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I have learned over the years that recovering my health is just not possible unless I detoxify on a regular basis. We live in such a toxic world that it is impossible to escape the effects of environmental chemicals. They’re in our food, our water, our air, our skincare products, and even our household furnishings. That’s why it’s crucial that we do detoxification therapies on our own.
Our bodies were created to adapt and change to the environment around us, so that we would survive as a species. I personally think that this is the most challenging time in history for the human body to navigate.
We are bombarded with toxic chemicals on so many fronts. There are over 80,000 chemicals that have been released into our environment since World War II with more being released every year.
Most of these chemicals have never been tested for safety. The FDA claims that these chemicals in our food, water, air, personal care products, etc. are in such small amounts that they do not cause any harm.
But, are they really not harmful? This may be true if you’re looking at one chemical in isolation that may be harmful in larger amounts. The problem is that we’re not exposed to just one chemical a day. We’re exposed to hundreds of chemicals a day.
The average woman uses 12 personal care products a day and is exposed to over a hundred chemicals just in her makeup and skincare. That’s not even considering the chemicals in the air, food, and water.
More and more people are becoming ill with complex mystery illnesses. More and more children are becoming ill. People are getting diseases younger and younger that was once relegated to the elderly.
I love these therapies because they are effective, relatively easy to do, and REALLY INEXPENSIVE!
My 3 Favorite Detoxification Therapies To Do At Home
- Epsom Salt Baths
Most people are deficient in magnesium which is critical to over 300 enzymatic processes in the body. Taking a 20 minute epsom salt bath before bed has so many benefits. Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate has an amazing, relaxing effect on the muscles and organs of the body.
The magnesium helps improve blood flow and oxygenation, reduces inflammation, and helps improve muscle and nerve function. The sulfates are necessary for healthy skin, joints, and nervous system. Together, magnesium sulfate help to flush toxins from the body and build healthy protein molecules for a healthy brain and joints.
It’s also very grounding and can drain away the cumulative effect of electro-magnetic frequencies that we’re exposed to during the day. I find that taking an epsom salt bath at the end of the day really helps with muscle pain and EMF sensitivity.
It’s best to soak for at least 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes is flushing out the toxins and the second 20 minutes is absorbing the minerals. Do not use soap when taking an epsom salt bath. It will interfere with the absorption of the minerals.
It is possible to trigger a slight Herx reaction (detox reaction which causes flu-like symptoms) if you use too much. (Ask me how I know!) A good rule of thumb is to use ½ cup for every 50 lbs of body weight. So, a 120 lb woman would use 1 ¼ cups of epsom salt in a tub of warm water.
You can check out some additional strategies to maximize your epsom salt bath in this article by Dr. David Jockers. He talks about adding olive oil, spices, and essential oils in order to boost the benefits of epsom salt baths.
Rebounding is simply another way of saying, “jumping on a mini trampoline”. This stimulates the lymphatic system which is the body’s sewer system that gets rid of cellular waste. Unlike the heart, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump, so the only way to get it moving is through movement.
If you exercise on a regular basis then your lymphatic system should be moving fine. If, however, you’re seriously ill and unable to exercise, rebounding is not just important, it’s necessary in order to recover your health.
These mini-trampolines can be purchased inexpensively and will provide amazing therapeutic benefits. I got mine at a sporting goods store. I like it, because it has a balance bar which really helps me feel secure when I’m jumping.
It’s best to start small if you’re very ill. I started with only 1 minute and worked up to 10 minutes a day. Ideally, the goal should be to do 30 minutes a day.
- Coffee Enemas
I know what you’re thinking… “There’s no way that I’m doing that!” Before you write it off, let me say that this is by far my absolute favorite detoxification therapy. This could be one of the most powerful therapies that I’ve done.
The benefits are vast. Most of us have spent decades eating the standard American diet which includes, processed and fast foods filled with toxic chemicals and GMOs. Many of us have experienced constipation which traps these toxins in the body. Fecal matter has become impacted over the years causing our colon to be extremely toxic.
This is a prime environment for disease to develop. When you embark on a full body cleanse, the colon is the first place that you should start. It doesn’t make sense to cleanse any other organ of the body if the toxins can’t get out of the body!
Several main benefits of coffee enemas include cleaning out impacted fecal matter, cleansing the liver, and increasing the body’s production of glutathione (one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants) by 600%!
You could pay a lot of money and go out and have a colonic which goes deeper than a coffee enema or you could do these at home for a fraction of the cost.
So, before you write it off, take the two week challenge! Do 2 coffee enemas a week for two weeks and see how you feel. Sure, it takes some getting used to, but it gets easier over time.
How To Do A Coffee Enema
3 Tbsp. Organic, light-roast coffee, ground (you want the caffeine)
Enema bag or bucket (I prefer a bucket, because it’s easier to clean)
Cheese cloth (to strain)
½ Gallon Spring Water
Dab of coconut oil
Candy thermometer (optional but nice to have)
Makes enough for two coffee enemas. Bring water and coffee to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 12 minutes. Let cool to 110 degrees or to touch. Strain through cheesecloth into glass container. Cool to 105 degrees or to touch.
Pour half of coffee into bag or bucket. Lubricate your bottom and tip of enema tube with coconut oil. Lay in bathtub or bathroom floor on mats or towels. Raise bag or bucket about 4 feet above you. Make sure the clamp is closed tight when inserted. SLOWLY release clamp to next setting to slowly let coffee in. DO NOT LET IT IN FAST!
If your body tries to expel the coffee, stop the flow and breathe deeply wiggling your feet. When the urge passes continue to let coffee in until bag or bucket is empty. Start off trying to hold coffee for 3 minutes. It will get much easier the more that you do it. Eventually, work up to holding coffee for 21 minutes.
It takes the blood 3 minutes to cycle through the body, so 21 minutes is 7 cycles of blood. Repeat process with remaining coffee. As you get better at it, this becomes a great time to pray, meditate, listen to relaxing music, listen to podcasts, etc. I now look forward to this time every day.
Once a day if you are severely ill
Twice a week if you are moderately ill
Twice a month if you are healthy
It is imperative that we do some type of detoxification daily, especially if we’re dealing with a chronic illness. Detoxification is not a once a year event. We are taking on massive amounts of insults to our body daily, so we need to detoxify daily.
There are some people who detoxify better than others, and I would argue that those people are much healthier than those who have trouble detoxifying. If you have any kind of fatigue, are just tired, or have a full-blown illness, then detoxification is something that could help you get your life back.
What do you think? Have you tried these detoxification therapies? What are your favorites? What have I left off of the list?
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