Detox to clean up your body to loose fat
The need to tackle toxic burdens before they manifest themselves as disease has never been greater. It is clear that the future of health care will have at its very core an absolute requirement for safe and effective detoxification procedures, hopefully instituted before the individual’s immune system and vital organs have ceased to operate adequately.
—DR. LEON CHAITOW
The goal of this category is to enhance and improve your overall health, give your body what it craves, and help you remain toxin free and in peak condition for life. In doing this you will be rewarded with a thin, beautiful body. Recapturing health through detoxification is more than possible—it’s within your reach. But what does detox mean?
Detoxing means avoiding chemicals as best you can:
- In your food
- In your household cleaning products
- In your cosmetics
- In shampoos and conditioners
- In your bath, shower, or pool
I was surprised to find out that methods of detoxification have been around for almost four thousand years. One of the earliest medical textbooks ever discovered, the Ebers Papyrus, found in the sands of Egypt, shows that physicians of long ago were already using enemas to help the body cleanse itself and fight off disease. In India, Ayurvedic medicine also utilizes detoxification methods, including colon cleansing, to treat many chronic conditions and to prevent illness. But the colon is just one of many channels of elimination. This website will discuss other ways to decrease the burden of this toxic load.
One thing is clear, now is the time to protect yourself. Let’s start by taking a deeper look at the toxicity we receive from products we put on the largest organ of our body: our skin.
WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING ON YOUR SKIN?
Have you ever stopped to question just what we do each day in the name of self-care and beauty? Until recently, would it ever have entered your mind that the cosmetics you have been using contain chemicals that may be making you sick, drying out your skin, and making you fat? Did it ever dawn on any of us that chemicals entering through the skin are as toxic to our systems as if we had ingested them through our mouths?
Over the years, I’ve spent a small fortune on the “best” cosmetics money could buy, all promising miracles and smelling fantastic. I’ve been rubbing creams and lotions all over my body in an attempt to make my skin soft, healthy, and appealing.
Now we have the information. This website explains the toxic burden. Now it’s important to understand how toxins enter the bloodstream through the skin. So I’ve interviewed a number of dermatologic experts.
Commercial creams and lotions, no matter how high-end, contain emulsifiers, most often chemicals that allow oils and water to stay mixed, prevent bacteria from growing, and so on. But even though these products are supposed to hydrate the skin, they actually have the opposite effect!
Learning about the standard of skin care products made me look at my products in a whole new light. I started working with an organic formulator who uses only certified toxic-free ingredients. She told me that our skin is made of mechanisms designed to trap water. When we take a bath or shower, our skin doesn’t actually absorb water but rather traps it. The problem with commercial creams is that the same chemicals that alter the natural characteristics of oil and water, allowing them to stay mixed, also break down the natural oils in our skin. This allows water to evaporate from our skin, and it also causes our cells to put up a shield. At a cellular level the same thing takes place—your cells put up shields to protect themselves from these chemicals. So now your cells are closed off and can’t eliminate waste or take in nutrition. As a result, the cells die prematurely. We get thinner and thinner skin that feels crepey and develops wrinkles.
The worst emulsifiers of all are PEGs. The full name is polyethylene glycol, which is very seldom written out—who wants to bring attention to this dangerous chemical? Anything that lists a PEG in the ingredients has been ethoxylated, or made with ethylene oxide, a very, very toxic chemical. For commercial cosmetic use, this is the supersecret ingredient. It makes textures we like, but unfortunately at great cost to our health. Ethoxylated chemicals are easy to use and have a shelf life of as much as fifty thousand years. (Cosmetics companies really don’t have a clue, do they?) Almost all ethoxylated chemicals contain trace amounts of 1, 4-dioxane, which can damage the liver and kidneys and may cause cancer.
The point of this website is that carrying around a toxic burden is a huge component in your inability to shed the pounds, but most people have no idea of the extent of the chemical exposure we are getting from lotions and creams.
