The whole detoxing your body situation can be really overwhelming. My head was filled with so many questions.. Where do I start? What is best to do? How will I know if its working? I honestly thought my head was going to explode with all the uncertainty and my anxiety was soaring through the roof. Having already been ‘diagnosed’ with an autoimmune disease, taken the meds prescribed and then taken myself off them after 3 months of sickness, I was in a constant state of uncertainty regarding doing the right thing by my body. I knew the only way to feel better would be to get professional help from a nutritionist. If you haven’t had the chance to read about all the tests I did, the results showing exactly what was going on in my body and the detox/ diet/ supplement protocols I went through, you can read all about it here in Catherine The Great… and Nine Months Post Explant.
So the biggest part of my detox after explant has been my diet and the supplements. Even as I write this today I am still detoxing copper and heavy metals from my system. It definitely isn’t for the faint hearted and you need to be committed and strong to keep it up.. but when you start seeing the results, its ridiculously satisfying. I am still continuing with my Pre Explant Detox routine but since explant I have also included the stuff below to help me through my healing journey..
Apple Cider Vinegar
Research done by the U.S. Departments of Agricultural Research Service found that the key ingredient to a healthy gut was the pectin found in fermented apples used to make raw, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar. Its the pectin in these apples that forms a gel in the intestine, eliminating toxins by removing the biofilm, which in turn encourages the growth of good bacteria.
What is Biofilm? Biofilm is a sticky film created by microscopic bacteria to protect them and ensure their survival in the gut. A healthy gut is filled with wonderful beneficial bacteria that create a thin biofilm that is anti-inflammatory and lubricating to our bodies. When unhealthy biofilm develops in the body, it prevents the absorption of nutrients and makes a great hideout for pathogenic microorganisms, which in turn become resistant to the immune system thus making it even more difficult to fight infection. If you read my post on my gut test in Catherine The Great…, you will be aware that pathogenic microorganisms were found in abundance in my gut and I was severely lacking the good guys. So having read that Apple Cider Vinegar was a great way to naturally break down this slimy nasties harbouring substance, I started drinking 2tsp of Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) mixed in about 200ml of filtered water each morning to flush out my system. Now 9 months on, I have it maybe once or twice a week.
I have also found that with detoxing, you can become a little bit constipated at times and drinking a glass of ACV with water can really help shift that backlog!
If you want to learn more about the gut I highly recommend reading GUT by Giulia Enders. The information in her book helped me really get an in-depth understanding of my gut and the benefits of my detox.
Chlorella is a algae that is cultivated in fresh water ponds exposed to sunlight. It has many qualities such as….
- Is antiviral.
- It restores healthy gut flora
- binds to heavy metals, dioxins and other environmental toxins.
- It repairs the body’s detoxification functions.
- It has alpha and gamma lineolic acids in it that help increase the intake of fish oil and other important fatty acids.
- Methyl-coblolamine repairs the nervous system and damaged neurons which often suffer from heavy metal poisoning.
- It contains the most easily absorbed form of B12 and B6.
- It is able to open cell walls, which is necessary for detox processes.
- Chlorella restores healthy gut flora.
There is loads on the internet about how great chlorella is at detoxing heavy metals and I wanted in on the action. I found in Neal’s Yard Remedies, Organic Greens Complex with purifying Chlorella. You can add it to juices, smoothies or soups. I like to be different and just have it with water and gulp it down in one. I won’t sugar coat this for you, it’s pretty vile. However knowing that it’s helping my body heal, those two seconds of gluggling down murky sea tasting water, which makes my face screw up in disgust, is worth it.
1tsp mixed in whatever you can stand..
Green Detox Juice
I drank this every day for months on end. I would adapt it if I had to keep my sugar intake low. I would take out the apple and use half a sweet potato or a small beetroot. I also sometimes add 2cm of fresh turmeric if I am having a sore bone/muscle/joint day. Here is the link to the recipe Green Detox Juice.
I try and have a sauna at least twice a week. I use a traditional sauna at my local gym, as there isn’t an infrared sauna near to me. With our skin being the largest organ in our body, regular use of a sauna will help to sweat out the toxins. According to Dr Wilson, raising our body temperature powerfully assists the body to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
At least twice a week I go swimming. I started off with 10 lengths and have slowly built it up to more as time goes on. It doesn’t sound like much, but its enough gentle exercise for me. I will then go and sit in the sauna from 5 mins to 15 mins to get my detox in.
I attended a pilates class for an hour once a week which I have found a wonderful gentle exercise.
I also have a dog, so I get to walk her at least three to four times a week for half an hour.
One thing I simple could not do without is my soft tissue massage and lymphatic drainage once a week. This has been an incredible part to my healing. Sometimes I am wiped out for a day after a session and then feel amazing the day after that. Lymphatic drainage helps to rid the body of toxins and excess lymph (the fluid that circulates throughout the lymphatic system) by stimulating the body’s lymphatic system using specific massage techniques. The lymphatic system is a vital part of our immune system and part of its function is to drain, transport, filter and remove broken down foreign substances and waste from our tissue. The massage technique gently moves the lymph fluid towards the lymph nodes, where the body can then dispose of the waste more easily. Benefits of the treatment can include clearer skin, a better immune system and boosted vitality.
It is well known that sleep is vital for healing and a healthy immune system. So I make sure I get at least 8-10 hours a night ….. when my body allows me!!
I have had two glass of champers and two glasses of red wine in over a year.. I actually didn’t drink for a year when I first got ill. As much as I have wanted to, at times, drink myself into oblivion to forget everything.. I know that keeping the alcohol to a absolute minimum has helped my body heal. I will have plenty of time to drink when I am fully recovered.
All the above has definitely helped me heal my body. I didn’t do them all at once, I tried one at a time to see how my body coped and showed signs of working. Just remember to be kind to yourself. Listen to your body and take it easy. I am the type of person who likes everything done yesterday, however illness and toxicity from breast implants is definitely not something that can be fixed overnight. Its a long process and patience is definitely the key.
Feel free to comment below or ask any questions.. always happy to help