The Best Functional Medicine Detox Options + 10 Tips for Detoxing Daily
Detoxification as one of the biggest changes that people need to make. Too many people are counting calories and not enough are counting chemicals. A quality detoxification protocol supports the liver in facilitating the pathways involved in the processing and excretion of toxins. Most people experience an increased sense of wellbeing, improvement in pain and fatigue levels, enhanced cognitive function and moods, more effective sleep and wake cycles and weight loss when completing a functional medicine detox protocol. From beginner to advanced, these are some of the best detox programs and plans to help get you on your way towards a healthier lifestyle.
What is a Detox?
Detoxification is a natural function of a healthy body, through ways of sweating, breathing, going to the bathroom, etc. Your liver is responsible for cleansing everything in your blood 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without rest; therefore, with the multitude of toxins, GMO’s and stress, our bodies and liver are burdened to a point where they no longer detox like they should.
In Functional Medicine, the elimination diet is often used as the first line of therapy for immune and gastrointestinal issues since it can help with reducing toxic load and cooling down any immune reactivity to foods. A detox protocol takes it a step further by offering nutrients and support for the body to facilitate the detox process.
A quality plan or protocol supports the liver in facilitating the pathways involved in the processing and excretion of toxins. Most people experience an increased sense of wellbeing, improvement in pain and fatigue levels, enhanced cognitive function and moods, more effective sleep and wake cycles and weight loss when completing a functional medicine detox.
The fact below came from a published study done by Dr. Joyce Woods:
the average home today contains more than 62 toxic chemicals - more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century
less than 2% of the synthetic chemicals have ever been tested for long-term effects
cancer rates have almost doubled since 1982 and breast cancer is the number 1 killer of women between 35 & 54
since 1980, asthma has increased by 600% & the CLA & ASC identify common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers
labeling laws do not protect the consumer, they protect the business
formaldehyde (an ingredient in a very common skincare company that people are choosing to use these days) is cancer-causing and toxic to the immune system
the NIOSH has found more than 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, IBS, depression and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure
pesticides only have to include active Ingredients on the labels, even though invert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisonous
Check out the full list here.
Signs & Symptoms That You Need to Detox:
persistent headaches, muscle aches, and muscle fatigue
inclusion of large amounts of swordfish, tuna, shark, etc. into diet
mercury fillings and dental amalgams
stubborn weight loss
hormonal imbalances and consistent use of hormone replacement such as “the pill” or progesterone cream
consistent use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
skin abnormalities such as acne, rosacea, or eczema
a lifetime of consuming the SAD diet
exposed to any of the chemicals listed in Dr. Joyce Woods published research facts above (aka all of us)
Detoxification as one of the biggest changes that people need to make. Too many people are counting calories and not enough are counting chemicals. Removing toxins is the key to weight loss and removing unwanted symptoms.
Before starting a protocol, make sure your body is ready for it! Give Thinking of Detoxing? Make Sure You Address 5 Things First a read and then skip to the bottom of this post and start implementing the 10 tips for detoxing daily.
If you already addressed those things, feel free to detox with any of the plans below!
What You Need for Liver Detoxification
Phase I and Phase II support:
Milk thistle seed extract
Dandelion root extract
Gotu kola extract
Phase II methylation support:
Nutrients to support healthy bile synthesis and elimination:
Dandelion root extract
Milk thistle seed extract
Now that we now why it’s important to detox, let’s take a look at some of the best options that include a majority of the nutrients above.
From a beginner to advanced, here are 3 of the best functional medicine detox programs.
Before starting a new diet or protocol, make sure to consult with your PCP or doctor first. You should not detox if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or other dis-ease that a detox would not be well suited for.
10 Tips for
With the daily toxic exposures most of us are exposed to, we must focus on daily detoxification methods. Start by removing the obvious external exposure to toxins to start helping your body detox to its fullest capacity. Here’s 10 tips for detoxing daily that doesn’t involve some crazy juicing program.
1. Buy a Water Filter
The Berkey is one of the best available and filters out all the bad stuff. It’s much cheaper than a whole house system and better than reverse osmosis.
2. Do a Coffee Enema
Coffee enemas stimulate bile flow, mechanically clean the colon and can help loosen and remove bacteria and pathogens from the body. Coffee enemas also reduce liver toxicity, making it great for anyone with an overabundance of toxins in their body. See post here for how to complete a coffee enema.
3. Switch to Safer Products
The average personal care product contains 32 harmful chemicals. Check out the post 10 Product Alternatives for a Toxin Free Home for common household items you can easily swap out to lessen the toxin load.
4. Follow a Plant Based Diet
Our body detoxes more efficiently when we eat an organic, plant-based diet that limits or avoids conventional dairy and meat products, gluten, soy, artificial sweeteners, preservatives and refined sugar.
5. Try Skin Brushing
Skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system to help your body remove toxins from the body. Dry brush right before hopping in the sauna or shower so you can sweat or rinse off any of the dead skin cells. This is the dry brush I use and recommend for my clients.
Want to learn more more about dry brushing? Email me for a PDF that breaks it all down!
6. Get Regular
Are you going to the bathroom 1-2x day every day? If not, you, like so many others, are constipated. If this is the case, I highly recommend completing an intestinal cleanse to get your bowels working as they should. After the cleanse, I suggest the constipation supplement protocol to help with adding bulk to the stool, decreasing gut tension, as well as increasing bowel motility.
7. Ayurveda Tongue Scraping & Oil Pulling
There are a few powerful ways to remove toxins from the body, one of which takes less than a minute before you brush your teeth. Tongue Scraping involves scraping the top of your tongue with a stainless steel u-shaped tool to remove ‘ama’ (white colored toxins) from the tongue.
Oil Pulling consists of swishing around an organic oil, such as sesame oil, in your mouth for 10-15 minutes and then washing the mouth with warm salty water to remove all the bad stuff.
8. Infrared Sauna
Infrared saunas can help with countless health conditions including candida, brain fog, lifelong, chronic sinus infections, gut dysbiosis, parasites and heavy metals. Infrared saunas heat your core temperature and make you really sweat, unlike normal saunas.
9. Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt baths are a wonderful way to detoxify the body and lower stress, Add 1/4 cup of Epsom salt and a few drops of lavender to a warm bath. The epsom salt detoxifies the liver and provides your body with magnesium and sulfate, both essential minerals for detoxification and the lavender calms the body.
10. Make a Daily Detox Shake
To add daily detox supply, I am a huge advocate of adding this shake to my daily regimen. Not only does it offer essential nutrient cofactors and a complete range of vitamins and minerals in their most absorbable, tissue-ready forms, it also offers enhanced liver support by adding sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) – a natural substance from the seeds and sprouts of select broccoli varietals. The formula speeds effective up-regulation of the body's natural phase II detoxification enzymes, and is an indirect antioxidant that provides long-lasting cell protection from free-radical damage. It also tastes amazing; I alternate between the chocolate and vanilla flavors.
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Give your liver some love. To help it keep up with the ongoing toxic demand, follow the 10 tips for detoxing daily and add in one of the quarterly functional medicine detoxes in this post, and you’ll be on your way towards a healthier and happier lifestyle that you love!
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