PEGs impact the hormonal system and the brain and create a toxic burden in the body. They may cause memory loss. And the big “E” in cosmetics happens in other words like MEA, DEA, TEA, or triethanolamine. The E is for the ethoxylation process. You can look for eth in ingredients, or the capital E; for instance in baby shampoo it’s laureth. From the moment a baby is born, companies are giving away free baby products in the hospital with laureth in them. The baby is then inundated with harmful chemicals, all because this chemical makes lotions easier to produce. Our pure little babies are no longer pure, even moments after they are born.
Even using products labeled organic is no guarantee that they’re toxin free. “Certified organic” only means that a government official has said to the farmer, “For seven years we have been able to verify that you have not used insecticides or pesticides.” But that government agency doesn’t have anything to do with the guy upstream from him who does use chemicals or whether a farmer or manufacturer uses chemicals to extract elements from organic ingredients. There’s not a test to verify that level of purity, but products that are “certified toxic free” can help ensure your safety from such chemicals.
With all the toxicity to which humans are exposed (bombarded is probably a better word), it’s not difficult to imagine what effect this is going to have on us in the long term. Where is this going? Might it even have an impact on our children’s fertility? I realize that is a heavy concept, but not acknowledging the severity of the situation only guarantees that it will get worse. Pay attention to the cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners, and tanning lotions you use. Read the labels. Try to eliminate toxic ingredients by selecting natural products. You will find a list of ingredients to avoid at the back of this website.
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT STORED AWAY?
Fat-stored toxins are a major factor in becoming overweight. And you don’t lose toxins just because you have lost weight. You have to lose weight smartly, or you could actually make yourself sicker—and fatter. Dieting without detoxing is one of the best ways to get derailed.
According to Dr. Walter Crinnion in his book Clean, Green, and Lean, “When stored fat is mobilized into your bloodstream, fat-soluble toxins—toxins that dissolve in fat and take up residence there—are also released. This breakdown of fat, known as lipolysis, takes place daily—especially at night when your body goes hours without eating. When you are dieting, exercising or experiencing high stress, your lipolysis rate increases and that means a higher than normal amount of persistent poisons is swimming in your bloodstream along with the fats.”
If you are not detoxing simultaneously with dieting, a vicious cycle gets initiated. When you diet and exercise, toxins are released from your fat into the bloodstream. These higher concentrations of toxins make you feel sluggish and sick. So you stop exercising and give in to the cravings. That is why many people on diets start feeling lousy, sometimes with headaches, flu-like symptoms, or mood swings—most a result of the increased presence of toxins. But this is exactly when you have to stay with it to succeed in cleaning out your body and losing weight.
You have to push through.
Detoxification is not for sissies. When the toxins get released, even if you feel sluggish, you have to continue forward with a firm, full commitment. According to Dr. Crinnion, the only solution is “breaking the toxin recirculation cycle.”
This category will show you the changes you need to make to your diet and lifestyle in order to lose weight and be healthy.
COMING CLEAN: GETTING STARTED
This is a lifestyle change. It’s no longer enough to simply cut out the offending foods; you must combat the toxicity in your body by choosing clean, healthy food that has not been contaminated by chemicals. This is crucial and takes a shift in mind-set. Today’s standard diet of refined, enriched, preserved, irradiated, genetically modified, pasteurized, homogenized, hydrogenated, and processed foods doesn’t begin to meet our nutritional needs. The body needs proper nutrition for fuel. And it needs to be clean to use that nutrition. So we start with detoxification before anything else.
If you still think you don’t have a toxic body, let me point out what Dr. Russell Blaylock once told me: “Depending on your exposure, even if you consume organic food, the chemical onslaught for each of us is akin to taking anywhere from a quarter of a teaspoon of, let’s say, rat poison daily.” Now how long do you think you are going to stay healthy if you’re taking rat poison daily? So let’s say goodbye to rat poison, hello to health.
