water you will ease your overall discomfort, and the detoxing will move faster. Water helps flush your systems too.
  • Many of the forms of detoxing can also constipate you. Adding extra fiber, as well as extra water can make this more comfortable. Also don’t be surprised if your poops are different. Just remember that Toxic stuff has to come out somewhere.
  • Make yourself sweat at least once a day. Sweat is another way that toxins leave your body. Working out is a good way to do this, but steaming is another. I tend to use both.
  • Do you have a few days off work in a row, or some vacation time stored up? This is the best time to detox. Trying to deal with detox symptoms while working can be pretty stressful. If that is not an option try to find ways to comfort yourself.
  • Don’t just detox your body, Detox your house and lifestyle. It is true that just being alive in this time period, in this country will expose you to all kinds of things. Don’t make it worse. Use non-toxic cleaners, makeup, soaps, and deodorants. Don’t expose yourself to more bad stuff while trying to get it out of you! Change your cookware, and look into water filters and more.
  • When doing a detox, you are also getting rid of good things in your body. Your body is flushing the good and the bad. Be sure to replace the good! If you are doing a heavy metal detox, be sure to get Iron back into your system, or you could become anemic.
  • Always use common sense when detoxing. If it seems dangerous, don’t do it. It is true that you will be uncomfortable and downright in pain while detoxing. Sometimes you do just have to tough it out and “get through the wall.” If you think your health is in danger at, stop right away and see a doctor.

Different Methods of Detoxing:

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  • Diet: Some foods will detox one or more parts of your body. Changing your diet can also help keep chemicals out of your body. You are what you eat! Look at the source of your water too. Is it stored in toxic containers? How good is your city water really? I suggest Zero Water Filters or reverse osmosis systems. These take out all the bad stuff that could be in your water. They take the good stuff out too, so from time to time, you may want to add the smallest bit of salt to your water.
  • Sweating: Toxins leave your body in your sweat. Do not use antiperspirants or anything that stops your sweat. You need to sweat! You will stink more while detoxing, but after a while, you will find that a healthier lifestyle can lead to less smelly sweat! I don’t even bother with deodorant on my days off from work.
  • Detox Baths: These can be amazing, and can be soothing while detoxing too! Make sure you do the detox bath correctly, and never more often than needed. (Never more than one a week!) Drink extra water after because these will dehydrate you.
  • Body Brushing: This is a big part of Lymphatic Detoxing, but it helps with any form of detoxing. This can be done with a Body Brush or even a dry washcloth. This opens the pores, stimulates the Lymphatic System, and exfoliates the skin. Do not clog your body up with too many lotions while detoxing. If your skin gets dry, drink more water.

Want to learn more?

A reader shared their own blog about Toxins and how we get toxic in the first place. The link is in the comments but I want to share it in the post as well! Don’t you know that you’re toxic? From Brewsker. Thanks to her comment I found her blog. I am still going through it, but there is some great information in it!