There are many ways to detoxify, and you can get started today. Here’s a quick roundup before we go deeper.
In order to detoxify your life and your environment you need to:
- Consume fruits and vegetables that are free of pesticides.
- Eat at home more often so you know the exact quality of your food.
- Use safe vegetable washes to remove toxins, chemicals, and aflatoxins (a type of fungus that can lead to liver cancer).
- Choose grass-fed beef and lamb.
- Consume organic pork and poultry.
- Avoid farm-raised fish and high-mercury fish.
There is more:
- It is essential to maintain a household free of toxic chemicals. Remove any chemicals and toxic household cleaners from your home, or at least limit your exposure to them. Substitute natural cleaning products such as distilled white vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemon juice, citrus cleaners, castile soaps, and safe commercial products. These items can be purchased from health food stores or grocery stores like Whole Foods.
- Use certified toxin-free skin and body care products. You don’t want to be putting chemicals on your skin when you are trying to detoxify.
- Pay attention to the air you breathe. Install air filters or commit to proper ventilation. The average American spends most of his or her time indoors; the quality of that air becomes crucial. I had not heard of “sick buildings” until I experienced one for myself. Consider air filters that are available for home use. Common household plants can also be used as filters to remove pollution from indoors.
- Filter your water. Unfortunately, our tap water is a major source of toxic chemicals that our overworked livers are required to process. A water filter will help. And reverse osmosis filters are essential if you have fluoride in your water system.
CLEAN UP YOUR LIVER
- Twice a day, just before a meal, drink a cup of warm water with the juice of half a fresh lemon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This lemon water or vinegar water aids in bile formation, resulting in more efficient fat metabolism.
- Eat protein every day, preferably at every meal. The liver needs the amino acids from protein to produce bile and to make enzymes used in detoxification.
- Eggs are a great source of protein, plus they have the added benefit of being naturally rich in lecithin, a substance your liver needs in order to produce bile.
- Get essential fatty acids daily, especially omegas-3s, from walnuts, flaxseed and/or flaxseed oil, salmon, fish oil supplements, or cod liver oil.
- Essential minerals such as copper, magnesium, and zinc play an important role in liver detoxification, along with vitamin C, most of the B vitamins, folic acid, and flavonoids (found in richly colored vegetables such as sweet red peppers).
These things done on a daily basis will help with liver detoxification, which aids in reducing your toxic burden, thereby allowing you to lose weight.
FOODS THAT HEAL, NOT HARM
Eliminate poor food choices: processed foods, diet foods, diet sodas, fast foods. None of these foods have any nutritional value. If it comes in a bag or a box, it is most likely processed and contains chemicals and preservatives. Once you wean yourself from these foods, the cravings will go away. Your body will crave food that provides nutrients. Think of drug addicts—they have to go through a period of detox, which can be very difficult depending on the degree of addiction, but if they get to the other side, they can live the rest of their lives without cravings.
Think real food. Choose clean foods like grass-fed beef and lamb, organic chicken, and natural pork. Choose organic fruits and vegetables. In fact, shop the periphery of the supermarket—that’s where you’ll find meat, fish, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.
Here’s my criterion for choosing food: if you can pick it, pluck it, milk it, or shoot it, you can eat it! Outside of that guideline, you are getting into fake-food land, where nutritional content is absent. If you read labels and find something you can’t pronounce, chances are it has been made in a chemical lab.
Beef isn’t a problem if it is grass-fed and organic. The naturally occurring fat in grass-fed beef is good for you and aids in healthy cell building, but beef has been demonized. Funnily enough, it was Dr. Frederick Stare of Harvard University, head of the nutrition department for many years, and his study on Irish brothers that positively correlated a high intake of vegetable oils, not animal fats, with heart disease. Shortly after he became department head, however, the university received several large grants from the food processing industry. (You connect the dots.) After that, Dr. Stare’s weekly columns began assuring the public there was nothing wrong with white bread, sugar, and highly processed foods! He recommended one cup of corn oil (omega-6 bad oil) per day to prevent heart disease and in one article he even recommended Coca-Cola (with high-fructose corn syrup) as a snack! One could make a guess here: Money talks.
Choose cold-water fish such as wild-caught salmon and sardines. Eat only minimal amounts of fish that tend to be high in mercury, such as tuna, swordfish, and halibut. Fish get exposed to mercury from polluted water and by eating smaller fish; they absorb the entire load of mercury that the smaller fish has eaten during its lifetime. In this way the big fish adds the small fish’s mercury buildup to its own.
You can also be exposed to mercury through silver amalgam dental fillings, emissions from coal-fired power plants, auto parts, fluorescent light bulbs, medical products, and some over-the-counter products such as topical antiseptics, stimulant laxatives, diaper rash ointment, eyedrops, and nasal sprays. Mercury is very toxic and very slow to leave the body; after consuming mercury-laden fish it can take a whole year to get the blood levels down to a normal range. But that’s not all. Mercury’s half life (the time it takes for a chemical to be reduced by half) in the brain takes over one year.
I’m not trying to overwhelm you here—all the positive steps you take add up to great health and the healthy weight you want.
YOU CAN’T AFFORD ORGANIC?
Unfortunately, organic food is still more expensive than nonorganic. This creates a quandry for many who can’t aford it. Nonorganic food will continue to make you unhealthy and your weight will further spiral out of control. The cost of sickness down the road will surely outweigh the price of organic food today. In time, I believe, with increasing knowledge and demand, the price of organic food will decrease. In fact, people are catching on, and you’ve probably noticed that organic food is much less expensive than it was, say, a year ago. So that’s hopeful.
If you can’t afford to buy organic food, perhaps you can create a garden in your yard, or participate in a community farm where everyone is allowed to grow on a small parcel of land approved by the city. Growing your own food is very thrilling. I have my own organic garden, and I choose our meals daily depending on what is of peak ripeness on that particular day. One of the great pleasures of my life is to work with my vegetable garden; it feeds my love of food, love of cooking, love of healthy living, and love of nature, all in one. In today’s hectic world, planting a garden might be the one thing that pulls you back into a simpler time, a purer time, a calmer time … just something to think about.
If you simply can’t afford organic food and you can’t grow your own, there is a solution. It’s crucial to wash nonorganic foods carefully to cut down on ingested toxins. Soak all nonorganic food for twenty minutes in water to which you’ve added salt and fresh lemon juice or vinegar, or purchase a good vegetable wash to remove the toxins as best you can.
Certain foods in the produce section tend to be very high in pesticides. If you can’t buy these organic or avoid them then follow the washing instructions to make them less toxic.
Fruits and Vegetables Highest in Pesticides
- Bell peppers
Fruits and Vegetables Lowest in Pesticides
- Sweet peas
- Sweet corn
Even though these are all yummy and nutritious foods and are the least contaminated, be sure to wash them well, as they are not free of toxins. To reduce toxic exposure before eating nonorganic pears, nectarines, and potatoes, soak them in a bowl of vinegar (approximately 4 tablespoons) and enough water to cover, then peel them before eating.
Soak vegetables like bell peppers and celery in a bowl of water with the juice of a fresh lemon for twenty minutes, then scrub with a vegetable brush. Soak cherries in this lemon water for sixty minutes.
There are two nonorganic fruits you really should never eat: apples and grapes. A toxic pesticide called cryolite goes through the skin of these fruits and permeates them entirely. But the organic versions of grapes and apples are loaded with incredible nutrients and enzymes, so if you can swing it, go organic here.
Unfortunately, poison-sprayed food that has not been thoroughly washed is so toxic that the chemicals outweigh the good the food could do in its natural state. As you know, without sufficient nutrients the brain keeps signaling the body to want more and more food. These cravings are usually for sugar or carbohydrates, since these are the quickest sources of energy. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s not about your will at this point; there are physical needs for these foods, as harmful as they may be. But over time these cravings will go away.
AROUND THE HOUSE
We already talked about this at the beginning of the post, so I won’t go into detail here. Just go green for all household products. The commercial cleaners and chemicals you have been using liberally all these years make your home toxic and may be linked to many conditions including autoimmune diseases and allergies. Green and natural household cleaners are now available everywhere, both in stores and online. This simple change is another valuable step in detoxifying your body.
Then switch to chemical-free cosmetics. Everything you put on your skin goes into your bloodstream. What is the sense of eating organic food and getting rid of household chemicals, and then loading up on chemicals on your skin?
GET HEALTHY, STAY SEXY
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
These simple changes I’ve described above will help. You’ll feel energized, your appetite will diminish, bloating will subside, and your weight will start to drop. I’ve got some more in my bag of tricks, if you’re willing to go a little deeper. Stay with me!
Get the Patch
I am ambassador for a company called LifeWave, which has developed amazing nanotechnology patches that help your body produce glutathione, a key component in your body’s natural detoxification mechanism. Glutathione is an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage by free radicals and holds off the ravages of aging (including weight gain). We stop making glutathione around age forty, which is why our bodies become less resistant to disease and less able to fight off the toxins we all encounter in our everyday lives. By wearing one of these patches daily, you clean out toxins from your cells. At night I wear a patch to help my body produce carnosine, an antioxidant that repairs cell damage from free radicals.
These patches are a simple way to fight the chemical onslaught. Wearing the glutathione patch can help greatly in detoxing your body. It’s very simple—you wear the patch three fingers below your navel and change it every day. Along with good nutrition and eliminating outside chemicals as best you can, you will be well on your way to good health and a thin body. (See Resources for more information.)
Colonic irrigation is one of the least expensive, most effective ways to cleanse the large intestine of accumulated toxins and waste products. Colonics draw toxins from the blood and lymph back into the colon for excretion. Colonic irrigation lasts thirty-five to forty minutes and cleans the entire five feet of the colon, unlike an enema, which cleanses only the lower eight to twelve inches of the bowel. Enemas are a good way of detoxing the lower bowel, particularly lukewarm coffee enemas that are not too strong.
Take an Infrared Sauna
This is a highly effective, but very expensive, way to detoxify. The body uses its own internally generated heat to protect itself from viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances—a fever is the body’s attempt to destroy invading organisms and to sweat out impurities through the skin. An infrared sauna has heat levels that are generally kept around 140ºF. The heat stress removes calcium deposits from the blood vessels and breaks down scar tissue from blood vessel walls. Some studies demonstrate that saunas can remove chemicals such as DDE, PCBs, and dioxin from fat cells.
Home units are available for purchase for $1,200; again, this is very expensive, but I want you to know all your options. I take a forty-five-minute sauna two or three times a week, and I am always sure to drink lots of water before and after to get maximum benefits. Of course, as with any measure affecting your health, before you try a treatment, consult with a doctor or knowledgeable and experienced expert.
Consider Chelation Therapy
Chelation therapy draws lead, mercury, and other heavy metals out of the body. Chelation refers to a method of binding up toxins such as heavy metals and bodily wastes and removing them, while at the same time increasing blood flow. In chelation therapy a substance called EDTA is administered intravenously and binds to various toxic metals in the blood such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum. The toxins are then flushed from the body through the kidneys. EDTA is three times less toxic than aspirin and has been tested and used safely for the past thirty years on an estimated half million patients, including me. Other detoxification methods use ultraviolet light or hydrogen peroxide. Your antiaging doctor will be familiar with this process, and you can discuss with him or her which treatment would be best for you.
Get a Lymph Massage
The lymphatic system is a complicated network of vessels, ducts, and nodes that moves fluid between the cells and tissues and produces and distributes the infection-fighting and scavenging cells of the body. It feeds literally every tissue and organ and the blood. It is the transportation highway for the immune and repair functions of the body. When the lymph system is functioning properly it effectively cleanses the tissues, aids in cellular repair, and eliminates toxins.
When the lymph system becomes congested, it deprives the cells of oxygen and affects the ability of the body to rid itself of its own waste material. Over time, other body systems that rely on the lymphatic system for waste removal will become compromised, setting the stage for pain and disease. A sure sign of lymph congestion is sore or swollen lymph glands, which are most noticeable in the neck, armpits, and groin. Illnesses ranging from allergies to fibrocystic disease and even cancer can be related to lymph congestion.
Correct diet, infrared saunas, and manual lymphatic massage can prevent or reverse lymph congestion and will stimulate the flow of the lymph. I work with Cynthia Story, a certified lymphatic specialist in Montecito, California. If you’re considering this treatment, be sure to choose an experienced therapist. Someone who isn’t can actually aggravate a patient’s condition.
Because of the time-consuming nature of lymph massage, a lot of doctors are turning to a noninvasive handheld instrument known as the light beam generator (LBG) to restore lymph function and eliminate wastes. This machine penetrates many times deeper than lymphatic massage alone and also increases the effectiveness of manual drainage of the lymph system. See if your doctor will purchase one for office use; it can’t hurt to ask.
Try an Ondamed Machine
This is a very sophisticated piece of equipment you should urge your doctor to buy. It is a cellular-electrical-biofeedback machine used for acute pain management and lymphatic congestion, among other things. This machine has been used successfully since 1993. It releases a “spectrum of low-level pulsing magnetic fields that induce the flow of microcurrents within the tissues”—which in English means it is able to locate underlying dysfunction and provide treatment for the patient. It promotes improved circulation, wound healing, bone regrowth, and pain relief for conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Hyperbaric oxygen is often used by cancer patients to successfully detoxify after chemotherapy. This is an expensive treatment and involves breathing high concentrations of oxygen in a pressurized chamber.
RELEASE YOUR TOXIC BURDEN FOREVER
Whether you make small changes or large changes, one by one you can start to eliminate toxins from your life. You don’t have to do it all at once, but with each step you are closer to significantly lowering your own personal toxic burden. Each change will add to the quality of your health and life, and I promise you will feel an inner peace that you are reducing your exposure to chemicals.
Cancer was a major wake-up call for me and forced me to examine my lifestyle and dietary habits. I was lucky to have taken charge of the disease with a firm resolve to eat as though my life depended on it, which it did. Cleaning out my house and medicine cabinet of chemical cosmetics and household cleaners was the next logical step.
Every step we take to eliminate chemicals from our lives is a step toward health and looking good.
As I cleaned up my life and cleaned out my body I lost weight. Those extra menopausal pounds that had plagued me for years, especially around the tops of my hips and abdomen—the pounds that for the first time didn’t respond to my Somersize way of life—miraculously seemed to dissolve. I got back to 127 pounds—my perfect weight! That’s when I began making the connection between balanced hormones, eating clean food, avoiding chemicals, healing my gut, and taking proper supplementation.
You don’t have to go cold turkey. Of course, the faster you want the weight to go away, the more changes you will have to make. But this is a program for life. A new way of life—one where you are committed to living a long, healthy life up until the very last breath. What a beautiful thought.
When you change the way you eat, when you change the way you live your life, when you switch your household cleaners to natural products, your health will get better. When you are healthy, losing weight is easier.
This is your choice to make. That choice determines whether your health will soar or spiral downward, and it determines whether you will gain control of your weight forever or continue to yo-yo for the rest of your life.
It’s up to you—by making simple changes you can restore your energy, good health, and slim body.